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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Big-hearted cooking in Tom Kerridge's second pub

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Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Just down the road from the celebrated Hand & Flowers, Tom Kerridge's second pub takes a different approach to the celebrated mothership: The Coach doesn't take bookings, so you just have to turn up with fingers crossed. It's a cosy, pubby sort of space dominated by the L-shaped pewter bar, with elbow-to-elbow tables, and an open kitchen complete with a meat fridge and rôtisserie on display. It's a busy, buzzy spot, where chefs pitch in to help the switched-on, chatty staff whisk dishes out to the tables. Head chef Nick Beardshaw was Kerridge's sous-chef at the Hand & Flowers, so you can expect food in a similar vein – big on flavour and made with top-class ingredients handled with real skill. Divided between meat and 'no meat' dishes, the menu reads like a roster of unpretentious modern pub fodder, starting with silky duck liver parfait counterpointed with fig and cherry chutney. The same generous, contemporary British tone informs main courses: perfectly-timed sea bream fillet comes with a rich stew of butter beans, trompette mushrooms and lovage, or you might go for black pudding-stuffed quail, cooked in the rôtisserie and served with Keralan moilee sauce. For pudding, top-class pastry skills are to the fore in a luscious duck egg custard tart with rhubarb ice cream.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef(s): Nick Beardshaw, Tom Kerridge

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Classic French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 6
  • Wines over £30: 14
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 40

Additional information

  • Seats: 40

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