The Coach and Horses
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Ganborough, Longborough, GL56 OQZ
The Coach and Horses is a very welcoming, family-orientated pub, traditional yet with food prepared by a French chef, who is able to cater for a wide variety of tastes. I began with the homemade deep-fried Brie with Cumberland and port sauce, and was delighted to find the Brie exactly as it should be, liquid in the middle - oozing rich and luscious onto my plate. Other options included salmon and dill fishcakes served with a sweet chilli dip or crunchy garlic bread with cheese. The peppered duck breast on a bittersweet winter berry sauce with dauphinoise potatoes, was my choice from the specials board. My vegetarian companion found, to her delight, several options available to her. After some deliberation she chose mushroom stroganoff, which she praised as rich and tasty. The menu was filled with many other traditional options, including a giant Yorkshire pudding filled with local sausages and served with creamed potatoes and red wine gravy. Pub meals can be notoriously hearty so the 'go-betweens' menu at The Coach and Horses is a welcome option. These plates are bigger than starters, but smaller than a main meal, and some of the starters on the menu can be served in this size. For example smoked haddock on a bed of spinach with a poached egg and topped with cheese would make a perfect light lunch. The pub has a fantastic friendly atmosphere and is very welcoming to people with children. Proprietors Steve and Kathryn Bate have a family of their own and subsequently have a conscious policy of welcoming other families with children to the pub; they are even planning to develop the paddock area outside into a children's play area in the near future. Adults are not left out however - there is a function room with skittle alley and darts board, and customers will be glad to find that there is plenty of space for parking. In all, a lovely place to dine whatever your age.