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The Coach

26-28 Ray Street, Clerkenwell, London, United Kingdom, EC1R 3DJ
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Monday to Saturday 11am - 11pm
Sunday noon to 10pm (bookings for lunch taken until 4pm)

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
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About The Coach

Having been a drinking destination since 1790, this site is steeped in history. The team look forward to celebrating this through the design of the bar and garden dining room. An incredibly light and airy space, which overlooks its storied beer garden — toast its new incarnation over duck confit with lentil, walnut and beetroot salad or poached brill with violet artichokes and monk's beard in the dining room, or even with a side of pig ear crisps from the bar menu.

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Sunday, 20 May 2018

Our experience could not have been better. Hope to do it again soon.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

All great, will certainly come back and recommend it to friends.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Lovely gastropub. We used to frequent when just a pub, and the reimagination of the place is lovely. I ordered the Onglet which is very reasonable at £17 however the charcoal was totally overpowering so I couldn't eat it all. I would give it another go though, as the wine and dessert was great.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

A lovely addition to the neighbourhood. The wonderfully appointed extension in the back gives way to a delightful garden area. The food was excellent, with a perfect array of bar snacks that double well as starters, and the service was up there to match. I just wish it was in my neighbourhood!

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

A good experience

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Absolutely fabulous. Loved every minute of it. i''l be back soon.

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

Organised a biannual lunch for eight old friends. Every one said that each of their three courses was excellent. All three of my courses were delicious. Our waitress was superb - very friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Surprised it wasn't even busier.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

The revamp is a significant improvement on the previous C&H. Attentive, knowledgeable and personable service from the staff. Interesting seasonal menu. Smoked duck, oysters, rabbit leg and chips were fresh, delicious and spot on. Creme caramel doesn't get better than here. The one negative was that one of my guest's fish dish was a bit undercooked. Good wine selection. Look forward to a return visit, intrigued by the sabodet....!

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

Well, I was delighted to see that Henry had opened a new venture, as Racine was My favorite Restaurant in London, & also my Son's (Daniel). My favorite Cities for food are Avignon & Lyons, Our Waitress was delightful, perfect really. The food as excellent as ever, wine, proper, traditional, great. I'm feeling hungry now, Kindest regards, & thanks to the Team, & Henry. Kindest regards, Pete

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Have now been to The Coach three times and have really enjoyed the food, service and ambience. Slightly off the beaten track but definitely worth visiting.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Excellent food and lovely setting either upstairs or in conservatory. Great oysters and steamed ginger pudding is amazing!

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Helpful staff and a nice environment. The food was generally very good - the creme caramel was to die for and both my friends said their main courses were great, although my confit de canard was overly salty and a bit dry.The restaurant itself however was extremely noisy, partly because of one large party that evening, but mainly because of the noise coming from the pub part and also all the hard surfaces in the restaurant itself, so it was not easy to have a conversation.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Solid classic French / European cuisine, upstairs dining space spacious and without any feeling of being cramped. Possibly slightly rushed to order owing to booking condition that table should be cleared within 2 hours: this was not enforced but not a welcoming touch. Good wine list.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A panic last minute booking after a cancellation elsewhere. And I am so glad it turned out that way. Such good food, lovely service, pretty dining room. Nothing pretentious but everything done correctly and well. Will be back soon and frequently.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Great food, great venue, great staff. Highly recommended

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Visited On Sunday, 13 May 2018

Visited for Sunday lunch and really enjoyed it. Clearly only recently refurbished, it looks lovely. After an initial mix up with our reserved table, the rest of the experience was great - food delicious and service charming and efficient. The only comment I would pass on is that the acoustics in the ground floor dining room may need tweaking - on first sitting down it was very loud, but to be fair we got used to it very quickly. I would definitely recommend The Coach to friends

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

We had such a happy and fun evening, Great wine recommendation. Tremendous food and genuinely enthusiastic and first class service. Thank you. The Muir family - who like to dine out a lot!

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Visited On Sunday, 13 May 2018

Very good food (we've eaten dinner and lunch here) with excellent service from Josh. My only complaint is that you can't choose the veg accompanying the Sunday roast: no-one wanted the Yorkshire puddings; the dish of sliced leeks covered in cheese did not appeal and was left; but the very few carrots were extremely tasty.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

It was okay, I wouldn't return. The waiter serving us in the restaurant didn't know a single thing about the wine list and the person that did was 'too busy' so he had to return with tasting notes on a notepad? It's not the waiter's fault. Service staff should really be informed and have the ability to advise on both food and wine menus. It was a big shame, I was super-excited about going.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

We had a very enjoyable evening at The Coach. The staff were excellent and the food delicious. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

The food, service, and atmosphere were above and beyond expectations. Especially for such a large group! Thank you so much for a great evening

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

A wonderful, casual but high quality experience

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

We had a great lunch at The Coach, the food was fantastic and the wine list was very good. We had a great waiter ( cool guy from York) who provided a fabulous service. We will be back.

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Some of the food is good but the menu is overambitious, confused in what it is trying to do and overpriced, eg £10.50 for a charcuterie 'plate' of a few slices of 2 kinds, and to charge for bread, come on! We were expecting much more of a former chef at Racine but were extremely disappointed. Front of house staff seemed untrained. The whole thing felt a jumble of styles and failed intentions. I would recommend my friends NOT to go here on any account, shame, it promised well.

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

I’ve missed Racine since it closed - especially the Rabbit and crème brûlée! It’s great that we’ve got such innovative restaurants, gastropubs and incredible international diversity in London - including both high end and modern French. But we have been missing a truly excellent old school French bistro. And here it is! Just delicious food in a lovely pub with great friendly service - you certainly won’t get that in Paris - and all at a sensible price. What’s not to love?!

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