91 High Street, Nailsea, BS48 1AW
My guest and I arrived at Coates House on a warm summer evening and were greeted by the sound of contented chatter emanating from several groups seated outside. As we entered the restaurant, we admired the well-stocked bar: a whole array of gins, mixers, wine, and beer was on offer and the friendly servers were swiftly delighting a steady stream of guests. Once seated, we perused the drinks menu. As we were both driving, we decided to opt for soft drinks. My companion chose the vegan milkshake – a creamy combination of oat milk, banana, and coconut sorbet – while I opted for a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. The food selection was impressively varied and there were plant-based, gluten-free and low-calorie menus available too. To start, I selected the delicate beetroot Carpaccio, which came with sweet candied walnuts, cubes of perfectly crunchy apple and a garnish of rocket, while my friend enjoyed a generous portion of vegan nachos. After a short break, our mains arrived: my guest tucked into a spicy Moroccan butter bean tagine, while I chose the Mexican burger, complete with nacho-crumbed chicken and smooth guacamole. For dessert, we shared the dairy-free chocolate ganache. Wonderfully rich and accompanied by homemade honeycomb and coconut sorbet, this was the perfect end to a delightful evening.