The celebrity chef’s other Marlow pub – the Hand and Flowers – retained its one star but this wasn’t the only pub to keep its rating.
Buckinghamshire pubs the Hinds Head and the Royal Oak Paley Street both in Bray also kept its one star alongside fellow Top 50 Gastropubs the Pony & Trap in Chew Magna and the Butchers Arms in Eldersfield, Worcestershire.
The Red Lion Freehouse in East Chisenbury in Wiltshire and Andrew Pern’s the Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire, also held on to their one Michelin star.
The Cross at Kenilworth in Kenilworth, Warwickshire; the Masons Arms in Knowstone; Devon, the Nut Tree in Murcott, Oxfordshire; and the Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent, all kept their stars, as did the Walnut Tree in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.
However, it wasn’t all good news as the Treby Arms in Sparkwell, Devon, had its star removed along with the Wild Rabbit in Kingham, Oxfordshire.
Top 50 Gastropub the Staith House in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, was awarded a Bib Gourmand this year.
Strong food standard
Staith House chef-patron John Calton told The Morning Advertiser that the accolade highlighted the strong standard of food in pubs.
He said: “It shows the strength of cooking in pubs these days because you rarely see [Bib Gourmands] in pubs.
“You never know when people are at the pub to inspect you so it shows a sign of consistency because inspectors come and eat but don’t always reveal themselves.
“We had no idea we were going to get a Bib Gourmand so that says a lot about the standard when you don’t know you have been inspected then you get a surprise like this. It speaks volumes about the consistency.”