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Coach and Horses, Barnes

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2nd pub on Saturday afternoon that I visited near Barnes Bridge.

This is a nice and friendly Young's pub, with a real old fashioned feel about it. Amazing stained glass windows and wood paneling.

3 ales on hand pump, Twickenham Naked Ladies, Young's Bitter & Special....also Addlestone's cider.

There is a large outside area to the rear with a courtyard and a separate restaurant called the jug and bottle.

Friendly enough pub.
lezford - 3 Feb 2014 16:10
I agree with comments about the music. It's Crap, too loud and generally annoying. Beer ok, food just so unreliable it really isn't worth the risk.
IKBrunel - 18 Sep 2013 12:48
Its pretty rough and ready and yet it makes a pretty good job of it. Big garden at the back and whilst the bar is pretty small and the loos even smaller it certainly does a pretty good job.
NLBS - 2 Apr 2013 14:28
Went for a pre-dinner drink last night, and sat outside as inside was gloomy and depressing.

Unfortunately, outside was worse - no one had cleared or cleaned the tables, the bunting was lying around broken, the place was totally uncared for, the staff were uninterested and the piped music was the last thing that we wanted.

You would imagine in a catchment area like this that a pub would be able to thrive only by being at the top of its game, but obviously note. What a sad tale of mediocrity, and how the English seem to accept it.
F100PYL - 17 Jun 2012 18:05
A gem. But if you must have music in a tiny pub, why not have somewhere in the tiny pub where it's quiet, then you would be able to see if people liked it or found it f***I** annoying. Or just put a speaker behind the bar and nowhere else so the children can tell how loud it is.
IKBrunel - 15 Apr 2012 11:59
Creaky old place, certainly not lacking in character. Barman took about 20 minutes to make a cup of coffee... maybe it was the first time anyone had actually asked him for one. Beer was fine. Great big beer garden outside. Dog-friendly which is nice.
followedthrough - 29 Aug 2011 12:02
I was barman here in 2002. Amazing place. We kept the tv off unless for cricket or F1, even then no sound. No music. The locals are amazing. It's like stepping back in time. There's a fishmonger, cheesemaker, poet (Love and miss you Andy), and a quality slelection of film producers,musicians, artists, antique shop owners, and everything in between. the landlady at the time is dear to us. She was a goddess. The best part of the experience was having my pic taken with Sir John Young behind the bar, both of us holding pints. A true gent. He told me the coach was his favourite of all his establishments.
Enjoy the calm class this pub affords. It's rare.
bfmount - 20 Apr 2011 02:28
A friendly local in Barnes serving the usual range of Wells & Youngs beers. Youngs Ordinary & Special plus Wells Bombardier and Banana Bread Beer were the choice yesterday. The pub is a single cosy bar with wood panelling and exposed brickwork. Etched glass behind the bar and stained glass windows at the front are nice features. Toilets are outdoors and across the courtyard. The only drawback was the prices. £4.75 for a bottle.
blue_scrumpy - 20 Feb 2011 12:51
Friendly, welcoming, good well-kept beer. Good pub fare for food
gb11 - 6 Oct 2010 10:25
An old fashioned boozer and the better for it as others have said. Well managed now, with well kept beer. No music and this is the kind of place for a quiet and convivial evening. The garden is also surprisingly extensive and there is a good room available for hire out the back.

Yeast Man will be pleased to hear the etched glass back window has now been restored and looks good.
SirNorfolkPassmore - 13 Jul 2010 11:56
New landlord/landlady as of mid December 2009, from the Thatched House in Hammersmith.
Always been a friendly pub, still is.
No room inside for the loos, also listed building so limited choice about position of loos. No music, which means that customers can even talk to each other; ain't that a novel idea ?
Looking forward to Burn's night on 23rd.
johnbellringer - 10 Jan 2010 00:43
A venerable local boozer, rumoured to be threatened with "improvement". Last manageress tried to get rid of the old clientele and get bright new customers but only succeeded with the first part of the plan. Scatter cushions, candles and toffees on the bar, pink walls, all bollocks. Hopefully the Coach will carry on doing what it does best, being a proper pub.
BruceEllis - 20 Dec 2009 08:21
How anyone under the age of ninety can like this hole beats me, still, judging by some of the revews below, some people must like it. Newsflash !! Outside toilets are not quaint, it means your landlord is too tight to reinvest some of his takings and look after his clientelle.
barracudda - 2 Aug 2009 01:35
They had the usual range of young’s ales on. I had the Special, which was fine. There’s lots of dark wood that gives it an old feel. The wood panelling looks original, as does the etched and cut glass screen behind the bar, and the leaded windows in the main bar and door look pretty ancient as well. I couldn’t agree more with the previous reviewer who deplores the loss of original features that only serves to diminish the essential character of a pub. Unfortunately Young’s do not have a good reputation in this respect.

However, this remains an excellent pub. It’s pretty comfortable inside, although as a traditionalist I rather think that they have overdone it with all the cushions everywhere. There is a surprisingly large beer garden at the (surprising for such a small-fronted pub) which boasts an ice cream parlour that opens between 3 and 6 PM. This is a good pub – probably the best in Barnes.
RexRattus - 11 Jul 2009 17:19
This is a proper old fashioned English pubs pub. Nice friendly atmosphere without any pretentiousness.
Pints of good Young's Beer topped to the brim of the glass by very efficient and attentive bar staff and plenty of seating outside in their lovely garden. You can usually find a seat inside too.
My only criticism is the disposal/selling off of some beautiful original features such as the granite runners that were laid through the main entrance for the drays deliveries of yesteryear and a lovely etched/cut glass back window which has long gone. A sad and irreplaceable loss of this Young's pubs heritage.


YEASTMANCARRUTHERS - 11 Jul 2009 09:30
Loved it.

Really good family day out after a nice stroll along the river! great food and the ice cream was to die for.. epic!

the landlady aint bad either, service with a beautiful smile.

why does the garden have to close at eleven though? MISSED OPPURTUNITY!!!!????

Also, last summer the pub used to be open until 12 daily, not impressed with the coach following in suit with all the other pubs in the area by closing early. lets start a petition?, but job well done for all the changes that have been made since the last landlady.
grahamparker - 3 Jul 2009 03:27
This is a very friendly boozer and from my experiences of the other local pubs I will concur with the general consensus that this is the best pub in the area.

Youngs Ordinary and Special were on during my visit along with Tribute, Bombardier, Scrumpy Jack, Fosters, Kronenburg and Guinness. The Bombardier was on good form as was the barmaid.

Although the pub is very small it has a large well kept beer garden with children’s play area at the rear which leaves the pub for the adults and their boozing.

This is a beer drinker’s pub – and a very good one at that.
Strongers - 7 Oct 2008 13:33
Lovely garden, friendly staff and excellent BBQ. Probably the best pub in Barnes.
dan76uk - 30 Jun 2008 10:35
My first pint was Bombadier, not impressed. It had that yeasty taste indicating far from clean pipes, a great pity as it can be an excellent pint. The Youngs Ordinary was very moorish. Just before the end of my second pint my female companion spotted a small rodent in the garden busying itself 'hoovering' up crumbs from under the tables. It was a bit too big to be a mouse and bit too small to be anything more than a very young rat!

The lady 'manager' seemed very pleasant and assured us that the disposal people had been summoned. Probably won't put us off long time but we'll give them a month to sort things out before our next visit.
cookian - 2 Jun 2008 15:12
Bit of a gem in Barnes, very individual. Beer garden nice in the summer, although I'm generally lamenting the disappearance of Young's Pilsner as a superlative thirst quencher in the warmer months. This is the fault of Young's rather than the Coach though.

Scouse rat-tailed pop poet Roger McGough often spotted in here. Always tempted to ask him about the Beatles and GRIMMS but generally looks like he'd rather be left alone.
hexenductionhour - 3 May 2008 11:43
First visit yesterday afternoon from yours truly since the change of tenant ( Lesley having now gone to The Buckingham Arms ).

This is still a fine traditional quiet pub. Sadly it was short of customers yesterday afternoon, because it's a Sky Sports free pub, so they weren't showing Chelsea - Arsenal.

It's still the best pub in Barnes in my book, perhaps better visited in Summer because of the splendid large garden at the rear.

And it's still, as far as I'm aware, the only Youngs pub with outside toilets - unless of course YOU know differently


JohnBonser - 25 Mar 2008 13:31
my local for a month or so when i was living just near by, brill the girls are great and friendly behind the bar and the home cooked food (a rare thing these days) is great it steak night on tuesdays and chilli on fridays with a quiz on mondays (yes i was there a lot) food prices are not to bad either and the beer is well kept and tastes great the ale doesn't look to bad either. They have a great garden to huge for a pub the size it is!! Since im only moving 20 mins away im definatly making the trip at least once a week!! Plus they have the rudby on!!!
star1 - 23 Feb 2008 18:38

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