Coach & Horses, Brentford/Isleworth

Coach & Horses, Brentford/Isleworth

The Coach & Horses, 183 London Rd, Isleworth TW7 5BQ. Telephone: 020 8181 5627. Website: http://www.coachandhorsesisleworth.co.uk
Pig Mark 73. Local legend states that the Coach & Horses lies in both Brentford and Isleworth. The old saloon bar is in Brentford while the old public bar along with the garden (and now the restaurant section) is in Isleworth. Whether this is technically true I know not, but it’s a good tale and I’m sticking to it. It is also mentioned in Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist as the place Bill Sykes and Oliver were dropped off by the carrier’s cart on their way to commit burglary in Chertsey.
The Coach & Horses was built in the 17th century and would have been on the London to Bath route. It was likely a popular stopping point for those not wishing to meet highwaymen on Hounslow Heath at night. It was refurbished in 2011, and transformed from being a typical boozer with live music every night to a rustic style foodie pub with a decent sized restaurant.
Visited on Monday 25th September 2017 at 19.50. Weather was dry and mild.
Ordered one and a half pints of Young’s Special for £6.70.

Name:
Beer selection (10):
Beer Quality (10):
Price (10):
Service (10):
Ambience (10):
Cleanliness (5):
Toilets (5):
Hand driers (5):
Je ne sais quoi (5):
Wifi (5):

Total (50)

Piggy Dave
7
9
7
2
4
4
3
2

38

Piggy Corin
7
8
6
2
4
3
3
2

35

Piggy Sue








Piggy Rod








Piggy Dave: There were four or five people not eating, scattered around the pub when we arrived. Staff were friendly and service was prompt. £4.40 isn’t cheap for a pint and I think it’s a bit naughty charging £2.30 for a half. Piped music was played and helped with the general ambience, though the overly loud table in the restaurant area was doing its best to ruin it. Nice toilets, though the hand cream was a little greasy and I was almost scared to pick my pint up for five minutes afterwards lest it slipped out of my hand. This is only the second time I’ve been down since the renovation and was a better experience than I had expected.

Piggy Corin: The Coach & Horses is a trendy foodie pub with a young, loud clientele on the restaurant side. Having said that, they had good beer and good service. Non-intrusive music played in the background and while there were television screens they weren’t turned on so I don’t know if they show football when it’s on.
It’s a beautifully kept pub, clean and inviting. The lighting was just about right, bright enough to see but not too bright giving a cosy atmosphere. They are clearly aiming for the foody crowd, with menus and adverts on each table, but are perfectly happy to serve drinkers, though it is a bit pricey.
Wifi works well and the toilets were modern and offered hand lotion, but were rather let down by paper strewn across the floor and unflushed toilets.
On the whole, the pub was better than I expected.

 

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