We first visited The Coach under the new owners a week after they reopened and were so completely blown away by the wonderful flavours and dishes on offer. As a result of this I think we arrived with particularly high expectations.
Two members of our party of 6 order Aperol spritz on arrival and the young lady behind the bar didn't seem very familiar with the recipe. They ended up having to tell her how to make it and even then they were said to be a little poor. I had a pornstar martini which was delicious but wasn't served with a prosecco shot as is usual. The wine selection is still lovely and not so large it's overwhelming but dessert wine options would be nice.
We were unaware that The Coach had stopped serving their A La Carte menu during the week and is now only available on Fridays and Saturdays. As this was a special occasion none of us were particularly enthused by the fish and chips or cheese and onion pie on offer. Not the restaurant's fault as it does state on the website but seems a shame to limit the menu when the chef is obviously so skilled.
All were delicious. You cannot fault the flavours the chef delivers. Only criticism would be that the mushrooms and cheese starter came on a very large plate and only consisted of one fairly small, stuffed portobello mushroom. We also sampled the prawns and mussels which were all lovely.
The steaks, were delicious and cooked excellently but I am not exaggerating when I say I had a tea spoon of red wine gravy in my gravy boat. A shame as again the sauces are divine.
The cheese pie was said to be fairly bland.
The chocolate mousse was light and flavoursome. The perfect end to the meal. The sponge pudding was also praised.
The staff are extremely polite but really need some training. Leaning on walls and talking with your pad in front of your mouth is not the best idea when serving customers. All very young, which isn't necessarily a criticism as I was working in restaurants from a young age, but it's always good to have someone with confidence and authority overseeing the restaurant. No one seemed to be in charge. Also, plonking the wine on the table and asking if we want to taste it first as they walked away seemed a bit like a trick question. We said we'd sort it ourselves.
It feels as though the chef outshines the restaurant in some ways and I hope that everything else improves to match the wonderful food soon. Will be back but definitely not during the week.
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