This place is SO nice but I agree - I remember once we trekked from Holborn all the way to Ray Street, and it was closed, and I felt sad.
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The Coach and Horses
13-15 Bollo Lane, Chiswick, London W4 5LR
“Welcome to The Bollo House! Located just a stones throw from Chiswick High Road and Chiswick Park, on the sleepy Bollo Lane, West London, The Bollo is a community centred gastro pub. Our aim is to provide excellent seasonal food, homemade puddings...” more...
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This is a cracking (last one i promise) venue and so worth a visit. Get yourself an scotch egg and a nice pint, how very lovely and very English.http://www.friendlybooking.com/
This is definitely one of my favourite pub in London. I’ve never been disappointed by the truly delicious food. They have a good beer selection, friendly staff and every time I’ve been I’ve been able to get a table. What more do you want?
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The first time I had a scotch egg was at my work canteen. Needless to say, it was cold and tasted like cardboard. It even gave me a tummy ache actually.
Now I love dishes that have eggs in them. Determined to find myself a good scotch egg, I found myself at The Coach and Horses.
Charcuterie Board £10
Spiced potted venison with pickled beetroot, york ham with piccalilli
Bresaola with pickles, scotch quail egg with nettle pesto
My dinner companion and I settled on ordering the charcuterie board where I will still have my egg and he has more options than just eating an egg!
The little scotch egg had a nice crispy batter although it was a tad too salty.
Fish soup with sourdough and aioli £5.5
Gilthead bream with razor clams, sea vegetables, ratte potatoes and crab bisque£12
Buttermilk pudding with damson jam and doughnuts
Salted caramel truffle
What can I say about the rest of the dinner? Other than the salted caramel truffle, everything else was unmemorable. You will still have a nice dinner but don’t expect fireworks.
This pub is very much a gastro pub (they do always have a lovely smell, I will give them that) but at least it does seem to have one saloon bar area where the tables aren't set, so drinking might be allowed, albeit fined heavily with penalties between 3.50 and 3.95 a pint!
I went for the cheapest, the Adnams which was a pretty nice pint all things considered.
The problem with Farringdon (where as you can tell by my reviews, I find myself in at least twice a week), is that everything shuts at the weekend. I've very nearly ended up in the Coach and Horses so many times, but something always gets in the way. These somethings tend to be the Gunmakers around the corner, and it being shut. BUT! We discovered that the opened for lunch on a Sunday and hot-footed it there for my friend's post-birthday party roast dinner.
Well, that was the plan. Because I drank too much bourbon the night before, I changed my food order at the very last minute. No roast dinner for me! Oh no. A salad. A celeriac salad instead of Yorkshire puddings. I suck at Sunday food. Luckily, we also sampled one of the famed Scotch eggs and they were worth all the reviews below. FABULOUS. And my salad was incredibly tasty (despite it only being leaves and Stilton, which was a weird lunch choice, I'll admit). I did sample the roast potatoes from my friend's plate (nay, chopping board) and they were fantastic. Stupid hangover.
I like the pub, the staff are friendly, the bric a brac is fun. The maps of London from the mid-19th century are fantastic (Tower Bridge wasn't even built then, the map looks weird without it). I didn't feel the food was too pricey. I want more Scotch eggs.
The only thing that stops them getting five stars is them charging £3.95 for a pint of Landlord. Really rather unimpressed with that. I'll go back, but I'll go back for the food. I'm not paying £4 for a pint.
sarahdrinkwater, 10 January 2011:
Siany, 10 January 2011:
On the plus side, you didn't have to pay £4 for a pint...
sarahdrinkwater, 10 January 2011:
This is a good point. Although, as a wine and gin drinker, I'm usually relieved if I have any change from a fiver. Have you been to Mason & Taylor on Bethnal Green road? It has lots and lots of lovely beers (I'm told, I was on the Fruli which apparently 'doesn't count').
The Coach and Horses was, until recently, one of those places that I keep hearing great things about, but had never visited (despite having walked past literally hundreds of times).
Well today I finally made it in, for a spot of Sunday lunch. The Coach and Horses pride themselves on their food, and rightly so. Their famed scotch eggs were the best that I've ever tasted (perfectly runny yolk, crisp and spicy outside), and the roast pork (served on a chopping board, oddly) was flavoursome and well presented.
Food prices are not cheap, but not extortionate for 'gastro-pub' fare. I was mildly shocked to pay £3.95 for a pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord, but it was at least very well kept.
Service was friendly, and the atmosphere was bright and relaxed. Highly recommended.
I love this pub. I have been twice now and both times had great food and great service. The menu changes often and always seems in season. Decor is unpretentious and old fashioned. I also like the fact that it sell Timothy Taylor beer, a favourite of mine. I have not been since the head chef has changed but i'm sure it's just as good. Definitely worth a visit if in Clerkenwell.
Now this is a good pub.
Personal service, great real ale, a cracking quiz night and phenomenally good, cheap food. I can highly recommend the Indian style and sausage and beans scotch eggs. They sound strange, but they're absolutely delicious. It's this sort of unusual, but wonderful cuisine which seems to have really triggered The Coach and Horses' popularity beyond EC1 to across the whole of London. It's just a really good pub, and now that i've been, i can see why people are willing to travel great distances to come here.
I'll be back, but i'll be sharpening up my food trivia before i'm back for the quiz!
Great boozer with fabulous food!
The Coach & Horses is one of the most celebrated of gastropubs in the pub and restaurant wonderland of Clerkenwell … and with good reason! From gorgeously scrumptious Scotch eggs to some of the best steaks to be devoured in London, this classic and lovingly restored (without being tarted up) Victorian venue with its modern British menu more than holds its own among the locals … including The Eagle (London's “first gastropub”) and nearby restaurants such as St John.
I've conquered another milestone in my discovery on Englishness. After an ale tasting, a couple of months ago, it was time for my first pub quiz, and I think I've become a fan of this one too (I've become a fan of pretty much everything English I've tried so far, and I don't want to ruin it by trying Marmite).
It's easy to be a fan of The Coach and Horses. The food is as cozy and inviting as the place. I especially loved a veggie fried cake that came on the nibbles plate, and went down perfectly with their killer Bloody Mary.
Now I've been to see what all the fuss is about, I'm miffed I live such an epic distance from this pub. If I lived nearer, I'd be here all the time.
For me, the staff are what really set it apart. They're chatty, friendly, and really know their stuff when it comes real ales and tasty pub grub, which is 50% off if you're entering the quiz, making it a pretty nifty bargain too. £2 half-pint of prawns, anyone?
And despite being shown up good and proper by my lack of foodie knowledge in the quiz, I had so much fun that I'll be swallowing my pride (and scotch eggs aplenty) to come back for more. But I might have to swot up a bit first.
Finally managed to get to the Coach and Horses for their foody pub quiz and now I wish I lived a little bit closer to this brilliant little gastro boozer.
I was ravenous when i got there so ordered the burger and chips to go along with my pint of Timothy Taylor. The selection of ales is great, and the food is brilliant. When they ask you how you want your burger cooked in a pub you know it's got be half decent, and the Coach goes well past half decent.
Great burger, good quality meat, stacked with all the accompaniments , and a big bowl of chips - all served up without any fuss or la-de-da. Just quality grub.
Their regular food quiz is a must visit as well, even if you're not a wannabe Delia, you can still join in with the less 'intellectual' rounds and there's some great prizes to be won - I will treasure the moment we won a loaf of Soreen for a long time to come
Went here last night for a foodie pub quiz. What a cracking pub!
Gastro food done properly - really interesting selection at very good prices. (It's half price food for quiz entrants!) They also have a few decent ales on - I remember two being Landlord and Adnams.
The pub quiz night was well run, with a foodie theme, including some amusing creative rounds and even a ketchup tasting. I was also pleased to walk away at the end of the night with a smoker. Yes, a smoker. But I didn't take her home. I took the smoker home. Woodchip in a pan which goes on your stove to smoke the sh*t out of some meat. Didn't even know one of these existed! But funnily enough just last week I was talking about needing one when I couldn't buy any smoked mackerel in Hamburg. Not a problem anymore.
Entertaining, gastro food, good beer, friendly crowd and solid serve.
Oh and the scotch eggs are the best I've tasted. If you're brave enough to try the whole deep fried pigs head please drop me a Qype message to tell me what it was like!
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