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Marlow Donkey, Marlow

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user reviews of the Marlow Donkey, Marlow

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It's OK. Greene King pub. I was only in briefly, mid-afternoon, and suspect it may get mobbed later.
joegreen - 26 Oct 2014 17:34
Popped in here while waiting for my train. It has been refurbished in the "Laura Ashley" handbook style but it is quite pleasant and was very busy (Friday 5pm). A good mix of age groups (maybe just too many young squawking kids?) Greene King beers although they do have a guest ale - Titanic Iceberg was advertised but to the barman's credit he said he couldn't serve it to me as it was at the end of the barrel! I had Ale Fresco which was OK. They do food; have a patio and outside seating and overall I thought it was an OK pub. One thing though - I couldn't see clock anywhere which to me would have been handy as I nearly missed my train!
mcroyal - 25 Jun 2011 11:09
The location ten minutes from the high street makes this spacious ivy clad pub a good place to escape the crowds. Standard Greene King ales and menu, efficiently served. The bar staff told us a refurb is due next month (Nov 2010).
rentaquote - 21 Oct 2010 14:26
Visied today for the first time in 20+ years. Now owned by the mighty G King. 4 pumps with IPA, Abbott, Morris Mayhem (?) and Hen advertised but only the last one on. Pint was fine and I was surprised that it was only £2.90.

Got there about 1400 on a warm Friday and they'd obviously had a busy lunchtime. Lots of tables in the garden were full of glasses etc but were quickly cleared as the place got quieter. No issues with the service. Food menu looked reasonable.
cheshirecat - 21 May 2010 20:36
Chav wedding venue - crap
beefbeerandbaps - 3 Mar 2008 15:37
This was my lunch-time drinking hole way back in the late 60's when i worked for James Davies along side the station. The owner was a very pleasant chap indeed. I intend to revisit this pub very shortly with my partner, can anybody suggest a Hotel locally please?
rs200080 - 2 Oct 2007 21:21
Attended a beer festival here over bank holiday weekend, good range of ales (about 20 present). Since the refurb the new managers seem to be trying and it's a big improvement on the Old Donkey (even though it's a Green King pub)
anonymous - 29 Aug 2007 21:59
great fires
pubbuilder - 1 Dec 2006 14:26
The food has definitely improved, definitely – about time!
loid - 2 Nov 2006 16:51
It has changed. Lost some of its old 'proper pub' charm though. Pool table has gone and has been replaced with a non-smoking dining area.

Food has definitely improved. Sunday roast is good ( fair size ) as is the mixed grill. I was most impressed with the black pudding.

Always busy these days with lots of new faces so the changes have obviously gone down well.

It's gone a bit more upmarket, but I think 'sophisticated' is a bit of a stretch.
Lots of leather sofas and a real fire.

OUT - Pool table, TV's, grease, my favourite seats
IN - More seated dining areas, a wall of wine, Lots more people, better food

herniator - 2 Nov 2006 15:41
Can't believe how much this pub has changed. A lot better than the old Donkey, and at the moment getting good crowds. Bar staff are fairly friendly too.

You also need to check out the toilets!
anonymous - 12 Oct 2006 22:51
Changed beyond all recognition don't get me wrong its still the donkey but now very sophisticated
chunky35 - 30 Aug 2006 21:41
this pub is great... you should defiantly try it!!! - especially fun is the resident dood dr honda herniator - he can often be found chillin' by the stella pump, pumping if the tunes are rockin'

defiantly get there early if you want a seat!!!
nat0 - 17 Mar 2006 17:13
The Donkey is a brilliant pub for all day sessions it's got all you need for the day, fruities, pool table, quiz machines, all day food and fantastic Stella! What more could a group of lads need.

Went there a couple of years ago for a mates 30th, the staff were really accomodating even though we were a rowdy bunch.

I agree with the herniator, it's probably not the place to take your missus for a romantic evening.

For those of you that get around the country who liked it here, you will probably like the Ladybay in West Bridgeford (Notts)and the Good Companions in Brighton
Dr_Honda - 17 Mar 2006 15:22
It's ok as a pub - pretty rank though. Carpets a bit dirty… stiletto indentations on the lower bar… food is ok… but only just.

Looking forward to the summer though – I’ve heard that they are putting out benches etc and there will be waitress service – which will make it a lot easier instead of staggering in and out carrying beer…

anonymous - 17 Mar 2006 15:18
My local. Used to be absolutely brilliant a few years ago when a Scottish family ran it. Went downhill a lot after they left. New landlord took over about six months ago and is trying to turn things around. Seemed to be working last time I went as there were defiantly new faces around.

I have always liked the pub though. Stella is good. Little TV's dotted around the place and a pool table.
Food is what you'd expect. Big portions absolutely swimming in grease but just the job when your drunk.

Its not a posh pub and its not a scum pub. Just your average in-between boozer. Big and roomy a good place for a lads all dayer. Don't think you'd win many points taking your missus there for a romantic meal though, even though they have started putting candles on the table in the evening.

It may really come into its own this summer as they have finally put benches outside.

herniator - 16 Mar 2006 12:48
great place especially if you've just missed a train or got off on from a long journey its an absolute asset to marlow what you could say is the perfect relaxing pub but can still get fired up o a friday night
cousinsdave - 27 Apr 2005 20:20
You can watch a football match with un interupted views on one of the many wide screen tv's. Big pub with a friendly smile. Fantastic
Steve - 22 Jun 2004 10:56
first class drinking gaff. good range of food is served til 9pm daily. has advantage of big garden with clean tables and chairs. lots of trees to keep the children amused too. top place. be seen there soon
Paul - 19 Jun 2003 08:57
Named after the legendary train, its got a pool table and scrumpy on tap.
Andrew - 3 Apr 2003 13:16

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