Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 6:18PM
"Excellent cuisine, worth a detour"- that's what two of those red stars in the Michelin guide actually mean. And yet I would imagine most people, headed to the Hand and Flowers in Marlow, were actually going under the three star guise of "deserves a special journey". I certainly was when I visited last Saturday. My reluctance to travel for food was over thrown by the undisputed appeal of the infamous eatery - the first pub to receive the two star accolade and a lunch menu that's as competitive as the average pub down the street.The set lunch menu, is a bargain at £15 for two courses but involves no choices, so a fussy eater would be thrown on to the a la carte - not such bad thing, as its also incredibly reasonably priced. Its nice to see that the doubling of stars, hasn't meant similar price increases.
The bavette of steak however, did. How they managed to give steak such a butter like texture I will never know. Billed as "medium rare", it was much closer to rare, and with the touch of a knife expelled a tidal wave of juices. It sat upon a sauce of mushroom ketchup, which perfectly complemented the the slight sweetness of the meat.