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Contemporary Bistro and Wine Bar - The Oarsman, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

The Oarsman

4.3
4.3
18 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
The Oarsman is a contemporary Bistro and Pub on Spittal Street in Marlow.

For lunch and dinner, we serve bistro style, seasonal dishes from the open kitchen and small plates from the charcuterie and larder counter.

Seasonal dishes are created by Head Chef Scott Smith and Sous Chef Peter Webster. Both Chefs have won acclaimed praise during their career.

We have created an extensive list of fine and rare wines, as well as a wide range of wines by the glass. It might appear a bit bonkers, but that’s half the fun, there are over 300 wines, more than 200 grape varieties from forty plus countries, the quandary is, if we don’t list them, you can’t try them – so let’s be a bit bonkers.

All are farmed sustainably, most organically a good deal biodynamically and much with minimal intervention.

We have a strong environmental ethos and support local suppliers where possible to serve the finest, seasonal produce.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–7:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01628 617755

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Marlow

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

What 18 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. AM

    AidanM

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    At this year's Henley Regatta, we decided to try a new venue, The Oarsman, following a recommendation. We managed to get one of the few remaining tables and weren’t disappointed. We met the owner Nigel and some of the team on arrival. Found them most helpful. The restaurant was packed and had a busy atmosphere. The menu was good, and the food and service were first-class. Well worth the visit and sensible value for such good food.
  2. A

    Anon

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was really good with service to match. This was an unexpected find and we would definitely come back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice meal , great service , thank you
  4. H

    Haley

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    My partner and I ordered the chateaubriand, which was £60, thinking that was a fair price considering how large chateaubriand's typically are and the fact that it's marked as a dish for two people to share. Sadly, the value for money was incredibly far off. It was so small and we are quite certain we would have gotten more for our money if we just got our own individual steaks. The staff were all very kind and it is a lovely restaurant but the serving size was really off-putting considering how small the sides were, as well.
  5. N

    Nedwards77

    Berkshire

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, amazing wine, lovely service
  6. j

    jahas

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was my first time at the Oarsman. I was very happy with the love; of service to begin with, warm, helpful and cheery. This always sets the right tone for any restaurant. The indoor and outdoor flow worked very well particularly as the weather was great. The food was very good and the wine suggestion excellent. We will be back! Well done Oarsman! Always great to discover new places to have great food and wine.
  7. f

    fastdoced

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice selection of upscale pub food. Very interesting and diverse wine list. Definitely would go back.
  8. C

    Charlie85

    Surrey

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The pub looks quite basic but the food was outstanding. It took us by surprise.
  9. HS

    HandsomeSlick

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Epic as always - Steak Tartar and the chips are a must.
  10. ST

    SusanT

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food, atmosphere and service. Staff very helpful with Gluten free needs.
  11. F

    Foodie

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are at 4pm, it was very quiet, which was perfect as we had a newborn & space around the table for the pram. The food was immense! Fantastic wine & great service. Would highly recommend
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The most amazing service from all those we came into contact with! Food very good too, albeit a little more pricey than we would normally expect for an unplanned lunch. It is Marlow though 😁
  13. Z

    Zosmos

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food and a beautiful menu. Staff a little over attentive
  14. MK

    MarcK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked at short notice and we were really pleased we did. Fantastic service, great food and a really good atmosphere.
  15. DW

    DebbieW

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the larder menu which was more like tapas. It was perfect for lunch.
  16. p

    pramarlow

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Generalky, very nice food and experience. The rosti was over-fried, sadly.
  17. h

    hungrywelshman

    London

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a really relaxing and delicious lunch at The Oarsman. Excellent food - well cooked Cod and lovely slow cooked Featherblade of beef with a bourguignon sauce. Moreish side dishes. Followed by a delicious dark chocolate mousse. Staff were lovely - very welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu (thank you Penny and Patricia). I understand new owners took over 5 months ago, so if you haven’t been we’d highly recommend giving it a go.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service. Deserved to be busier on a Sunday!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

The Oarsman is rated 4.3 stars by 18 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for The Oarsman

46 Spittal St, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1DB

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Marlow

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–7:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

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