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Curious Victorian half timbered pub in the middle of Mayfair. Very crowded yesterday afternoon, but was served quickly and the ales were in good condition, and very reasonably priced for the area. A welcome retreat from being taken window shopping along Bond Street.
Aztecgoat - 9 Dec 2016 10:51
4th pub of the day and another from the 2016 GBG. I worked in the area for a long time and oddly I never visited the Coach and Horses before.

I met a friend here and we stayed for 1 beer. 3 ales on the selection wasn’t great but they did have Greene King’s Purple Reign @ 4.2% which has been brewed especially for the Queen’s Birthday.

Pretty busy in the small bar area with standing room only, the dining area to the rear was also popular. There’s also an upstairs dining room, no idea how busy this was a I didn’t venture up.

Lots of wooden panelling and beams.

Decent pub with good service
lezford - 7 Jun 2016 13:58
Really friendly, helpful barmaid, 4 beers on including one of the 'Madness' range which made a change.Very good pint of London Pride. Very small seating area downstairs but not a problem as we stood outside in the sun.
Shuv16 - 26 Apr 2015 12:26
Small one bar pub with food available upstairs.
Four ales on with the Chelsea Blonde in really good nick.
pwilkins - 22 Dec 2014 09:07
Made a disastrous trip to this pub on 20th March 2014. My visit was very short. It looked quite okay to begin with, before I went to the toilets! Unfortunately the patrons in their "clean an presentable clothing" had urinated all over the floor and walls! Sadly it looked very much as if there had been no cleaning for a long time. So after seeing this I left. On this basis it certainly wouldn't be a good idea to eat there.
Marky2 - 24 Mar 2014 11:11
Like many pubs in this area, perhaps nothing special, but a perfectly reasonable place to visit for a beer.
The inside is a single small room whilst the bar had several choices, including one from the Red Squirrel Brewery and several hand-pulled ciders, whilst the atmosphere offered a nice escape from the crowds of nearby Regent Street.
Worth a visit if you are in the area.
SouthYorkshireman - 18 Jul 2013 23:19
With so many Coach and Horses in London W1 it's easy to mix them up! The beers are nothing special in this one but it has a nice intimate atmosphere with an unusual triangular seating area. It would be nice some time to see the upper floor when they aren't holding that event that frustrates so many independent visitors---the private party.
16jamesdoc - 29 Apr 2013 22:18
Popped in of a lunchtime and was rather busy. From 4 handpumps I had a pint of Hogs Back T.E.A at £3.90. Besides being a weebit cramped, the only other drawback was a group of half a dozen blokes blocking the entrance to the toiletsdespite being not to stand there by the barmaid/landlady. Worth a visit if in the area. 6/10
ng10 - 24 Feb 2013 16:01
A nice oasis in an area full of expensive pretension - I always pop in if I'm in the area
Wiccaman777 - 13 Mar 2012 03:16
After an abortive attempt to get into the Guinea (packed to the rafters), I came in here. Mainly seduced by its architecture. Nothing wrong with the place.
Mappiman - 12 Jan 2012 19:24
Fantastic and very well run little pub just off Bond street,lovely staff,good food at amazing prices for this part of town,good mix of suits,tourists and oddballs,can get mobbed on a Friday evening but otherwise a great Pub.
jackbar - 4 Jan 2012 16:31
What an excellent and popular little pub. The Belgian family with their four children who sat next to us also thought so too. Very friendly staff, the Adnams Spiced Ale and the shared seafood platter was excellent. Terrific value for money and unlike the famous 'Pie pub' around the corner which was closed (for Christmas?) this place was deservedly popular. We'd come again!
Paul_Rochdale - 2 Jan 2011 20:53
A strange mock Tudor decor wedge of a building that you dont get the full effect of if you are walking to it from either direction along Bruton Street on the same side of the road. SO it is actually worth the extra effort to step over to the other side and get the view from there.
The upstairs area was being laid out for a private function at the time of my visit, which meant the ground floor bar area was busy and consequently quite noisy.
Fourhand pumps supported which had the usual suspects of Fullers Pride, TT Landlord and Youngs Ordinary. But then the forth was dispensing OHanlons Goldblade which, as I didnt bother read the small print on the pump clip, I didnt realise until after ordering is a wheat beer.
Made a pleasant change as did this strange different to the run of the mill pub.

Gann - 25 Jul 2010 12:12
We'd spent a while looking for a good value pub lunch and I already knew where this place was but had never been in, remembering where it was, wasn't a problem as its such a memorable buuilding!
The ground floor has the main bar and a few tables to the side (not sure if they were for eating)
The first floor is a small dinning area with a TV, great for watching the world cup! and a small bar! We opened the menu and saw that there was a great selection of sandwhiches, burgers and other meals all at great prices! All three of us had burgers two having plain (7) and I had the Cheese and Bacon (8.50), although you only get one slice of bacon the burgers were really juicy and tasty, coming with chips and a great BBQ sauce!
Didnt really look at the drinks but for largers they have Fosters and Kronenbourg! In total the bill came to 33 working out as 11 p/h head including 4 largers. which is great, and rarely heard of within Mayfair!
We walking in during lunch and it was quite busy by the bar, once people had gone back to work it had slowed down abit and was a really nice place to be right in the heart of town!

For the pricing, quality and atmosphere I will be returning to this pub again and again!
SamDMan - 18 Jun 2010 18:38
We attended a conference in London and were invited to "The Coach and Horses" in London (Mayfair) by a local, who is a regular at this traditional pub, which is uniquely located in a posh commercial area of London just off of Bond Street, sandwiched between two large office buildings, which reminded us of the famous P.J. Clarke's at 915 Third Avenue on the northeast corner of 55th Street in New York City, a holdout against the skyscrapers. The Coach and Horses in London has stairs to the right of the bar leading to a dining/meeting room above the main floor, where we spent most of the evening and so our review can not fully cover the pub life downstairs. The beer in any case was good and so also was the service. The pub had a pleasant ambience and in our case added a nice touch to the London experience. (Note: do not confuse this pub with the similarly-named pub "Coach and Horses", also in Mayfair.)
JohnPeckfort - 19 May 2010 00:49
Small, wedge shaped pub close to the Bond Street shopping area, but quite close to The Guinea, on which I have just posted. A stand alone building with a mock - Tudor exrterior, it's difficult not to notice, positioned between 2 large multi-floored office blocks - see photo here.

The pub retains the attractive trademark leaded stained glass windows from its former days as a William Youngers pub. Note in particular, the large enamel notices on the outside wall advising that "for discerning gentlemen, we offer a goodly selection of Mr William Youngers fine cask ales and chilled lagers" and "we welcome delightful ladies and for them we present superior wines".

It's now a small single bar wood panelled traditional Punch Taverns pub which, as the extensive pump clip collection testifies, clearly operates an adventurous real ale policy. The pub displays Cask Marque accreditation and has been in the CAMRA GBG for the last few years. Despite this, my TT Landlord - 3.30p - was not particularly good, but the GK Abbott was much better. The other 2 beers - not sampled - were Batemans Miss Scotland and Caledonian Olde Acquaintance.

The pub was uncomfortably crowded on my Thursday evening visit with the after work office crowd - no "delightful ladies" spotted - and you may prefer to visit earlier in the week if possible.

Taking the visit as a whole, I was reasonably impressed and I'd probably call in again if passing
JohnBonser - 4 Feb 2010 13:33
Cosy (i.e. small) wedge-shaped bar, with a similar sized dining room upstairs. Three of the four handpumps on, including a couple of rarities - Warwickshire's Berry Nice Beer (a bit dull in taste, but undoubtedly well kept) and something called London Reinbeer (apparently brewed by Adnams for Spirit Group pubs in the capital). A good display of pump clips indicate a commendable rotating 'guest' ale policy in additional to the regular Pride and Landlord. Some interesting features including old Wm Younger glazing in the downstairs windows. Quite a relaxed attmosphere just a few steps away from the Saturday-afternoon-New-Year-sales mayhem...
rpadam - 2 Jan 2010 20:40
Full of obnoxious suited and booted hedge fund manager types on a Friday evening. Despite the clientele, a decent selection of ale -- Taylor Landlord, Warwickshire Darling Buds, Pride. Diacetyl on the Landlord but pretty good service. Not much space inside.
charlie_m - 14 Oct 2009 11:49
Some confusion as the coach and horses Shepherd Neame is the other side of Berkeley Sq.

This one is a small pub with was serving Ok Timothy Taylor's (hints of diacetyl) and Pride.

Being a Friday night it was packed and loud. Small pub probably best suited to an afternoon drink or a summer street drink.
bedfont - 9 Oct 2009 23:46
This is a small pub that was serving five ales plus Stella, Fosters, Kronenburg, Strongbow and Guinness during my visit. I found the staff to be friendly, but they werent the quickest.

There is a plasma screen, but this was off on my visit and there is no Sky. There is a restaurant upstairs and the smell of food was wafting down throughout the whole pub.

This place is OK, but I thought that there were better pubs in the area.


Strongers - 31 Aug 2009 22:36
ohh and food wise an interesting selection of tasty sausages - 4 types to choose from. sounded yum. Beer and bangers - pass not by!
gonetolunch - 5 Jul 2009 11:10
D'you know I'd never tried this one. Good atmosphere on a sunny day plus friendly service. Beer list; Doom Bar, Pride, Harviestoun blonde, Morrisey fox.
Wimbledon on TV, mix of tourists, shoppers and business folk as you mifght expect close to Bond St. All in all a good pub in traditional style.
gonetolunch - 5 Jul 2009 11:08
Very good pint of Landlord in this strange shaped, mock Tudor pub that somehow feels fake but also feels peculiarly right. Expensive, well its Mayfair but it is a great stop off on a crawl, or somewhere to drown your sorrows if the better half is shopping and armed with your credit card !
wellinformed - 25 Nov 2008 18:54
An unscheduled stop yesterday but I'm glad I did. Unusual shaped mock timbered place, a smallish bar area with more (unvisited) seating upstairs. As RR says below, a nice feature is the retention of the old Wm Youngers windows. An impressive array of pump clips over the bar and along the ceiling beams indicates a good guest ale policy.
The menu yesterday was OSH, Pride, TT Landlord and Brains Top Notch. Good beer and at 2.95 betwixt the West End and Mayfair not bad these days.
Maldenman - 15 Nov 2008 14:52
Small, traditional old pub squeezed between the more modern shops of Bruton Street. Maybe a Nicholsons pub (?) judging by the beer range - certainly simlar in style. Very quiet mid-afternoon - a welcome oasis!
sussexred - 10 Oct 2008 12:10
Friendly pub, not too busy,but the Deuchars IPA wasn't in tip top form tonight.Service was good.
Ordinary - 21 Jul 2008 22:02
Pretty small ground floor bar. It does have additional seating upstairs, but this was closed when I visited on Saturday afternoon even though all the seating downstairs was occupied. Clearly it was a Wm. Youngers pub in a previous incarnation, as evidenced by the name enshrined in the stained glass windows. I rather like the retention of these sort of features. There were a couple of real ales on Timothy Taylor Landlord and Sharpes Doom Bar. I cant recall which one I drank but it was OK. I found the atmosphere here to be fairly comfortable and friendly and I would be happy to visit again.
RexRattus - 21 Jul 2008 10:59
This small, rather odd-shaped pub is hidden in the backstreets and is not to be confused with a second C&H a couple of blocks away. The exterior is Mock Tuder with an abundance of flower baskets and a rosy glow emenating from its interesting latticed windows depicting various coats of arms. The interior has quite a bit of character with some elegant cornices but there is little room for seating although there is an upstairs dining room. A good selection of decent quality (Cask Marque accredited) Ales available (Doom Bar, Pride, Adnams Explorer and Landlord on my visit) and very reasonable prices considering the location. An impressive collection of pump clips are neatly arranged around the pub so that they do not look cluttered and the hops around bar frame are a nice touch. Despite the apparent lack of space, they still cram in a basic TV and a couple of Quiz / Fruit Machines. The customer base appeared to be a good mix and everything seemed quite civilised. All in all, a pretty decent little place and one that is worth hunting down.
RogerB - 25 Mar 2008 12:54
Nice little place this and good for taking a break from the retail horrors of Bond, Regent and particularly Oxford St.

I've only really been in here in the daytime and it can get uncomfortable crowded during the lunch period but its great a little later in the afternoon when the drones go back to their desks.
murgatroyd - 24 Feb 2008 20:44
Great pub, stopped off in here with the mrs for a meal and a drink, fantastic food, nice manager, lovely pub.
Billgates1 - 6 Feb 2008 13:18
Nice pint of landlord and good, reasonably priced (for central London) pub food. Service was good, atmosphere friendly.
kenny_the_keg - 27 Nov 2007 08:08
I had seen photos of this pub on the internet and I wanted to check it out for myself, so I made a special effort to go there one Saturday night back in June.

It is without doubt one of the most spectacular-looking pubs in London, beautifully-nestled on a little "island" amongst a collection of drab buildings in Mayfair.

After taking a few photos, I popped inside only to find that to my amazement, the pub was just closing. It was only 8pm.

What kind of pub closes at 8pm on a Saturday night? Bizarre.

gatomalo - 23 Nov 2007 12:46
Nice boozer - however the food menu is the same as many other pubs in the area - sadly another chain...
bigbadbill - 3 Oct 2007 14:42
nice pub in a nice part of town, nice afternoon type of pub, it gets very busy in the evenings, good selection of wines and spirits, standard selection of beer, not much interest for the hopheads. nice friendly bar staff, a good place to take stock after flexing the plastic muscle in the emporiums of Bond Street.
theregent - 8 Sep 2007 23:18
Nice little pub, friendly atmosphere, and pretty untouched by over-modernisation. I enjoyed drinking there and will go back.
E.S.B - 30 Apr 2007 12:26
2nd pub on our Friday night list. Only 2 ales on draught although I did note a good whisky range. was very busy so not a lot of room but this is probably a good sign. Beer was OK but nothing special.
TheHorsesMouth - 2 Apr 2007 17:41
The Coach and Horses is not a remarkable public house in any way. However, with its warm, characterful atmosphere complemented with a plethora of ales and an elegantly straight forward bar menu, it encapsulates everything that has made the English pub such an institution. Indeed, the Coach and Horses can be regarded as a microcosm of a small island that, through its unexcitable, yet logical, steadfast and dependable people, has remained a major global power. Rule Brittania!.
bjj - 12 Oct 2006 10:11
The Coach and Horses could be simply described as 'The pub that gets everything right!' Good beer on both lager and ale fronts at a resonable price combines perfectly with very decent, honest pub grub, making this pub a must for Mayfair 'sniffers' at lunch time. This small and chaming place really is a gem and if 'Rotski' had taken the time to venture up the 'apple and pears' who would have been able to appreciate the pub in its dual capacity as both a pleasant eatery and a fun boozer. Long may this continue.
pwwl - 6 Oct 2006 14:56
Very good pub as it is not full of unwelcome tourists despite its very touristy exterior! Extremely friendly land lord who is happy to talk and introduce himself making the pub feel more like a country pub than one in the heart of London.

This is what a pub should be - proper beer not overly pretentious on the food front and you can hear yourself speak!

(Not sure what Rotski was talking about but then he speak proper English anyway).
ambrose32 - 25 Aug 2006 14:24
An old haunt many years ago when working in Berkeley S. Went in last Friday and found it to be heaving with people but everyone having a good time. Definitely will check out again.
anonymous - 24 Apr 2006 20:03
Had a nice one but didn't realise it closed at 8!!
mitomighty - 6 Mar 2006 15:34
MrLash is chattin balls. This battle is well naff and deuchars is kack, innit.
Rotski - 14 Feb 2006 11:39
We visited this during our monopoly board PUB crawl and thought it worth a re-visit. Four ales to chose from and an above average pasta supper.Small and cosy,not too busy on a monday evening.Friendly staff.
string - 10 Jan 2006 15:29
Liked this place, sells Deuchars IPA so getsa many points for that. Small trad wooden boozer, wasn't overly rammed with folk when all the surrounding pubs were so that was a plus. Could prob do with more staff as it was a bit of a tip (dirty glasses piled up on bar, excessive amounts of fag butts etc on the floor) but all in all pretty good.
MrLash - 16 Dec 2005 11:36
A great selection of beers, Deuchars 80/- and Wolf rider to name just two.
Freindly landlady(?)from Catalunya, a nice quiet boozer.

harlequin - 5 Mar 2005 03:47

Nice pub..excellent pint of Pedigee.
harlequin - 7 Feb 2005 11:34
Green King IPA
Ruddles County
Marston Pedigree
Excellent, traditional

alavarre - 4 Feb 2005 23:12
classy boozer. small, atmospheric, smokey. just how in like them.
marco_van_penners - 4 Feb 2005 15:55
slightly small but very nice.
mr_lunch - 9 Jan 2005 17:03
Excellent boozer. Great ale. Friendly staff and manager.
Phil - 5 Nov 2004 08:43
Good Shepherd Neame pub - Spitfire on tap.

Relatively undiscovered - working in Mayfair and no-one else in office had heard of it.

Until now that is!
Scooter - 2 Jul 2004 15:07
certainly the best pub for proper ales in the area, and a good place to waste an afternoon while your other half is shopping... always a good selection of different beers. However, I was in there one saturday night and they closed at 8pm! how odd is that?
Duncan - 23 Dec 2003 09:41
Very nice traditional boozer
RIchard - 16 May 2003 15:30
Best pub in London...
Marc - 1 Apr 2003 21:07
Four very well kept traditional ales,and a very good variety.
David - 11 Feb 2003 14:29
Two bottles of Pimm's, not unusual. Bit in optics? Get away with you!
Mike - 27 Aug 2002 11:52

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