Tom Kerridge takes on High Street chains with new Marlow tapas-style restaurant

Tom Kerridge reveals details of new tapas-style Marlow restaurant

Tom Kerridge takes on High Street chains with new Marlow tapas-style restaurant

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TOM Kerridge has declared war on pizza chains and brasseries as he revealed details of his new low-cost, all-day dining venture at a Marlow pub.

The double-Michelin starred chef has leaked details of his second restaurant at the Coach and Horses on West Street, while addressing invited guests before last week’s National Restaurant Awards.

Tom and his wife Beth plan to transform the 19th century town pub an open plan tapas-style bar, with the kitchen brought forward so diners can see the chefs at work.

And with a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu featuring British and French-inspired small plates, the star chef hopes to lure customers out of High Street eateries and back to the pub.

As reported on industry site Big Hospitality, he told audiences at last week’s Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress in London: "It will be a new concept for a pub that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

"We are embracing solid, classic food, flavours and cooking. One of which is using a rotisserie oven, of which I am a huge fan.

"Our plan with this new business is to attack the brasseries, pizza chains and coffee shops, to try and draw them back into the pub."

After becoming the first chef to win two coveted Michelin stars for pub food at the Hand and Flowers, the nearby Coach and Horses will mark the award-winning couple's second foray into the Marlow food scene.

The Hand and Flowers was awarded the Best UK Gastropub gong at last week's National Restaurant Awards, but lost its crown as the best UK restaurant overall to London Indian restaurant Gymkhana.

Tom said the new venture, which is still under negotiation, would be led by Nick Beardshaw, senior sous chef at the Hand and Flowers.

A planned 25 to 30 dish menu would serve plates such as crispy pigs head and spiced cod with cumin, priced at £6 to £12 each.

The bar interior, styled on a tapas restaurant, would see an L-shaped bar with 20 stools and a further 20 covers around the edges of the main pub building.

The Kerridges have applied to Wycombe District Council for planning permission to overhaul the grade II listed pub to include a rear extension and a new kitchen.

A decision on the application is due this month, with Marlow Town Council offering no objections to the plans.

Pub owners Enterprise Inns confirmed a sale has been agreed subject to the deal being finalised.

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9:51am Fri 11 Jul 14

gungun says...

Mmm Crispy Pigs Head!
Mmm Crispy Pigs Head! gungun
  • Score: 2

10:46am Fri 11 Jul 14

jayeatman says...

Can only be good for Marlow .
For Tapas tips, Tom could do worse than visit http://www.vengauk.c
o.uk/
Can only be good for Marlow . For Tapas tips, Tom could do worse than visit http://www.vengauk.c o.uk/ jayeatman
  • Score: 3

11:17am Fri 11 Jul 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

gungun wrote:
Mmm Crispy Pigs Head!
non crispy being sausages?

Great idea using the whole animal, quite often the tastiest bits too!
[quote][p][bold]gungun[/bold] wrote: Mmm Crispy Pigs Head![/p][/quote]non crispy being sausages? Great idea using the whole animal, quite often the tastiest bits too! Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 2

12:35pm Fri 11 Jul 14

gungun says...

Mr Totterdge Hill wrote:
gungun wrote: Mmm Crispy Pigs Head!
non crispy being sausages? Great idea using the whole animal, quite often the tastiest bits too!
Agree - Cheeks are nice and my dogs love the ears!......Just not a real good description......"Co
me on lads, lets go down to Toms place and get us some crispy pigs head"

"Darling it's our anniversary let's celebrate with a cheeky little red wine and some Crispy Pigs Head" - Thats a winner right there...night of following passion written off
[quote][p][bold]Mr Totterdge Hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gungun[/bold] wrote: Mmm Crispy Pigs Head![/p][/quote]non crispy being sausages? Great idea using the whole animal, quite often the tastiest bits too![/p][/quote]Agree - Cheeks are nice and my dogs love the ears!......Just not a real good description......"Co me on lads, lets go down to Toms place and get us some crispy pigs head" "Darling it's our anniversary let's celebrate with a cheeky little red wine and some Crispy Pigs Head" - Thats a winner right there...night of following passion written off gungun
  • Score: 3

1:23pm Fri 11 Jul 14

geoffW says...

gungun wrote:
Mr Totterdge Hill wrote:
gungun wrote: Mmm Crispy Pigs Head!
non crispy being sausages? Great idea using the whole animal, quite often the tastiest bits too!
Agree - Cheeks are nice and my dogs love the ears!......Just not a real good description......&qu
ot;Co
me on lads, lets go down to Toms place and get us some crispy pigs head"

"Darling it's our anniversary let's celebrate with a cheeky little red wine and some Crispy Pigs Head" - Thats a winner right there...night of following passion written off
You can already get pork balls in most Chinese restaurants/takeaway
s.
[quote][p][bold]gungun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Totterdge Hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gungun[/bold] wrote: Mmm Crispy Pigs Head![/p][/quote]non crispy being sausages? Great idea using the whole animal, quite often the tastiest bits too![/p][/quote]Agree - Cheeks are nice and my dogs love the ears!......Just not a real good description......&qu ot;Co me on lads, lets go down to Toms place and get us some crispy pigs head" "Darling it's our anniversary let's celebrate with a cheeky little red wine and some Crispy Pigs Head" - Thats a winner right there...night of following passion written off[/p][/quote]You can already get pork balls in most Chinese restaurants/takeaway s. geoffW
  • Score: 1

4:17pm Fri 11 Jul 14

thethe says...

Do you get the whole head, crisped, for £12???
Do you get the whole head, crisped, for £12??? thethe
  • Score: 1

12:31am Sat 12 Jul 14

s6blr says...

Fried local smart 4rses, £8.

Good news for something other than the chain blocks trying to ruin town!
Fried local smart 4rses, £8. Good news for something other than the chain blocks trying to ruin town! s6blr
  • Score: 4

5:12pm Sat 12 Jul 14

sparky49 says...

Good on him. It's also a bonus that another pub has been taken of Enterprise Inns. Is it possible the reason for the sale by the current tenants is because Enterprise did the dirty on them for which they are well known for?
Good on him. It's also a bonus that another pub has been taken of Enterprise Inns. Is it possible the reason for the sale by the current tenants is because Enterprise did the dirty on them for which they are well known for? sparky49
  • Score: 2

11:27am Sun 13 Jul 14

JessJess says...

"Our plan with this new business is to attack the brasseries, pizza chains and coffee shops, to try and draw them back into the pub."
Great idea in principle, but the new restaurant will be a TAPAS BAR rather than a pub. At present the Coach and Horses is a pub with the added bonus of having Chinese takeaway attached. In my mind a pub is a place that a local can visit on a whim, dressed-down, for a low key drink and maybe some food. Wonderful as it is, the Hand and Flowers is not a pub, despite the token bar seats and real ale. A new Tom Kerridge restaurant will obviously be brilliant for Marlow, but I resent that it's is being presented under the guise of being a pub, when it will clearly be anything but.
"Our plan with this new business is to attack the brasseries, pizza chains and coffee shops, to try and draw them back into the pub." Great idea in principle, but the new restaurant will be a TAPAS BAR rather than a pub. At present the Coach and Horses is a pub with the added bonus of having Chinese takeaway attached. In my mind a pub is a place that a local can visit on a whim, dressed-down, for a low key drink and maybe some food. Wonderful as it is, the Hand and Flowers is not a pub, despite the token bar seats and real ale. A new Tom Kerridge restaurant will obviously be brilliant for Marlow, but I resent that it's is being presented under the guise of being a pub, when it will clearly be anything but. JessJess
  • Score: 3

7:36am Tue 15 Jul 14

Robert.M says...

Tom and Beth Kerridge have already bought us something different in the Hand and Flowers, and now they are bringing something different to the area again, and again giving employment to local people, having eaten in the Hand and Flowers, and followed Tom`s career with some interest I can only assume that this venture will go the same way as the Hand and Flowers, a resounding success, a brilliant chef with a great woman behind him, good luck to them both in this new venture.
Tom and Beth Kerridge have already bought us something different in the Hand and Flowers, and now they are bringing something different to the area again, and again giving employment to local people, having eaten in the Hand and Flowers, and followed Tom`s career with some interest I can only assume that this venture will go the same way as the Hand and Flowers, a resounding success, a brilliant chef with a great woman behind him, good luck to them both in this new venture. Robert.M
  • Score: 2

9:28am Wed 16 Jul 14

sparky49 says...

JessJess wrote:
"Our plan with this new business is to attack the brasseries, pizza chains and coffee shops, to try and draw them back into the pub."
Great idea in principle, but the new restaurant will be a TAPAS BAR rather than a pub. At present the Coach and Horses is a pub with the added bonus of having Chinese takeaway attached. In my mind a pub is a place that a local can visit on a whim, dressed-down, for a low key drink and maybe some food. Wonderful as it is, the Hand and Flowers is not a pub, despite the token bar seats and real ale. A new Tom Kerridge restaurant will obviously be brilliant for Marlow, but I resent that it's is being presented under the guise of being a pub, when it will clearly be anything but.
Trouble is people in Marlow do not go to the so called pubs as they think it is beneath them. The Brit is huge success because it is not a pub.
It seems to me Tom is trying to find a happy medium and to start of something new.
[quote][p][bold]JessJess[/bold] wrote: "Our plan with this new business is to attack the brasseries, pizza chains and coffee shops, to try and draw them back into the pub." Great idea in principle, but the new restaurant will be a TAPAS BAR rather than a pub. At present the Coach and Horses is a pub with the added bonus of having Chinese takeaway attached. In my mind a pub is a place that a local can visit on a whim, dressed-down, for a low key drink and maybe some food. Wonderful as it is, the Hand and Flowers is not a pub, despite the token bar seats and real ale. A new Tom Kerridge restaurant will obviously be brilliant for Marlow, but I resent that it's is being presented under the guise of being a pub, when it will clearly be anything but.[/p][/quote]Trouble is people in Marlow do not go to the so called pubs as they think it is beneath them. The Brit is huge success because it is not a pub. It seems to me Tom is trying to find a happy medium and to start of something new. sparky49
  • Score: 0

9:45am Wed 16 Jul 14

RG2014 says...

I think the concept is fine, and of course tapas are the current trendy fad.
However, if each small plate is to cost £6-12, and presumably that is effectively just for one person, then I think many will be in for a shock when they come to pay the bill having also consumed a reasonable glass or two of wine.

I'll be in Barcelona in a few weeks, so I shall investigate with interest the sort of rates charged there, or more to the point, the overall bill.

==========

sparky
I don't think your last bit is right.
Thew trouble with the pubs in Marlow, is that they are all huge and/or part of large chains and nothing like the traditional item.
I'm not a pub man myself, but go to places like Prince Albert (Frieth), Chequers (Fingest) or Crooked Billet (Flackwell) and spot the difference.
I think the concept is fine, and of course tapas are the current trendy fad. However, if each small plate is to cost £6-12, and presumably that is effectively just for one person, then I think many will be in for a shock when they come to pay the bill having also consumed a reasonable glass or two of wine. I'll be in Barcelona in a few weeks, so I shall investigate with interest the sort of rates charged there, or more to the point, the overall bill. ========== sparky I don't think your last bit is right. Thew trouble with the pubs in Marlow, is that they are all huge and/or part of large chains and nothing like the traditional item. I'm not a pub man myself, but go to places like Prince Albert (Frieth), Chequers (Fingest) or Crooked Billet (Flackwell) and spot the difference. RG2014
  • Score: 0

11:31am Thu 17 Jul 14

chepping100 says...

Will Tom Kerridge keep the red and gold Courage sign?

The Coach and Horses one of the few pubs that retains the iconic Courage cockerel sign.

It would be a shame to lose it.
Will Tom Kerridge keep the red and gold Courage sign? The Coach and Horses one of the few pubs that retains the iconic Courage cockerel sign. It would be a shame to lose it. chepping100
  • Score: 4

2:09pm Thu 17 Jul 14

sam365 says...

Not really a "New Concept" The Continental Bakehouse next door to Tom has been serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for months now in a pub!!!
Not really a "New Concept" The Continental Bakehouse next door to Tom has been serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for months now in a pub!!! sam365
  • Score: 1

12:09pm Fri 18 Jul 14

sparky49 says...

chepping100 wrote:
Will Tom Kerridge keep the red and gold Courage sign?

The Coach and Horses one of the few pubs that retains the iconic Courage cockerel sign.

It would be a shame to lose it.
Why? It is a company logo and would need permission or to be selling Courage to display it.
[quote][p][bold]chepping100[/bold] wrote: Will Tom Kerridge keep the red and gold Courage sign? The Coach and Horses one of the few pubs that retains the iconic Courage cockerel sign. It would be a shame to lose it.[/p][/quote]Why? It is a company logo and would need permission or to be selling Courage to display it. sparky49
  • Score: -1

7:18pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Lividov says...

oo yummy - traditional pub tapas
oo yummy - traditional pub tapas Lividov
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Tue 29 Jul 14

chepping100 says...

(Not so bright) sparky49:

The red and gold Courage sign is simply a gold cockerel on a red background. No mention of “Courage”.

It was displayed on pubs all around this area up to the recently. The Coach and Horses one of the few pubs to retain this iconic sign.
(Not so bright) sparky49: The red and gold Courage sign is simply a gold cockerel on a red background. No mention of “Courage”. It was displayed on pubs all around this area up to the recently. The Coach and Horses one of the few pubs to retain this iconic sign. chepping100
  • Score: 2

10:23pm Wed 30 Jul 14

RG2014 says...

The quality, value and pricing of tapas in Barcelona provides an eye-opener.

Last night, two of us ate very well at a popular tapas bar frequented mainly by locals - Mercat Princesa. We ordered 6 dishes between us, and that was too many, but the cost including a bottle of reasonable wine was a little under £40 a head.

It's a racing certainty that one's wallet will be considerably more depleted at this new venture, though I have my doubts the quality will actually be any better, despite its parentage
The quality, value and pricing of tapas in Barcelona provides an eye-opener. Last night, two of us ate very well at a popular tapas bar frequented mainly by locals - Mercat Princesa. We ordered 6 dishes between us, and that was too many, but the cost including a bottle of reasonable wine was a little under £40 a head. It's a racing certainty that one's wallet will be considerably more depleted at this new venture, though I have my doubts the quality will actually be any better, despite its parentage RG2014
  • Score: 0

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