Tom Kerridge’s Hand & Flowers becomes first 2 Star Michelin Pub in Great Britain

By Mecca Ibrahim •


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.

 

Comments


Mecca Ibrahim

Mecca is Head of Social Media at Great British Chefs and has spent the last 10 years at some of the biggest and most innovative internet businesses out there (Yahoo, Just Giving, E-How, Moo.com and Joost). She was winning awards for her blog when most people didn't know what a blog was. Mecca hosts an annual food blogging competition called NomNomNom and runs the multi-award winning London Underground Tube Diary.

Follow us on Twitter

Great British Chefs

@gbchefs

8 mins

Last hours to #win 1 of 3 Smoking Guns w @Nisbets worth £55+ Enter NOW http://t.co/80V1yUfxko RT & share via @gbchefs http://t.co/y0atQMmtqa

Great British Chefs

@gbchefs

56 mins

How about tucking into some Chicken fajita kebabs for dinner tonight? @colinmcgurran http://t.co/IXxbf6XtL2 @gbchefs http://t.co/HR4njiMid6

Great British Chefs

@gbchefs

1 hr

Perfect for an afternoon snack Kohlrabi & Carrot Fritters by @amuseyrbouche http://t.co/8mflnkN7OI via @gbchefs http://t.co/yJhtEXwEpY

Great British Chefs

@gbchefs

2 hrs

A slice of lemon cake + strawberries is the ideal afternoon snack @adamgraychef via @gbchefs http://t.co/BrIT3Xybad http://t.co/fH9GgQnxRm