Norman's Coach and Horses

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29 Greek St, Westminster, London, England, W1 D5

London's first vegetarian pub. Normal pub, with an upstairs tea room serving vegetarian food. Free Wi-Fi. Note that English beer is sometimes filtered using isinglass (from fish bladder), as is other alcohol, so check barnivore.com to see which alcoholic drinks are veg. Otherwise, the food is vegetarian and vegan. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-12:00am, Sun 12:00pm-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Beer/Wine, British

71 Reviews

First Review by LilacHippy

was able to have the "London" experience - Edit

Cool speakeasy restaurant in a great local pub. Must try fish and chips! It really allowed me as a vegan to get some local food! Also, the staff is sooooooo kind. They really work hard to make sure everyone is happy.

Bonus: they have piano singalong night on Wednesday

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Lovely room upstairs and great tofush - Edit

I'm not sure why people aren't liking the tofush and chips. Had it three times now and love it. Tofu doesn't have much flavour, we know that, but then neither does cod, for those who remember it. The joy is the thick wedge of pale, light, fluffy, soft tofu with the sheet of yummy seaweed contrasting with the crisp thick batter that surrounds it. To have it marinated somehow would make it into a different dish. Nice chips and generous peas and great tartare sauce. I wish I could eat it again right now.

I would recommend going to the tea room upstairs - it's a lovely and tranquil oasis that is a hidden secret. It closes at 7pm but ideal for an early evening meal. Just ask at bar if you can go through as you are walking into their work space. Nice service once up there and they will fetch whatever drinks you want from the bar.

Go and support them - it's tasty food well done and you can have a nose at the Harry Potter queue next door at the theatre .

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Authentic British Pub....veganized - Edit

A lot of fun and nice atomosphere. The owner was so friendly.

I had the Tofush and Chips. I liked the idea but it. Could have been better if they used more kelp/nori/dulse to give it more taste. Maybe marinate the tofu instead of just putting it in there? But what do you get this for anyway? Deep fried goodness .

My wife had mushroom and leek pie with potatoes. Pretty tasty.

Pros: What? A vegan pub?, Atmosphere

Cons: Tofush could have been tastier

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Great UK pub food - Edit

I visited as a tourist to try the phish and chips and I ended up going back for lunch the next day for bangers and mash because I was pretty happy with my experience.

The phish and chips were pretty good (I've had better) but I think they could have included an extra piece of phish. However, as a tourist it was very nice to be able to find a traditional English pub that serves phish and chips in the middle of London. It's more about the experience. But the food was pretty good, too.

The next day I ordered the bangers and mash. They had a fancier name for it. It came with gravy and beetroot relish. It was really delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, the sausages weren't really sausages, they were more like fried veggie rissoles in the shape of sausages. Still, really nice! There was also a dashhound casually chewing a toy on the ground which was nice haha.

Pros: Yummy pub grub, Traditional English pub experience, Friendly staff

Cons: Phish and chips maybe could have improved slightly, The pub was a bit small (but all UK pubs are), Sausages could have been more "meaty"

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Novelty fish & chips in nice setting - Edit

I agree with the previous reviewer that the fish and chips dish is a bit of novelty thing. When I got there the pub was virtually empty indoors. I was asked if I wanted to sit in the tea room which is located past the bar(!) and up a flight of stairs. I think my experience had been quite different had I not found the tea room. It was quite a small room with several windows facing toward a bustling street with pretty porcelain and an old fireplace, very cute. The service was charming although not so attentive as more guests started to drop in.

The fish and chips served with green peas and a creamy sauce/dip tasted good. The "fish" had seaweed/nori paper to resemble the skin which was a bit weird but added to the otherwise flavourless block of deep-fried tofu (not marinated). It's definitely a novelty dish but as someone who used to enjoy the original it was fun to experience it.

Soho's Secret Tea Room, as the place is called, had one vegan cake on offer so I probably wouldn't go there specifically for afternoon tea. But it was nice to be able to order pub grub and enjoy it in a more lively and unique setting than down in the pub (early weekday afternoon).

Pros: Vegan pub food, Secret Tea Room, Inexpensive

Cons: Non-attentive staff

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only to try once - Edit

We went here excited to be in an English pub with vegan fish and chips. The service had zero personality, the atmosphere was the same. I'd recommend this place only for the novelty of vegan fish and chips (the 'fish' was surprisingly good - in the context of fried pub food) but certainly not as a great overall experience.

Pros: where else can you get vegan fish and chips

Cons: bland service and atmosphere.

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Only serves adults after 6 PM - Edit

We arrived shortly after 6 only to be told rather unfriendly that children (a thirteen year old) were not allowed even only upstairs for food. While I understand that children should not be in a pub as such other pubs allow children until later time in the evening. In any case, such a restriction should be stated on the website, it would have saved us a dissapointing trip half across London.

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Classic favorite - Edit

I go there everytime I'm in London! Its very central, the food is amazing and I would anytime rather eat at a pub than at a fancy hipster restaurant.

Cons: Its expensive but again London isn't cheap

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Excellent vegan fish supper - Edit

This was the first vegan 'fish' I've ever tried and having loved fish suppers before I was vegan I was desperate to try it. It did not disappoint. I just wish I lived in London so I could get it regularly. The setting is also a cool old school style pub bang in the heart of London.

Pros: Tasty

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great traditional pub food but veggie / vegan - Edit

Had a lovely meal here with an omni.

I had the tofish and chips with peas and tartar aauce. Vegan. Pretty yum and comforting.
Omni friend had to admit he lived his veg burger.

We ate upstairs in retro tea area but with beer / wine.

Will defo visit again

Pros: all veggie, lots vegan, v central but chilled and not chaotic

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Nice decor, okay food - Edit

The bar itself is very cute. The food however was a bit bland, especially the 'fish': it was just one massive block of tofu with a tiny bit of seaweed taste. The chips are, for London standards, rather good though.

Pros: nice atmosphere

Cons: bland vegan fish n chips

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Excellent service - Edit

Well. This is a total dive of a pub. Straight from the 70s. However the food was good and the service nothing short of fantastic. Grub took a while to come but the barmaid more than made up for that.

Pros: Good beers , reasonable choice

Cons: Not changed since the 70s.

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Die Idee ist gut... - Edit

Leider habe ich auch hier in meinen paar Tagen in London die Erfahrung gemacht....geht zu den Asiaten vegan essen...

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Kitchen always closed ??? - Edit

We came twice, on two different days. Everytime we were told : "the kitchen is closed". So... what's the interest in having this pub on Happy Cow if we can't eat there ?

However, the atmosphere seems nice.

Pros: Nice pub atmosphere

Cons: Kitchen closed

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Never open and been here 4 times to try! - Edit

Hearing about this place, and the food it serves every time we find ourselves in the area we try to go for dinner here.

We have now been four times to no avail, firstly the place was being refurbished, then closed for a private function and then the other times we were told it was just closed on that particular day.

Would really like to try here, but due to past experiences we not be going out of our way to try sadly.

Cons: Never open

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Secret tea room? More like a secret vegetarian pub! - Edit

*Original review August 2013:

The restaurant is a little odd - you can't just walk upstairs, the bar staff have to call ahead and ask, then you wait and get waved up.

I didn't get the fish and chips because I had read really bad reviews on here, so I decided just to get a starter and eat somewhere else later - the summer menu looked that lame. They didn't have the Sunday roast which is why we went there on a Sunday in the first place.

I got the beetroot ravioli which was TINY and very expensive, only about four little pieces of ravioli. My partner had the burger and chips which was very nice.

For dessert we had the chocolate mousse which had orange on the bottom. It was far too dark in cocoa.

The service was very slow and we had to keep asking for our little jug of water to be topped up.


*Updated review February 2017:

WTF is the secret tea room? Came back to this place and it has been turned into the "secret tea room". We had to ask if they were still doing the vegetarian pub food because they just handed us the tea room menu.

We had come here another day previously and even though they opened at 11, they said they wouldn't be serving lunch until 2. So double check they are actually serving food if you're coming for lunch.

I ordered the tofish and chips which came with an absurd amount of peas that weren't even hot. As other reviewers have stated, it is just tofu covered in batter, but it still tastes pretty good with the tartare sauce. However if you're expecting delicious vegan "fish", you'll be disappointed.

My partner ordered the sausages and enjoyed them.

When we asked about the vegan options, there was only one vegan option, even though there were heaps of cakes on display. We ordered this option, the chocolate cake, and it was nice but nothing amazing. They need more vegan dessert options!

Cons: Not many vegan dessert options, Have to specifically request the pub food

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No taste in Tofush and Chips - Edit

Today I visited this Pub and ordered the Vegan Version of Fish and Chips they offer and unfortunately there was no flavor at all in the dish.
I was very happy to have the chance to try this Pub´s meals but got dissapointed.

Pros: Location in Soho, Good Beer, Can watch football games on TV

Cons: Food quality es poor, Price vs Quality, Time to be served

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fish and chips - Edit

Fish and chips.
When in London you just have to!
I ate upstairs in the tearoom. Ask for that, it can be really crowdy in the pub. Good atmosphere.
The chocolat cake as a dessert was to much.
I was stuffed. Drinks are nice.
Different sorts of chairs. Pick wisely

Pros: fish and chips, good drinks

Cons: not all chairs are compfy, you have to ask for a Seat and if they are full it

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Great pub food in central London - Edit

I tried the famous tofush & chips and it was really good, served in big portions
The restaurant i cosy but very small and would need to be "refreshed" as the furniture is a bit old...
But really nice food and staff, I recommand this place!

Pros: Location, Big portions

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So disappointing - Edit

The staff were rude. The food was terrible. I got the famous fish and chips, a big waste of "£12. The fishconsisted of literally a giant giant cuboid of unflavoured tofu, in batter. It was pretty rubbish, but ok at first, after a few mouthfuls though, me and my friend had definitely had enough. The chips weren't cooked and they didn't have any sauces. The staff were a bit rude. Definitely not going back

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-21

Cons: Bad food, Expensive, Slightly rude staff

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JavierJaen 12 Mar 2017 - Today I tried the Tofush and Chips and I think I have never eaten anything with less flavor in my whole live. Very dissapointed :(


 


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not currently doing food - Edit

Travelled over London to try this place & they aren't currently doing food. They also didn't reply to my Facebook messages which would have saved the wasted visit.

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nice pub food, except it's just tofu and not "tofish" - Edit

we were really excited to have some proper pub food, and it would be my girlfriend (the lifelong veggie)'s first ever "fish" and chips. overall it wasn't bad, but one thing must be said: "Tofish" is just a block of tofu with a nori sheet, battered and fried. it's just bland tofu, which is just not very tasty. if you don't mind this, you'll love the dish, but we were a bit disappointed - i've had chinese (seitan and seaweed based) "fish" which is way better. the pub atmosphere makes up for it a bit though, and the chips and tartar sauce were good.

Pros: pub food, pub atmosphere

Cons: just tofu, not fishy enough

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Tofish and Chips! - Edit

they have a vegan version for the traditional London fish and chips, made with tofu and seaweed

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wow! - Edit

This is my first time visiting London as a vegan, and I can say that London is very accommodating. I loved Coach and Horses for having traditional English pub fare. The tofush (tofu wrapped in seaweed that's breaded and fried) and chips were amazing. The vegan tartar sauce that came with it was superb. Hope I can come back before my visit is over and try the sausage and mash. Yum!

Pros: vegetarian pub, vegan options marked on menu, English pub fare!

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the best vegan friendly pub in town - Edit

The home of tofush and chips!

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Best pub ever - Edit

I couldn't believe to be in such a traditional English pub, and be offered a menu of vegetarian and vegan options. We tried Tofush and chips and Sausage and mash, both delicious. Definitely the best pub in town!

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Vegan food in historic British pub! - Edit

Having vegan fish 'n chips was very delightful and delicious. Although, it my first time having minty peas which turns out I don't really care for, but that's a personal taste thing, and everything else was excellent! My partner had a veggie burger and I had a taste of the onion rings on it and they were really good too.

Food aside, there is an upstairs area to the pub area that is more set up like a restaurant. We ate downstairs in the pub though, and very much enjoyed the atmosphere there.
The foods gets brought down down from the upstairs via dumb waiter which we found very delightful.

Pros: All vegan food is marked, Friendly service, Great atmosphere

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