Big Al: “I don’t like Scotch eggs”
Me: “Eat it!”
Big Al: “No, I don’t like Scotch eggs”
Me: “Just bloody try some!”
Big Al: “Ok…bloody hell, that’s good!”
And thus started our meal at The Coach & Horses. Seriously, getting a 17 stone man-mountain to try what is essentially sausage and eggs is a lot harder than you think!
The Coach & Horses is a lovely Victorian pub which has established itself as a venue for top quality British grub since opening in 2003. The venue itself is split into a pub area where you can relax and enjoy a pint or explore the impressive wine list, and a more polished restaurant section. In terms of furniture, we are talking well-worn wooden tables and chairs with real old-school charm. There is also an outside terrace where you can freeze your proverbials off as you watch all the media types run around.
The menu places huge emphasis on quality seasonal produce with some proper home cooked and hearty British dishes. What was particularly impressive was that whilst the evening menu is limited in choice, we literally could have chosen everything on the menu.
We started with what is probably the best Scotch egg ever – warm sausage with an egg that still had a softish yolk. The Devilled crab on toast was also totally delicious. For mains, I picked the often underrated Mutton which was cooked to melt in your mouth perfection with wonderfully warming flavours. Similarly, Big Al’s Venison pie featured lovely chunks of tender meat and was the perfect dish to get you through the English winter. The chips were also some of the finest around. For desserts, my Bramley apple crumble with custard and Big Al’s Buttermilk pudding with poached pear were both happily demolished. Also, don’t expect any poncy gastro-pub presentation here; this food is unashamedly cooked to eat, so just tuck in and enjoy!
If you’re not up for the full monty, Coach & Horses also has a range of bar food and simpler lunch options. Throw in the pleasant service, proper portions and reasonable prices and you have the recipe for a totally brilliant dining experience!
Cuisine type – British
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £50
Beer – £3.50
Wine – £4.25
Coach & Horses
26-28 Ray Street