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Coach and Horses, Billericay

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This remains Billericay's best pub but the prices continue to favour (is that possible?) those with a high disposable income. I know it is not possible to match the Wetherspoon's Blue Boar on price but the difference is truly noticeable. Great little pub but pricey and for that reason I have to stick with an earlier score of 8.
stropmag - 28 Apr 2011 19:24
Whilst perhaps not for absolutely everyone, this pub really should be congratulated on representing that rapidly-disappearing breed of hostelry: the village hall with a bar; the pub as the hub, as it were. For this was a busy, thriving, locals' pub when we popped in 2 Saturdays ago, which attracted a good range of unpretentious punters, who all appared to be revelling in the jolly atmosphere in equal measure.
Fine ales were kept, several of which were enjoyed by our party. It was not a modern, stylish, chic foody pub. Nor was it a traditional, oak-beamed, comfy drinkers house. It had the feel of a mid to late-20th century community meeting place, and although it won't win any prizes for best pub of the year, being a little tatty and arguably somewhat dated, it had sound core values at its heart.

The main criticism a pub of this ilk tends to receive is that it is not welcoming to strangers. This can be the case but as always with such generalisations, there is no automaticity about them, and at the Coach and Horses we certainly found no disparaging words or suspicious glances. Maybe we were too oiled to spot them by that stage, but it mattered not as we simply joined in with the fun and got stuck into the beers. If you don't consider yourself to be an alien and respect what is being offered, chances are you will not be regarded as one.

A stark contrast to its GBG counterparts, and well worth a visit.
TWG - 23 Nov 2010 17:34
Had a very good lunch at the Coach & Horses today. My wife & I eat out approximately once a fortnight for lunch. We look for something more than the usual Pub Fare and we were not disappointed today. This is probably the 4th or 5th visit here over 3 years and as usual there was something really good on the menu. My wife had Ostrich Steak that seemed to be marinated in herbs, very tasty! Mine was a fish dish I had never heard of before, Thai River Cobbler. The accompaniment was really imaginative. So you can see; better than the usual pub lunch! The sizes were generous.
The guest ale was excellent, Sharps. (I had to have a second pint to be sure that I was enjoying it.) We also shared a bottle of wine,not particularly cheap at 13.00.
So, if you think this was an expensive lunch you would be wrong! The lot came to a little over 35.00. Yes, I have had cheaper lunches, but, all in all, I would say that it was very good value for money.
By the way, I didn't drive afterwards. Billericay is served with a very good bus service

oldfogey_Benfleet - 15 Jul 2010 20:37
The change in tenancy seems to have had no detrimental effect whatsoever on this, the best of Billericay's pubs.
stropmag - 3 May 2010 10:48
Had my first trip to the Coach and Horses on Friday. I can't review the Ale, as I only had a lager, but that was good. As for the food..... I had an absolutely lovely Steak and Kidney pudding. I'm new to the area and will definitely be back
thebigman - 20 Jan 2010 15:02
So far the new landlord, Dave, is keeping up the great traditions of this pub. Greet beer, great food, great atmosphre. Indeed it seems to be even more popular than ever these days. Let's hope it stays that way.
Darren_in_the_City - 11 Dec 2009 10:42
When I was back in Blightey I paid my usual visit to this excellent (still) establishment. The only criticism, if one could call it that, is that the beer is a bit pricey. Every other aspect of the place is to be commended. I have heard that my ex had occasion to visit recently and found the food not to her satisfaction. Well, I found her not to my satisfaction. It's the first negative comment I've heard regarding the food so either it was a bad hair day for the chef or same for ex (the latter I suspect!).
stropmag - 25 Feb 2009 13:35
Billericay's only entry in the 2008 Good Beer Guide - adequate for a pitstop but pretty ordinary on the whole.
Rich66 - 13 Aug 2008 22:45
Good beer. Proffesionally run friendly establishment. Not just the best pub in town but, frankly, the only one worth visiting. The Billericay bum fluffery seem to have left this place alone....thank God!
stropmag - 21 Oct 2006 21:25
One of the best 'real' pubs in the area. Half price main meals monday. good food, atmosphere, friendly staff
margi - 16 May 2006 20:42
Recently revisited the C&H as well as a number of other pubs in Billericay . The C&H has fortunately not changed and must now be rated as THE best pub in town. The meal I had was truly excellent. Being off the High Street it doesn't get troubled by the louts who spoil things in the rest of the town. I think I'll give an eight or a nine. Maybe nine and a half in four beer's time !
Muffindamule - 3 Jan 2006 12:08
really nice pub that I've been to a few times.

Guest ales rotate frequently and never reappear too soon :)

Food is good - half price on Monday night, curries on Wednesday.

good, friendly service, and only seems to get crowded on Sundays, when its best to book a table for lunch.

Standard size TV high up in one corner which is normally off, and only comes on for national, international or european sporting events.

And yes, if you are under 50, you'll feel a bit out of palce, but otherwise no-one takes much notice.
blueallover - 6 Apr 2005 12:33
Still Billericay's best pub for real ale. 2 guest beers on tap. No muzak, no juekebox, no quiz machines, no chavs! Bliss!

And now have discovered the food is EXCELLENT!! A worthy entry in the Camra Good Pub Guide.

8/10.
Darren_in_the_City - 4 Feb 2005 10:53
A proper pub - Sunday lunch one of best I've had. House wine also very drinkable - and I'm picky!
fionam - 2 Feb 2005 12:59
Nice (usually) quiet pub. Good bar staff. Good beer. A bit on the pricey side even by B'cay standards. Clean and comfy. Only just off town centre so if you decide you don't want to stay long it's only a short walk to find another pub. All in all one of the better pubs in Bill.
Muffindamule - 13 Jan 2005 09:25
Its ok if you want to have a quiet drink and read a book!
Lawrie - 11 Sep 2004 11:09
If you want a pub without kids, booming juke boxes and tvs, this is the one for you! Hidden away from the high street, me and my mate were the only 2 people in there UNDER 50.

Reasonably good pub with 2 real ales available. And cheap curries on Wednesdays.

6/10
Darren in the City - 3 Oct 2003 09:05

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