A brief list of cultural influences from the UK (abridged):
Tailored suits, the Stones' pelvic blues, iambic pentameter and the collected pratfalls of John Cleese.
A brief list of culinary influences from those same isles:
Until now. Introducing The Coachman, Charles Phan's entry into SoMa's newly competitive scene of churched-up British eats (hat tip to The Cavalier), now open.
On offer, Phan and his Slanted Door group's elevated take on Brit staples like steak and kidney pie and blood sausage alongside the odd skate wing, anchovy crudité or beef tartare to satisfy any Anglophobes in your party.
Also, one hell of a bar. Thirty seats along a single curved plank of old growth cedar that makes for easy conversation with your date and even easier perusal of the Scotch-heavy back bar.
What you won't find is pub nostalgia.
The Coachman is all contemporary in its design — muted grays, natural woods, plush banquettes and backlit installations of local honey set into the walls — keeping warm focus on the food, drink and company at your table.
Which is right where it belongs.
Reserve your table now, but leave the phony Cockney accent at home, guv’nor.
Your date, and England, will thank you.