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Local cuisine, European, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings

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This smart hotel restaurant has a lovely walnut and marble bar counter, a funky lounge under the eaves and an elegant dining room featuring plush blue ...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Comfortable restaurant
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The Coach House Restaurant At Kentisbury Grange Hotel is located in the majestically landscaped grounds of the Kentisbury Grange Hotel, and surrounded by gently rolling fields, The Coach House Restaurant - awarded three AA Rosettes in 2018 - is a masterpiece of contemporary rustic design and innovative yet classic cuisine. This 17th century former coaching house, boasts a stunning walnut and marble bar as its centrepiece with a glass balustrade oak staircase and handmade artisan furniture helping to complete this elegantly stylish space. The main 50 cover restaurant and bar downstairs has views of the chefs at work lending an element of gastro theatre to the proceedings, whilst upstairs the
PRICE RANGE
$48 - $62
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
European, British, International
FEATURES
Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed October 29, 2020

A great venue with a hot tub to match. The service from the staff was excellent at all times and very safe practices, taking the threat of COVID seriously. The bar staff cannot do enough for you and they mix up the best cocktails consistently....The food was superior with Chefs that really know how to make tasty food, definitely in our top three restaurants. This bar and restaurant really deserve to survive the COVID situation and judging by the way that it was packed every single night, they will. If you like well-cooked and well-presented food, great cocktails and excellent service, go to this bar and restaurant. You will not be disappointed and will book up for every night of your stay.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 24, 2020

I am French living half of the time in UK and a food lover. This restaurant is a no brainer, by far one of the best experience you can have in the area. The dishes are really fine, there is a great attention on flavors...and products. You can have both classics English dishes as well as some more sophisticated . The place is also really nice and the service gently.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 22, 2020 via mobile

We had a number of meals at the Coach House. Our overall impression was a good one. Breakfast is as to be expected though coffees could definitely be improved. We went for a cream tea - ordered, received our teas and coffees and then were...told we had to wait 15 mins for scones to bake; they took 20 mins and by then tea was long gone which wasn’t great. Dinner was lovely and all of our meals were very good - though not generous and you’d definitely need a starter to be full. It’s a good option if you’re staying at the Grange; though there are a number of alternatives nearby.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 11, 2020 via mobile

Just returned from a 4night stay at Kentisbury grange ,we stayed in one of there self catering lodges with a hot tub which was amazing , opted to have breakfast at the coach house each morning which was lovely in all aspects food and staff..., nothing was too much trouble , asked for things which were not on the menu and was never a problem , ate there 3 nights as well , what a fantastic menu , truly amazing food , don’t be put off by negative reviews , we ate there last year when Michael Caine was connected to the coach house restaurant but thought it was far better this year , definitely a place we won’t hesitate to return toMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 5, 2020

This was a follow up visit, after a disastrous Sunday lunch there with my wife and a couple of friends in late July. Having made known my displeasure with the whole experience, I was impressed by the professional manner in which Kentisbury Grange general manager,...Wayne Moore responded, promptly and honestly. He readily admitted that things were far from satisfactory when the Coach House restaurant reopened under new ownership in early July. He told me that he shared my concerns at that time and that since joining the company in mid-July he had has moved quickly to bring in a new kitchen brigade, including a new head chef, a new front of house team and set new standards well beyond those we had experienced just a couple of months ago. Now it was time to put those claims to the test and, at Wayne’s invitation my wife and I again visited the Coach House for Sunday lunch. What a transformation! The same classy restaurant but now with attentive and helpful staff and an interesting looking menu, including a choice of traditional roast beef or roast pork mains. So far, so good – but what about the food? There was a short wine list, from which we chose a bottle of Picpoul de Pinet, Pays D’Oc at £28 as a pre-prandial and to see us through our lunch. There was a choice of five starters from which we chose the venison carpaccio with red cabbage remoulade and a fresh local mackerel served warm with, amongst other items, a really tasty crystallised lemon zest, both priced at £9.50. While not cheap they were very flavoursome and well presented. We both followed with the roast beef option from a choice of six mains, which looked to be excellent value at £14.95 and turned out to be just that; two very generous, thick sliced of deliciously pink topside were served with roast potatoes, gravy and individual Yorkshire pudding. Four veg were separately served to share; nice crisp sliced savoy cabbage, carrots, parsnip, and cauliflower cheese. The dishes were of considerable proportion, so much so that my wife opted to have one of here slices of beef wrapped to return with us for a treat of a sandwich the following day! The roasts were extremely enjoyable and great value for money. The beef was absolutely beautiful; pink, moist and extremely tender and carved as thick slices. We later learned from Wayne, who greeted us on arrival and stopped by to check all was well at each course, that the restaurant sources all of its meat from local South Molten butcher, John May, who based on this experience is worth patronising if you live anywhere in the vicinity. If I were to venture a slight criticism at all it is that the Yorkshire pudding was somewhat dry and certainly not to the standard of the rest of the dish. We could easily have stopped at this point, definitely replete! Nonetheless, leaving no stone unturned we pressed on and rounded off our meal with a sticky toffee pudding and a mango parfait! Both were excellent, well presented, tasty and reasonably priced at £7.00. All in all, this was a most pleasant lunch; and an extremely bright spot in what was a very wet, windy, and otherwise miserable October day. I should like to congratulate Wayne for treating criticism seriously, responding positively and turning around this place in double quick time from an extremely precarious place when it reopened to a restaurant to which we shall be delighted to return and to recommend to others.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 20, 2020 via mobile

Please see my Kentisbury Grange review as well as this includes a more detailed review on the food. However just to reiterate this restaurant is outstanding! Food was fresh, delicious, well priced and served in great time. No request was a problem and you can...tell the chefs are passionate about food from the way it tastes all the way up to the presentation of the food! Portions were amazing and I am just so happy that we found this absolute gem of a restaurant. Keep up the amazing work and we will definitely be back to see you all soon!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 19, 2020

I was going to refrain from leaving a review as we raised our concerns and asked for them to be past on. I have no doubts that the receptionist at the hotel passed on our comments but those above her failed to come back to...me. I entirely blame the new owners for obviously cutting corners and running the establishment on a shoe string and making money off the previous good reputation. So people need to be warned before they spend £100 on a meal here. Whatever you do, do not waste your money here. Absolutely horrible meal and disgustingly overpriced. The ham hock terrine is just basic packet stuff which you would see in a canteen. At £10 very overpriced. My hake was meant to be served with lemon and herb potatoes but they came cold and were covered in a tomato and ray onion relish. My husbands burger at £19 was the worst burger ever. It was black on the outside and bright pink and mushy on the inside, no salad just chips. The meat was like tinned meat. Wine was screw top, and not even supplied opened to the table @ £27, the wine was a cheap £5 bottle type. No salt or condiments offered, the people next to us asked 4 times for water and it never came. Very few staff. Not anywhere near enough.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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JadeA-KG, Marketing at The Coach House At Kentisbury Grange Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2020

Dear Hannah B Thank you for your review however I am slightly concerned that our wires may be crossed. After speaking to the team here I believe Katy my restaurant manager has been in email communication with you. If this is not the case could...More

Reviewed September 16, 2020

Tough steak and luke-warm hake on Sunday, Much improved cod on the Monday. Breakfasts inconsistent too. Staff mask wearing variable.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 13, 2020

We visited a week after they reopened and were under new management. Food was cooked perfectly. I never expected the broccoli stems to be my favourite starter (there was 4 adults, so we were able to taste a good variety of the dishes) and the...steak was the best steak I'd ever had. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed September 6, 2020 via mobile

EXCEPTIONALLY DISAPPOINTED at this restaurant . My husband and I booked this restaurant 2 months in advance as the place to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. When we arrived we were shocked they had NO record of our booking. As we tried to explain it...as for a special occasion the young guy wasn't paying us any attention and said you can have the table by the door but there's nothing else available. We accepted the table but we were then ignored for quite some time. We were shocked at the menu which certainly did not live up to the pictures of food we had seen on their own website and ended up having what i can only describe as PUB GRUB. After the meal we decided to have a coffee and i asked if I could have a baileys liqueur coffee. I could not believe my eyes when i was brought a latte coffee with a shot of baileys delivered in a coffee mug ! How they managed to get onto the Michelin food guide is a mystery to us. Certainly a memorable 40th wedding anniversary meal but for all the wrong reasonsMore

Date of visit: August 2020
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