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Coach in Marlow wins Highest New Entry Award

Tom Kerridge’s second gastropub the Coach in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, has shaken the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs 2016 list after entering as the highest new entry at number four.

The prestigious award was sponsored by Appletiser and Schweppes and was presented by Appletiser brand manager Jennifer Hudson.

This is not the first time Kerridge has had a site on the Top 50 Gastropubs list. In 2014, his two Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers was retired from the top spot after topping it for three years in a row.

Head chef at the Coach                                                                   

Head chef at the Coach Nick Beardshaw accepted the award and Kerridge was “over the moon” to see his new pub enter the Top 50 Gastropubs list.

The Coach is much smaller than the Hand & Flowers, and the menu consists of a variety of small tapas-style plates and includes a range of dishes cooked on the site’s rotisserie grills.

In-keeping with Kerridge’s desire to keep the Coach a local pub at heart, sport is regularly screened.

Breakfast and snacks are offered between 8am and 10.30am, including breakfast ‘dogs’ with fried onions and mushrooms (£70); full English breakfasts (£11) and waffles with truffle honey (£6).

Kerridge describes the Coach on Marlow High Street as a modern all-day dining-oriented pub that will compete more effectively with high-street coffee shops and casual dining chains.

‘For all to enjoy’

He said: “I want the Coach to be a place for people to take pleasure in anything from a drink and a snack through to a full lunch or dinner – it offers something for everyone – it is flexible, a Public House for all to enjoy.”

Top 50 Gastropubs 2016 was sponsored by headline sponsor Estrella Damm in association with Nestlé Chef, Appletiser and Schweppes and Berkmann Wine Cellars.