A French restaurant disguised as an English pub. Incroyable!
Before I travel anywhere, no matter how long or short the trip might be, I always, ALWAYS, research and plan out where I want to eat. I'm not so ornery that I stick to an itinerary, and sure, sometimes I find a gem I stumbled upon in the middle of nowhere. But I always like to have an idea of where I'm going and places to get excited about.
One recent find that proved to be fruitful in London: The Coach.
According to the restaurant's website, The Coach was actually established in 1789, but you wouldn't be able to tell based on the interiors, which don't even look as old as 2009.
Another surprise about The Coach hidden beneath the surface: this is really a French restaurant disguised as a classic English pub in the heart of Central London. At first glance, that could be good or bad, depending on where you're from and what you're looking for.
But really, it shouldn't matter at all because the menu is extensive, there is something for everyone, and everything is delicious.
Most of the appetizers and entreés (and a few of the desserts) are served family style. Again, given how extensive the menu is (and it changes frequently based on season and availability), we had no problem with a table of six, half meat eaters and half vegetarian. We had to order a few items twice, but that just proves how good they were and how much more we wanted.
Along with (several) bottles of the 2016 Domaine du Grand Cro Côtes de Provence Rosé, I swear there were at least three orders of chips (translation: fries, but come on, we were in London) on the table, and yet they must have been so good and gone so fast that I never got a photo of them. But I'd happily come back for another order and a photo anytime I make it across the pond again.