Coach And Horses, EC1R 3DJ
- 26 Ray Street
The Coach and Horses was a gastropub in Clerkenwell, hidden away just off Farringdon Road and not too far from Exmouth Market. It was sold to a property developer, and closed for good on 31 July 2015.
The information below is retained for historical purposes.
This is a refurbished boozer which has put the emphasis squarely on the food side of things. There's a separate dining room up some stairs behind the bar, and on a Monday evening many of the tables in the pub area were reserved for diners and group bookings. However, there are a few nice touches in the decor retained from its former days, including the old Taylor Walker glasswork on the doors, and the wood panelling is attractive. Music is playing quietly.
There are three handpulls for ale on the bar, with London Pride and Landlord (£3.50/pint) available, and Adnam's Bitter off, on Ewan's October 2009 visit. Neither Pride nor Landlord were particularly well-kept, but may have been at the end of a cask. They have plenty of draught lagers, including Hoegaarden, Leffe and Staropramen, amongst others.
There's a full food menu, with specials on a blackboard, regularly changing. Though Ewan didn't try any of the mains, the chips with aioli (£2.50) were plentiful and nicely crispy, while the scotch egg (£4) was a real highlight, clearly cooked on the premises, served cut in half with a runny yolk. Ewan would happily return just for this.
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