The Coach & Horses - Isleworth

by - 16:30

We have had some bar snacks from the Coach & Horses before and they were superb even though they were a little pricey for what we got however we vowed to visit there again and have something a bit more.

We had to wait a few weeks as the gastro pub was undergoing a refurbishment however, one Saturday evening we wandered in and our expectations were high as we were comparing it to The Three Horseshoes in Laleham.

It was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday night so we had little trouble in finding a table and looked at the menu. There were quite a few different options and I always aim to order something that you would not get at home. So with that being said, I opted for;

Oven roast pheasant, buttered kale, blackberry sauce & game chips

and Mrs Mayochup went for;

Slow roasted lamb shoulder, Cornish new potatoes, black cabbage, red wine gravy

I was advised that the pheasant will take up to 45 minutes which was fine as we had starters which took up some of the cooking time.
So, after some time, the mains arrived and I could clearly see instantly why the pheasant took 45 minutes. It was huge!

However, on reflection, 45 minutes cooking time was far too long. Either that or the oven was on too high. It was bone dry and not a joy to eat. The flavour was sucked out of it and I had to resort to ordering some gravy to try and bring the moisture back. Alas, it didn't work but then again, a glass of water is not going to re-hydrate The Sahara desert. Needless to say that I didn't finish it and voiced my dissatisfaction to the waiting staff who offered free desserts as compensation. The game chips were nice though.

Mrs Mayochup's lamb arrived and it was OK but had better. There wasn't any real fault with it but there was no wow factor.

Desserts came and we ended up sharing one however, what we got was not what we ordered. One of the waiting staff tried to argue against that but upon reading of the menu (as I advised to him) it was quite clear we got something different. Another member of the waiting staff (the manager, I'm not sure) then told us that each chef likes to make his own interpretations of the menu. That would explain the dried pheasant then!

Finally, a point about the waiting staff. They were non attentive (Mrs Mayochup had to get up several times) and more interested in having conversations amongst themselves.

All in all not a great experience and we won't be back which is a shame as it is technically our local pub.

Rating: 2/10

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