Marlow Bottom Beer Guide: Your Marlow Bottom guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Marlow Bottom

74 /100 BENCOMBE FARM,
“Great brewery shop. They serve two free pints of beer for customers. Customers can just use the four handpumps and fill their glasses. What a treat! Otherwise good selection of their main beers and lots of wine and other accessories.“
saxo 388 days ago
72 /100 BENCOMBE FARM,
“Visited 5/4/2019. Short detour off the M40, really enjoyed our visit to this very welcoming brewery shop. Having the 4 beers on help-yourself hand-pull is a great touch and hadn’t tried any before so worked my way through small servings of each one whilst browsing the very attractive store. Was a little disappointed by how many different beers were available bottled, they just had 4 of their own (plus a couple available in minimum half keg size) supplemented by a half dozen ciders. There was a lot more stock of spirits and wines than beer. Lots of brewery souvenirs offered. The advertising of member events, bbq’s etc looked great and I’d certainly want to get involved in that if I lived locally. My wife reckoned this was the best beer place I’d ever taken her!“
Grumbo 491 days ago
62 /100 BURROUGHS GROVE HILL
“Visited for lunch on Good Friday, 30/03/18. Best part of 7 years sInce the last review ... still tied with the Marlow brewery it seems with 4 cask lines dispensing their brews ... couple of regulars plus a new beer and their monthly special. The pint of Relativity I had was in good nick but as others say you'll get any of these beers throughout the surrounding area. The pub itself is an oldish building on a couple of levels ... smart enough clean decor, wooden floors, not too much paraphernalia cluttering the walls as is sometimes the case. Service was decent. I wouldn't say the food prices were particularly high ... just the going rate in my book ... £10/12 each for fish, chips and mushy peas and ham, egg and chips. Food was decent enough without being Wow! Overall a decent enough pub for some grub and a well kept pint of local beer but clearly not a go to destination.“
Theydon_Bois 862 days ago
68 /100 BENCOMBE FARM,
“Can’t believe I’ve never been here before. Buzzing and heaving late on a Friday afternoon. Not surprising really with the FREE beer! As others have said, there’s four taps, just grab a glass & help yourself - up to a maximum of two FREE pints. Beer condition is top notch, as you’d expect at the brewery and with a quick turnover caused by the FREE beer. If you’re confused by the concept of FREE beer (as I was) the staff are very friendly and helpful. There’s also a reasonable selection of bottled ciders which you can taste a sample of on request, and a small amount of local produce - although as others have said, the main focus is wine. Great place, I’ll be back. Did I mention the beer was free?“
wheresthepath 1519 days ago
68 /100 BENCOMBE FARM,
“More of a wine shop with some added farm produce. 4 Rebellions on tap, self-serve and free. Fairly busy and very friendly atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon.“
MrTipple 1749 days ago
70 /100 BENCOMBE FARM,
“Visited on Saturday 5th April ’14 with my Dad. Firstly Dad doesn’t drink beer but on the first Saturday of the month they have a wine tasting in a small tent in the forecourt so this kept him busy. The beers are free - yes, I was with you Fergus. Chatting to an American guy who lives in the area and he said he tells his friends in London, "I live in Marlow where I drink free beer every Saturday"!!! There were 4 beers on draft, 2 regular and 2 seasonal and you literally just serve yourself, as much or little as you want so I found time for a half of each. Free ! As such there is a great community feel to this place, the courtyard outside the brewery shop was packed with drinkers, maybe 40 or so. They run a membership club where you get discounts on the Rebellion beers and this seemed a very popular initiative with folks turning up every few minutes in brewery fleeces and t-shirts taking 18 pint carry outs home. That aside the beer range is limited, the shop is 98% wine, 2% beer! They had 3 or 4 of their own bottled beers on sale plus the 4 cask beers to take away in varying sized containers from 2 pints up to 18/36/firkin. Service was prompt and very friendly, they also sell a few snacks like scotch eggs and chorizo’s. Overall a great little brewery set up and friendly vibe to the place, a definate stop if in the area.“
Theydon_Bois 2316 days ago
70 /100 BENCOMBE FARM,
“Nice little shop in an out building of the brewery. 4 gravity casks of very solid english ales to sample free of charge while you shop or socialise with your mates. Very friendly staff instructed me very well even when i expressed extreme confusion at the concept of free beer. A really nice community atmosphere. Clearly a few regulars whoc stop in for a free pint on their way home. Stock various sizes of their regular beers and their seasonal, which would be good for a party or get together. Did not have a bad beer there. Really solid.“
mR_fr0g 2352 days ago
68 /100 BENCOMBE FARM,
“Interesting location, more like a wine shop than a beer brewery. They however compensate by having 4 beer on tap free of charge for you to taste. A real treat. Quite busy, people filling up bottles with this day’s brew. Nice. Helpfull staff. Only 2 bottles in stock, so little for me to take home.“
vipinvelp 2466 days ago
56 /100 BURROUGHS GROVE HILL
“Beautiful country pub. Fancy restaurant food (and prices - we opted against). Good selection of Rebellion beers, including the mild, all in perfect condition, and delicious. If you’re in the area, do pop in, but fortunately Rebellion are available elsewhere, so you probably don’t need to go out of your way just for this place.“
FatPhil 3240 days ago
46 /100 BENCOMBE FARM,
“No taps open when I was there. Probably 5 beers in bottles. Small shop, a bit "industrial". Maybe better when there’s an event. Probably not the best place to have the Rebellion beers, but they’re great beers, so having them anywhere is good. Go to the Three Horseshoes to relax instead.“
FatPhil 3240 days ago
62 /100 BURROUGHS GROVE HILL
“Pub has been knocked through into one big barn-like (albeit split-level) dining space, which detracts from the amosphere quite a lot. Huge portions of decent-quality (although not innovative) food can be chosen from the astonishingly extensive and often-changing chalkboard menu - it is slightly pricey for the area though. As previously stated, beer is 6 from Rebellion (including the current monthly and seasonal specials, so as llong as you’ve not been there for a month you’re guaranteed something new) - but no guest ales. Staff are young odd-jobbers, but are friendly, professional and efficient enough. Overall? Well it’s a restaurant rather than a pub, but with slightly downbeat pub decor. Decent place for the odd meal, safe in the knowledge you’re likely to get a new beer rate in while you’re there.“
wheresthepath 3921 days ago
68 /100 BENCOMBE FARM,
“Small, friendly and busy, limited range of four bottles and four cask beers.“
berkshirejohn 4432 days ago
56 /100 BURROUGHS GROVE HILL
“Good range of Rebellion ales, well-kept, but little else for the beer drinker - mainly a place for food.“
berkshirejohn 4538 days ago
68 /100 BENCOMBE FARM,
“Decent little brewery which every year or two has an open day with jazz music and food and where fantastically all of their beers are free! Went last year as I know one or two of the chaps from ordering beers for out Beer festival at Merton from them. Interesting little brewery tour which also includes a bit of history about brewing in the area people like Wethereds are discussed. Beers are very good even better tasting coz they’re free.“
Fin 5042 days ago
68 /100 BURROUGHS GROVE HILL
“Lovely beer - the Rebellion brewery is just down the road. Food was okay - plentiful, but not really top notch; having said that, I was there on Sunday for lunch. Good plan: when they give you a beer bottle with a table number on it, they ask you to take the beer bottle home - so I got myself a nice bottle of Rebellion Red, which should be good. Very busy restaurant pub with not much atmosphere; it’s the beer that makes this place.“
UncleJames 5270 days ago
68 /100 BURROUGHS GROVE HILL
“The main reason to come here is for the Rebellion beers - 6 on tap, of which I’d not tried three before - all in top condition. Quite busy at lunchtime on New Years Eve, but all the tables were set out for eating (and most of the customers were eating), which doesn’t lend a very cosy, pubby atmosphere. Menu was quite extensive (the evening menu is longer than the lunchtime one) but we weren’t that hungry so I just had a cheese and ham filled baguette, which was fine but not really a great test of culinary skills. Service was quick, friendly and efficient but a bit let down by the fact that, although the pub was open all afternoon, the staff were busy setting up for a New Years party all around us by the time we were leaving.“
chriso 5334 days ago
86 /100 BURROUGHS GROVE HILL
“The range of food is incredibly vast, at least 30 main courses were available, very little of the menu is what you would call ‘pub grub’. The quality of food is high, and the portions are very generous. The main course prices range from about £8 - £15. While these prices are slightly above normal pub prices, just the bigger portions more than justify the prices, even if you discount the quality. Rerate: Food has gone downhill quite a bit, soggy fish and chips on the last visit. This pub gets top marks from me. Not only were the beers I sampled in top condition (Zebedee, Mild, Smuggler & Turncoat), but the food was excellent and very well priced. I had sausages and mash potato. The meal consisted of some creamy mash potato, topped with fried onions and gravy. The sausages were all large, and each one was different, they were served on a sizzling metal dish, much like those seen in Chinese restaurants. The quality of food gets a 10/10 from me, the beer also gets a 10/10. The only thing that I marked down was the overall rating, as the pubs upkeep is slightly below what you might expect.“
Joeh 6001 days ago
84 /100 BENCOMBE FARM,
“A small, but fairly well stocked brewery shop for the Rebellion Brewery.“
Joeh 6001 days ago