Marlow Bridge, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1RH
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Marlow Bridge, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1RH
When you have had the pleasure of spending a night or two at The Compleat Angler, dreamily set right next to the banks of the Marlow Weir in leafy Buckinghamshire with a quaint church and elegant 1832 suspension bridge as background, it’s terribly hard to check out. The bedrooms are quintessentially English in décor (19th century fish illustrations on the wall, lavish drapes over French windows) but with a modern ultra-luxurious twist. As for dining, tuck into British classics at Bowaters while admiring the elegant swans and quacking ducks as they glide past on the weir or drop into Aubergine which has a fabulous European menu. There’s also a relaxed, informal lounge where you can grab a simpler bite to eat and just soak up the atmosphere of this lovely building which has played host to a roll call of the rich and famous, from the Queen to Bette Davis.
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"When it comes to fine-dining there are few hotel restaurants as splendid or rewarding to the walker than Sindhu at The Compleat Angler in Marlow. The hotel takes its name from Isaak Walton’s seventeenth century classic book about fishing and has the distinction of being one of the few British hotels where Queen Elizabeth II has dined in private. On this particular occasion it was as the guest of the Hungarian ambassador because he wanted her to eat opposite the chain bridge built by the engineer, William Tierney Clark in 1832. From certain angles this bridge is a dead ringer for the famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge across the Danube in Budapest, a later work by Clark.
These days people dining at The Compleat Angler either eat at the Riverside Restaurant or at Sindhu, an Indian restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar with stained glass windows looking out over the Thames weir.
What is remarkable about Sindhu is its imaginative wine pairings. If you still think that Indian cuisine needs a chilled lager or a robustly-oaked chardonnay to stand up to the strong spices, order the tasting menu and enjoy Rieslings, Gewurztraminers and Pinot Noirs that gently bring out the flavours in a range of beautifully prepared dishes. Having the wizard behind Benares in London designing the menu for your Indian restaurant is quite a coup for the management of Compleat Angler. If there is any complaint to make, it’s that Sindhu is so popular the tables are crammed in too closely on a Saturday night!
But getting back to walking: The Thames Path is unique among Britain’s National Trails because it follows the royal river for almost all of its 184 miles, from the Cotswold hills where it rises down through London to the Thames Barrier in Greenwich. One of the loveliest sections of the path is from Oxford where the Thames is briefly known as the Isis (just to confuse outsiders) down to the Compleat Angler. And do take the time to explore Marlow itself, a lovely Buckinghamshire market town where lived the poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and T. S. Eliot. Although the two men wrote here 100 years apart, they were both residents of West Street. Other writers to enjoy the Thames at Marlow included Shelley’s wife Mary who worked on her novel Frankenstein while living here, and Thomas Love Peacock who penned the epithet: “Not drunk is he who from the floor - Can rise alone and still drink more.”
Jerome K. Jerome is said to have written parts of his comic novel, Three Men in a Boat at the Two Brewers, a pub on the opposite side of the Thames from the Compleat Angler.
This Victorian hotel enjoys one of the best riverside locations in England. With both English and Indian restaurants to enjoy and a lively outdoor bar in the summer, The Compleat Angler is reason in itself to walk the Thames Path."
"There has been a riverside inn at Marlow for centuries and various bridges have spanned the Thames at this picturesque spot opposite All Saints’ Church. The latest bridge was built in 1832 and was a prototype for the famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge across the River Danube in Budapest, a later work by the same engineer, William Tierney Clark.
In the 1880s the inn alongside Marlow Bridge added a new wing and in tribute to Isaak Walton’s much-loved seventeenth century text on fishing and country life it renamed itself The Compleat Angler. That's a popular name for hostelries, there is also a pub in Norwich called 'The Compleat Angler' and a hotel in the Bahamas too. This Compleat Angler enjoys one of the best hotel locations in England. It not only sits on its own quayside along the Thames, but has great views of Clark’s elegant chain bridge and All Saints, an impressive Victorian church in Bath stone, topped by a spire that soars 170 feet above the town.
In the summer The Compleat Angler is often used for wedding receptions with the newly-married bride and groom being rowed across from the church while wedding guests process over Marlow Bridge. Summer is also when the hotel makes the most of its riverside lawn with a tented bar facing the Thames. In the winter the hotel is cozy with low ceilings, real fires and two superb restaurants: Riverside which overlooks the church, and Sindhu, the latest Indian cuisine venture from Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar that looks over the impressive weir.
This is a hotel that really makes the most of its riverside location. It’s ideal for walkers and diners alike, not to mention brides."
"Long riverside walks are in store for your dog when you check into the Compleat Angler on the banks of the River Thames at Marlow Weir. That strange 17th century spelling of the hotel’s name is down to Isaak Walton who wrote a book about fishing on the Thames around the same time that this ancient inn was opened. Staff at the Compleat Angler genuinely seem to like dogs rather than simply tolerating them, so as long as you can keep your friend out of the river you’ll have a fun relaxing time."
"Dating back to 1640, The Compleat Angler takes its name from Isaak Walton’s book of the same name which was published in 1653. Walton’s celebration of the art and spirit of fishing finds an echo in this Thameside hideaway whose oak-panelled bar dates back to the seventeenth century. This is a fine place for fly-fishing during the day and to come back to as the sun begins to set. For those who don’t want to just doze in front of the lounge's open log fire there’s a selection of board games for guests to play."
Information on Macdonald Compleat Angler hotel , Marlow Bridge , Marlow
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: Classic, Executive, Feature, Four-Poster, Suites
|Room rates guide:||
Double/Twin from: £179.00
Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (charge applies)
Romantic Details: Tranquil riverside setting, four-poster beds, balconies
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Accreditation: AA 4 Red Stars, AA 2 Rosettes
Flat screen TV, Satellite channels, Complimentary broadband internet access, Climate control, Four-poster beds available, Iron & board, trouser press, Molton Brown toiletries, Safe, hairdryer, work desk & chair, Tea & coffee making facilities, mineral water, mini-bar, 24hr room service
Gardens, 2 award-winning restaurants, Lounge & cocktail bar, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 5 meeting rooms, For up to 120 delegates, conference/meeting facilities, Complimentary car parking
|Outdoor activities on site:||
Fishing, Historic sites
|Local directions:||Please see our website for map and directions.|
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Nearest railway stn:
London (1 hour)
London Heathrow (21 miles) (20 mins)
Marlow (0.6 miles) (2 mins)
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