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The Hand & Flowers, Tom Kerridge Buckinghamshire gastropub, has been named Britain’s best place to eat by Restaurant Magazine.
The Marlow property, which in 2011 became the first pub in the world to receive two Michelin stars, took the title from The Ledbury in London’s Notting Hill. It was also named gastropub of the year.
Kerridge, who is currently presenting “Proper Pub Food” on BBC Two, opened The Hand & Flowers in 2005 with his wife Beth. It is found on West Street, just along the road from the whitewashed house where Mary Shelley, just 19 years old and pregnant with her third child, created Frankenstein, and has four rooms for overnight stays.
Fiona Duncan, Telegraph Travel’s hotel reviewer, was impressed with the food when she stayed (“Expect crayfish scotch egg, slow cooked duck breast with duck fat chips and other earthy, deeply satisfying dishes that are also full of imaginative twists, served in a cosy and convivial dining room”) but less so with the accommodation (“On first acquaintance our room looked charming, with sitting area, fireplace and private courtyard. But comfortable it was not. The bed, wedged between two walls, was hard to get out of, the high-sided bath hard to get into, the tiled floor cold, the desk chair too low, and the traffic a problem in the morning.”)
Marlow lies around 25 miles west of London, between the M4 and the M40. The town is also home to The Vanilla Pod, named among Britain’s best independent restaurants in the Good Food Guide 2013, while Bray – home to Michelin-starred favourites The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn – is found nearby.