Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge defends £87 price for sirloin steak at his pub

By Andy Crick & Cathy Owen

Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge has defended charging £87 for a steak in one of his pubs.

The TV cook charges £87 for a sirloin steak at his pub, The Hand and Flowers - while the lamb main is £69 and a spiced venison loin is £60, while a side of cabbage is £7.50.

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A smoked salmon dish priced at £42.50 is the most expensive starter, and all the desserts are £26.50.

Wine buff Guy Woodward quoted the website of the pub in Marlow, Bucks and tweeted: "Website of The Hand and Flowers by Tom Kerridge.

"'Unpretentious', 'proper pub', 'for everyone to enjoy' 'relaxed and accessible'."

But he added: "Steak and chips £87, side of cabbage, £7.50, creme brulee: £26.50.

"And people complain about wine list mark-ups."

But Kerridge stepped in to defend the prices, saying costs are high because he pays his staff a decent wage.

He said: "Those prices include everything, VAT and service. No additional service charge at all.

"Also I pay staff properly and treat their job as a professional career.

"Perhaps the real cost of dining should be addressed. Unpretentious does not mean cheap."

The pub does also have two Michelin stars - the first in the country to get so many, according to the SWNS news agency.

Tom Kerridge's £28.50 burger (Susan Griffin)

One of Kerridge's restaurants serves Britain’s most expensive fish and chips, costing an eye-watering £32.50.

Served with just seven chips, delicately sprinkled with herb garnish and accompanied by chunky tartare, pease pudding and curry sauce, this fish and chip meal is now served at the five-star Corinthia hotel in London.

It is not the first time there has been criticism of steep prices.

Last month, food critic Jay Rayner blasted a restaurant charging £36 for a salad and £85 for bottle of wine you can buy in a shop for £13.95 Read what he had to say here.

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