RestaurantsLondonClerkenwellEC1R

Harden's says

Originally established in 1790, this pub has been central to the Clerkenwell community for generations - and was once especially popular with folk from the Observer offices nearby. Recently restored, it now boasts a menu from chef-restaurateur Henry Harris, of Racine fame.

survey result

Summary

£70
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Very decent” French-influenced food helps elevate this fine old Clerkenwell pub restaurant into being a “good all-rounder”, as does its attractive, glazed dining area. That said, it doesn’t attract the attention it did a few years ago when Henry Harris was at the stoves.

Summary

£65
  £££
2
Average
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The attractively converted garden room and beautiful upstairs dining room are highlights at this fine old pub (dating from 1790) in Clerkenwell. It hit foodie fame a couple of years ago under well-known chef, Henry Harris: since then the verdict on its gastroboozer fare has been: “variable, but still capable of hitting some top notes”.

Summary

£61
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Lovely”, converted 1790 pub in a “quiet street in Farringdon” – with an “unexpectedly beautiful dining room upstairs” and a “garden out the back” – that makes the perfect setting for its menu of “classic” dishes. But marks have dropped sharply amid grumbles of “inconsistency” following the departure of highly rated Henry Harris, the ex-Racine chef who launched The Coach as chef-director of Harcourt Inns.

Summary

£60
  £££
4
Very Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Downstairs is more noisy”, with a “buzzy” bar at the front, “lovely, glazed-sided restaurant” and a “small terrace garden that’s lovely on a sunny day”; upstairs is more elegant and leisurely at this Clerkenwell three-year-old. Harcourt Inns were credited in the last survey with creating a real “neighbourhood asset” with its opening – let’s hope its “very competent”, “high-class pub-food” survives the departure of chef-director Henry Harris in October 2020.

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Have you eaten at The Coach?

26-28 Ray Street, London, EC1R 3DJ

Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£12.50 £25.80 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £23.50
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Bread £3.50
Service 12.50%
26-28 Ray Street, London, EC1R 3DJ
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑4 pm

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