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What tapas bars are to Spain and bistros to France, so are pubs to the UK. An essential element of the culture for centuries, public houses have poured countless pints of beer to thirsty locals and served innumerable pies to hungry travellers. This institution is in danger, with dozens closing every week due to rising beer taxes and changing tastes. But it’s not a concern for Tom Kerridge, owner and chef at The Hand & Flowers: the first (and only) pub in the world to hold two Michelin stars.

Set in the well-bred town of Marlow, a 45-minute drive…



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