So hun­gry you could eat a horse? Trot on down for a fan­tas­tic feast

Sunday Mail (UK) - - The Judge -

It may be called The Coach House but ban­ish all thoughts of horse and carts – this new hostelry is 100 per cent glam­our.

Sit­u­ated in the Ren­frew­shire vil­lage of Bridge of Weir, the team be­hind it – who have eight other venues, all in Ayr­shire – have in­vested se­ri­ously in the in­te­rior de­sign.

There was glitzy light­ing, sexy red leather seat­ing booths and even an in­door roof gar­den – but the stylish sur­round­ings still came se­cond place to an im­pres­sive menu.

The chil­dren’s menu of­fered fan­tas­tic starters such as mus­sels and gar­lic bread (£2.50) and mini prawn cock­tail (£2.50). Our ju­nior diners had the home­made potato and cele­riac soup – a steal at £1.50 and di­vine. Kids’ mains in­clude king prawns,p fa­ji­tas, salmon and bangers and mash. The most ex­pen­sive main dish was the salmon at £ 4.45. Pub Spy had one of the spe­cials to start with – hand­made beet­root ravi­oli with parme­san and sum­mer veg­etable salad (£6.45).

Had I re­alised the sum­mer salad was cau­li­flower heavy, I would have gone for a dif­fer­ent main – but I chose the cau­li­flower steak (£12.95) .

They were both de­li­cious but I couldn’t help think­ing a lit­tle guid­ance from the wait­ing staff wouldn’t have gone amiss.

My com­pan­ion had the baby back ribs (£15.95). There was noth­ing pint-sized about these – the por­tion was gar­gan­tuan and beau­ti­fully smoked.

There was only one word for our shared caramel cheese­cake (£ 6.45) dessert – amaz­ing. The kids had the choco­late fudge cake, at a rea­son­able £1.95.

The drinks menu is size­able, with a se­lec­tion of draught and craft beers. There’s also an ex­ten­sive cock­tail and wine list.

Food wise, there’s a mid­week of­fer of two cour­ses for £11.95 from 12noon to 6pm.

The venue has only been open a few weeks but, even on a rainy Mon­day evening, all of those red booths were re­served. We’ ll know to book ahead next time.

TASTE OF SUC­CESS Food at The Coach House is top qual­ity

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