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5 ales on, I had Six Bells Brewery 'Cloud Nine' a decent ale. Friendly helpful barmaid.
alehippy - 28 Sep 2018 12:24
Nice comfy pub, with a small smoking terrace upstairs. The barmaid was very pleasant & helpful. Had pints of Salopian ''Oracle'' & Wentworth ''Summer Loving'', both tasty but I preferred the Summer Loving.
alehippy - 14 Sep 2017 15:47
Nice little backstreet type pub with friendly service and a good atmosphere even though it was a bit quiet when I visited. Just about the best pub I tried in the town centre.
djw - 15 Jul 2017 21:03
A pub with a restaurant inside it that keeps the two separated well. The bar itself seemed very locally and the same with the little room just off to the side. Beers on were Salopian Holly bush, Salopian Oracle, Three tuns stout in the main bar, the restaurant/'lounge bar' (a very loose use of that phrase) they also had Salopian Shropshire Gold and Stonehouse station Bitter. The Salopian gold was 3 pound, well kept and was a decent pint, like I have seen others talk about, the beer is a bit lemony. They also had Thatchers Heritage on a hand pull. This is worth checking out but stay in the bar area.
Wezzielad - 8 Jan 2017 19:16
My sort of pub and the pick of a very good bunch on our Shrewsbury pub crawl.

Lovely victorian boozer with wood panelling and little alcoves. Nice pint of Salopian Oracle.


Some photos at my blog -
Mappiman - 29 Jun 2015 16:58
Well worth wandering away from the main drag to this quieter part of town to find this pub. Knowledgeable and friendly landlord and the Salopian Oracle and Divine Comedy both went down very well. Alas I was on a day trip and driving but would definitely return.
mikey64 - 7 Jun 2015 20:40
I had some very good beer here the other day, and found the whole place to be friendly and enjoyable.

ben23699 - 16 Mar 2015 19:22
Nice pub set in quiet street in town centre. Small bar with snug, plus large lounge area for food. Good local beers. Decent food served. Nice atmosphere.
boozyfi - 20 Feb 2015 00:43
I live up in the northern part of Cheshire, but I have called in to The Coach & Horses many times over the last 15 years or so. It never changes - good ale, friendly staff, and a good atmosphere created by the locals. The rugby union was being show on the pull-down screen, but not at all noisy or intrusive, we were in a small area adjoining the main room, got talking to a couple of local chaps, a very humorous and friendly conversation.
Recommended, along with The Benbow which, as described below by lezford will take about 10 seconds to reach.

quadrantfour - 7 Sep 2014 10:13
Welcoming pub tucked away on Swan Hill almost next door to the Admiral Benbow.

3 ales on, all from Shropshire breweries. I opted for a pint from the Three Tuns brewery.

Very nice wooden bar with a total of 10 pumps, of which 3 dispense ales. Little snug area by the door as you enter.

Selection of pump clips, silver tankards and whiskey jugs adorn the bar area.

Food was being prepared when I was in but no one buying...only 2 of us in pub to be fair though!

Outside seating area upstairs.

2 ticked onto the 3rd...10 seconds walk!
lezford - 14 Jul 2013 16:14
First ever visit - top pub. Like the public bar at the front & the snug would be great for a small group of friends. The beer was faultless as well.
Wilson_MacDonald - 10 Jan 2013 21:40
Came in here after my visit to the Admiral Benbow next door. Nice interior with wooden beams and a traditional tap room. I can't remember the name of the ale as at this point I was rather intoxicated. I had been supping Black Bush Irish Whiskey in the previous place.

However, I do remember eating some handcut chips which were lovely. It did slightly help soak up some of the latter mentioned whiskey!

I wish I had looked in to the other rooms.

realalerules1983 - 22 Sep 2012 16:56
A street corner pub a little way of the main thoroughfare that means it probably gets something less in the way of passing trade than many nearby establishments, but is well worth seeking out.

The main bar at the front has much wood panelling on the walls, as well as matching woodwork around the bar. Elsewhere the wall is exposed brick, and there are red quarry tiles on the floor. Dotted around the walls were various comedy sketches relating to Guinness that were presumably used as adverts at some point. At one end was a brick chimney with a log fire and off to the other side is a hexagonal snug area made with more wood panelling.

To the rear is another smaller bar counter but this area looks to be predominantly used for dining. It looked to be an attractive, cosy spot and had we been staying another night in Shrewsbury I would have tried it for something to eat. I didnít check the menu but did notice a couple of boards that were advertising Sunday Roasts and Thursday Fish nights.

Beers on tap were Purple Moose Snowdonia Ale, Stonehouse Station Bitter, Shropshire Gold and Oracle from Salopian and Three Tuns XXX. Note that these beers on split between the front and rear bars, although a board at the end of the bar lists them all. Ciders were Thatcherís Gold and Cheddar valley.
Blackthorn - 21 Sep 2012 10:49
To follow on from my previous view - the couple of other beers were Stonehouse Sunlander & Phoenix Arizona. So not a bad selection in all.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Jul 2012 12:32
The Coach & Horses benefits from being just up the road from the excellent Admiral Benbow. It was much quieter than it's close neighbour, which reflected its inferior ale quality and selection. Nevertheless, it's still worth a try. There are a couple of small drinking areas which are very pleasant and the barmaid was friendly. Beers on were Salopian Oracle & Shropshire Gold, Slaters Top Totty and I believe a couple of others. Thatchers Cheddar Valley was the cider.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Jun 2012 20:37
Perfunctory welcome and service from male behind bar, Phoenix Arizona in good condition. Rather cold and uncomfortable in front area of pub. Was going to order a second pint and try one of the other real ales available when the male who had served us appeared behind the bar eating what appeared to be some kind of crisps or nuts from a packet. This took place in full view of customers right in the middle of the bar. Just as I was thinking I may be over-reacting somewhat and that I should just go ahead and order another drink, I was then astounded as the male in question noisily sucked his fingers and rubbed his hands together. My wife advised me to order another ale but go to another section of the bar to avoid being served by the male with the poor standards of hygiene. However at that point he opened another packet and was soon joined by two females who both also ate from the packet (all three still behind the bar). We left!
Dag_Grevin - 5 Apr 2012 21:48
We really enjoyed this pub and used it on a couple of occassions. Very good Salopian Oracle but there were about 6 real ales available and the friendly and cheery staff will give you a taster of any beer! They do food - the portions looked very generous - and coffee (which pleased the wife although she did have beer later on). Nice cosy atmosphere with a "snug" area off the main bar. Take care on the rickety stairs up to the loos! The pub opens all day (as opposed to The Admiral Benbow next door)and they have a happy hour when the slected beer was £1.99 a pint!! Well worth a visit - it is near the town centre and major touristy bits and it was a welcome sight after our walk along the river. Recommended.
mcroyal - 9 Dec 2011 11:48
My main gripe with the C & H concerns the opening hours. The pub is open until 23.30 on Sundays, according to the 2012 Good Beer Guide. However, when my wife and I went in at 22.45 we were told that we had to be in before 22.30 to be served. Given that the pub was empty when we popped by the following night, I'm surprised the management can be so choosy. That aside, it's a nice pub selling good beer.
E.L.Wisty - 18 Oct 2011 22:43
We liked this better than the Admiral Benbow, good selection of ales, we had Purple Moose Brewery's Dark Side of the Moon and Shropshire Oracle, both were very good. They also have Leffe on draught. Bar staff were very friendly and the food menu for the (rear) dining room seemed quite interesting too. Felt like a nice place to spend some time.
Roy22 - 2 Oct 2011 17:19
Really nice old pub, great beers, friendly locals, let us try a couple first too, took me back to somewhere in London in look and feel, rickety staircase was a challenge though.
ToxtethOGrady - 22 Apr 2011 23:45
A pleasant boozer with cosy interior, right next door to Admiral Benbow. Pint of Shropshire Gold was extremely drinkable.
Perry_Mason - 28 Nov 2010 18:20
More of a locals pub as others have pointed out. I bought a pint of Salop's Shropshire Gold and plonked myslef in the corner by the fire - which I then realsied was between Piltdown Man asleep nursing a third of a pint of lager and some old doll who was as still as a statue except for an odd manical cackle and stamping of her walking stick on the floor aimed towards the snoozing Piltdown Man. All of a sudden Piltdwon Man got up and staggered off across the bar and out off home. A good town local's pub with the odd character or two thrown in.
anonymous - 31 Oct 2010 15:34
Good beers. Seems to be quite a local's pub and all the better for that. Certainly worth putting on a Shrewsbury crawl.
arihall - 20 Sep 2010 15:57

Once through the door a small old fashioned bar crowded with locals awaits. A good choice of 4 or so beers in good condition.

Verdict. Stay in the small front bar for the more authentic experience and avoid the overmodernized yet comfortable and spacious rear. Don't linger too long for the Admiral Benbow awaits next door.

Polypinmath - 29 Mar 2010 09:27
Popped into Coach & Horses yesterday afternoon to see if it's as good as what other BITE members are making it out to be, and It 's quite a nice place overall. Staff were qiute freindly and a very good choice of real ales on offer. I had a pint of Shropshire Gold, then a pint of Red House (forgotten name of brewery)and finally a pint of Spitting Feathers' 1862, all were very pleasant beverages. It's a good place for real-ale enthusiasts to visit, and will probably call in again in the near future.
SilentButDeadly - 28 Mar 2010 12:20
This is a very woody, cronky, creaky place on the whole especially away from the front bar which is less so but had an excellent atmoshere as usual. Good atmosphere in the small snug and the area by the bar in the back lounge/dining area. Well frequented by both drinkers and diners for a Thursday night. Thankfully a pub that has managed to keep the dining and drinking areas largely separated and seems to excel at both. On the beer front pleased to recommend the Wye Valley HPA, and Sadlers Mud City Stout which were excellent.
Wirral_RealAlians - 22 Mar 2010 21:06
A great pub with a good range of local ales, the Three Tuns XXX was spot on. On the crawl list.
Booze_Allen - 11 Jan 2010 17:40
This was one of the Shrewsbury pubs that had been highly recommended to me and it is not hard to see why. The smallish main bar is a cosy affair with a brick inglenook fireplace and an extremely inviting open fire, especially on the wet night of our visit. A screened snug bar with its large Bass mirror is one of the remnants of its Victorian features. The people came over as very accommodating and it didnít take long for us to be chatting about the beers, the fortunes of Shrewsbury Town FC and the topical subject of the time, the rising flood waters. To the rear is a larger lounge bar and restaurant with plenty exposed brickwork and a few more welcoming fireplaces. An upstairs patio caters for the smoking contingent.

An excellent selection of locally sourced ales including local microbreweries served by (on my visit) welcoming and knowledgeable staff. The 7 ales noted were Salopian Darwin Original, Shropshire Gold & Firkin Freezing, Three Tuns XXX, Oxford Pride, Wye Valley HBA and a Cheddar Valley cider of indeterminate strength (there was a big ? on the board next to its ABV but they assured me it was at least 6% - subsequent research reveals they were spot on). Not all the clips are shown in each bar so it is worth checking the boards for the full list of whatís on. Regular curry and quiz nights are held and there is live acoustic music Sunday nights. The C&H needs no hype, pretentions or fancy gimmicks - it simply sells itself as a well run, welcoming pub and should be near the top of any Shrewsbury visiters list

PS - Just noticed that I have mirrored much of John Bonser's comments (I'm sure he won't mind) but then again, an advert for a good pub is always worth repeating.

RogerB - 16 Dec 2009 16:12
Traditional street corner local just outside the main shopping area. There's a small wood-pannelled public bar with the entrance on the street corner and a curious cosy snug bar within this bar, together with a much larger lounge and dining area behind.

5 real ales were on during my recent early evening visit - Wye Valley HPA, Ironbridge ISB, Sharps Doom Bar, Hobsons Best and Salopian Shropshire Gold. Happy Hour runs from 5-9 on Mondays and 5-7 on Tuesday to Friday. As my visit coincided, I was able to enjoy a fine pint of Salopian Shropshire Gold - served in an Exmoor Ales glass - for the cheap price of £ 1.75p.

The pub is a GBG regular and holds regular curry nights and a Sunday quiz.

Finally, don't let the rather untraditional contemporary-style pub sign put you off. Do try and find time to get to this one if you can.
JohnBonser - 22 Sep 2009 12:21
Agree with previous comments as this one, the Three Fishes and the Benbow are the good ones to go to, although we enjoy the Salopian as well. Benbow not always open when we are around which is a shame. Enjoyed Ironbridge ISB and Salopian Hop Twister this visit. Friendly staff and good atmosphere.
gillhalfpint - 3 Sep 2009 09:49
Really enjoyed it here, very cosy and intimate. Although the left of the pub is given over to diners, the right-hand bar area and the strangely-shaped small snug retain a classic atmosphere which is snug and intimate, with plenty wood panelling. 3-4 beers from local breweries, Shropshire Gold on form as ever. Always worth a visit, this is one of Shrewsbury's best.
Carlurmston - 4 Aug 2009 17:15
Lovely back street corner pub, a short walk up the hill from the main shops. Wooden beams, cosy front bar, snug and dining room at the rear with good carvery.Friendly locals, good service, perfect pints of Wye Valley HPA and tasty sandwiches.
dableywolf - 17 Jun 2009 23:54
I visited at the end of May,the mild was finished but never mind had a nice pint of Three Tuns XXX and an excellent Sunday lunch.Pleasant helpful staff.

oldandmild - 10 Jun 2009 04:31
A great back street corner pub, in spitting distance from the Benbow. Lovely wood interior, with several rooms - with as much space given over to the eatery, as the pub. Staff were friendly.

Several real ales; i myself having the Slaters Monkey Magic MILD and the White Horse Brewery's Black Beauty MILD, both of which were excellent. JB wasn't allowed the Monkey Magic by the bar staff, as it would have been classed as cannibalism!

A must, like the 3 Fishes and the Benbow, for every trip
Archivist - 27 May 2009 16:21
This is a very pleasant looking pub with lots of wood panelling throughout. Itís very cosy and has several areas all quite small. The front room has wooden settles all around the walls. Six handpumps serving mainly local beers with Sharps Spring Mild as one of the guests from further afield, it also sells Cheddar Valley cider on one handpump. The service was a little slow as they seem happy to accept card payments for 1 pint. Iíve been in here a few times and Iíve always thought that the beer is OK rather than really well kept. Last night was no exception with the mild tasting as if it had just gone over the edge to me. Not bad enough to send back, but not great either. Itís a nice enough place but I think the beer is better in the Admiral Benbow almost next door. Itís a good two pub crawl though as they have 11 beers between them.
ROBCamra - 8 May 2009 11:00
Love this pub , good beer good food good company , far better than the Benbow .
trenchlad - 28 Mar 2009 23:58
Lovely back street pub. Traditional dark wood interior with a small bar area at the front & a large bar & eating area at the rear. Although we never ate here on the 2 occasions we visited we did sit near the eating area & the food looked stunning. The menu included such delights as emu kebabs & crocodile steak (it seems they have theme nights including Australia, Local Shropshire & Spain/Portugal recently). For those of a less adventurous nature the choice of savoury bar snacks is excellent. They also have a "happy hour" Mon-Fri 5pm-7pm & Sun7pm-10pm- the Shropshire Gold is £1.75 a pint & wines are cheaper too. We found the locals friendly & very welcoming. Overall a must visit.
happytyskie - 2 Feb 2009 14:07
Lovely pint of Salopian Shropshire Gold was quaffed here last weekend, yum, 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 29 Jan 2009 15:18
Annual visit via the Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Great boozer and cracking beer
LickeyEndBooze - 26 Aug 2008 22:21
As good as it was three years ago. Its proximity to the Admiral Benbow, however, mostly just means that you've got a decent pub to visit when you find that the AB isn't open, which seems to be much of the time.
joegreen - 17 Jun 2008 13:53
This is a lovely friendly pub with a good choice of ales. Interesting rooms, and a back bar as well that we nearly missed with different ales on.
gillhalfpint - 26 Mar 2008 23:38
I'm not a regular, but for a quiet pint or a bite to eat this is great. The bar has a decent range of beers and is a bit rough and ready, but I don't think thats a bad thing. The restaurant area is smarter and I can recommend the fidget pie.

Live music some nights.
edp - 4 Jan 2008 12:59
A fine pub with fine ales. Been going here for years and the new landlord has improved the place. Food is very good and the lounge/dining area now has a better atmosphere than it used to.

If you can bag a seat next to the fire in winter in the bar there is no finer place to be on earth...
Therealdickie - 4 Jan 2008 11:13
Limited choice of ales but well kept. Seating a bit limited in the bar area but definitely worth a visit.
TheGunner - 18 Dec 2006 23:02
UPDATE Addlestons Cloudy Cider has gone; only to be replaced with the wonderful Thatchers Cheddar Valley 6.0% with its lava-lamp characteristics. Three Tuns Three Eight is now a sporadic visitor, but Three Tuns XXX is almost permanent. The Heinz Varieties of the Beer World, Archers, keep on the blending trail to add more curious named beers to their portfolio. New on, and selling well is the Becks Vier which replaced the not-so-well-selling Artois Bock. Still an excellent pub, one of my regulars, and well worth going to if you like you ales.
Bevboys - 23 Oct 2006 18:50
Good food, good beer, almost next door to the Admiral Benbow (q.v.) if you don't want to walk too far. Often has guest beers from Swindon and particularly Archers which is a nice pint.
shropspy - 19 Jul 2006 15:09
Poked my head in and noticed the Golden Nut MILD (3.4%) from the Three Tuns Brewery in Bishops Castle, so decided this would be the place to eat today. Had a look at the events at the Quarry, my young son was impressed with the "Rollers" (traction engines) then returned to the pub to celebrate my daughters 18th birthday with a meal.
The MILD was in excellent condition, the service was top notch and extremely friendly. The food was good but a little expensive (I always feel pub food should be much cheaper than in a restaurant). We ate in the dining area which was very quiet, the bar appeared to have more of an exciting atmosphere. The place looks steeped in history and full of Olde Worlde charm, a pub worth finding out about. - 17 Jun 2006 23:13
Had some arizona for the first time here recently. Very nice indeed. I used to frequent this pub when I was at shrewsbury sixth form and not that much has changed. Great boozer!!
sstephan - 25 May 2006 12:51
Update - Bass has been taken off and replaced with John Roberts (Three Tuns) "Three Eight" (with an ABV of guess what?).
Bevboys - 19 Feb 2006 16:54
Seems a shame that over a year has passed since anyone posted about this grand pub. Arizona was in wonderful form a week ago, and the menu looked very promising.
joegreen - 16 May 2005 13:44
A wonderful old Pub, a stones throw from The Admiral Benbow. Selling good ale and good food. Shropshire Gold, Phoenix Arizona and Bass are the regulars and there are usually two other Real Ales on as well. Leffe(and Leffe Brun in bottle!)and a Hoegaarten add to the selection available. If you plan visiting when there is a televised Rugby match on be warned the Bar gets very busy, but there is a dining bar at the rear which is quieter.
Nigel - 22 Feb 2004 10:56

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