The Coach gets a Michelin Bib Gourmand! So.. what’s that then?

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the coach marlow windows openThe Michelin Guide 2016 has just been released, and its good news for Marlow – specifically Tom Kerridge’s 2 establishments.

Firstly, The Hand and Flowers retained its TWO Michelin stars – and let’s not forget how rare this is – in England there are only 10 restaurants outside London at this level.

And secondly – The Coach has been awarded a “Bib Gourmand”!

Bib…. what?

michelin bib gourmandThe concept of Michelin stars is of course well known, but Michelin also have a different level of award aimed at highlighting establishments “offering good food at affordable prices”.   This is the Bib Gourmand, which Michelin states ” is now rightly considered by our readers to be as important as our Stars.”

There are now 124 Bib Gourmand restaurants in England, nearly half of which are in London. the Coach is one of 18 new entrants in England this year – with a comparable number losing their “Bib”.

What does Mr Kerridge have to say?

Here’s what Tom told  “We are incredibly pleased with being awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2016. I am so proud of the whole team at The Coach – Nick Beardshaw, Claire Kreigenfeld, James Shaw and Tom De Keyser, have all led by example and they should be hugely pleased of their great achievement. Thank you Marlow and to all our customers for being so supportive, all we want to be is a fun, buzzy hub of food and drink and to be a great social space.”

Tell me more…

The full summary of 2016 Awards can be found on the Michelin website here.

Locally, other restaurants retaining their Bib are The White Oak, in Cookham, and the Crown, in Burchetts Green.

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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