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Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant in the UK: The Coach

Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant in the UK: The Coach

The moment I heard about The Coach and how they offer outstanding food at affordable prices, I couldn’t be more excited to take a trip there with my partner. Located in Marlow, UK and owned by Tom Kerridge, a renowned English Michelin-starred chef, The Coach was designed to be a flexible and accesible pub to the public. This pub also operates by a first come first serve basis with an open kitchen for you to view the cooking process. The menu is divided into three main sections of meat, non-meat and sweet and they serve small portions to allow for more flexibility in choices. Keep reading to find out my experience with The Coach.

Starters

Though they don’t technically have a starter in their menu, the cheaper items have a smaller portion and tend to serve as their starter.  

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What I had: Potted Loch Duart Salmon with Apple Jelly and Cucumber Chutney

Cost: £8.50

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Thoughts: The salmon starter had a salmon terrine-like base which had a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with small chunks of flaky salmon. The jiggly apple jelly on top added a nice sweetness while the crunchy, pickled cucumbers added a great sour tangyness. Altogether, when topped on the thin, crispy and salty bread, it was a great play on textures and flavours. 

Main

Again, they don’t technically have a main in their menu, but generally, the more expensive items serve as their main. 

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What I had: Wild boar lasagne with lemon and parmesan

Cost: £16.50

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Thoughts: The wild boar was fall-apart tender and juicy with a savoury flavour. This worked great with the creamy and cheesy sauce which flavour was heightened by some shaved truffle that gave off a deep, musky and cheesy aroma. Otherwise a heavy and hearty dish, the addition of the lemon zest gave a freshness to the dish which helped provide a great balance.

Dessert

Choose from their selection of sweets in the menu for a dessert to end your meal.

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What I had: The Coach Profiteroles with Soured Vanilla Cream and Chocolate Sauce

Cost: £8.50

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Thoughts: I probably had the best profiterole here at The Coach where the outer crust of the profiterole is thin with just a light crunch while the insidewas soft and hollow but filled with the smoothest, lightest and incredily fluffy cream which had a hint of sourness. The chocolate sauce served on the side was thick and lightly salted which coated the profiteroles beautifully and heightened the sweetness of the cream. 

Bonus food my partner had

Crispy Pig’s Head with Pickled Carrot and Fried Quail’s Egg £8.00

His thoughts: Well balanced, delicate meat which paired great with the crunchy pickled carrot. Pork skin was crispy and light.

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Whole Stuffed Rotisserie Quail with Curried Parsnip £16.50

His thoughts: Juicy and succulent meat infused with a great curry flavour from the curry leaves and sauce. Apricot stuffing was infused throughout the meat and the skin was thin and crispy. Whole-hearted meal. 

Beef Suet Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream  £8.50

His thoughts: Pudding was light and spongy which had no beefy flavour at all. Pudding was floating on a pool of caramel that was exquisitely sweet which combined well with the crunch of the brittle and coolness of the ice cream. Left him wanting more. 

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Overall, I felt that the quality of the food here was worth the price I paid and I would certainly love to return again some day. Would you take a trip here? Let me know in the comments below.