Pub of the week: The Coach & Horses

2 01 2013

The Coach & Horses is in the middle of what is the most concentrated grouping of pubs in Bristol. Within the space of a 100-yard radius around it, there is the Beaufort Arms, the Red Lion, the Port of Call and the King’s Arms; the latter two virtually sharing a beer garden.

Each of these five pubs has their unique charms: the Beaufort Arms for cider, the Red Lion for wine, the King’s Arms for students.

They are situated in what sometimes feels like a secret part of the city. Much of this area is accessed down very steep streets; a reminder that there used to be a quarry here, hence the name of one of the steep streets: Quarry Steps.

The Coach & Horses is located in Highland Square, which is now used as a car park for cars rather than coaches and their horses at what was once a staging post for coaches on the Bristol to Gloucester service via Henleaze and Filton.

Inside, however, there is a dog the size of a small horse in a very welcoming pub that once sheltered my cousin for a few hours when I accidentally locked her out of the little cottage we shared on nearby Richmond Dale.

Other than the King’s Arms, it’s the largest of this group of BS8 hostelries and an ideal starting part if this month’s Dryathlon is not for you and you want to discover new pubs.

Coach & Horses

The Coach & Horses, 2 Highland Square, Clifton, Bristol BS8, 2YB. 0117 974 5176.



3 responses

2 01 2013

Great pub. Used to to visit regularly when I lived just off Worral Road. I miss it now I’m SOTR!

2 01 2013
Maike Albus

Hi there,

all the posts are so interesting and brilliant to read. Inspiring stuff out there.

A while back a post came through about a small cosy ‘restaurant’ which was also a bit of an art cafe if I rightly remember. A couple(?) or just one man made ‘homemade’ Sun. roast in a homely laid back atmosphere..? It was somewhere on Whiteladies Road if I remember correctly? We’d love to pass by there, unfortunately I deleted the post and my memory is no good at all…

Please can you help?

Many thanks, Maike and Sal.

2 01 2013

I think you probably mean the St Werburgh’s Sunday Roast Club:

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