The sibling to Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers is a bona fide boozer serving pub grub par excellence
If it’s questionable whether Tom Kerridge’s ‘two star pub’ The Hand & Flowers is actually a pub at all, there isn’t the same doubt with his follow-up venture The Coach. Located just a few hundred yards from Kerridge’s Marlow mothership, this is a bone fide boozer – albeit one with the chef’s hallmark touch of class.
Open from breakfast through to dinner, The Coach doesn’t do anything by halves. Its early morning menu is impressive, running with everything from homemade muesli and waffles with truffled honey to kedgeree, kippers and even a breakfast hotdog, and its lunch and dinner options are equally inviting. Here, the menu is split into two sections of roughly equal length – ‘meat’ and ‘no meat’ – with The Coach taking a more inclusive approach to its customers. That said, vegetarians shouldn’t celebrate too quickly, with many dishes on the ‘no meat’ side of things featuring fish instead (and in the case of its rotisserie boulangère potatoes, meat).
Pub classics abound, with a burger, fish and chips and chicken kiev on the menu, but it’s hard to resist those dishes cooked on the pub’s rotisserie, including the whole stuffed quail, the maple-glazed celeriac with almonds and the aforementioned potatoes.
Like many pubs The Coach doesn’t take bookings and there’s sufficient space at the bar for drinkers, especially during non-mealtime periods. Here, just like at other locals, you can sit with a pint of beer and watch the latest sporting event on their TV.
3 West Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2LS