Yesterday I took a walk through the west end of London and passed three pubs called the Coach and Horses between Tottenham Court Road and Marble Arch, none of which were the infamous boozer that we were in on Saturday night.
Our Coach and Horses is at the bottom of Greek Street.
This is the boozer that was immortalised when the bar was recreated as a stage set for Keith Waterhouse’s play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell starring Peter O’Toole as the former Spectator journalist. It is also the place where Private Eye hold their fortnightly lunches and was once managed by Norman Balon who had the reputation of being the rudest landlord in Britain.
Walking into the coach is like taking a trip back in time to the 1970s. The names of beers long gone, but not mourned like Double Diamond and Skol are backlit through the bar furniture and there are no video games or a jukebox, but there is a piano that becomes the focal point for the evenings entertainment when Betty takes charge. Firm favourites include My Old Man, She’ll be coming Round the Mountain, When the Saints go Marching in and Purple Rain.
Fortunately the Coach now serves decent beer like Fullers London Pride and Starapramen and some of the most amazing bar snacks like these pork scratchings the size 0f nachos
Not to mention the home made Scotch eggs and sausage rolls
Little wonder it’s one of my favourite pubs in London then.