THE COACH House in Stratford is the best pub in the region – and that’s official.
It was named ‘The Best Pub or Bar 2022’ at the prestigious Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards.
The Rother Street venue underwent a major refurbishment last year and has taken no time in establishing an enviable reputation under the guidance of general manager Linzi Toon and her enthusiastic team.
The pub is owned by Davenports Brewery which invested heavily in creating a welcoming and stylish pub that honoured both the heritage of the building and the history of Stratford.
Speaking of the award, Linzi said: “The team and I were thrilled to win this prestigious award, we work so hard to ensure that we deliver a great experience for our customers.
“We receive such fabulous feedback on our food, entertainment and service so it’s wonderful to have it acknowledged in this award.”
A YEAR is not really a long time in business terms, but The Coach House is an example of just what can be achieved in 12 short months.
The Rother Street pub, owned by Davenports Brewery, underwent a major refurbishment in 2021, and it has now just been named ‘The Best Pub or Bar 2022’ in the region at the prestigious Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards.
As the pub industry looks to get back on its feet after being brought to its knees by the pandemic, things are not being made any easier by the current cost of living crisis.
But they are clearly doing things right at The Coach House in the face of recent and current difficulties.
The stylish surroundings, which honour the town’s most famous son (we all know who!), and the relaxed atmosphere are evident on walking through the door. As is a genuine warm welcome – including for dogs who have their own fresh water drinking bowl available.
Three important boxes ticked before even having a drink or something to eat.
Those who just fancy a drink can enjoy a full range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails – all carefully selected.
Those who also choose to have a bite to eat will soon discover why the menu is the talk or the town – and beyond.
Customers can choose to eat indoors, which includes a comfy snug, but there’s also a garden terrace with heaters to the rear, and alfresco tables – for warmer days – to the front.
The only difficulty customers are really faced with at The Coach House is what to choose. It’s a menu of pub favourites with a twist here and there. It also cleverly caters for all appetites, from snacks to sandwiches to sharing platters, with starters, mains and desserts, in-between.
What is served up at The Coach House is quality, well-cooked and well-presented food. And be warned, the portions are hearty – non more so than the already hugely popular Sunday lunch.
Starters include deliciously moreish oozing Rosemary and Garlic Baked Camembert, served with lightly toasted ciabatta and caramelised onion, to perfectly Spiced Humous with warm pitta bread.
Those who like their fish and chips with the Davenports beer battered option with seasoned chips, while the pie of the day with silky smooth buttered mash (or chips) and a rich gravy is equally heart-warming.
If there is room for dessert then the Profiterole Cake is just one of a number of indulgent treats.
The pub has also immersed itself in the local community, helping raise funds to buy three defibrillators for the town, one of which is housed at the pub, and it also sponsors the areas Table Tennis League which would have been closed without financial support from The Coach House.
It also supports other local businesses, working closely with quality suppliers such as The Artisan Butcher, who they source all their meat from and have even developed their own tasty sausage with.
The Coach House’s deserved success is down to hard work and dedication to ensure every customer who walks through its door, walks out happy and keen to return.
Visit thecoachhousestratford.co.uk for further details.