Kerridge to host TV series to ‘save much-loved pubs’

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Small-screen star: pub owner and chef Tom Kerridge will present a TV series bidding to save the humble boozer
Small-screen star: pub owner and chef Tom Kerridge will present a TV series bidding to save the humble boozer
Celebrity chef and pub owner Tom Kerridge has called for struggling pubs to appear in a BBC Two series about British pubs under threat.

Kerridge runs three pubs in Marlow, Buckinghamshire – the Hand & Flowers, the Coach and the Butcher’s Tap.

The Coach​ was 2016’s highest new entry on the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs​ list in 2016 and currently sits in second place.

Two Michelin-starred pubs the Hand & Flowers​ first opened in 2005 and gained its first Michelin star within a year, achieving its second in 2012.

Getting in touch

It is currently number 14 on the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub list after heading it for many years, before being retired from the competition in 2014.

It came out of retirement in 2018, reappearing on the list at number 19 before moving to its current position.

Kerridge opened the Butcher’s Tap in 2017, in a bid to “bring the high street alive again”. The pub is also a traditional butcher’s shop that serves ales alongside a small selection of food.

The celebrity chef posted on his Instagram about the new series, calling for failing pubs to get in touch with production company Bone Soup.

Struggling pubs

The post said: “Is your pub facing an uncertain future? Each week, 18 UK pubs go out of business. Are you fighting to save a much-loved local from ‘last orders’?

“Tom Kerridge, chef and publican, is making a prime-time TV series for BBC Two about British pubs under threat.

“Tom will be using his business experience and his passion for the licensed industry to work with determined publicans and communities to save their much-loved pubs from closing their doors for good.

“If you need help with a struggling pub or are trying to save one that’s on the brink of closure, we would love to hear your story.

“Please email or call the team at Bone Soup Productions with your name, contact details and some information about the pub at pnfgvat@obarfbhc.pb.hx​ or 0117 906 4321.”

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