Tom Kerridge and Greene King team for butcher and pub plan

Two Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge has teamed up with pub chain Greene King to develop a butcher and public house combination.

Opening next month, The Butcher’s Tap in Marlow will serve as a butcher’s and a bar during the day. When 5pm comes along, the space will be transformed into a pub setting, with meat at the heart of the menu.

To deliver the initiative, Kerridge is joining forces with his friend and butcher Andy Cook, who will bring his knowledge of the meat industry to the initiative to provide top-quality meat.

This is the first of Greene King’s joint venture concepts that will see its Pub Partners division team pair with entrepreneurial and innovative influencers.

“The quality of produce that Andy brings is uncompromising, and he’s a proper butcher,” said Kerridge. “We want The Butcher’s Tap to be the heart and soul of Marlow, somewhere you can pop in every week for your usual order that we’ll have ready for you, but also a place you can have a pint and a hot pork pie straight out of the oven.”

The menu will include an array of meaty favourites from the British Isles, including braised faggots, hotpots, homemade pies, scotch eggs and sausage rolls. In an effort to keep the atmosphere sociable and casual, the meat of the day will be served in an informal bun, making cutlery redundant. The thinking behind this is to allow the diners to have one hand free to access their drink.

“We aim to work with the best in the business and are thrilled that the next step of our ongoing partnership with Tom Kerridge also marks the start of what we hope will be a major development in our Pub Partners division,” explained Clive Chesser, managing director of Greene King Pub Partners.

“The Butcher’s Tap is the first of our innovative new joint venture concepts and our partnership in Marlow combines a world famous chef with two Michelin stars alongside a first-class butcher with huge experience and Greene King’s brands and retail expertise.

“We have enjoyed a long and rewarding partnership with Tom Kerridge that has seen the Hand & Flowers in Marlow go from strength to strength and I cannot think of a better partner with whom to launch our joint venture programme. These concepts will see us working with innovators in the industry to come up with new ideas to expand the potential of a pub and enhance even further the role it plays in a community.”

In addition to British meat, the bar will stock a selection of real ales, lagers and spirits, with a revolving choice of wines.

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