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“It is what it is which is dog friendly and with great service.”
Review of The Two Brewers

The Two Brewers
Ranked #28 of 80 Restaurants in Marlow
Price range: US$13 - US$24
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Originally opening its doors in 1727, The Two Brewers is a traditional pub with a few modern extras, offering great food and drink in relaxed surroundings.
Reviewed September 3, 2017

I've read a lot of reviews which slate this pub for "not being what it used to be." That's fair enough but what about first time visitors which is what we were on a Saturday evening in August?

We had a boat on the river over the bank holiday weekend which we've done a few times (and is super). We wanted to try this pub a few years ago but couldn't because of fire damage at the time (the pub, not the boat). We were going to go last year but our friends turned up late so we had to go elsewhere. This year, we almost failed again as there were no moorings to the West of Marlow Bridge so we had to go through Marlow lock and look for a mooring on the other side which we were lucky enough to find. However, due to temporary works around Pergola Field, this green space was closed so instead of a 5 minute walk to the pub, we had to go all round the houses to reach it which involved a 20 minute walk each way but we're very glad we did.

We were limited on venues as we had a small dog with us but having already sounded the pub out earlier, we were told we'd be very welcome and especially with such a lovely dog!

We got to the restaurant at 20:30, received a lovely welcome and were shown to our table (our friends were joining us later and just managed to make it before the kitchen closed). We fancied some red wine but couldn't decide between the Malbec or the Shiraz so the fantastic barman (Joel) offered us a sip of each. We'd expected the Malbec to be better but actually, the Shiraz won us over so fair play to Joel for letting us do this.

To the food itself, it might not be fine dining any more but so what? It was perfectly respectable, well presented, tasty, piping hot and in our opinion, better than average pub grub. We had tomato soup and chicken wings to start and then most of us had fish and chips for the main and one of us had peri peri chicken.

The only bad thing about the place was the couple at the next table who when discovering the pub had run out of vinegar, insisted on a discount and then demanded the waiter go out and buy them some! As it happened, the waiter managed to find some which I actually think really disappointed these clowns! It takes all sorts I suppose and I'm sure they won't always be there but that was our only gripe and of course, nothing to do with the pub.

This place may well "not be what it used to be"... but that's fine by us as we loved it so please don't change. And don't ever let Joel leave as he is a credit to you.

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Reviewed August 31, 2017 via mobile

Popped in for lunch with the family. Great pub. Food was delicious and the atmosphere was welcoming and despite being busy we were looked after brilliantly. A must if you're in the area!

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Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

Lovely pub,lovely atmosphere staff very friendly situated in a lovely place in marlow and they sold my favourite beer Hop house 13 lager

Thank Martha J
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Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

This used to have really good food , now just a load of fried, battered, prepackaged,lowest common denominator food. Really pubs shouldn't be allowed to get away with such dreadful food anymore. Complain/avoid it's the only way pubs will learn!

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TwoBrewersMarlow, General Manager at The Two Brewers, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2017

Thank your comments and feedback.
We have actually recently changed food supplier to upgrade the quality of our food. All of our ingredients are fresh and our meat is sourced from British farms, unlike previous menus. I am sorry the food was not what you expected.
We are continuing to develop and evolve our menu all the time and I hope you decide to reconsider and explore our menu further.
Kind Regards
James

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Reviewed August 23, 2017

We hadn't visited the pub for a year or so but were looking for a typically old Marlow establishment to take friends from London. We were given a table for six in the cellar on the one sunny Sunday we have had in August. It was cold, dark and very uninviting. No decoration just a canister of knives and forks in the middle of the table. Perhaps you now have to place the order at the bar even when dining in the restaurant, I dont' know, we weren't informed, but after half an hour one of our party placed our order. We waited an hour before going to the bar again and being told that our roast dinners were being cooked and would be five minutes. They arrived without any condiments which we had to ask for. Nobody came back to ask if everything was OK, whether we wanted any more drinks or dessert. It was as if we didn't exist. We had to visit the bar again to ask for the bill. Shocking service, couldn't care less attitude and mediocre food. Will avoid it. They need to realise that Marlow has plenty of other pubs and restaurants so if they want to succeed they need a total rethink.

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1  Thank Debbie E
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TwoBrewersMarlow, General Manager at The Two Brewers, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2017

Thank you for your feedback. I will be taking this information to include in a refresher training for my team, regarding not checking back with your table and servicing your group with condiments etc.
There are plans for the near future to upgrade our cellar space and make more welcoming.
We no longer offer full table service as part of our operation at this traditional British pub. We can however accommodate at times if prearranged. We will in future endeavor to make this more clear on arrival.
Thank you once again for your feedback,
James

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