Food cooking and eating – stories and ideas from a passionate foodie

“Marlow’s Little Secret”

Yes.  Can see why. Off the main road.  Past another pub – always hard to do!  But why did we go there?

The Queens Head - a secret pic from their web site

The Queens Head – a secret pic from their web site

OK – I’d met Marc Petit Head Chef on Monday while co-presenting a show on Marlow FM (Food show, Monday’s 9:30 to 12 with Donna Thacker and Pauline Howe-Davies).  He was modern, different, talked about all the staff elements (front, middle back and all!). And the passion shone through (and still described his mum’s cooking as unmatchable…how lovely is that?)

I was going to call this piece “Proper Serviettes”.  It is not often nowadays, except in the most outlandishly expensive establishments, to actually have real linen to cover your knees, and caress your lips before sipping your wine… But hey, as they said here when I remarked on this, “We don’t spare expense here”.  Good attitude, I thought…

I learnt something today. Owner Daniel O’Sullivan said they had a quite full a la carte food menu when they started. Fine for the evening…but 70 people arrived for lunches – and only 20 ate.  After 2 days they changed the lunch menu, to be lighter bites – check it out on their website .  But isn’t that another great sign…”it’s not working – let’s change it”.

We had the Rump Steak salad.  Simple strips of fried slivers of steak – succulent, simple and tasty.  It is easy to over or under do simple stuff.  It was what is often described as ‘small plate’ – and that doesn’t mean small taste!  So usefully filling for a lunch.  It is true that many of us don’t really want a full 3 courses at lunch, especially as it is so hot at the moment.  Having said that, the full a la carte menu is available if you so wish – sensible flexibility, I think! And the leaves, tomatoes and slivers or parmesan to accompany – and subtly dressed – yes, I love simple with a bit of passion added.

It was all about the ingredients – the local producers, the positive team atmosphere, the lack of panic, the always wanting to improve…

It does feel calm and seamless – many different folk all doing their bit quietly and efficiently and with a touch of smiles. They all look like they want to serve you as best as they possibly can.  The place was buzzing and full – and rightly so…

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