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“Has everything, except flavour.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Coach and Horses

Coach and Horses
183 London Road, Isleworth TW7 5BQ, England
02081 815627
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Ranked #9 of 37 Restaurants in Isleworth
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Description: Youngs pub
Isleworth, United Kingdom
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“Has everything, except flavour.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Living in Isleworth, I’ve tried the Coach & Horses quite a few times and desperately wanted it to be better. To have a good pub, with good food, just a few minutes stroll from home would have been great, but sadly it was not meant to be.

To their credit they’re clearly trying very hard. Attractive décor with “quirky touches”, tick. Interesting menu with elaborately titled dishes – tick. Amusing quotes stencilled onto the walls, tick. Good looking food – tick. Repeated assertions that they are “passionate about their food” and that they use only the “finest ingredients” – tick.

Unfortunately it ends there. The food is presented well, but it just doesn’t eat well. So far I’ve had an overpriced, undersized, overcooked steak. I’ve had a burger that was so overdone and dry that it was immediately sent back before being told by a staff member that it was somehow my fault that I wasn’t able to enjoy it as it was supposed to be cooked. I’ve had sausages and mashed potato that was so utterly devoid of any flavour that if I’d been blindfolded I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what I was eating. Friends and family have had similarly disappointing dishes.

And I’ve never ordered a drink at the bar without first being ignored by a staff member who was otherwise unoccupied. Is this the first lesson taught on day one at beer-pouring school?

I could be cynical and conclude that it is just a slick marketing exercise to flog cafe food at restaurant prices to people who should know better, but I think that would be untrue and I do believe their motives are pure. But rather they simply lack the skill and ability to deliver on what they promise and the end result is just another example of style over substance.

On the plus side, there are enough guests at the nearby Hilton looking for a slice of English pub culture and local middle-class families seeking a Sunday afternoon venue to host the kids and grandparents that the Coach & Horses will continue to enjoy their success and believe their own hype, and good luck to them.

On the down side, it means they will feel no commercial pressure to do better and picky buggers like me will need to look elsewhere for a decent meal.

Annies at Strand-on-the-Green is 2 miles away, similarly priced and light-years ahead in terms of quality and flavour.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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155 reviews 155 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Great venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Quite a long bus ride for me, but well worth the effort. Plenty of space,Huge free car park. Convenient for buses. They are so friendly and welcoming. Nothing too much trouble. Table nicely laid out for our meeting, coffee and breakfast. I will definitely be back

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great country pub”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This has become our favourite local pub. My girlfiend and I come here once every week or two. The food is great and the staff are fantastic! particularly the rib eye steak and the fish and chips.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Nice garden with good atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Nice to sit outside and 'specials' are always nice. Careful around lunchtime, can get very busy and food can take a long time to come out. However food was tasty, and very relaxed atmosphere. Good for punches with coleague sor friends

Visited September 2013
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Scotland
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Coach and Horses Great Food and Reasonable Prices!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

A work friend Recommended this place as we were staying a few nights local. What can. I say company expenses friendly, very reasonable prices and above par pub food.
Two of us has 2 rounds diet cokes, a beer, platter starter, chili con carne and butter chicken! Bliss however a bit annoyed we could not finish it as we enjoyed the started too much.
Lovely and the owner Shamoo I think was lovely also. Would def go back.
Recommended.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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