Tom Kerridge has hit back on social media about the price of the food and drink at his Marlow gastropub.

The local chef defended the prices of his menu responding to Guy Woodward, the content director of Club Oenologique which is a magazine that focuses on wine, spirits, gastronomy and travel.

The tweet took aim at the prices compared to the description of The Hand and Flowers on the gastropub's website.

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The post reads: "Website of The Hands and Flowers by Tom Kerridge - ‘unpretentious’, ‘proper pub’, ‘for everyone to enjoy’ ‘relaxed and accessible’.

"Also The Hands and Flowers - steak and chips: £87; side of cabbage: £7.50; creme brûlée: £26.50. And people complain about wine list mark-ups..."

Tom Kerridge replied saying "cheap food means cheap labour" with his prices reflect in the way he pays his staff "properly".

He replied on Twitter: "Those prices include everything, VAT and service.

"No additional service charge at all.

"Also I pay staff properly and treat their job as a professional career.

"Perhaps the real cost of dining should be addressed.

"Unpretentious does not mean cheap.

"Also, why is profit a bad word?

"Many places will have to increase prices to survive.

"We are now at a point where proper wages and valued staff means a true cost will come into play.

"Cheap food means cheap labour.

"To attract high-level people you have to pay professional wages.

"It is their career."

After responding to a number of users the chef tweeted saying: "Some absolute plonkers on here".

The gastropub ranked 79th in the National Restaurant Awards top 100 list and was described by judges as "fresh and exciting".

The Hand and Flowers is also the first pub to win two Michelin stars.