Cafe Bar Restaurant
On an uncharacteristically wet and blustery June evening, my partner and I ventured to Nailsea’s Coates House. Inviting from the outside, the restaurant’s, handsomely designed interior is well-matched by the warm welcome visitors receive from the team. Wooden ﬂooring and an eclectic mix of chairs afford the venue a distinctively homely feel, and the upturned leather-bound books on which table numbers are displayed are a lovely, quirky touch. Various curiosities such as a brass birdcage add yet more character to the dining room and contribute to a relaxed and pleasant ambience. There’s also ample outside seating.
Perusing the menu of enticing options, my guest and I were drawn to the tapas starters – particularly the chorizo with garlic and the sumptuous tiger prawns. These were served in terracotta dishes, accompanied by triangles of ﬂatbread drizzled with oil. The prawns were juicy and the chorizo ﬂavoursome and the garlic complemented the dish perfectly. The portions were just the perfect size to sate our hunger, but ensured that we were ready to sample more.
For my main course I was intrigued by the goat curry, which I had never tried before. Served with a homemade poppadom, boiled rice and a purple nasturtium placed gently on top, the goat was tender and rich in ﬂavour. There was a decisive kick of heat to the curry, which balanced the dish perfectly. My partner opted for the 6oz, blue cheese-stuffed house burger with French fries and roasted shallot mayo. She savoured every bite and was especially fond of the accompanying red cabbage slaw, which was crisp and fresh.
Satisﬁed by our hearty mains, we took our time to deliberate which dessert to share, as there were several tempting treats on offer. Sticky toffee pudding, raspberry and pomegranate Eton Mess, and lemon posset were among the contenders, but we eventually settled on the intriguing chilli chocolate and black bean brownie with honeycomb ice cream. Delightfully warm and decadent, the brownie packed a punch of heat at the end of each mouthful, yet this was harmoniously soothed by the sweet, cooling ice cream.
With great food, unwaveringly helpful and friendly service, and undoubtedly great value for money, Coates House ticks every box – we’ll deﬁnitely return soon.