Coach & Horses
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Tottenham Court Road
Mon-Thu 8:00 - 23:30
Fri-Sat 8:00 - 0:00
Sun 12:00 - 22:30
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- Full Bar
- Outdoor Area/ Patio Only
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Recommended Reviews for Coach & Horses
34 reviews in English
Review from Aurélia H.
- 1 friend
The Strip, Las Vegas, USA
Review from Hannah M.
This was awesome. It's upstairs away from the main pub down below, set up like a tea room.
I had the tofush and chips (it was flipping AWESOME), and we had the starter of beetroot ravioli with cashew cheese (also amazing). The tofu burger was great, and super filling.
I think they could do with adding one or two more vegan mains, but apart from that, perfect.
Definitely want to return ASAP.
Review from Janessa P.
I had heard mixed reviews about this place, but mostly the only words reaching my ears were "VEGAN FISH & CHIPS" and "PUB".
So naturally I was sold. A classic British Pub super centrally located, Coach & Horses also offers a surprising vegan menu. The day I was there, they had the classic vegan fish & chips (THANK GAWD), and they also offered a few specials like a raw beetroot ravioli stuffed with cashew cheese and served with an arugula side salad (Delicious, and that comes from someone who doesn't dig beets) (get it?), and a raw green curry.
My friend ordered the green curry, not noticing it was labeled raw. We were confused at first as to why it was cold before she recalled reading the word 'Raw'. It was a bit surprising, though very well executed--a parsnip salad instead of rice, and the flavor was really very good. As she said, maybe better as an appetizer, but overall great presentation.
My Fish & Chips were very fun. The 'fish' was an ale-battered deep fried tofu wedge coated in nori (seaweed, for that salty ocean flavor), the chips were run of the mill chips, and the tarter sauce was avocado-based. I was hoping for mushy peas because I hadn't had the opportunity to try them yet, but I was thankful for just getting a little bit of veg on my plate.
I'd definitely recommend stopping by if you're in London; ale and traditional British Pub food with a vegan twist is actually very hard to come by, and I'm stoked they're here.
Review from Jason E.
A local pub for local people. This place has a bit of a history in the area apparently it used to be considered a badge of honour to be kicked out or barred by the now retired landlord.
It has an oak panelled interior that has been desecrated by a stainless steel dumb waiter some time in the '70s an old upright piano and the air of a pub that was a proper boozer when this part of town was not yet fashionable.
They have a sprinkling of good beers and a vast range of flavoured pickled eggs. Curiouser and curiouser I thought.
It is obviously a lot better than the Spice of Life a few metres away and a place you should include on any drinking tour of Soho.
Review from Mish mish M.
- 33 friends
I'll give it props for catering to vegans and making traditional meat dishes (fish and chips) vegan-style. Kinda cool.
Sadly, the dishes on the website were not all available when we got to the restaurant so some people in our party had arrived craving particular dishes and then were sadly disappointed when those options weren't on the menu any longer. I had a tandoori tofu that was okay. It is hard to flavor tofu well and this was well spiced and flavored but just too much -- imagine a tandoori flavor on a large block of tofu from the market. I appreciated the attempt, but it wasn't amazing. The place smelled of truffle oil, which some people love, but I find it too earthy and not the smell I want to have around me while I eat!
Server was very nice, but the dishes all came out haphazardly and my husband's dinner actually wouldn't have arrived at all had we not asked about it (oopsie)!
Tea was done well (at least by my American standards).
Extra quaint points given for the mouse running around during dinner. I kid you not. He was so brave he got about 2 feet from my dining companions outstretched hand. I name him "St. John Who Lives in the Walls."
I think St. John made out better than we did with his dinner. All those chips on the floor make for a happy mouse.
The downstairs pub seemed a lot more fun than the upstairs dining area. Came down to someone playing the piano with everyone singing along to classic songs. Very fun, wish we could have stayed for that.
Review from Tracey W.
- 10 friends
A 60s styled pub in the heart of London which has all the original fitments and designs-really like going back in time. beers are good and there is also a splendid restaurant upstairs that used to be the haunt of private eye magazine. While I'm there I see several celeb faces depart the back room from actresses to fashion editors prior to a theatrical performance no doubt.
Review from Nick S.
A proper place to stand outside and enjoy a pint as people go by. Doubly-so around 5pm on a weekday when everyone is just getting off work and there's plenty of goings-on.
You don't see many pubs with stand-up tables outside, so it's really great they keep theirs in decent shape. I don't know why, but standing outside, beer in hand, seems much more uncomfortable than standing outside, arm resting on table with beer adjacent.
Review from Natalie P.
I really like this pub. It's your standard English boozer, which I find are a dying breed in London town these days, well decent ones - and by this I mean good service and good prices - are anyway.
It is always busy and if you're lucky you'll be able to grab a seat - though this I take to be a good sign, I mean what sort of pub would you like to walk in to find it half-empty? The staff are polite and friendly, something that always gets my attention and a good mark in my book especially in London.
Located in a handy part of Soho to go onto other places, whether it be for food, drinks, the theatre or whatever.
The pub also houses Soho's Secret Tea Rooms which I've heard about and am dying to check out sometime soon.
Review from Chris F.
Pleasant enough corner pub in Soho, serving a couple of ales. One of those pubs full of wood, that look a bit grotty, but are generally alright.
I had a pint of the St Edmonds gold, which was also alright.there was nothing wrong with it, but It didn't seem quite as nice as it normally is.
Although I had never heard of it and happened upon it by chance while out with some friends, it seems that it has a small amount of fame, due to some well know clientele and until recently a legendarily rude landlord.
Review from Qype User (Timina…)
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It's not hard to miss the Coach & Horses, down at the bottom of Greek Street. Most of the Soho buzz is a street or two away. It is, however, one of the proper and unpretentious pubs in Soho.
The pub isn't very big inside, although (or maybe as a result) it retains a great deal of its Victorian charm. There are panels and mirrors, columns in what seem to be odd places, booths and stools, and a tiny entrance to the toilets. The meals available - sandwiches, hot pots, and some more substantial fare - can be found on various sheets of paper stuck to the walls.
The crowd can be a real mix, and often includes many of Soho's journalists and writers. The Coach & Horses' association with scribblers and playwrights, as well as some of its colourful proprietors, have made it somewhat famous (http://en.wikipedia.org/…) . It's quirky character seeps out in the little cracks and corners: the food board that is headed, "Eat, damn you!" and advertises "pyes", or the playful Israeli bartender.
However, for those of us who simply want a relaxed surrounding, no modern chain-pub accoutrements, lots of ales and bottles on offer, and an eclectic crowd, this pub will do just fine.
A nice addition is the recently-opened private function room upstairs. You need to be admitted behind the bar to get to it, but once up the narrow twisting stairs you'll find an open, comfortably appointed, dimly lit lounge that's great for private hire for a couple of dozen people. There's a small private bar to serve the room, plus a separate toilet, and it gets the same kitchen service as downstairs. I was in this room last night for a London Bloggers Meetup , and it served us really well. I'm told that Qype and other groups are planning to use the room for similar events. It's a nice addition to the venue.
Review from Qype User (Emilie…)
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- Qype User Emilie…
the Qype Party last night was awesome. The venue was great! Great choice! Thanks to the organizers, you did a great job!
You are all very nice. I am so happy that I came.
I met so many people last night, I made friends and planned to meet them so times next week.
I spent most of my time outside in the smoking area. It all started when I went there to smoke. I felt very lonely because I was on my own and then a few people came and some others after We ended up staying there the whole night because the weather was great
Thank you so much for the free drinks and free food. It was really appreciated.
I took a few pictures last night. I will try to upload them this week-end.
Well done guys!
I hope to see you soon.
PS: If you read this review and you were at the party last night and recognise me, please drop me an e-mail, I will be so happy to chat with you again. It is just that yesterday I was a bit drunk and did not get everyone's name or usernames. Sorry ;-)
And good luck to those who are working today I don't think I am going to be very efficient today
Review from Qype User (filcha…)
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Great pub in the heart of Soho, with a particularly nice function room upstairs! I felt really at home here, just like being in your own lounge. Thanks to everyone who came to the party last night, from what I can remember - it was a really good time!
Food was great - particularly the mini shepherds pies which my friends were raving about this morning! Big thanks to the landlord Alistair for letting us have the room, and to Jo and Denise for serving the drinks all night. I shall be back to sample the ale downstairs soon!
Review from Qype User (DrO2…)
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- Qype User DrO2…
There's something exciting about being lead through the bar and out the back by a good looking bargirl - and she did not disappoint; for this was the way to the upstairs function room. And last night was qype night. The room is a little on the small side, but that's no bad thing when you want to meet up with new folk. The chef had taken a rather vaudeville approach to platter production; trays of spanish omlette, prawn cocktail, cottage pies in beakers and egg mayo sandwiches as the piéce de la resistance.
It would've been annoying for the smokers to troop downstairs every time they fancied a crafty tab, thankfully there's a private alley-balcony on which to smirt.
I liked it, even the unisex loo.
Review from Qype User (Sian…)
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- Qype User Sian…
UPDATE - The upstairs bar was extortionate tonight. £11.50 for two glasses of wine (one of which they served me in a lager glass)... even the barmaid was shocked by how much it was.
Went downstairs at the end of the evening, two glasses of wine was £6.80 - when I asked why it was so expensive upstairs, they said that because to hire the room it was free, there was a service charge on the drinks. Now, usually a service charge is 12%, for some reason, they thought we wouldn't notice they were charging a 50% service charge.
And you're not allowed to buy drinks downstairs and take them upstairs for 'health and safety reasons'... because we can't carry drinks upstairs apparently. What they mean is they hope we don't notice that we're being ripped off.
I had a great night at the last bloggers meet up, but I don't like being fleeced. Now this pub have got a bit of a folllowing, they for some reason think it's OK to screw over their punters.
I've taken two stars off them. I'll drink downstairs, but don't expect me to be happy about it anymore. - UPDATE
Yep. Big thumbs up to the Coach and Horses, who have some of the nicest bar staff ever. The food the dished up was fab, and they were extra helpful at the Qype party by making sure they came straight to my two veggie friends as soon as new veg kebabs were ready. This was very sweet.
The pub is great. It's old school and quite off the beaten track for a Soho pub. No bad thing. I liked being led through the actual bar to get upstairs, and the little smoking part of the pub was a lot of fun and seemed to be having a party all on its own.
Nothing to complain about with this pub. I'll be coming back soon - if only to abuse their free wi-fi while I drink beer and pretend to be working.
Review from Qype User (peterb…)
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- Qype User peterb…
This excellent pub in soho seems to attract a great group of people at each of the upstairs events I have attended. The pub itself is a mix of a traditional pub withb lots of history, and cutting edge modern technology for the geeks of geet street. The staff are friendly too.
I haven't managed to hang out with the crown downstairs yet, but am sure that would be an experience in itself.
Review from Qype User (techno…)
- 6 friends
- Qype User techno…
friendly, comfortable, yummy food, great company, welcoming host, good beer, rooms to hire and smack bang in the centre of Soho. What more do you want from a soho boozer?
Oh, and it's a great location for Friday mornings for The Tuttle Club and we get looked after very well.
Review from Qype User (ozgir…)
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The Coach and Horses is pretty much at the beating heart of Soho. Famous for it journalistic clientele such as Jeffrey Bernard from the Spectator and a really cranky landlord, a takeover a few years ago hasn't changed it as much as I feared it would. Lovely lovely beers including real ales, friendly and knowlegable staff - only drawback is it's too popular and it's practically impossible to find a seat, so be prepared to stand!
If you can get a seat, the food is quite good pub grub, better than most in the area, and the real ales washes it all down nicely.
Nice place to bring a few mates for a laugh and a pint.
Review from Qype User (Rosali…)
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I love this pub. The decor doesn't appear to have changed since the late 70's/early80's with plenty of wood and some old neon signs of beer brands of times gone by.
I accidentally ended up here one Saturday evening just before closing time and was over the moon to find a Sing-a-long with a piano. This place has London boozer written all over it.
Apparently there is a secret dining room upstairs but I have yet to try that yet.
I also came here on a Thursday afternoon and enjoyed a quiet drink with my Dad. They have a good selection of ciders which was nice to see.
The Coach and Horses is a welcome change from the trendy bars in Soho. Fingers crossed they don't change, as that would be a massive shame.
Review from Fiona G.
- 0 friends
Just to add, that it was made famous
by mysoginist,Jeff Bernard, in the 60's
& 70's in the Spectator & his mock
rows with the landlord,Norman Balon (his
old mate) Were Jeff still alive he would
not have put up with either the marvellous
live music they have now,or the Wi Fi users, who
would have been roundly abused for their trouble.
Jeff practically lived in here, locked in at night.
(made famous in the stage show Jeffery Bernard
Review from Darika A.
- 0 friends
Have finally seen the much used meeting venue upstairs. It was great and I would definitely recommend for intimate events (there's a plasma screen for presos etc too).
Was slightly odd to go behind the bar to access the stairs and being given an escort to take us up there - but the small outside smoking area up there pleased me immensely.
Review from Qype User (GerryG…)
- 11 friends
- Qype User GerryG…
Myself and some chums visit this pub on saturdays to start our weekend off with a bang, love sing-along (even though they only let me sing at last orders to get rid of everyone) LOL.
Great booze and great atmosphere and the sing along dame is fantastic...
Review from Qype User (TheCou…)
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This is a really nice little pub in the heart of Soho. A regular Wednesday night watering hole for me. I hear they are thinking of doing live music here soon. If it's up to scratch, this place will easily graduate to 5*s.
Lots of real ale and friendly punters. Worth checking out if you are in Soho.
Review from Qype User (LloydD…)
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Trebles all round! I think I read Private Eye from about the age of 11 when I understood about 20% of its content. Now that I'm an old man (and understand around 25% of the content) I'm still thrilled to regularly visit the bar commemorated in Michael Heath's The Regulars.
The reason I went with this place as the first venue for London's nascent Social Media Café was, well, because Alastair was up for doing something different and willing to take a chance on us but it was also because I could see the continuity of the history of the pub as a gathering place for writers pushing at the boundaries of what is doable and acceptable.
It's just a lovely London pub - it doesn't feel like it's trying to be anything, it just is what it is and certainly downstairs it looks as though its been that way for quite some time (as do the regulars drinking down the deep end). However, if you're brave enough to ask permission to cross the threshold of the bar and creep upstairs, the dining room's a real treat, very comfy and with cool views along Greek Street and Romilly Street and the menu is one of those that has me sitting going, oh, I don't know, umm yes, I want it all please.
Review from Qype User (Docume…)
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Nice boozer. I tend to visit on a Friday from 10am onwards for the Tuttle Club and some social media shenanigans.
We enjoy the free wifi and donate for croissants and coffee. The conversation then tends to continue downstairs and I have enjoyed decent enough food and beer more than once.
Great location attracting a great crowd. I will be sure to return.
Review from Qype User (weaver…)
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What a great placefriendly landlord and staff, very good pub grub, a nice dining area upstairs, and now live music is promised (disclaimer: I am playing piano for a sing-song there this Sunday evening!). Free wi-fi also makes this a good mobile worker hangout.
The Social Media Cafe, a networking event, is held in the upstairs dining room on Friday mornings. Right now, it is the most interesting opportunity to meet informed and interesting people in the Social Media space.
Review from Dan D.
- 75 friends
Newport Beach, USA
Standard pub. Happening place most days and nights with pretty good seating, including some tables outside. The reason it gets the extra star over a standard pub is because it have free WiFi. Awesome to get WiFi with a fresh pint. Staff's cool too.
Review from Qype User (Na…)
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I concur with all the good reviews! Would just like to mention how amazing it was when I popped there for a couple after work on a Tuesday night and there was a proper piano player accompanied by a proper ratpack-esq singer. That old man's eyes twinkled like you can't imagine! Wonderful.
Review from Qype User (Antoni…)
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Birmingham, West Midlands
Not sure I can add much to the above - but again, a good old proper pub but with added wi-fi. What more can you ask for?
Looks like a great place to spend an afternoon getting a bit of work done.
Also make sure to visit the fantastic cafe next door (don't know the name). Tania the proprietor is a hoot - great theatre for the price of a herbal tea and a croissant.
Review from Qype User (AndyBa…)
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Ducked in for a quick drink on Tuesday night. Enjoyed the atmosphere and was most impressed with the friendliness of the staff - who also showed me the private function room they have upstairs. Seems to be a good selection of beers also. I'll be popping back shortly for a taste of the hot pot, which along with a selection of very tasty sounding pies (or Pyes as they call them), makes a fairly handsome pub menu. Free Wi-Fi is an added bonus!
Review from Qype User (ruthie…)
- 16 friends
- Qype User ruthie…
I seem to be in agreement with other Qypers, this is a proper Soho boozer and is deserved of all five of its stars. As the last poster said the upstairs rooms are as relaxed as being at a friends, I was lucky enough to attend a party here earlier in the year and it was one of the highlights of my year so far. The location is good if you want a central meeting point and the staff are friendly and fun. If you haven't been convinced by the rest of the reviews I urge you to go you know you want to !
Review from Qype User (jamier…)
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Review from Qype User (Gilmor…)
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This is a fantastic boozer. I have been going in here more and more this summer due to it's location, friendly staff and excellent range of beer! Highly recommended and probably the best pub in Soho. Great for Londoners and tourists alike.
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