Pub of the week: The Coach & Horses

23 01 2013

It’s always cause for celebration when a new pub opens or an old pub reopens. Both occasions are rare these days in Bristol and across the UK, so it’s with open arms that Old Market should welcome the reappearance of the Coach & Horses on Gloucester Lane.

On Saturday afternoon when I visited, the new locals were in boisterous mood, with one Beatles fan putting Here Comes the Sun on the jukebox three times in half an hour.

There is a rugby theme in the decor, with framed national and team shirts on the walls decorated in green flowery wallpaper that dominates the colour scheme.

A flat screen television on one bit of wall free of shirts shows live sport in a resolutely traditional pub that serves some cider straight from the barrel. Ales on tap are Butcombe and Doom Bar, while a rack behind the bar displays a selection of wines.

This isn’t the easiest pub to find, somewhat marooned halfway between West Street and Lamb Street, from where it can be spied via the graffiti on the outside.

If you’re in BS2, it’s certainly worth a detour to the reopened Coach & Horses, not least to welcome a new pub with open arms.

The Coach and Horses, Old Market

The Coach & Horses, 25 Gloucester Lane, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0DP



4 responses

23 01 2013

One of my favourite pubs in Bristol. Tucked away, it’s a little gem!

23 01 2013

I was there on friday night and must say the live music was brilliant! Will definitely be revisting in the near future.

23 01 2013
Helen Lyon

Thanks Louise! Free live music will be returning this Friday for those that misssed out!

From The Coach & Horses

10 04 2013
David Harvey

1st visit for us last Friday – live music was excellent and pub in full party mode, we were greeted with a smile and the Thatcher’s cider went down really well.
Not sure what time we left but what a great visit, we will definitely be back

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