On a Monday evening, I ended up in Coach Lane Restaurant in Sligo with 3 others. We were told during the booking that the restaurant was closed and that we would be seated in the downstairs bar.
We got 2 menu's handed, a bar food menu and the A La carte menu. We opted for food from the A La carte Menu.
A good few of the tables were filled with customers. The bar itself contains a lot of wood, the tables have checkered table clothes and knives and forks are left in a metal container in the middle of the table.
Three of us opted for the goat's cheese and one of us went for the figs. The waitress was great at explaining the specials of the day , and while waiting for our starters to be served, she came back with a small loaf of bread. The bread was an appetizer which was a great touch to a promising meal. After a while, the starters were served.
The goat cheese is Bluebell falls goat's cheese from co.Cork, a soft goat cheese which is served with beetroot, carmelized walnuts, sunflower seeds and pompernickel sand. All comes down to personal taste, but in my opinion all was a little bit too sweet. The goat cheese could have been a little bit saltier to offset the sweetness of the beetroot and the pumpernickel,... The figs, which is Newport Black pudding and goat cheese stuffed brazilian figs wrapped with proscuitto went down well.
The main courses we decided upon was hake and cod which were both the Specials of the day, a Linguini Florentine and I decided upon the Irish Lamb. When the food was served , we didn't receive replacement forks and knives, but after a quick reminder we received some replacements. The main courses were good, but I must say I tasted lamb in the highlands of Schotland served in a pub as good if not better as the one received last Monday.
The starters and main courses with 1 bottle of wine came to €180 for 4 people . In our view, we would expect more for €180 (this also included 3 softdrinks) The food was OK, but it wasn't that special. Service was good, still, forks and knives were not given for the main course. In my opinion , the food is OK, but at the prices charged in Coach Lane, you would expect more. You would expect a restaurant table, correct service, ....
So in my eyes, it isn't "the home to the best food in Sligo", it is a restaurant like there are many.