Righto! You will probably already have seen our detailed interview with Tom Kerrdige and Nick Beardshaw regarding the new venture “The Coach”. If not -that’s the place to get the full low down on what to expect.
This brief article contains a few extra snippets of info, and a few photos taken last night when I was lucky enough to get a guided tour – as they prepare to open.
The kitchen is up and running
Even though the “customer area” was covered in building supplies, tools – a building site basically – the kitchen is already a hive of activity. With staff testing out the equipment, preparing stocks and so on.
Nick explained the various stations in the kitchen, highlighting few main features – the Rotisserie is on right of the kitchen at the front , and next to the bar counter. Also very prominent near the front of the kitchen is the meat chiller – for storing, and in effect displaying raw meat prior to cooking. It’s clear that depending on where you sit – some diners will have a great view straight down into the kitchen.
The main styling details could be seen, although much was draped in coverings to protect from the builders dust! The leather bar stools, green wall tiles very reminiscent of a “proper old pub”, and lamps on bare walls. But the styling clearly isn’t intended to completely recreate a dingy old pub – there was an impressive chandelier hanging, the shiny pewter bar, faux animal skulls to go on the walls…..
From Cocktails to Real ales….
Whilst there, I bumped into James Shaw who is managing the bar. You can expect all the usual variety of drinks you would find in a modern pub, and some of the cocktails will reflect the “British Pub” theme, for example the “Sloe gin and snakebite“! The particular real ales on offer will be of interest to many and James told me the list is: Rebellion IPA, Wells’ Bombadier Burning Gold, and Courage Best Bitter.
So nearly there then?
The signage is up outside, and old regulars will note the main door has been moved to the centre of the pub. Opening for approx this coming weekend/Dec 1st. Basically, if the work is completed.. and it looks open – it is! See you there?