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The Coach Makers Arms

  • Bars and pubs
  • Marylebone
  • price 2 of 4
  • 3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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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The Coach Makers Arms says
The Coach Makers Arms is situated in the heart of Marylebone just a 5 minute walk from Bond Street and Oxford Street. Set over 3 grand floors, there are so many reasons to visit. Try one of the craft beers from our beer wall in our ground floor pub, sample our locally sourced and seasonal menu in our first floor dining room, or sip on our signature cocktails in our hidden underground cocktail bar, The 72.


88 Marylebone Lane
Tube: Bond Street
Opening hours:
Open noon-11pm daily
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