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fact that people drink less than they used to,
especially at lunchtime.
The Coach is open for breakfast and people
can come in at any time for a co ee, as well
as a pint. Although Kerridge has no plans to
roll out The Coach in the way that, say, the
Michelin-starred Northcote team have with
Ribble Valley Inns in the north west, Kerridge
hopes that it will serve as a blueprint for how
the endangered species of the British pub can
survive in the 21st century.
"The idea is to create a hub, a centre for
locals that's accessible and open all day long.
I hope it breathes new life into the pub scene.
Pubs have to adapt to consumer needs, and
this is a food-led way of doing it."
With The Coach and The Hand and
Flowers now in the safe hands of Mulliss
and Beardshaw, up next for Kerridge is his
new book, Tom's Table
(£25, Absolute Press), out
in September and already the number one
new food and drink release on Amazon. He
describes it as "very simple, strong cooking:
recipes focused on the core elements,
whether it's a main or a cake".
Kerridge's rst book, Proper Pub Food,
knocked Jamie Oliver and Bridget Jones o the
top of the bestseller lists (274,595 copies sold
and counting), but the chef insists that money
has never been his motivation. "If you go into
catering to become a multi-millionaire, you're
taking a wrong turn. It's about heart, soul
and love. A business ethos of mine is that if
I'm happy with the way that the business is
working, and if my sta are happy, then the
customers will be happy. For these people
who have had The Hand and Flowers on their
bucket list, I hope they come here, have a
lovely time that doesn't cost them the earth
and leave happy."
If wanting to hug the man who has cooked
your dinner is a mark of happiness, Kerridge's
business ethos is a recipe for massive success.
The Coach, 3 West Street, Marlow,
Buckinghamshire, SL7 2LS; thecoachmarlow.
co.uk; The Hand and Flowers, 126 West Street,
Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2BP; 01628
482277; thehandand owers.co.uk
"IF YOU GO INTO CATERING TO BECOME A
MULTI�MILLIONAIRE, YOU'RE TAKING A WRONG
TURN. IT'S ABOUT HEART AND SOUL AND LOVE"
ON THE MENU AT THE HAND AND FLOWERS
Glazed omelette of smoked haddock and Parmesan, £12.50
Slow-cooked duck breast with peas, duck-fat chips and gravy, £31
Chocolate and ale cake with salted caramel and muscovado ice cream, £9.50
ON THE MENU AT THE COACH
Potted Cornish crab with cucumber chutney, £6.50
Chicken Kiev with cauli� ower cheese, £12.50
Fruit crumble with custard ice cream, £6.50
From far left: Tom and Beth
at her 'Suits' exhibition; Tom;
llet of beef with Béarnaise
sauce; a roast at The Coach;
The Hand and Flowers bar
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