There are some restaurants where my name is forever going to be on the waiting list. I've wanted to go to Tom Kerridge's Hand & Flowers for SO long but the thought of waiting a whole year for a table just seems insane.
Well what if I let you in on a little secret on how you can eat Tom Kerridge's food without any wait at all?
The answer is The Coach. The Coach is Tom Kerridge's second restaurant in Marlow - run by the same team that put the Hand & Flowers on the map. And the best thing is - they don't take bookings so you can turn up on the night and you're (pretty much) guaranteed a table.
I have to give full credit to my mum & stepdad for this one - as they were the ones that put it on my radar! So on their recommendation, Tom and I headed down there to get ourselves a little bit of the triple cooked chip action.
Outfit Details: Jumper - M&S / Gillet - New Look / Leggings - American Apparel / Boots - Public DesireThe menu at The Coach is obviously British and made up of lots of little sharing sized dishes. Our waitress advised that we order between 3-4 each so we dove straight in and started reeling off the names of every dish in sight....
From creamy-light whipped duck parfait served with a plum chutney and toasted brioche (£7.50)...
..to a crispy cod and chorizo scotch egg (£6.50). A delicious twist on the British pub-grub classic...The real dish you want to order though is the chicken Kiev (£12.50). Perfectly crisp on the outside and oozing with garlicky deliciousness once you cut inside Perfect with a glass of the crisp New Zealand Sauvignon.
The surprise of the night was the sea breem (£12.50) which ended up on our order as the lamb special had run out. The skin was beautifully crispy while the white meat of the fish remained delicate and crispy - I'm so glad we didn't miss out on it!
What's not a surprise is how good the burger was. British classics are what Tom Kerridge does best so the Coach Burger (£10) was a thing of beauty.
Stacked high with pickles, cheese, mushrooms and tomatoes - it was juicy, salty, thick and had to be approached with two hands - everything you could want from a burger!
You can't go to a Tom Kerridge restaurant and not have the chips - so a portion (or two) of the triple cooked chips & bearnaise are a MUST.
They are bordering on roast potato territory with a thick crispy outside and soft fluffy centres....
..but the lemon tart is a thing of pure beauty. Strong, sharp, citrus flavour cut through perfectly by a tangy raspberry sorbet. I could have kicked myself for agreeing to share...
What's more - it was great value for money. All the food above, along with 3 large glasses of wine, 4 beers and service charge for £100. You really can't get better than that!
3 West Street, Marlow, SL7 2LS