Tom Kerridge’s Coach wins Michelin star

By Nikkie Sutton

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Prestigious accolade: the Coach in Marlow scoops a Michelin star
Prestigious accolade: the Coach in Marlow scoops a Michelin star

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Tom Kerridge’s the Coach in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, was a new addition to this year’s Michelin Guide after it was awarded one star for its food and service.

The celebrity chef’s other Marlow pub – the Hand and Flowers – retained its one star but this wasn’t the only pub to keep its rating.

The Harwood Arms​ in Fulham, west London, maintained its one star as did the Pipe & Glass​ in south Dalton, East Yorkshire, and the Crown in Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Buckinghamshire pubs the Hinds Head and the Royal Oak Paley Street​ both in Bray also kept its one star alongside fellow Top 50 Gastropubs the Pony & Trap​ in Chew Magna and the Butchers Arms in Eldersfield, Worcestershire.

Retaining stars

The Red Lion Freehouse in East Chisenbury in Wiltshire and Andrew Pern’s the Star Inn,​ Harome, North Yorkshire, also held on to their one Michelin star.

The Cross at Kenilworth in Kenilworth, Warwickshire; the Masons Arms in Knowstone;​ Devon, the Nut Tree​ in Murcott, Oxfordshire; and the Sportsman​ in Seasalter, Kent, all kept their stars, as did the Walnut Tree in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

However, it wasn’t all good news as the Treby Arms​ in Sparkwell, Devon, had its star removed along with the Wild Rabbit in Kingham, Oxfordshire.

Top 50 Gastropub the Staith House in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, was awarded a Bib Gourmand​ this year.

Strong food standard

Staith House chef-patron John Calton told The Morning Advertiser ​that the accolade highlighted the strong standard of food in pubs.

He said: “It shows the strength of cooking in pubs these days because you rarely see [Bib Gourmands] in pubs.

“You never know when people are at the pub to inspect you so it shows a sign of consistency because inspectors come and eat but don’t always reveal themselves.

“We had no idea we were going to get a Bib Gourmand so that says a lot about the standard when you don’t know you have been inspected then you get a surprise like this. It speaks volumes about the consistency.”

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