We catch up with Tom Kerridge to find out how Kerridge’s Bar & Grill is shaping up, two months after opening. He also reveals his favourite dish and discusses how he’s balancing his busy work and home life.
We are very happy with how it’s going. Reviews have been very positive and all the guys working have taken ownership of their space and room, and really have made it their own. Most importantly, the guests appear to be having a lovely time.
I absolutely love spending time here, the vibe, the space, creates a great atmosphere. It's everything that a restaurant should be, the noise of customers, clinking of cutlery and glasses, and a happy buzz of excitement.
Running a restaurant is always going to be a challenge, there isn’t one particular thing that has stood out. But it’s the ongoing process of spinning plates, keeping me moving about, that is always the challenge.
Of course, I have felt a lot of pressure. Most of that is the pressure of my own making, but I’m very confident in the product that we offer. I love the pressure of it and it’s wonderful to be in a kitchen, spending time at the coal face, being a part of this amazing team.
The fish and chips are a big seller, and the brown butter tart, but for me – my favourite dish is the roast beef cooked on the rotisserie.
In every site we have, whenever game is on the menu, it always sells very well, but the venison dish has been a huge seller here. I think this is because people don’t buy it at home, so it gives them an opportunity to enjoy something they can’t buy from the supermarket.
It’s very difficult, it’s a huge juggling act but I’m loving every minute of it. London is such an exciting place to me and Marlow is my home, so I want to be in both places!
No, I’ve been very fortunate. I lived in London for 10 years before I moved to Marlow, so I count myself as pretty knowledgeable, a part-time Londoner! My dad was from London so I have a real fondness towards its eclectic and vibrant feel. I’m also very proud that my son was born here.
Definitely fish and chips.
The gym. It’s a great place that’s quite secluded with a great selection of weights.
The late great Paul Bocuse, to chat about cooking at the top end for well over 40 years and how important ingredients are and the warmth of hospitality. Also, David Beckham – I’m a massive football fan, I’d like to know what it felt like to be captain of England and to play for so many iconic football clubs. Then finally, Liam Gallagher. Having met Liam a couple of times, I know he would be great fun and I’m sure he has some brilliant anecdotes.