“Sharp cooking of excellent ingredients.” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Small and compact, Tom Kerridge’s second pub has a cosy feel, the L-shaped room dominated by a central polished pewter bar which wraps around the space. To the right, is the open plan kitchen complete with meat fridge and rotisserie which adds a real buzz. Big on flavour and technical finesse, dishes are divided between ‘meat’ and ‘no meat’, and the menu reads like a roster of big-hearted modern pub food – perhaps roasted beetroot salad with burrata and hazelnuts, followed by ‘The Coach’ chicken Kiev, bacon and Jerusalem artichoke. The Coach doesn’t take bookings, so turn up early.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 40
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 25–26 December
- Wines under £30: 6
- Wines over £30: 14
- 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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