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The Coach & Horses in Leyton has had a big refurb and now that it’s officially re-opened, we popped on down to check it out. Admittedly, we didn’t visit the original incarnation but The Coach & Horses 2.0 looks very handsome, with its Victorian features having been nicely polished. The space is divided in two, with the pub and restored horseshoe bar in the front and a spacious dining room in the back.
Steve Wilson, who’s spent time at Daphne’s and Scott’s as well as being head chef at Hix Soho and Hix Oyster & Chophouse, is in charge of the kitchen and he’s taken pub grub up a notch here. His seasonal British menu features classics like Atlantic prawn cocktail and fish & chips – both of which came in very generous portions and were properly executed – as well as some more inventive plates. Deep fried courgette flower and kimchi isn’t a combo we’ve had before but the mix of crispy, soft and spicy went down a treat.
We also loved the beef suet pie with mash and liquor. The pastry was incredibly light but still big on flavour, and with a big dollop of mash, it’s ideal comfort food. The same goes for the desserts; the sticky toffee pudding comes out as a thick slab absolutely drenched in sauce just the way it should be.
Obviously as a pub, and an indpendent one at that, the bar is very well stocked. We went for wine with our dinner but the beer selection including a good range of local brews, is impressive and they’ve also got a tight cocktail list too. With its welcoming atmosphere, weekly events like live music and co-working days, and quality food, The Coach & Horses really is a neighbourhood local that you’ll want to come back to.
391 High Road, Leyton, E10 5NA