A highly successful project to extend and upgrade a Grade 11 listed building to create a stylish new pub/restaurant for Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge, was recently completed at The Coach and Horses public house – now renamed The Coach – in West Street, Marlow.
Project architect Adam Tibbatts of Tibbatts Abel (who also designed an extension for Tom Kerridge’s other restaurant The Hand and Flowers, which is located in the same street) told Premier Hospitality:
“The project was completed at the end of November and customer feedback has been great – the pub is very busy with everyone really enjoying the new space. Tom Kerridge was happy with the scheme all the way through.”
Adam Tibbatts also commended the performance of main contractors HSM Interiors, who he said “did a great job.”
“The building has a lot of character but was previously a Chinese restaurant which had become run down. We built a series of extensions on the back of the building to accommodate a new theatre kitchen, with one of the extensions linking an existing outbuilding to the main building.
“The original kitchen was stripped out and replaced by a modern stainless steel version, complete with all the latest equipment. We carried through all the internal finishes into the kitchen which is in full view of the bar area. The kitchen is obviously a very large element of the scheme due to Tom Kerridge’s reputation as a very talented chef.”
Designed as a ‘flexible, sociable and affordable’ place to eat and drink, The Coach is open from 8am each day, serving breakfast dishes such as full English, kedgeree, and smoked salmon and poached eggs.
The kitchen, which includes a rotisserie on display just behind the bar, is headed by current Hand & Flowers senior sous chef Nick Beardshaw, whose impressive CV includes four years at the Hand & Flowers, and periods at fellow two-Michelin-starred restaurant Midsummer House in Cambridge. Tom Kerridge and Hand & Flowers head chef Aaron Mulliss supported Nick Beardshaw with menu development.
Tom Kerridge says the main feature of the pub is the rotisserie, where a selection of meats, as well as the morning bacon will be “roasted in the traditional rotation style that is synonymous with succulent meat, thanks to it cooking in its own juices”.
Other dishes on the menu will include moules mariniere with warm stout and brown bread, and whole rotisserie-roasted stuffed quail served at lunch and dinner. Kerridge also attracts the mid-morning snack or afternoon tea crowd with a cake of the day.
The kitchen is overlooked by a new large food servery and bar area with customer seating arranged round the perimeter, facing the bar and kitchen, which helps to promote the sale of food and drinks.
The chefs themselves deliver food to the front of house area. “The idea of the scheme is that the chefs become much more involved and connected with the front of house service,” said Adam Tibbatts.
“Ergonomically and functionally we had to work what was a very tight space to create a new style food offer (There are only 40 seats in total). We wanted to create a modern ‘tavern’ look in a venue providing service all through the day as well as in the evening.”
Key design features include a new bar with oak panelled features and a pewter top, with matching pewter and brass antique stud detailing on the meat fridge behind the bar and the over-bar canopy, which incorporates small 9 inch muted TVs to allow customers to watch sports and news programmes.
Additional design highlights include a series of bespoke patterned feature floor tiles; bespoke ornate wall tiles; brass wall-mounted coach lights and large chandeliers.
Furniture was also specially made for the venue by RoomFood and includes oak tables and bench seating.
“The venue is designed to be the type of accessible, relaxed and casual type of place where you could go for a coffee on your own and feel very comfortable,” said Adam Tibbatts.
The Coach is Tom and Beth Kerridge’s first lease from Enterprise Inns.
Heritage Electrical Ltd
Heritage Electrical Ltd are electrical install and design contractors specialising in restaurant related projects and have been in operation since 1990. Since their inception the firm have worked alongside a number of high profile clients including Nando’s, wagamama’s, Beast Restaurant and Goodman Restaurants who they have been working with for six years.
Gary Heritage of Heritage Electrical Ltd spoke of the firm’s recent involvement with Tom Kerridge’s The Coach Marlow. He commented:
“We did the full electrical strip out, design and installation from start to finish at The Coach, in conjunction with HM Interiors. We liaised with the clients to make sure the design met their requirements.
“Tom Kerridge is a very prestigious client so we were really pleased to be involved from start to finish and work with such a famous client. We pride ourselves on completing projects in line with the customer’s requirements, on time and in budget.”