Coach & Horses
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Time Out says
Posted: Mon Jul 18 2011
One day, there will be a review of this Soho landmark without mentioning its legendary, long-gone landlord Norman Balon – but not just yet. The grouch who presided over the Coach’s louche years, when equally legendary columnist Jeffrey Bernard and fellow wisecracking, literary sourpusses were regulars, still looms large.
‘The West End’s most famous pub’ now features ‘Norman’s Coach & Horses pub piano singalong’ twice a week and the Private Eye dining room upstairs, named after the satirical stalwart whose editorial team met here.
Quality food is another recent reinvention: minute steak with garlic butter, or Scottish smoked salmon with sour cream and soda bread, with walnuts dipped in chocolate to follow. It’s a ‘fresh food’ pub, so all pâtés, sausages, biscuits and soda bread are made on site, the butter is hand-churned farmhouse and there are squat candles on each table within the venerable, wooden interior.
Moreover, the range of drinks on draught – Orchard Pig, Meantime Helles, Hobgoblin, Cotswold cider – is more than decent. Upstairs you'll find a tearoom.
Coach & Horses 29 Greek Street
- Venue phone:
020 7437 5920
- Opening hours:
Open 11am-11pm Mon-Thur; 11am-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm Mon, Tue; noon-3pm, 5-10pm Wed-Fri; noon-10pm Sat
Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube
Coach & Horses
- 29 Greek Street
- 020 7437 5920
- 29 Greek Street
- Coach & Horses
Average User Rating
3.1 / 5
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I did not know about the switch for a vegetarian menu, but had the "Tofush & chips" - and was positively surprised. Being part-time vegetarian, I rate the tofu better than average. And the twist of making it look like te "original" was a bonus. Having said that, it was still "pub food", slightly lack of vegetables, and with fries an mayo. Perhaps not the healtiest food... And a very limited choice of dishes - was it three items om the menu?
Nice setting and good atmosphere, but very disappointing friday night food. Tasteless tofu, a veggie burger tasting solely of white pepper and very mushy, cold peas and a very long wait for what turned out to be extremely dull fare. Only three dishes offered for each course is just not trying hard enough, especially when the two mains we ordered were so badly executed. Lazy and unimaginative cooking, I won't be going back, except to have a drink in the lovely pub downstairs.
First class food, and excellent friendly service. The nettle pesto pasta was among the best pasta dishes I've had, the beetroot ravioli with cashew cheese was interesting, and the Tofush and chips looked authentic with the seaweed resembling dark fish skin (though it didn't really do it for me in flavour). The highlight though were the pickled eggs. The one with tamarind was the nicest egg I've ever had.
Went for the brilliant cockney knees-up on a Saturday night. It started off quietly, but by 9.30 the place was packed with friendly, smiling punters of all ages, crowding round the fabulous Betty on piano and singing their hearts out to the old tunes. Great fun, welcoming clientele and really nice to chat, laugh and sing with a bunch of strangers all night.
1) It's switched to an all veggie menu (just unexpected) 2) Waited 50mins for food to arrive - had to cancel order to go back to work
The restaurant went vegetarian last month. Our main courses were delicious, as were those of the diners on the adjacent table who we compared notes with. However, all three of us who had the lime tart pudding agreed that it was a disaster. No lime tanginess and the pastry was dense, hard and barely edible. The lovely waitress came back from the kitchen with the explanation 'It's because it's vegan' ! But the berry crumble was delicious. The menu offers icecream to accompany your pudding in an exciting and unusual range of flavours (eg golden beetroot and ginger). Inexplicably none were available. My banana icecream was full of crunchy ice crystals. We had a great time downstairs in the bar after our meal singing along with Dave on the piano.
Enjoyed a fine evening in the company of Pat n Dave here last night! Pat plays the spoons and Dave the piano and the whole place was rocking and singing along until last orders! A great evening in great company in the heart of Soho...I'd highly recommend it if you fancy a good old fashioned sing song on a Wednesday night...may try the fish n chips next time...apparently the best in London!