The Coach

The Coach©
On the corner or a quiet Clerkenwell street, push the saloon-like swing doors into the loungey, dark wood pub room around since 1790. Keep going, almost there, here it is: the glazed "Back Room", adorned with beautiful glass ceiling lights and botanical illustrations, open onto a garlanded patio.

Taken over by Henry Harris (Hero of Maida, Three Cranes), Aurélien Durand (The Drapers Arms) juggles between comforting, good old seasonal French brasserie classics: magret, Provençal style; whole plaice, shrimp, caper butter and pommes rissolées; onglet, chips and marrow butter, crème caramel and trou normand (apple sorbet boozy with calvados) to end it properly... On Sundays, the holy roast rules out the French.

Valentine Benoist


The spot you should know: the upstairs dining room

How much?

Starters: £2.75-19 - Mains: £15.50-72 Sunday roasts: £16.50-44 - Sides: £4-4.75 Desserts: £4-8.50 Wine: glass from £4.90, bottle from £19.50

Where, when, how?

Monday-Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 12-10pm 26-28 Ray Street, London EC1R 3DJ Farringdon, Chancery Lane, Russell Square Réservation : oui +44 (0)20 3954 1595