26 Feb Minn’s Munchtime – The Coach & Horses
Weekend rehearsals often call for a pub meal to wind down and pretend you’ve had two days off like a ‘normal’ person. After wandering through Greenwich Market (which deserves a post of its own!) we settled on The Coach & Horses. There’s a good menu selection here with gluten free and vegetarian options available, plus soup/pie of the day.
My partner had lamb shank which arrived steaming in meaty juices, an excellent indication of the succulence hidden within the caramelised outer layer. Hearty mashed potatoes and tenderstem broccoli sat alongside the meat. The lamb came with its own juices enhanced with cooked down root vegetables and possibly a hint of fruit jam to produce a sweet sauce. They must love their gravy as much as I do because there was extra provided in a cute little milk jug.
I went for the portobello mushroom burger with goats cheese. As they’d run out of gluten free burger buns, they turned it into a g/f toasted sandwich instead. Quick side note here: one of my pet peeves is awkward serving methods. I’m all for a quirky plate, cool slates or theatrical presentation, but when it comes to serving burgers in baskets lined in paper, it’s just too inefficient! It may look trendy but it’s super impractical unless for large sharing dishes or dry sides like chips. The oblong shape makes cutting difficult and the paper lining rips when it so much as peeps at the melted cheese, lettuce and tomato!
Rant over 😀 Aside from that, the food was really tasty – proper pub fare. The chips were crunchy on the outside with a wonderfully fluffy inner. The portobello mushroom was substantial and goats cheese slice on top added that melty layer of comfort.
I’d definitely recommend this pub. Staff are a cheery and service is quick. It was a busy lunchtime but in a fun family weekend way, not hectic or rowdy. The décor is cosy with photos of the local area that you can actually buy from market vendors outside.
Rating: 8/10 Crack the whip and get on over to this watering hole
Nearest venues: Trinity Laban, St Alfege Church
Total receipt: £22.45
Lamb shank and mash £12.45
Portobello mushroom burger with goats cheese, served with chips £10