Tom Kerridge discusses his new pop-up cinema project

James Harrison

How do you stop Tom Kerridge? Not content with two Michelin star for Marlow’s Hand and Flowers, his second pub, The Coach, just down the road in the town centre, has established itself as a firm favourite.

And as if his own screen appearances weren’t enough, he has even branched out with a pop-up cinema for the town.

To be sure, the Wiltshire-born culinary juggernaut shows no sign of stopping – although the less said about Bake Off Creme de la Creme, the better.

More than that though, he’s an increasingly svelte looking juggernaut, after stunning his legion of foodie fans with some dramatic weight loss two years ago.

“The weight has stayed off and that’s all fine,” he said when asked how he was finding the regime he has stuck to ever since, before adding, “but the book’s coming out in January so no spoilers until then.”

Rather than shedding stones, he’s more interested in talking about a time of year when most people are doing their level best to not pile them on.

By his own admission, Christmas is a favourite time of year in the Kerridge house, but it’s a more important one since Christmas Eve last year when his wife Beth left hospital with the couple’s first son Acey.

And although the proud dad might not be able to get the ‘best ever Christmas present’ helping him at the pass just yet, he’s doing his best to instil in him his same love of football. A season ticket holder at Marlow FC, he’s already taken the youngster to ‘three or four’ games at Oak Tree Road. And last year he even took him to one of the final games at West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground, before the Clarets made the move to the London Stadium as guest of star striker Andy Carroll.

But it’s not football that’ll be on his mind this season.

December sees the launch of his pop-up cinema in the old Assembly Room cafe, above the Steamer Trading Cookshop, in Marlow’s Market Square.

If you were one of the film fans lucky enough to bag a ticket, you’ll be able to treat yourself to a classic movie paired with top notch grub – like sitting down to the Italian Job with a bowl of lasagne.

Although the food might have come naturally, choosing what to grace the silver screen was tougher.

“There’s just so many films to choose from,” he said.

Elf is going to be shown and that’s one of the best ever, but then we’re also showing things like Fight Club.

“It’s about trying to tick all the boxes.”

It’s perhaps understandable that his movie knowledge has to take a back seat to the culinary.

Being a Michelin-starred chef places enough demands on his time, without everything else thrown into the mix as well.

He added: “To be honest, if I’m sat at home with the wife it’s something that doesn’t really happen very often. But this is a bit self indulgent.”

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