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Travellers' Choice2023
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Bar, British, Gastropub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Set just down the road from its renowned bigger sister, The Hand and Flowers, there is a more relaxed and informal style to The Coach. The menu sets ou...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Firstly, if you dine at The Coach in the next few months you will notice at the bottom of the menu is a mention that Head Chef Sarah is running the London Marathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. If you can afford...to eat at The Coach, please consider making a donation to Sarah. It's such a worthy cause. On to my review We were staying on the Gastronomic Getaway package of the Hand and Flowers which includes an eight plate dinner at The Coach. We arrived on a wet and windy night and were greeted by the very charming and helpful Ollie who showed us to our table and talked us through the menu and concept of the dinner. He let me try a wine before ordering another bottle which I had had before and prefered. We ordered three dishes off the starters, three off the main course and two puddings. The food was absolutely superb. The mushroom risotto (which contains no rice) was a tour de force. Lucy, a lovely lady is the manager and runs a very tight ship. She is very efficient and a real asset to The Coach. She told us about The Shed and gave us details of private dining. The Hand and Flowers need a Lucy on the breakfast shift (see my H&F review) After we had finished eating chef Sarah came to talk to us, thanked us for our donation and we told her what a fabulous night we had had. I actually prefered my meal at The Coach to the Hand and Flowers (my husband thinks otherwise) but we both agreed, both meals were two of the best meals we have had and both restaurants are fully deserving of their Michelin Starts. We will be back.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This restaurant is a huge disappointment. The sharing plates are small - £7.50 for 3 spears of Broccoli which we purchased to supplement the tiny portions. Each dish is expensive and they recommended 3 per person. One dish alone was £26. Although it tasted lovely...we left hungry and disappointed. No more to be said really.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decent enough venue and wait staff (although maths not a strong point as they overcharged us £50 (later refunded)). Food comes out “when it’s ready” which is frankly weird as we were a group of 4 people so didn’t end up eating together - there...is a reason why traditional restaurants serve starters and then mains together…… Overpriced for quite good food (but nothing to write home about) - we won’t be going back.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 17 January 2024 via mobile

Have eaten several times at The Coach and it has gradually got better albeit starting from a low-ish base. I have in truth enjoyed each visit to The Coach which is an improvement on its overpriced (slightly) bigger sister, The Hand & Flowers, just up...the road. The menu and ordering is a bit tortuous as you cannot see everything on one page. The dishes are also rather hit and miss and you do end up over ordering because portions are tapas-sized albeit not quite tapas priced. But overall the fare is quite tasty and sufficiently original for a star - unlike H&F. The main negative for me is how cramped the place is and how it triggers mild claustrophobia until you are fully inserted into your seat. Think sardines. I do think they have perhaps greedily jammed in too many tables for the 500sq ft +/- of available space and need to rethink that a bit. The place seems busy enough to afford it. Overall I would score a “fair” rating.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 15 January 2024 via mobile

We had this booking as part of an a Sunday offer at the Hand and Flowers, we found the tapas style menu quite weird to get our heads around, but once it was explained to us, we delved in. The meals come out well timed,...and were amazing. With seemingly smallish portions we both left full, and happy. Staff were knowledgeable and very friendly, we would definitely visit again.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023

Went to The Coach for lunch and it was superb. We sat at the bar on stools that were comfy and had convenient bag hooks / coat hooks under the bar. The service was attentive and informative. We were able to watch the chefs at...work which was great. The food itself was really very good. Our favourites were the fish scotch egg and the chicken Kiev, but they were all good. Would definitely recommend visiting.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 8 December 2023

A lot of places can be 'good’, occasionally. To be consistently good is much harder. The Coach at Marlow has delivered superb service and delicious food every time we have visited. The greeting is always friendly and courteous. Kristina looked after us this time, ensuring...we had seen the special menu and that we were suitably refreshed before making our choices. We travel some distance to visit The Coach and have often decided on our choices before arriving….. never been disappointed in any way. Excellent in all areas. We will be back again and again.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 7 December 2023 via mobile

Great welcome, service was very good and loved the food. Couldn’t ask for much more. Not a huge flashy place, just a really decent place to enjoy good food.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 November 2023

Great place, bustling and fun. Very good service and food, as long as you don’t order the chips which are a massive let down

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023

The food was fabulous and everything was beautifully done. We shared 6 savoury dishes, leaving 2 for dessert - all were cooked to perfection. The staff were very attentive, the atmosphere great and we loved every minute of it.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 14 November 2023

Expected more from food and service no wow factor consequently very over priced. Sharing a soup with someone that has a cold an odd concept.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023

With a Michelin Star, we expected not only fantastic food but fantastic service, and while the food we had was good, our view has been tainted by the overall experience and service we received. We felt a little unwelcome and we were rushed. We were...sat on a very small squeezed table, right at the back round the corner. We had too many people serving us, interrupting us mid dish to take away plates or glasses, and interrupting eachother where we sensed some tension between the team. We were given 10 minutes notice to leave our table with quite a bit of drink left, they could have offered us a seat somewhere else to finish our drinks. We paid £200 and would have rather spent this money somewhere else for a better overall experience, we don’t think we will be back again.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 29 October 2023 via mobile

Well balanced delicious menu in a lovely setting in marlow. Staff were well trained, attentive and knowledgeable. The menu was well put together and enjoyed having lots of small dishes. A must for the locals. Many thanks !

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 19 October 2023

Spent a very enjoyable evening in a relaxed atmosphere with excellent food, excellent wine and friendly staff. - what more can you want. Loved the little twists on some of the dishes such as Mushroom Risotto made without rice, Mussels (out of their shells) in...a rich stout sauce. Also a decent selection of wines by the glass which is appreciated by those driving or wanting to try ta selection of wines. I was slightly surprised though by the 'small sharing plate' concept. To me at least most dishes seemed very definitely 'starters' or 'main courses' and no more designed for sharing than any other restaurant. That though doesn't distract from the venue and I'll definitely be back,More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023 via mobile

A truly wonderful experience all round. We arrived around 2.30 just in time for the lat lunch sitting. We sat at the bar and overlooked the kitchen, which I would definitely recommend. Staff are very friendly and helpful. This is a Tapas style menu, and...advised to order about 6 dishes for 2 of us. We ordered 2 starters and 4 mains, and we saved room for 2 desserts. As expected all food cooked to perfection and excellently presented. Great variety of beers and wines. Would definitely go back.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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The Coach is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4