Tom Kerridge’s second site, the Coach, was last year’s Highest New Entry on the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs.
The site, a sleek modern bistro-style pub that sits just down the road from Kerridge’s double Michelin-starred pub the Hand & Flowers in Marlow, is a force to be reckoned with.
But whilst Kerridge’s name may draw customers in from further afield, thanks to his celebrity chops, The Coach’s chef-patron Nick Beardshaw is the real superstar.
Beardshaw was Kerridge’s number two at the Hand & Flowers before moving to spearhead the Coach’s opening, which has been a rampant success.
The Coach offers a range of small, tapas-style dishes, perfect for sharing (or pigging out on alone) at an affordable price. At the centre of the operation is The Coach’s glorious rotisserie.
And thanks to Kerridge’s no-reservations policy, the pub is often filled with Marlow’s residents enjoying a pint or watching sports. In spirit, the Coach is well and truly a local pub.
Its food rivals high-end restaurants and was awarded a Bib Gourmand for exceptional cuisine at an affordable price by the Michelin Guide this year.
Menu highlights include the Coach burger with smoked brisket and West Country cheddar; sea bream fillet with braised leeks and parmesan velouté; chicken kiev with cauliflower cheese; and mushroom “risotto” Claude Bosi.
While researching the menu, Beardshaw visited top restaurants including the Waterside in Bray, which also has a rotisserie, and Le Gavroche, where modern cooking equipment is used to create classic dishes.