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The Coach is an independent pub and garden with good European food. Established in 1790, it has been the heart of the lively Clerkenwell community for generations. Lovingly restored, and with a menu from chef-restaurateur Henry Harris, it’s a warm and welcoming place to eat, drink and unwind.

The Pub

An old-fashioned neighbourhood pub, The Coach serves highly drinkable ales and draught lagers from independent or family-run breweries like Timothy Taylor, Portobello Brewery, Thornbridge and Stiegl. Henry and the team have compiled a list of wines that they enjoy drinking, balancing familiar Old World names with some new and interesting producers. We also offer grower Champagnes and a selection of cocktails and sharpeners.

With leather banquettes, an oak-panelled bar, and interior designed by Liana Braune who also selected the artworks throughout the building, The Coach has bundles of charm. If you’re feeling peckish, there are bar snacks, sausage rolls by the inch, and other good things.

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 7:30-11pm

(Bookings taken from 7:30am and until 10am, from 12pm until 3pm Monday to Thursday, from 12pm until 4pm Friday, and from 6pm until 10pm Monday to Friday)

Saturday: from 11am until 11pm

(Bookings taken from 12pm until 3pm and from 6pm until 10pm)

Sunday: 12pm–10pm

(Bookings taken from 12pm until 4pm)

The Dining Rooms

“Henry Harris is widely regarded as the best French chef with the decency to be British”
Tim Hayward, The Guardian

Henry Harris, the chef-restaurateur behind Racine, brings his passion for French cooking to The Coach. Through careful sourcing of good seasonal ingredients, he has put together a great menu of bistro and restaurant classics. Expect signature dishes such as grilled rabbit, mustard sauce and smoked bacon; onglet, frites and aoli; and steak tartare, while on Sundays, it's the turn of his traditional roast.

Flooded with natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows, the Back Room is an intimate space in which to enjoy your meal. It opens onto the Garden, a rather nice spot for lunch or an early dinner on warmer days. Upstairs, the Dining Room is 1920s-inspired, south-facing, and seats 40 covers. For private dining, we also have the elegantly-appointed Blue Room.

For reservations call 020 3954 1595, email, or click below. Please note that the Garden is for walk-ins only.

*If you are unable to make a reservation online, please call us and we will do our best to accommodate you*.

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Events & Private Dining

Whether it's a wedding reception, a corporate function, or a royal knees-up, our team go out of their way to attend to every last detail of your event. For private dining, we offer the Blue Room, an art-filled space with 1920s accents seating up to 10 guests. On a grander scale we suggest the Dining Room on the first-floor, or the atmospheric Back Room and the Garden. AV equipment is available on request.

Choose from our sample menus, or we can design something exactly to your liking — it could be a Champagne and canapé reception, a wine tasting, or any other idea you care to discuss with us.

For more information and prices please email


The Coach is the perfect venue for a range of Christmas celebrations, with our first floor and Blue Room available for exclusive use. Our events menus can be viewed through the link below; please email

We'll also be open for Christmas day lunch, with a suitably festive menu from Henry Harris, priced at £65 for four courses. The menu can be viewed through the link below, please call 020 3954 1595 for bookings.

Our Christmas and New Year opening hours are:

December 24th: reservations from 12 noon until 4pm; bar open until 8pm

December 25th: reservations from 12 noon until 2:30pm; bar open until 6pm

December 26th: reservations from 12 noon until 4pm; bar open until 8pm

December 31st: reservations from 12 noon until 11pm; bar open until 1am



The Coach is now open for breakfast, Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 10am.


The Coach has bedrooms for those wishing to stay the night. Overlooking the cobbled Clerkenwell backstreets, the 12m2 rooms have been individually designed by Liana Goatman (Museum of Everything). Mid-century modern furniture and striking industrial-style windows separating the en suites bathrooms. The bedrooms feature home comforts including king-size bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, flat-screen television, air conditioning and wi-fi.

For availability and prices please call us on 020 3954 1595 or email

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The year was 1790 when John Simmons, a victualler and coachmaster, opened an alehouse in London's notorious Hockley-in-the-Hole. The premises had once adjoined a Bear Garden that provided such amusements as bear baiting and cockfighting. Rumours that the landlord kept the bears in his cellar until one day his ladder slipped and he met a grisly end are unconfirmed. But it is true that that a travelling case inscribed with the name R. Turpin was discovered on the premises. Could the highwayman Dick Turpin have forgotten it after one too many?

The Coach has always been a sanctuary for an eclectic clientele, from the thieves and nightingales of Hockley-in-the-Hole, to the Neapolitans and Calabrians who transformed the area into Little Italy a century later. In more recent times it is architects, designers and over-caffeinated journalists who have engaged in some gentle baiting over a pint – though with no bears anywhere in sight.