“Big-hearted cooking in Tom Kerridge’s second Marlow pub” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
The pint-sized Coach is a cosy, chic pub dominated by its stainless steel L-shaped bar, decked out with elbow-to-elbow leather bar stalls and tables with matching banquettes, while an open kitchen adds to the buzzy, uptempo action. Head chef Tom De Keyser turns out tapas-sized plates with in the same DNA as the garlanded Hand & Flowers – big on flavour and technical finesse. Divided between ‘meat’ and ‘no meat’ dishes, the menu reads like a roster of big-hearted modern pub food – think a rich wild boar lasagne with parmesan and lemon, or a towering burger with pulled pork and dill pickle, while the chips with béarnaise are made in heaven. From the ‘no meat’ side might come deep-fried brill with pease pudding and tartare sauce. The Coach doesn’t take bookings, so turn up early. Serves breakfast too.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 40
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 10.30
- Wines under £30: 6
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 20
- Cuisine style: French, British
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About the area
Buckinghamshire is a land of glorious beech trees, wide views and imposing country houses. Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli savoured the peace and tranquillity of Hughenden Manor, while generations of statesmen have entertained world leaders at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s rural retreat. Stowe and Waddesdon Manor are fine examples of even grander houses, set amid sumptuous gardens and dignified parkland.
The Vale of Aylesbury is a vast playground for leisure seekers with around 1,000 miles (1,609km) of paths and tracks to explore. Rising above it are the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 308sq miles (798sq km). They are best appreciated in autumn, when the leaves turn from dark green to deep brown. In the southeast corner of the Chilterns lie the woodland rides of Burnham Beeches, another haven for ramblers and wildlife lovers. Although the county’s history is long and eventful, it’s also associated with events within living memory. At Bletchley Park, more than 10,000 people worked in complete secrecy to try and bring a swift conclusion to World War II. Further south, an otherwise unremarkable stretch of railway line was made infamous by the Great Train Robbery in the summer of 1963.
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