Dinner at Hand and Flowers

Dinner at Hand and Flowers

at Hand & Flowers on 21 January 2020
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Lunch a little while ago at the eye-wateringly pricey ⭐️⭐️ Hand & Flowers in Marlow where a mediocre fillet steak will set you back £50.50 excluding service charge. It seems that Tom Kerridge is very much taking advantage of his celebrity chef status here. The cheapest main course is £39.50 for pork belly plus service and sides if you want them. Compare the price of this very unremarkable fillet steak with some of the most respected steak joints in London, Hawksmoor £36, Smith & Wollensky £40, Temper £33, Hix £42 and for an equivalent steak at Cut at the Dorchester, it will set you back £30. (I am suddenly conscious that this is sounding like a Jay Rayner review with all the moaning about price🤦🏼‍♂️). The other dishes were fine but nothing that warrants the two michelin stars in my opinion. I am always a bit wary of a pub where the car park is exclusively filled with Aston Martins, Jags and Audi R8s. It usually suggests a clientele that really don’t care (or know) when they are being taken to the cleaners. And here it seems that Kerridge is eager to oblige. Harsh maybe, but if you are going to charge me fifty quid plus for steak and chips then it better be fucking tasty.

6 / 10

Fried whitebait

Bacon braised mushrooms on toast with spiced brown sauce and fried quail egg £17.50

Demi fish pie with parsley emulsion, dill pickled cucumber and caviar butter sauce £17.00

Demi fish pie with parsley emulsion, dill pickled cucumber and caviar butter sauce £17.00

Demi fish pie with parsley emulsion, dill pickled cucumber and caviar butter sauce £17.00

Demi fish pie with parsley emulsion, dill pickled cucumber and caviar butter sauce £17.00

West End Farm pork belly with mini apple tatin, roast parsnip, mustard butter and “Pork a Laise “ sauce £39.50

Fillet os Stokes Marsh Farm beef with Hand & Flowers chips & bernaise sauce £50.50

Fillet os Stokes Marsh Farm beef with Hand & Flowers chips & bernaise sauce £50.50

Fillet os Stokes Marsh Farm beef with Hand & Flowers chips & bernaise sauce £50.50

Hand & Flowers chocolate and ale cake with salted caramel and muscovado ice cream £16.00

Bitter orange soufflé with dark chocolate sorbet and marmalade custard