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    Wednesday, 17 February 2016

    A TASTE OF TOM KERRIDGE AT THE COACH, MARLOW

    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.
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    The 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....
    You'll be feeling pretty full by now but you HAVE to save room for pudding. The rhubard crumble with stem ginger ice cream (£6.50) is delicious (if a little too overpowering on the ginger for me)...
    ..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...
    Our meal at the Coach was outstanding. Not only was the food delicious but the service was incredible. All the staff were welcoming, friendly and really knowledgeable - offering up recommendations and suggestions through out our meal.

    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!


    The Coach
    3 West Street, Marlow, SL7 2LS
    The Coach Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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