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Coach & Horses, Mayfair, W1

5 Bruton Street

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Bucking Fastard left this review about Coach & Horses

A wedge shape Greene King tied house with a pleasing mock tudor exterior and a small interior with good stained glass inlaid into former front doors.There is modest seating around the bar but a square rear section where you can eat from a very coroporate GK menu.At least there is a decent pub atmosphere in here and the 4 handpumps were drawing GK IPA,Abbott with guests Truman Zephyr and Gypsy Queen (tired).
It serves a purpose but could be a lot better with a decent ale line up.A refuge from New Bond Street however.

On 8th March 2019 - rating: 6
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Coach & Horses

An attractive and timbered olde worlde looking pub that it now sandwiched in between much more modern and taller buildings and consequently looks quite out of place, but equally so intriguing that one can’t resist popping in for a pint to see what it’s like inside.

It’s an unusual wedge shape building, and quite narrow with a correspondingly small amount of room inside, only four or five tables in the main bar area. Even the bar counter is set on an angle across the wider end of the wedge with a plethora of old pump clips as well as bunches of hops up above it. The flooring is wood strip and there are some ornately carved wooden beams on the ceiling, as well as a certain amount of wood panelling on the walls. Leaded and partially stained windows looking out on to the street, one of which was inscribed with “Wm Younger & Co” which was presumably the brewery owning it at some point. A “Coach Room” at the rear was carpeted with dark green paint on the walls, and this looked quite elegant; there was also further seating for diners upstairs.

Beers on tap were slightly uninspiring perhaps with Greene King Heritage Suffolk Pale Ale, Ruddles County, Greene King IPA and Sambrooks Powerhouse Porter. The solitary cider was Aspall’s Suffolk. Overall I quite liked this pub being something of an oasis away from the nearby hustle and bustle of New Bond Street.

On 2nd February 2018 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Coach & Horses

Walking past all of the high end fashion outlets in this part of Mayfair, the last thing I expected to find was a gloriously olde-world looking traditional boozer, but in many ways, that is exactly what the Coach and Horses is. On approach, the place looks fantastic, thanks to its elaborate timbered façade and fine stained glass windows which bear the pub’s name and hint a previous ownership in the form of WM Younger. Once inside, you find a compact two-room ground floor layout, with the bar in the almost triangular shaped front room. This space is by far the nicest, thanks in part to the aforementioned stained glass, but also a nice dark wood porch adjoining a side entrance and an intricate design carved into the ceiling beams. The servery is to the left on entering and has a surprisingly simple panelled counter and plain bar back, enhanced by a hop lined canopy with a large pump clip collection displayed above. Seating is restricted in such a small space, with some odd mid-height tables, stools and banquettes making do. Stairs lead up to a first floor dining room, but they were roped off on a mid-week post-lunchtime visit, so the few diners in attendance had to settle for the rear ground floor room. This was a big let down in comparison to the charming front area – in fact, I’d go so far as to say it is a let down full stop. The room has bare floorboards which eventually give way to new carpet, whilst the walls have been painted in neutral shades with some extremely cheap laminate wood cladding printed to look like decorative tiling, but actually looking cheap and nasty. A low banquette runs along the rear wall and elsewhere there are standard chairs and more of those mid-height benches from the front room. England bunting and Euro 2016 flags further depreciated the room’s stock, but this was salvaged by some excellent black and white photos and old posters which were displayed around the walls. These were evocative images of London’s history which meant there was some worthy visual distraction in an otherwise dull, corporate area.
There were only three ales on the bar when I arrived, with Taylor Walker 1730 shown as ‘Coming Soon’. All three were from the Greene King stable, so I passed over the IPA and Abbot Ale in order to try the seasonal Purple Reign. I was initially given a fairly woeful short measure, but this was topped up without fuss on request and seemed to be in pretty good nick, if not quite an ale fit for a Queen (or a Prince).
This was the proverbial pub of two halves, with a very pleasant traditional front bar and a disappointing, identikit rear lounge. I enjoyed my visit, although a more exciting beer range would have helped, and would not rule this out when passing through the area in the future.

On 6th July 2016 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about Coach & Horses

I haven't been in here since 1987 and I'd forgotten what an unbelievably tiny pub (5 small tables and little standing room) this is. Situated in the heart of Mayfair, this has a timbered interior and fine leaded Wm. Younger's windows. I forget what half I had and what it cost as I was in a terrible hurry to meet someone, but it was fine; service was friendly. Lavatories are down a steep and narrow flight of stairs.

This pub is worth popping into but it's not a destination venue.

On 22nd October 2015 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Coach & Horses

Cosy (i.e. small) wedge-shaped bar, with a similar sized dining room upstairs (often closed for private functions). The brewer's Tudor façade looks rather incongruous in the streetscene, but the place does have some interesting features including old Wm Younger glazing in the downstairs windows. Now has five handpumps, with Taylor Walker's 'house' 1730, Pride, Otter Amber, Cottage Brewing Cheltenham Gold and Red Squirrel Redwood American IPA (£4.25, less 10% Camra discount) available on my latest visit. Always found this place to have a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere.

On 12th March 2014 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about Coach & Horses

A strange mock Tudor decor wedge of a building that you don’t 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.
Internally a two room place with the ground floor smallish bar area and then has stairs to the right of the bar leading to a dining/meeting room above the main floor. This 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. As mentioned below four hand pumps supported which had the usual suspects of Fullers Pride, TT Landlord and Youngs Ordinary. But then the forth was dispensing O’Hanlon’s Goldblade which, as I didn’t bother read the small print on the pump clip, I didn’t realise until after ordering is a wheat beer.
Made a pleasant change as did this strange different to the run of the mill pub.

On 25th July 2010 - rating: 7
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Coach & Horses

Rather bizarre Tudor look pub, very small/cosy on the ground floor, stained glass windows, bench seating & parque flooring.

Low volume piped music & a silent Sky Sports plasma. The food seemed extremely popular and service very friendly.

Lovely little pub in Mayfair, though wouldn't take much to fill up at busy times, thoroughly enjoyable weekday afternoon though.

Good Beer Guide 2010 listed and the beer is very well kept. I had a fine pint of Springhead Sweet Lips.

On 11th March 2010 - rating: 8
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Steve C left this review about Coach & Horses

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 weren't 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.

On 31st August 2009 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about Coach & Horses

An unscheduled stop yesterday but I'm glad I did. Unusual wedge shaped mock timbered place, a smallish bar area with more (unvisited) seating upstairs. A nice feature is the retention of the old Wm Youngers windows. Comfortable, carpeted and with some wood panelling. 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.

On 15th November 2008 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Coach & Horses

This pub comprises a 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. Younger’s 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 Sharpe’s Doom Bar. I can’t 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.

On 21st July 2008 - rating: 6
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