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Resembles a traditional old pub on the outside but alas more like the hotel bar it is on the inside. All very nice if you like that sort of thing, with cakes and coffee freely available for the old dears. Pint of Youngs was ok, but this isn't really a pub.
strangetorpor - 20 Jun 2014 12:16
Lovely pint of Young's Bitter at £3.50 and also sampled the London Gold.
Food was excellent. Bit pricey but what do you expect in Kew.
zapsincl - 17 Jul 2013 13:15
Lovely pint of Young's Bitter at £3.50 and also sampled the London Gold.
Food was excellent. Bit pricey but what do you expect in Kew.
zapsincl - 17 Jul 2013 13:15
Looks a lot better since recent refurb. Also, more of the tables are now a suitable height for eating at, and food is available all afternoon.
Trev - 6 May 2013 16:38
First visit for a long time and loved it, will be back !!!
bodger2 - 6 May 2013 07:45
I hope The C & Hs is still as good as I remember it to have been over the past 35 years or so! I shall be trying it out again on Sunday, but am a bit fearful of the price of a pint of Special: c.3.90, I should guess?!? Now that Wells brew it too, it's not so 'special', either; but Ordinary is just that, I'm afraid, no oomph or strong taste whatsoever!
renzarov - 13 Sep 2012 14:16
Characterful pub/hotel despite the attempts by Youngs to stamp their corporate presence on, possibly because there is a strong locals contingent. Beer good, though not cheap. I have had good food here, but I heard otherwise. Popular smoking area out at the front.
simontheeditor - 13 Jul 2012 21:23
Great garden that no-one ever sits in! Good place to go if you want to get away from it all and/or hide!
slacker - 25 Apr 2011 04:34
ooo bit pricey, will be back in again as its a good pint of proper beer
Ales_for_oldlondon - 3 Apr 2011 22:49
Been going here a lot more recently - friendly regulars and they have a dart board which i always forget about!
slacker - 21 Feb 2011 15:11
Has a strange pricing policy - 3.83 for a kronenbourg??!!
slacker - 16 Jan 2011 13:24
Met my wife here and have returned many times but was gobsmacked at the price of a roast last time we visited!!!! It was good but not that good!
TAFKABG - 22 Nov 2010 14:09
Even though there doesn't seem to be much else in Kew, this does stand out. Thursday afternoon popped in, had a drink and then a quick wander around Kew before going back. Barman remembered what I (a total stranger before my first pint) ordered last time. Very welcoming, although fire too hot even for my fire-loving wife.
mackerel - 21 Nov 2010 20:32
Popped in on Friday after a visit to the gardens. Well kept beer, an excellent meal and friendly staff. Will definitely be back.

Only minus point was the muzak - my god, whoever compiled these selections must have Van Gogh's ear for music!
hamsterlord - 5 Sep 2010 10:20
Nice friendly family-run hotel. My parents loved staying here. Shame I don't live in Kew any more...
Cate4U - 2 Aug 2010 17:20
I like the food but the staff are a bit odd almost too intelligent if thats possible for bar staff!!! The fire is great, but the locals are mostly in the waiting room iykwim!!!!! lol

The patio is superb and as good as what the other pubs have to offer except that it faces onto the main road which is very busy all day.
kewbare - 11 May 2010 00:09
Great venue and area for a pub/hotel type establishment and the ales okay too. It's a Youngs pub and the quality is good but the price not cheap or the originality of service from a tied house anywhere near original. I'll go back, I liked the place.
Mcloj - 18 Jan 2010 13:48
An open fire, board games and decent range of beers. A nice pub for a wintery afternoon. The garden out the back is pretty big, so good for a lazy drink in the summer. Food is a bit hit and miss though and The Botanist, opposite, is much better on this front.

Overall, the best pub in Kew - but only because the rest are so poor.
troopoo - 19 Dec 2009 14:35
This pub is in a nice location on the corner of Kew Green and just opposite the Gardens. The exterior is impressive, and as we arrived there were many people drinking outside and enjoying the late spring sunshine. Inside was much quieter. They had a range of 4 Young's real ales - Bitter, Special, Waggledance and Bombardier, but nothing else. We enjoyed a meal here. Whilst it was nice, it was quite expensive. In summary a nice pub from the outside. But I wouldn't visit here regularly due to the prices and the lack of choice in drinks.
blue_scrumpy - 29 May 2009 19:43
Used to be a great locals pub, but rather ruined by several typical makeovers by Youngs. Beer is usually good, however.
simontheeditor - 19 Apr 2009 18:43
Went there with a friend while the wives were visiting the Gardens. Friendly, relaxed, comfortable, many locals stopping for a pint with their dogs in tow. Later, our spouses and children arrived and we had one of the best pub meals we've enjoyed.
psark - 9 Jan 2009 00:56
I feel compelled to write another review now they have got the football back.

Went in there Sunday gone and had as great time, which is weird cos I was on my own. Got a seat bang in front of the flat screen and ordered some food. In less than 10 minutes I was eating - sausage and mash, wasnt cheap, or the largest portion but it was lovely, especially with the caramelised onions. Then proceeded to watch my team win and, more importantly Chelsea lose. Throughout the afternoon I was plonked in that seat a number of people came and went, all ages. Many were with there families and there were roast dinners flying out the kitchen like they were going out of fashion. The good thing is with the C&H even though the football is on and most people are watching it theres plenty of other stuff going on yet nothing seems to conflict with the other and nothing drowns the other out. For instance even those that were not watching the football were not pissed off or struggling to hear each other such is the setup.

I guess what Im trying to say is, along with the Christmas tree, the warmth and the general ambience I had a great pub experience.
whoagigi - 3 Dec 2008 14:10
Charming pub with no false promises, It is what it is a good local boozer. Often have a couple in here before going out for a meal. I did try the food once but for the price not worth it. Ok for a quick lunch but not an evening meal. The botanist just across the road is worth a meal although id choose the Rose & Crown for a great meal/evening out.
LondonPride06 - 14 Nov 2008 16:26
Decent enough boozer but they don't show as much football now as they used to. Shame.
Place is usually full of old boys.
whoagigi - 4 Oct 2008 14:05
My wife and I popped in for a drink before dinner at the Kew Grill next door. First time at the Coach and Horses for over 40 years and nothing much had changed inside!!! They got my wife's drink order wrong and both ales I wanted were unavailable for 20 minutes.
Not impressed.
wal - 2 Aug 2008 09:13
Rather dull Young's pub, and not as traditional inside as one might expect when looking at it across Kew Green. Reasonable beer, but certainly not cheap...
rpadam - 22 Jul 2008 23:16
Been here on a few occassions and I have to say, yes it is not the most exciting pub in the world but with good seating front and back, vastly improved staff and most importantly good ale, it is not the horror show Algis mentions, or perhaps he doesn't like any pub!

For those on a budget, don't buy lager as it's too expensive where as Ale 2.70 a pint of Ordinary is just about ok although the brewary seem to think a 5p per pint budget rise means they can then add on an additional 10p on top of this...then they'll moan pub going is on the decrease.

The hotel is clean and and a bit like a holiday inn plus with an atrium and function roon you can be well away from the bar.

From my observation, the locals seem a good bunch and aforementioned guy with the collie now seems to have taken his non-sensicle self to the Greyhound - which is crap by the way!

Anyway, for a pub it's nice enough and with no 'orrible yoots swearing and causing grief it's also fairly relaxed.
bubbsey - 6 May 2008 17:53
I had to wait at the bar whilst the lone barmaid served food from the dumb waiter to diners at their tables. After paying 3.40 (gasp) for a pint of Fosters I absconded to the very nice seating outside the front of the pub facing the green.

The usual lagers were on offer as were Youngs Ordinary & Special, Bombardier and Deuchars IPA.
Strongers - 1 May 2008 15:37
One of the few pubs in Kew that has a late licence at weekends
slacker - 1 Apr 2008 14:32
saw david bellamy drinking there last sunday
anonymous - 28 Feb 2008 19:32
The most traditional pub on the Green and my favourite of the lot. Youngs beer, lots of space inside and out, lively but not rowdy.
Matthew_of_Ham - 7 Sep 2007 09:33
Basically a pub with a hotel attached, rather than just a hotel bar. Drinkers are mainly locals or staff from the botanical gardens.

Unlike other reviewers I've always found the staff here friendly and efficient. And the Youngs special is usually in tip top condition. Unfortunately, the beer's overpriced and the layout of the bar means that it always feels cramped. Usually has the big-screen sport on with the volume up, which personally I hate, though others may love it. If there is a large group, or lots of families staying in the hotel, it does tend to kill the atmosphere.
flat3london - 28 Jun 2007 11:22
Has a no kids policy !! Sure you were in the right pub..........
anonymous - 29 May 2007 06:56
Full of screaming kids.
beeronaut - 27 May 2007 19:25
3.20 for a pint of Fosters??!!!

Cross the road to the Botanist, finally got a whole bar of draught lagers and ales fitted, Fosters starts at 2.80 plus place is alot nicer
DJS2007 - 12 May 2007 12:29
3.40 for a pint of stella!!!
slacker - 29 Apr 2007 22:10
The only pub on the Green where you can get a seat Sunday lunchtimes. (Vital if you want to eat.) Even then it's crowded - not because of the people but because of the haphazard arrangement of the furniture! Good service, ales, and food selection, though roast meats can be a little gristly.
Trev - 5 Mar 2007 14:51
tried to make the place upmarket - but the staff are slow and rude and the food is horrible and way too expensive. Very poor overall
dlightbulb - 12 Feb 2007 18:03
i have just come from the coach and horses and was shocked to find that the only decent member of staff who cared about the customers and the beer has just been fired.
anonymous - 11 Jan 2007 21:08
I've been drinking in this pub on several occasions over the past few years. In the recent 6 month the standard of service and food has been disgraceful, and the management do not seem to care. In summary, I don't recommend coming if you are looking for a decent boozer.
The only asset to this establishment is its location. Speaking not only for myself, I must say I have been very happy to see the back of the previous managers.
driner1963 - 11 Jan 2007 20:49
Good beer, slow service. Very rude staff.
anonymous - 10 Jan 2007 20:48
Overall not bad, but service can be very slow when busy - as it often is. Now stocks Wells Bombadier as well as usual Youngs beers.
Brakslover - 9 Jan 2007 12:55
Not bad. If you can fight your way through the thick layer of smoke. Good Beer freindly staff.
anonymous - 17 Dec 2006 20:48
S'alright. Nothing special at all, but not as bad as Algis makes out. One of the bar "maid" was startlingly rude on my last visit, and does tend to fill up with staff from the National Archives (hence too busy on Friday nights).
burnsy - 19 Sep 2006 14:45
I agree, it like the krypton factor trying to navigate yourself around that place when its busy
slacker - 14 Sep 2006 16:17
Good hotel, with comfortable accommodation. Bit more ordinary as a pub - cluttered inside, very overpriced food.
mozzzzzz - 14 Sep 2006 11:25
Stopped here for a few nights. Accommodation is comfortable, and the rooms have air-conditioning which is great when it's (too) warm outside!

Internet access in the rooms is reasonably priced for longer periods, but connectability varies - however, the proprietors were very accommodating with this. If you've got an Intel 2200BG card you might want to get something else though, as there seem to be operability issues with the service and that card in some locations here.
ajv - 9 Aug 2006 00:54
Wandering around on your own again Algis ?? This is a fine Youngs pub serving very decent beer with some very loyal locals . Not sure your did go on a Saturday afternoon either........with the present weather it would seem a very strange place to wander into - get some freinds .
squatter - 18 Jul 2006 11:06
Wandered in here again one Saturday early afternoon for a quick one to see if anything had improved.
The only punter was a trembling old fart and his collie, picking his nails into his warm pint.
The bar area still smelt like a pensioners iron-lung depite the small population of pensioners in there.
I still do not really understand what anyone can see of interest in here, it's morbidly crap.
algis100 - 18 Jul 2006 10:54
Was here on Saturday afternoon. Lovely location, nice enough interior, though the pub feels very much like a hotel bar however (which it is, to be fair).

Pauline's husband off Eastenders was there with some mates.

Drank bottled Young's Champion ale so can't comment on how well the cask ales were kept.

Huge garden with lots of picnic tables outside.

Just hugely average really.
anonymous - 10 Jul 2006 10:25
Went in a few days ago. Great new managers. Think they will inject some life into the place. God knows it needs it.
anonymous - 10 Jul 2006 00:14
New Landlord started last weekend - anyone been in yet ???
squatter - 8 Jun 2006 09:01
So am I - not sure what "algis100" wants from a pub - he didnt like The White Cross in Richmond either - another cracking Youngs pub
JohnBonser - 2 Jun 2006 12:28
Another good Youngs pub - very pleased the individual below doesn't like it.......
squatter - 26 May 2006 12:13
This pub is sh*te, in a nutshell - achingly tired lounge decor/furniture from decades gone by, it's frequented by pensioners or unfortunate businessmen who are staying here (alone) as they're on a business trip to Chiswick Park but there's no hotel in the area, the place is extremely smokey and there is absolutely no atmosphere.
Please don't go here, don't do it to yourself.
Haven't stayed in the rooms (although have heard tales of woe from one or two of the aforementioned solitary businessmen), haven't tried the food but why the hell I tried the dreary quiz is beyond me.
Avoid, similarly to the plague.
algis100 - 25 May 2006 16:11
I was very disapointed with my stay at the coach and horses, first i was greated but a very un helpful young lady,when i got to my room it was a smoking room and i had asked for non smoking when asked if i could change was told flatly no, eating in the restarant the staff seemed to want to chat together not serve, and all i can asy is that the staff were more interested in themselfs than working.
anonymous - 21 May 2006 09:44
Seemed an allright pub, slightly marred by some of the deeply rude posh people being served in there, one of whom seemed to want to make a big point about how brown and granary bread are different - Get a life you sad woman and stop trying to be so clever.

The pub was allright though and served a good pint of Guinness
TheGP - 26 Mar 2006 20:33
Food was nice, but too many random singletons eating there who are staying at the hotel. The staff didn't seem to know how to control them or deal with problems such as running out of food?!
hayleyn - 22 Mar 2006 16:03
The beer is always good but it can get too smokey and stuffy. Most Friday nights it's crowded out with staff from the National Archives or Kew Gardens, or both (ie heav-ing-ly busy!).
BettyPage - 12 Mar 2006 18:29
Even by Youngs standards the quality of the ales here is consistently very high...and this applies to all the draughts - not just the "Ordinary".
NorthernBloke - 20 Feb 2006 13:09
Lovely pub - good beer & great fish & chips. Wasn't too smokey when I last visited.
anonymous - 16 Jan 2006 12:00
I bit of a strange one. I'm looking for my father who used to drink in the Coach & Horses a bit to much! 30 or so year ago. He was a real regular and lived across the Green in a flat. He was known to be carried home on the odd night. I would be very keen to talk to anyone who might be able to help me find out what happened to him. His name is/was John Harrison. He was very tall 6 ft 4" or so. Thanks
johnhaldane - 3 Oct 2005 22:13
Had my wedding reception here when I got married over at Cambridge Cottage, Kew Gardens - Only had to make everyone walk over, crossing the road, and it's quite easy to stop traffic in a white dress and veil! The food was good, the rooms are good, and if anyone didn't want wine that was provided, they just nipped to the bar in front of the conference area. My "real" beer drinking friends thought it was fabulous and the best wedding they had been to all year.
Have been here "normally" as well, when near Kew Gardens, and their fish is excellent in their restaurant section. Also one of the few places to purchase Young's Kew Brew when it's available, made using Kew's own hops.
anonymous - 21 Sep 2005 13:27
Good quality Youngs beer and a pleasant garden at rear for summertime quaffing. Very smokey inside however - a major negative point.
mally - 23 Jul 2005 11:46
A Young's pub with all the standard Young's beers on draught and a lot more bottled behind the bar. Gets pretty busy but you can usually get a seat. Service is great and the food, though a bit pricey, is always good. Beer garden out the back has plenty of seats and is great in the Summer. Only drawback is that it's possibly the smokiest pub in London; their expensive looking ventilation just seems to blow it around. That said, certainly worth a visit.
DaveMere - 18 Mar 2005 12:39
Good pub, good beer, but very smokey. This is despite what appears to be a state of the art air management system with vents spaced throughout the bar area. It is a shame it didn't appear to be switched on!
Beware the biltong 2:50 for a tiny bag.
Seriously let down by the air quality. 5/10
ssteven1 - 28 Jan 2005 13:02
As a student I worked for Mr. Fred & Mrs Myriam Wybrow at the Coach, Colin as manager. David & I were married at the church, St Anne's in 1986. I've photoes of me, not David , with a pint of Ramrod & Special in hand. We return periodically utilising the Youngs share holder scheme and love the being 'at home'. Only one glip, the continental breakfast. Obviously every one orders the excelant full English consequently it's not thought to order in the Danish pastries, etc. Happen you want that, let 'em know in advance. Found the same when we stayed in the Pope's Grotto. Very good, but The Coach is our prefference.
Marilyn Fay Peterson - - 22 Oct 2004 22:00
Undoubtedly the best pub in Kew with the nicest staff added in to the package. John & Betty are wonderful but I think that they might miss the funniest bloke I ever met, not sure of his name but he was over six foot, wore glasses and was always joking and smiling. Made a great pub even better. Does any body know where he has gone?
girlybird - 8 Oct 2004 22:29
Not a bad pub. Plenty of seating in and out and decent drinks. Does everything it should, but isn't a special pub.
Rob - 6 Oct 2004 13:32
Excellent pub - food is fantastic-
good atmosphere - landlord & landlady are a great laugh.
Definitely worth a visit or two.
lee - 2 Aug 2004 14:31
We stayed there at the weekend. Accommodation was spot on: lovely clean room, great location to get the bus to places and on the green and lovely breakfast PLUS carpark which is a bonus. We'd definitely stay there again.
anonymous - 2 Jun 2004 10:28
Not a pub with a huge amount of character, but a good place to go for a enjoyable meal. A Youngs pub with a good selection their beers.
Dod - 4 May 2004 17:36
It's a lovely place, the staff are friendly and helpful and I have enjoyed myself there.
Fran - 1 Apr 2004 00:35
Food is good, especially fish and Sunday lunch. Hotel rooms are nice too. There's not a great deal wrong with the pub either.
Rob P - 22 Mar 2004 11:20
Before it was done up and transformed into a pub and hotel they had three snooker tables out back which was cool. The food is expensive but really quite good, they specialise in quality fresh fish. Its has an older crowd and low ceilings which can make it feel a little cramped (the latter, not the former).
nick - 16 Feb 2004 20:31
landlordm is a great laugh - a really nice bloke, sell very good quality alcoholic beverages

laurence hawkes+ - 5 Nov 2003 11:51
v pleasant outside on a sunny day opp green. big inside. staff -no complaints. menu looks good but havent tried anything yet! big choice on blackboard of fish dishes. will try soon
millym - 26 Jul 2003 20:49
Very nice boozer looking on to 'the village green'. Renowned for its wine and friendly clientele. Only draw back is the staff who are not exactly greased lightning.
Gary - 18 Jul 2003 10:02

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