The Bucks Free Press reported this morning (18 July) that Kerridge, owner of the double Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers and sister site the Coach, both in Marlow, is in talks to take on another Greene King pub, O’Donoghues, in the Bucks village.
According to the local paper, the pub under Kerridge would remain as a sports pub serving bar food.
Kerridge was not available to comment at the time of going to press.
He opened his second pub, the Coach, on the site of the former Coach & Horses pub in 2014. It went on to win fourth place in 2016’s Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs.
Both the Hand & Flowers and the Coach were named amongst the top 100 restaurants in the country at the recent National Restaurant Awards 2016.
Kerridge recently hosted a one-off Sunday lunch with iconic French chef and restaurateur Alain Ducasse at the Hand & Flowers.
The menu featured English parsley soup with smoked eel and garlic, treacle-cured beef fillet with chou farci and Yorkshire pudding, langoustine with summer vegetables and Eton mess.
The chef also recently announced the impending release of a new diet cookbook, Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: My Low Carb, High Flavour, Stay Happy Way to Lose Weight.