The Estrella Top 50 Gastropub awards have just been released and we are thrilled to reveal that SEVEN gastropubs in our local area have been awarded a place in the TOP 50 in the country.
Here are our local winners:
2nd place: The Coach in Marlow
Tom Kerridge’s second site, the Coach, was 2016’s highest new entry on the Top 50 Gastropubs list. The site, a sleek, modern bistro-style pub offers a range of small, tapas-style dishes, perfect for sharing at an affordable price. At the centre of the operation is the pub’s glorious rotisserie. The Coach’s menu encompasses flavours from a wide range of cuisines, including British, Italian and American. And thanks to Kerridge’s no-reservations policy, the pub is often filled with Marlow residents enjoying a pint or watching sports. In spirit, the Coach is well and truly a local pub.
8th place: The Beehive in White Waltham (near Maidenhead)
The pub is a true labour of love, with its elegant three-course dinners. It is a gastropub equally ideal for a long, sun-drenched afternoon lounge in the garden as it is for a cosy, boozy winter night nestled in its traditional bar. Head chef and owner Dominic Chapman was a contestant on BBC 2’s Great British Menu and turned heads shortly after launching the Beehive with his simple modern dishes.
13th place: The Crown at Burchetts Green (near Maidenhead)
Simon Bonwick’s pub is quickly becoming a site of pilgrimage for diners enticed by Simon’s self-proclaimed “French bourgeoisie” cooking. The small bar at The Crown is usually filled with local drinkers, but go through and you’ll find two intimate dining rooms where you can treat your taste buds with dishes made from ingredients sourced from the UK and France. While the dining rooms are called formal, the gastropub is casual and informal.
14th place: The Hand in Flowers in Marlow
Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin-starred pub the Hand and Flowers has gone from strength to strength and remains a spectacle in the culinary world, visited by eager foodies from across the country. After more than a decade, the Hand and Flowers is still a proper pub with proper food. It is friendly, comfortable and relaxing. “We wanted it to be exactly the kind of place where we would like to enjoy our days off,” says Tom.
26th place: The Royal Oak in Littelfeild Green
Co-owned by broadcaster Michael Parkinson – and his son Nick – the Royal Oak in Paley Street has built a reputation for top-notch British cooking using the finest seasonal ingredients. Located in leafy and prosperous Littlefield Green, near Maidenhead, ‘Parky’s pub’ has picked up numerous accolades since it opened in 2001.
28th place: The Magdalen Arms in Oxford
Set just outside the scholarly city centre of Oxford, the Magdalen Arms is an impressive, yet charming gastropub. Mismatched tables give a homely air, where one can sit back, relax and enjoy the fine food and drink on offer. Expect to eat classic pub grub, served to the highest standard.
48th place: The Oxford Blue in Windsor
This stunning gastropub in Old Windsor was the winner of the Newcomer of the Year award in 2018 as well as the One to Watch award. The pub is not far from the centre of Windsor or the luscious parts of the River Thames, making it perfect for a post-lunch walk or shopping spree. Chef-proprietor Steven’s Ellis’s obsession with game means there are few dishes on the menu where it is incorporated.
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