House style: Buzzworks Holdings’ The Coach House in Bridge of Weir

The Coach House Bridge of Weir

Buzzworks Holdings has expanded its group of House bar-restaurants with The Coach House in Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire

Buzzworks Holdings has moved into double figures with its latest site. The Coach House has opened in Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire – its 10th venue and its first outside of its home turf of Ayrshire. The former Archie’s Lounge, Bar & Kitchen on Main Street has seen “significant” investment to transform it into the company’s “House” concept after the success of bar-restaurants such as The Long House in Kilmarnock.

They have worked with leading Scottish hospitality designer Jim Hamilton to create a stylish interior made up of a bar and two dining areas plus an intimate private dining room, with a total of 140 covers. The dining area at the front features an imposing black fireplace with glass orb lights. It is furnished with grey upholstered chairs and red leather booths, complementing the brickwork and the silvery timber on the walls as well as mirrors of different shapes and sizes. The second dining space features marble-effect tables and a bar with a soft pink neon glow. The private dining room, with flexible seating for 20, has a conservatory feel with flowers and foliage and a black and white patterned tiled floor, leading out onto a terrace. A colour palette of pastel pink and turquoise runs throughout, from the signage and menus to the staff uniforms.

The Coach House Private Dining room

The main bar features another fireplace plus a green leather banquette and high black leather chairs. Alongside a good selection of wines, its beer line-up ranges from Heverlee and Menabrea to Caledonia Best and Innis & Gunn. With a focus on premium and Scottish brands, the cocktail list is made up of tasty original recipes such as the Rhubarb Crumble, combining Edinburgh Gin’s Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur, lemon juice, red berry gomme and egg white, and The Sleeping Warrior mixing Arran 10 Year Old single malt, Lejay Crème Quatre Fruits liqueur, lemon juice, sugar syrup, apple juice and bitters. There is also a list of “shims”, or low-alcoholic drinks, such as Rachel 6# made with Cocchi Rossa vermouth, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup, strawberry jam and soda.

Open from 9am to 11.45pm seven days a week, The Coach House offers all-day dining from breakfast and coffee through to lunch and dinner, specialising in “simple dishes with big flavours”. Mains include mozzarella-stuffed chicken with basil and sunblushed tomato, wrapped in Parma ham with sauté summer greens and gratin potato, and a duo of fillet medallion and slow-cooked short rib with roast heritage roots, crisp potato and celeriac rosti and port jus.

“We’re delighted to launch our 10th venue and fifth restaurant under our House brand,” says Buzzworks’ chairman Colin Blair. “It’s a fantastic addition to our portfolio and an exciting investment to branch out of Ayrshire and bring our modern take on a traditional bar and restaurant to the Renfrewshire community.”

The Coach House, 31 Main Street, Bridge of Weir PA11 3NR
Tel: 01505 800 999

The Coach House terrace

Behind the scenes
Interior design: Jim Hamilton Design
Architect: ARPL Architects
Bar: Transition Interiors (Kilmarnock)
Signage: The Touch Agency
Glasswork: Glasgow Glassworks

Originally published in the September 2017 print edition of Bar magazine.

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