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Coach and Horses Inn, Chepstow

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With the Queen's Head closed, my final pub of the day in Gwent ended up being the Coach & Horses. It's a Brain's pub. Their Bitter & SA were on, alongside guests - Bath Gem & Butcombe Original. But I'd agree with the previous reviewer that this wasn't the most inspiring. Of more interest was the clientele. From the drunk lady at the bar to the cross dressing man sat at a table, the pub certainly had its share of characters. A good pub should always have a few characters. So a bonus point for that.
blue_scrumpy - 8 May 2018 21:06
For some reason, I thought this was a bit meh. Can't quite put my finger on why, though, because it sounded like it would be just my thing. I suppose the service was just a bit too impersonal and the beer selection (at least when I visited) a bit dull.
paul154 - 18 Oct 2012 16:20
Visited this pub on recommendation for a meal and a drink. Found to be very friendly with very well kept ale , SA and Rev James from Brains , a Wye Valley ale and another guest. The food was good and pretty good value too. The pub has one room split onto two levels , a smoking area and an interesting collection of saucy postcards in the spotless toilets. I will be going again and definitely recommend the walk away from the wether spoons and up the hill.
DiscoJoe - 25 Jan 2012 21:24
Popped in once. Had one pint. Perfect. My guess is that the cellarmanship is outstanding.
captainglassback - 31 Mar 2011 11:57
a lovely pint of brewdog trashy blonde and an overexcited pub mascot jack russell featured on my rather anebriated visit, 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 21 May 2010 21:27
Welcoming pub on the road from the town centre to the racecourse. Brains & adnams beers.

anonymous - 3 Dec 2009 07:51
Having lived in Chepstow the last six months we decided to make a weekend of it and visit the pubs and bars of Chepstow. First on our list at the top of town was the Coach & Horses. We received a warm welcome and I was impressed with the range of beer on offer. I had Brains SA which was lovely and my girlfriend had sauv blanc. The pub itself is olde worlde and the locals seemed quite friendly.
The atomosphere of the pub seems quite chilled and when we made our return on the Sunday the barman remembered us, which we thought was quite nice. Sunday dinner was good and the beer better.
xerox - 11 Aug 2009 11:13

Very VERY VERY disappointing.

The Reverend James (one of 6 handpumps) was served far too cold and was consequently tasteless.

The food was absolute rubbish. It was poor quality, badly cooked and very poor value for money. The so called "chef" could not even microwave a bought-in budget lasagne properly ... not once but twice.

If it had been a 99p 'credit crunch lunch' it would have been a rip-off, so charging over £6 for a meal of this standard is totally unacceptable

The chalk board outside claims this pub serves the best beer and the best home cooked food in Chepstow.

If this is the case I feel really sorry for the residents because I certainly won’t ever bother to eat or drinkin Chepstow again.

steve2905 - 2 Jul 2009 03:47
Passing through Chepstow recently, I checked in CAMRA's GBG and spotted the Coach and Horses. Cracking little pub - old fashioned traditional family run pub of yesteryear. Friendly staff, good pint of Brains bitter, big public car park close by - very good!
smithy384 - 20 Jun 2009 10:13
Having recently attended the Hogging the bridge event in Chepstow we came across this wonderful little pub. We were given a lovely welcome by the staff and all four of us enjoyed a great meal with good service. I must say that i tried 3 out of the 5 ales on offer and i have not tasted beer this good for a long time. A well run family pub with polite staff, good food and excellent Real Ale!! What more could you ask for? I will definetly be back again.
milkman - 21 Oct 2008 10:25
My Spelling was bad but you get the message!!
maddave - 16 Oct 2008 11:20
Ian, Nick and Sheila run what has gotta be the best pub in chepstow by far. What a wonderful reception you get every time you visit. Best beer gudie yet again, keep it up troops!!
maddave - 16 Oct 2008 11:19
On arrival at this pub (rec. by friends) I was pretty pleased to see a wide range of ales. The barmaid let us have a taster of each (5) before choosing which one to have and we ended up having all of them. We gave the scrumpy a miss. There was a decent enough bar menu, pies and sausages satisfied us. The pricing was pretty average (£2-55 for beer, £6 ish for food) and the service was good. As we were leaving we noticed a small beer garden at the back which seemed quite lively. We'd certainly return next time we are in this neck of the woods.
beersup - 1 Jul 2008 12:38
An early 19th Century 'Brains' tied pub. The interior and exterior are all good and in keeping with a pub of this age. I saw 3 'Brains' beers on tap and opted for the 'Reverend James'. I am pleased to say that when politely asked they removed the sparkler from the tap. It was a good well kept pint.

We decided to eat here as well, outside as our party of 4 had 2 smokers. There was a reasonable choice on the menu to cater for most tastes. The food arrived fairly swiftly and was enjoyed. Only critical points noted were the fancy plates the starters arrived on didn't seem in keeping with the pub. They were more what you would expect from a modern fancy 'A la Carte' type place. One steak which was ordered as 'medium' appeared as 'well done'.

Although review critical I would use this pub again and it did not spoil the night for us.


Love_good_ale - 6 Oct 2007 23:52
having been to chepstow for the rock festival i can only echo everybody's point of view. a truly great pub. really nice atmosphere and very good bar staff. the best pub in chepstow by a mile.
mph - 16 Jul 2007 10:55
We have managed to get into the Coach a few times now and its a pleasure each time. I particularly enjoyed the selection of beer on offer. We all enjoyed our food (steaks for us) and very reasonably priced. The two young ladies behind the bar were friendly and efficient. We did venture to some other nearby pubs but they were all a bit 'themed', thus we finished the evening back at the Coach. Why is this pub not in the Good Beer Guide?
dcraven - 10 Feb 2007 12:35
Best pub in Chepstow by far.
In fact the ONLY pub in Chepstow.
Fabulous choice of real ales all well kept and in perfect condition. Also excellent home cooking done by the landlords wife.
Her steak and kidney pies are superb.

Twm Sion Catti
rotter - 22 Jan 2007 13:57
Ooops got the wrong boozer, it's the pub on the corner just before the C&H, but every ones comments on the C&H are spot on. This is the pub I bring freinds who are on holiday from Scotland too. Great wee pub.
Muffthemajicdiver - 5 Nov 2006 11:41
I drink in the Coach every day of my life, and they do not serve spirits in 35ml measures. They do have a special price for 25ml double measures which my wife takes advantage of (too regularly).
The Coach is a lovely old place with a great mix of locals and tourists alike. THey also have two charming little dogs that run around like little loonies.
Lots of real ale on offer too.
rotter - 4 Nov 2006 12:24
It's the only pub in the area that point blank refuses to serve double spirits due to the fact that they are dispensed in 35ml's despite the fact thet there is a big sign that says spirits are dispensed in MULTIPLES of 35mls. A bit contradictory if you ask me.
Muffthemajicdiver - 26 Oct 2006 13:26
The "Coach" is the best pub in Chepstow. Can't really add more than that.... well O.K cracking beer and lots of it. Cracking atmospphere, food n prices.
anonymous - 18 Oct 2006 09:17
Have to say I've always enjoyed the pub when I have visited it. Had the luck to stumble on a beer festival at the end of July 2005 - all the beer I had was in decent nick. Looking forward to visiting it again this year.
nobbynobnob - 12 Jun 2006 17:37
I stayed at the coach last weekend and had a great time with some old pals. 5 real ales icluding Mordue 'radgie gadgie' and a westons hand-pull scrumpy.
The pub was cosy and fun and the staff were attentive.
The landlord kept on coming out of the kitchen with bowls of free sausages with mustard(!)
We wandered around town early evening but were soon back at the Coach and Horses (its the only 'real' pub in town)
marulatree - 1 Sep 2005 12:57
After reading a comment made before about the landlord im shocked. My wife and I stayed at the Coach and Horses and had a wonderful time. Exceptional beer and the food was damn decent too. My wife insisted on the scrumpy but I have to say the Rev. James was good and the Everards Tiger (my local brew) was superb. The young staff were very clued up to the beer tastes and that I think is very encouraging. If you do happen to be in Chepstow pop in. BTW, we were there for the racing.
henrifrog - 12 Jun 2005 20:04
Great beer and a truly unique atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely go back again.
It's like a little Africa ! ! !
mr_mojo_risin - 9 Jun 2005 13:57
traditional pub with good cask ales, decent enough food
friendly locals and bar staff are friendly too
saffer - 8 Mar 2005 13:36
ive been drinking in and around chepstow for the last few years and the coach really has just gotten better and better. i was in on the weekend and there were 6 cracking ales on and the landlord says hes keeping it that way. also me being a summer cider drinker he mentioned that he was getting a handpull cider on for the summer.
for such a traditional pub the music is very, very eclectic.....from jazz to strange african sounds, strange but pleasant
saffer - 8 Mar 2005 13:09
I discovered the Coach and Horses on my travels about 2 years ago. Since that time I only ever stop at the Coach and Horses when in South Wales. Cracking Pub, with a good friendly atmosphere and I've never had a dodgy pint yet. Open fires, fines ales, a good cooked breakfast to AND its reasonably priced. What more do you want ??? Its only yards from the Castle and is on the main road into Chepstow from the race course.... even I find it easily.
daz - 3 Mar 2005 15:18
Having booked a couple of rooms a week in advance, things were looking good. Arriving at the bar, the staff seemed helpful and quickly showed us to our rooms.
Waiting for friends we sampled a few pints from the bar, no problems here and were able to pay the whole lot with one card transaction. Then the fun began.

After venturing out into Chepstow, we tried to get back into the Coach and Horses and the UNGODLY hour of ten minutes past midnight. We found the door to be locked, on the door there was an 'after-hours' contact number, which I rang. with this I got mouthful of abuse from the Landlord and the phone promptly disconnected. I re-rang this number trying to explain that I was stopping there but once again, disconnected. As I didn't fancy spending a night in the rain and cold I rang the door bell, repeatedly, and eventually one irate landlord stormed thru' his bar and wrenched the front door open, shouting at us with another mouthful of language. When I eventually pointed out HIS notice on HIS door, he mumbled something and dissapeared off upstairs.

Apart from this, the C&H is a good little stopover in a nice little town but as for the landlord, I wouldn't give him the pleasure of Your custom, especially if you intend on leaving his pub to enjoy yourself.

Mac
BigMac - 14 Feb 2005 07:37
good range of ales, good staff, friendly locals
sally mcmunn - 9 Sep 2004 09:57

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