Please note, The Coach Makers Arms has been refurbished and now has a dedicated upstairs dining room. Time Out Food editors, January 2018.
The third-storey name plaque, ‘The Coach Makers Arms’, shows that this latest name is no modern affectation. Built more than a century ago, this ornate corner site in Marylebone has also been called the Golden Eagle, O’Conor Don and (most recently) Conduit of Tybourne.
It’s on a quiet sunlit pavement, handy for smokers and baskers; venture into the ground floor and the noise levels soar, but it’s still a lovely place for a pint. Jennings Cocker Hoop from Cumbria, Theakstons Black Bull Bitter from Yorkshire, and Brakspear Oxford Gold are among the cask-conditioned ales (all at £3.30).
Comfy sofas and a few small tables give you choice of lounging or snacking while admiring the chandeliers and occasional art nouveau detail. The wine list has plenty of choice across a wide price range, plus nearly 20 wines by the glass.
If you’re dining, the first floor is much quieter but still has its own bar and an identical, monthly-changing menu. The dishes are British-based (potted ham shoulder, oysters), plus pub favourites (toad in the hole, burger, Caesar salad). But our new season lamb was tough, either as a result of poor quality meat or unsuitable cooking; we couldn’t tell.
Much better was an African-inspired steamed bean pudding, shaped like a flan but flavoured with tomato sauce and palm oil. Both these dishes were a bit pricey for the standard of cooking, at £14.50 and £11 respectively. A frozen brandy parfait with crystallised flowers and a rhubarb tart (£4.50) also showed the kitchen has ambition, but we’d stick to the simpler dishes next time.
Marylebone’s not short of pubs, but this one’s a treasure, not least for the friendly atmosphere, and enticing range of interesting real ales. It’s perfect for a pop-by pint.
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A lovely pub and a great option for a drink, snack or meal within easy reach of but away from the madness of Oxford St. I have attended a private function here, had dinner here and have popped in for mid afternoon drinks whilst shopping and found the staff to be welcoming, charming and helpful and the food delicious and reasonably priced. Love the comfy, squishy sofas too! A real find!
I just had the most terrible experience at this establishment. The staff were rude and ignorant, and the place was filthy. My cutlery seemed to have the previous users meal still attached, and my chicken was undercooked. Unacceptably sub-par experience, I will definitely not be returning.
In my opinion, a proper pub. Great products, efficient service. No fuss. You can get on with the most important task of enjoying yourself with your mates. 10 out of 10.
The kids menu is great. As soon as we arrived, the kids were given a little pot of houmous with carrot and cucumber dipping sticks. This kept them quiet and busy while I carefully selected a nice bottle of red! For mains, the kids had a small but perfectly formed Aberdeen Angus burger with fries.
We found this bar by pure accident, the manager greated us and showed us to a table straight away, although we didn't dine here the food looked great value and some fun choices. Only downfall was that the TV was a little bit loud (6 Nations was being shown). Defintley going back