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In stark contrast to the nearby Hand & Flowers with its two Michelin stars and interminable waiting lists, Tom Kerridge’s latest venture is an eminently user-friendly, no-bookings all-day boozer-cum-eatery with a terrific atmosphere and “great staff”. This compact, cosy place puts the bar centre stage, with music playing, comfy leather banquettes and bags of foodie appeal – thanks to Kerridge’s sidekick Nick Beardshaw. Breakfast ‘dogs’, kippers and kedgeree do the business first thing in the morning, while the full menu offers ‘small plates’ with the option of ‘meat’ or ‘no meat’. Choose the former and you’re in the world of the rotisserie (stuffed quail, roast beef etc), with competition from the likes of chicken Kiev or smoked ox tongue with crispy cheek and sauce gribiche; choose the latter and you could have mushroom risotto, fish fritters with tartare sauce or an ‘English allotment salad’. To finish, check out the gussied-up banana custard with dates and honeycomb. Grazing plates, cakes and nibbles are available throughout the day, to go with pints of ale and a concise list of gluggable wines by the glass. “Consistently outstanding” is the verdict.

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The Coach

3 West Street ,Marlow SL7 2LS

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Proper mod' food in a mod' pub

by   platinum reviewer (122)

Jan 2015

Music (at just the right level) makes a contrast in atmosphere from Mr K's more trad’ pub across the road, where decibels escalate from diners' voices alone when service is in full swing. Booking in advance and deciding what cuisine we might fancy months ahead has prompted us to abandon H & F where we had been dining for years, often as walk-ins. So already being familiar with the food there, I was thrilled to find that the compact and cosy 'Coach has plenty of food appeal and...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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Tom Kerridge

Tom Kerridge started out as a child actor in shows such as Miss Marple, before changing tack and becoming a chef. After working at venues such as Adlards and Odette’s, he set up The Hand & Flowers in Marlow with his sculptor wife Beth in 2005. In 2012, this became the first UK pub to achieve two Michelin stars. Kerridge is now a TV stalwart, and has won the main-course round on Great British Menu twice.

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  • Address: 3 West Street, Marlow SL7 2LS
  • Telephone: 01628 483013
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 8am-10.30pm (Sun – 9pm)

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