The Coach Marlow

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British, Gastropub, Pubs

The Coach Marlow
The Coach Marlow
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“Down to earth and phenomenal food,” says one fan of the Michelin-starred Coach – well, what else would you expect from Tom Kerridge, whose down-to-earth personality has made him one of Britain’s favourite chefs?

In stark contrast to the nearby Hand and Flowers, Kerridge’s second Marlow pub conversion is an eminently user-friendly, no-bookings all-day boozer-cum-eatery with a terrific atmosphere and capable staff. While you can expect to book a year ahead for a table at The Hand and Flowers, here you can walk in on the day you want to eat. No wonder some readers say they “prefer the one-star place to the two-star one” – and not only because The Coach serves “the best chips ever – served with béarnaise!”

This compact, cosy pub puts the bar centre stage, with comfy leather banquettes, music playing and major sporting events shown on TVs. There’s bags of foodie appeal too, from breakfast right through to dinner. Breakfast ‘hotdogs’, kippers, kedgeree and a full English do the business first thing in the morning, though if you’ve never had a Staffordshire oatcake with bacon and cheese, you’re in for a treat.

The full menu, meanwhile, offers ‘small plates’ with the option of ‘meat’ or ‘no meat’. Choose the former and you’re in the world of the rotisserie, with competition from the likes of the Coach burger or venison chilli with red wine, chocolate and toasted rice cream; choose the latter and you could have Caesar salad, moules marinière or fish fritters with tartare sauce. For ‘sweet’, check out the gypsy tart with Old English spice and blackberry sorbet.

Grazing plates, cakes and nibbles fill in the daytime gaps, alongside pints of ale and a concise list of quaffable wines by the glass. All in all, this is “food at its best”.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
British, Gastropub, Pubs
Ambience
Cosy, Fun, Lively, Traditional
Other Awards
One michelin star, SquareMeal UK Hot 100
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly

Location for The Coach Marlow

3 West Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2LS

01628 483013

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Opening Times

Mon-Sun 8am-10.30pm (Sun – 9pm)

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Wendy M

Proper mod' food in a mod' pub
13 January 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 a concise choice of wine, all available by the glass. Centre stage is the bar where you can eat and see the open rotisserie, but we quickly settled into a comfortable leather banquette, him supping beer and me a delicious English white called Limney which delivered exactly the flavours I had asked the female head waitress for, whilst we eagerly awaited our food. I skipped starter but forced (I lie) to sample the chicken confit terrine; in a word : divine. All plates are small even the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, which importantly we were told to expect, so we ordered plenty of sides. In excitement I went a bit off-piste being unable to resist the potato boulangere cooked in meat juices, which wouldn’t have sat comfortably with my delicate plaice with shrimps and cavolo nero. Having finished my fish I tucked into the rich, wonderfully wintry flavoured boulangere with some hispy cabbage and celeriac which was vying for attention having been spit roast then drenched in truffle – lush as Mr K would say. The roast beef looked incredibly tender and soon disappeared, apparently leaving enough space for a dessert of whisky and rye, a type of rye flour cake soaked in alcohol with a blob of cream which didn’t quite deliver. Oddly, I ordered more potato in the form of fat chips with bernaise sauce, which even the cochon in me failed to finish. All done for £100 including water, beer and 5 glasses of wine. On my wish list for next time is an eye-catching chilli dish of Venison with Toasted Rice Cream, Red Wine and Chocolate, so we soon need to catch The Coach before ridiculous queues start forming.
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