Dishes on the menu have a carefree spontaneity about them. Each is clearly meticulously planned and created; yet changes are made to the menu almost daily at the whim of the kitchen and restaurant team to complement the season at its freshest. Foraging is a passion here, so don’t be surprised to find a one-off cocktail or dish picked and crafted by one of the team on their walk to work.
The kitchen team is headed up by Scott Smith, a Scot by name and birth, his creativity and passion for local, seasonal produce shines on every plate. Taking us on a taste adventure, the medley of flavour combinations and produce were as surprising and inspiring as they were comforting.
From imaginative dishes such as a sweet and spicy slow cooked beef chain, BBQ mussels and Kimchi to classical dishes with a twist like slow cooked pork loin, lightly pickled onion and chimichurri; and nods to his roots in the fruity and festive Ecclefechan Tart dessert, Scott and his team are not afraid to be bold and experimental, the result of which is enlightening.
There is a palpable respect for the produce, everything feels nurtured and cared for. Every dish tells a story of the vision, time and energy that went into it, a highlight was the paté en croute, made on site by Sous Chef, Peter Webster, showing his attention to detail and sophisticated palate, combining chicken, pork and ham peppered with crunchy pistachios encased in a light, melt-in-your-mouth pastry.
Other pips ‘n pieces
Upstairs, there’s a light-filled, private dining room for meetings, celebratory lunches or dinners, for up to 14 people.
Conveniently, there’s a large public car park opposite The Oarsman.
Marlow is approximately 1 ½ hours’ drive from central London or 45 minutes by train. From Marlow station it’s a 15-minute walk to The Oarsman.
The Bottom Line
Wines by the glass start from £5.50.
Starters start from £8.50. Mains from £17.50.
*Please note, wines, dishes and prices are correct at time of visit and may be subject to change.
46 Spittal Street
Pub Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday: Midday – 11.00pm
Sunday: Midday – 7.00pm
The Main Menu Is Served:
Monday to Saturday: Midday – 2:30pm | 5:00pm – 9:45pm
Sunday: Midday – 5.30pm
Charcuterie and Larder counter is available all day from midday.