THE AWARD-winning husband and wife team behind Marlow’s double Michelin-starred restaurant have revealed plans to extend their culinary empire in the town.

Tom and Beth Kerridge, who run the internationally acclaimed Hand and Flowers on West Street, plan to take over the Coach and Horses pub on the same road.

The couple have applied to Wycombe District Council for planning permission to overhaul the grade II listed building to include a rear extension and a completely new kitchen featuring large cold and dry store areas.

Proposals also include refitting the pub, currently housing a Chinese restaurant, to include a new bar, flooring, decoration and seating, with the toilet set-up also reconfigured.

The entrance door would also be moved back to its original place under the plans.

The couple’s first venture The Hand and Flowers, only a few hundred yards from the Coach and Horses, made history in 2011 when it became the first pub to be awarded two Michelin stars.

And Tom has also enjoyed TV success with his popular series Proper Pub Food, accompanying his best-selling cookbook of the same name.

The Hand and Flowers attracts visitors from all over the world, with dinner service at the pub booked out months in advance.

See this week’s Marlow Free Press for more details on the Kerridge’s new venture.