THE COACH MAKERS ARMS

You can always count on Cubitt House for a perfect weekend lunch spot – this time we visited The Coach Makers Arms in Marylebone, the latest addition to their charming portfolio of independent public houses and hotels, alongside The Thomas Cubitt, The Alfred Tennyson, The Orange and The Grazing Goat.

We probably picked the worse day to go out (who knew that it would snow so heavily in London in December!), but the journey across the city was definitely worth it when we arrived at this beautifully restored pub, a warm and welcoming shelter from the cold outside.

Like all Cubitt House venues, the head chef at The Coach Makers Arms work with some of the country’s most reputable suppliers, including Trecorras Farm, Lyme Bay fish reserve and Lyons Hill Farm and cure their own meats in house, ensuring minimal food wastage and a genuine farm to plate ethos. 

We dined in the bright and spacious first floor dining room, sat by the windows, where we had a lovely view of the quaint streets of Marylebone through the large stain glass windows.

The food menu at The Coach Makers Arms carries on the Cubitt House tradition of seasonal British produce, offering a selection of daily specials displayed on blackboards. For my starter, I ordered the slow cooked Hebridean lamb which was very well flavoured, the richness of the meat cut through by light and vibrant pieces of pickled cauliflower and spiced yoghurt.

Cured salmon is always a light and refreshing starter choice, thinly sliced and served with creamy mouthfuls of salmon rillette and crispy sourdough, complemented by a pleasant sweetness and tanginess from the small pieces of apple.

I love my game meat, and so my eyes immediately focused on the Lyons Hill Farm venison, served two ways, with roasted parsnips and sweet caramelised pears. I was informed beforehand that some of the meat would be served rare, which I rather enjoyed – the meat was incredibly tender and soaked up all the delicious juices.

Mum ordered a main from the Specials board – a juicy roasted lamb chop which was still nice and pink in the centre, accompanied by a mini shepherds pie that, topped with a golden, soft and buttery layer of mash. Warm, hearty, and the ideal comfort dish for a cold, snowy day.

Desserts were simple yet appetizing: a warm Bramley apple pie topped with caramelised chestnuts and cinnamon parfait, and a slice of toffee pudding cake with grilled pears and custard ice cream. I had a similar version of the pie at The Alfred Tennyson that was just as good as I remembered, and although Mum isn’t usually a fan of custard, I managed to convince her to try the custard ice cream, which she ended up loving. The toffee pudding cake itself was much lighter than I expected and had just the right level of sweetness, nicely paired with a glass of Tokaji “Exaltation” Hodvolgy.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Coach Makers Arms offers something for everyone, from the early birds right through to the night owls. They will also be open for Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s, so you can enjoy great food and drink without having to worry about the washing-up (!) – check out their website for more information.

I’m looking forward to visiting their other two venues in the New Year (roll on 2018!), but in the meantime, you can read my previous posts on The Alfred Tennyson and The Thomas Cubitt.

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