3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Cheshire Life today click here

Restaurant review - The Coast, Prestbury

PUBLISHED: 00:00 20 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:47 21 May 2016

The Coast restaurant at Prestbury

The Coast restaurant at Prestbury

not Archant

The Coast, a success story in Tarporley, has now opened in Prestbury, and is sure to be a real asset to the village

The Coast restaurant at PrestburyThe Coast restaurant at Prestbury

Last summer, a national newspaper reported that residents of Prestbury were complaining it has become a ‘ghost’ village as celebrities moved in, pushed up prices but shopped and ate elsewhere, resulting in businesses deserting the village and leaving locals with nowhere to go.

Even allowing for an element of journalistic licence (a sprinkling of fairy dust as it’s known in the trade) the walk from the neglected railway station past too many seemingly abandoned premises - and not enough street lights - confirms the essence of the story.

But things are changing as this spring, Prestbury has received a positive shot in the arm with the opening of The Coast, a second branch of the successful and stylish Italian bar-restaurant that’s won much praise in the not-too-dissimilar Cheshire village of Tarporley. And on a Tuesday night in the fourth week since opening in the listed former White House, there wasn’t a table to be had. The omens are good.

When I reviewed the Tarporley restaurant, I described its look as resembling the smartest beach hut one could imagine; as if a high-end Abersoch lodge had been somehow sited on the Amalfi coast, whence veteran Anglo-Italian executive chef John Thompson draws inspiration for his menus. I first encountered John more than 30 years ago at the 39 Steps in Manchester since when, among many other things, he played a key role in the conception and launch of the San Carlo group’s fabulously successful Cicchetti restaurants. After 47 years in the business, he was cooking in The Coast’s theatre kitchen with undiminished élan and enthusiasm.

John Thompson, chef at The Coast, Prestbury, at workJohn Thompson, chef at The Coast, Prestbury, at work

The Prestbury restaurant repeats the coastal theme to some extent with trompe d’oeil white brick wallpaper, bleached wood and wicker chairs; in these surroundings how could we order anything other than fish - a Thompson speciality - for main courses?

But first, excellent starters; simple, but boasting first class ingredients. I had superb, creamy burrata mozzarella partnered by San Daniel Parma ham, grilled aubergines and red peppers and olive oil dressing (£8.95). Mrs K’s funghi ripieni brought mushrooms generously filled with tip-top melted taleggio cheese and garlic butter on a rocket salad dressed with balsamic (£5.95).

My main course lemon sole came with the lightest dusting of crushed dried herbs, served on fennel with a creamy wild mushroom sauce and tenderstem broccoli (£18.95), while opposite, my wife’s fillet of plaice, stuffed with crab meat, prawns, salmon and spinach, gently poached and served with lobster sauce (£16.85) was a real show stopper. Both slightly retro in style, the dishes delivered on all counts as did the lemon tart we shared for dessert with its side of mascarpone infused with lemon zest (£7). We drank highly quaffable Australian house chardonnay for £19.95. The Coast is inviting Prestbury’s ship to come in.

The Coast, Prestbury, Cheshire, SK10 4DG; Tel: 01625 820024; www.thecoast.uk.com

Related articles

More from Food & Drink

Raise your glasses to the winners of the Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards. They celebrated in style at Carden Park

Read more
Friday, September 14, 2018

The local produce and rising number of eateries deserve closer examination

Read more
Friday, September 7, 2018

Enjoy our September specials, this month we travel to Barbados!

Read more
Friday, September 7, 2018

The shop on Godstall Lane becomes the company’s fourth location in Cheshire and Wirral.

Read more
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Colin Starkey and his team created a memorable lunch at the Pinewood Hotel’s One Eighty restaurant in Handforth

Read more
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Belton Farm were crowned Supreme Champion at the International Cheese Awards at Dorfold in Nantwich.

Read more
Monday, August 27, 2018

Putting the spotlight on retailers whose business is an important part of the community

Read more
Friday, August 24, 2018

We’re heading into Bank Holiday with a special!

Read more
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Celebrate in style at one of Cheshire’s most beautiful venues

Read more
Monday, August 20, 2018

Alderley Edge-based TV presenter Michelle Ackerley proves she’s hot property as she heads to the Celebrity MasterChef

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

Local Business Directory

Property Search