When cycling along the Grand Union Canal to the south from Ricky, the first water-side pub I encounter is the Coy Carp. After many months we finally got around to trying it out for Sunday lunch.
Each of the roads leading to Harefield seem to be quite small and narrow. Although not unusual around these parts, Harefield is larger than some of the other villages we’ve encountered yet seems somewhat tricky to reach. On arrival however, there’s a very good size pub car park, able to cope with even the busiest of Sunday lunchtimes it would seem.
From the car park the pub is accessed over a small pub which crosses a small river, running parallel to the canal. There’s both a sizeable seating area inside the pub and outside, however the weather made the outside off-limits to all put the hardiest of patrons.
The Coy Carp’s interior is fairly standard pub, fairly comfortable without being either modern or historic. Despite some poor comments on beerintheeventing.co.uk we found the service to be fine. It’s primarily ordering at the bar, although waiting staff did take our order directly for dessert.
As befits any Sunday, I opted for the Sunday Roast. I have to say this wasn’t particularly memorable; the beef was okay but the roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding were both rather soggy. I wonder if they’d be defrosted. It’s a shame because roast potatoes that are properly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside can really help make a Sunday lunch. The gravy did help redeem it somewhat, which added some good flavour that otherwise wasn’t terribly forthcoming from the meal.
Tara on the other hand opted for the Fish Platter; a selection of different fish. This was nicely done, although some of the veg were well grilled to the point of being cremated, which is something I also found with some of the veg accompanying my roast. Also the lemon, which you’d expect to squeeze to add to the fish, had been grilled; this made it entirely too hot to handle. On the whole though, not too bad a dish.
The desserts rather helped improve the overall experience; both Tara’s brownie and my Banoffee cheesecake being tasty and enjoyable options.
All-in-all it’s a reasonably priced and nicely located if unoutstanding pub. We’d probably go again for a cheap meal out, perhaps with friends, although I wouldn’t rush to try to the Sunday Roast again. At Sunday lunchtime the Coy Carp does seem to be a popular local option; it’s clientele largely comprising a combination of the older generation and families. However unlike many pubs they don’t take bookings, and the size of both the pub and car park should mean it’s rare that you’d find yourself out of luck when turning up on a whim.