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Coach & Horses (Normans)

29 Greek Street

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.30 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.30 pm
FridayMidday - 11.30 pm
SaturdayMidday - 11.30 pm
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

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About the Pub

Following cessation of a previous tenancy, this is now a Fuller's managed house; the piano singalongs continue on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

There will be no substantial food available until the kitchen is re-furbished, which is taking place during early 2020; bar snacks only.

First licensed in 1724 the pub was most recently rebuilt in 1889 and is Grade II listed. The name of course derives from horse-drawn coaches and it is thought that a type of shuttle service ran from this site to the Smithfield Market area, the main starting-point for coaches going north.

The venue is now a very good example of 1930s pub-fitting with spittoon troughs, bar back and wall panelling all surviving from that era, plus some Art Deco lino floor tiles. The pub was added to the CAMRA National Inventory in summer 2019 because of its 1930s interior. The Historic England listing is number 1235282 and was last enhanced in Feb 2020; the listing contains fascinating details about the site history and includes references to CAMRA.

Third-placed in the Evening Standard Top 50 Pubs 2019.

Historic Interest

The columnist Jeffrey Bernard used to be famously "unwell" for duty after being in this pub, and its former landlord Norman Balon who retired in 2006 liked to be known as "London's rudest landlord". He is remembered in the pub sign! Known as a gathering place for writers & thinkers, the pub hosted for many years until 2014 the fortnightly Private Eye editorial lunch sessions. Simultaneously there were often Special Branch officers downstairs posing as ordinary drinkers and looking out for anyone of interest to them. The July 2019 issue of The Oldie magazine carried an interview with Norman Balon, then aged 92, and a marvellous Heath cartoon of the pub and its then-regulars in 1986.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Fuller's London Pride
  • Gales Seafarers Ale

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Almasty --varies--
  • Burning Sky Plateau
  • Dark Star Hophead

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Coach & Horses (Normans), London


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available


  • RealHeritagePub Heritage Pub

    Nationally Important Historic Interior


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    Guide dogs welcomed.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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Coach & Horses (Normans)

29 Greek Street

Sat Nav Reference

51.5132, -0.1302


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  • <Station Close to Railway Station
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

Nearby Station (700m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (250m)

Leicester Square

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