Tom Kerridge who is one of the brand new chefs on Great British Chefs website, is Head Chef at the Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Bucks and has just been named the first two-Michelin-starred pub in the country.
Tom first won a Michelin star in 2003 at Adlards in Norwich but left the restaurant after 18 months to launch the Hand & Flowers together with his wife, Beth, in February 2005. The pub picked up a Michelin star in 2006 and has since opened four guest rooms on site.
Kerridge’s happy marriage of robust cuisine and convivial pub atmosphere has become something of a model among the new breed of Michelin-hopeful gastropubs, something that will no doubt intensify following the second star.
Tom is absolutely over the moon with the result. “It’s amazing,” he said to Caterer and Hotelkeeper. “The fact that we’re a pub with two stars is just incredible.
“The fact that Michelin is awarding two stars to a pub means they are embracing British culture - it’s the same as a two-star tapas bar in Spain. My cooking may be French but we use British ingredients, we are a British pub and serve ales and we have fish and chips on the menu at lunchtime – the only two-Michelin-starred fish and chips in the world!”
Kerridge added “It has been a journey, a slow process and we have progressively improved. I am so proud of my staff. All of them bar me and my pastry chef are under 30 so this is a really amazing achievement.”
We’d like to extend our congratulations to Tom and his hard working team who have worked for seven years to elevate comfort & pub food to new heights.