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

80 Reviews

First Review by LilacHippy

Not great for vegans - Edit

Only one vegan meal (tofish and chips) which wasn’t that nice. Was a pretty grim environment too, very worn and the toilets were gross.

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My favorite place in London - Edit

I just love love love the food! It is very delicious. Their gravy is amazing and pies are out of this world. Great for a cold day, great comfort food. Highly recomend!

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Fish and chips okay - Edit

I got the fish and chips and I must admit I wasn't overwhelemed - it wasn't overly fishy and felt just like a solid block of battered tofu. The tartar sauce and peas were nice. A friend got the onion rings which were really good. I prefer the tofish at Loving Hut, the Brook, and elsewhere.

The ambience was a bit flat. However, the staff were absolutely lovely.

Pros: Staff, Location

Cons: Taste, Ambience

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Coach & Horses Pub / Secret Tearoom - Edit

Pub
Veggie pub the Coach and Horses has several vegan options on their main menu - tofish n chips and several different pies with mash n gravy. The tofish n chips is excellent, really good batter and sauce. The pie n mash is great comfort food. Fillings such as leek, mushroom and chestnut / chilli bean / goulash. A couple of vegan choices of gravy too - we had very tasty mustard gravy. You can also get sides like onion rings - recommended!

Norman's Coach and Horses has a long history of association with Private Eye and boozy journalists - Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell is set there. Traditional tatty pub feel but with cartoons and memorabilia from the magazine and the play. It has a nice feel. There are a couple of cats in residence - it was sweet to see the humans in the busy pub searching for seats but happily leaving the ones claimed by the cats alone.

Secret Tearoom
You have to ask about the Tearoom and the entrance is behind the bar. It's a good idea to book in advance, particularly if you want to go at the weekend. You have to go upstairs where there is a vintage tearoom theme, including the music, which is cute. However, the service was incredibly slow and disorganised, even though they weren't busy, so don't go if you are in a hurry.
If they had been able to offer a whole vegan cream tea we'd definitely have ordered it but the only vegan thing they had was one cake, so we just had tea and cake - don't know why they don't provide a vegan option on the whole cream tea as that would be great and their downstairs offer is very vegan-friendly. The tea and cake were great, very rich chocolate and coconut cake and a good pot of tea (they have a massive range of teas).

Updated from previous review on 2014-05-12

Pros: Gorgeous comforting pub food!, Atmosphere and character

Cons: Secret tearoom service v slow, Secret tearoom should have vegan cream tea option

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good food - Edit

Food was nice, i had the goulash pie, mash and gravy, I throughly enjoyed it! My boyfriend enjoyed his ‘fish’ and chips! Brilliant food! Although when we arrived they didn’t have all of the food options, though we did go later on a sunday so this could explain why! Wouldn’t go here if you’re looking for somewhere more fancy

Pros: good food, chilled atmosphere

Cons: female toilets had no loo seats, needs a bit of a renovation

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Delicious! - Edit

Been here many times when I’ve visited London just so I can get my tofush and chips fix! The menu has changed recently (don’t worry, the tofush is still available!) but there’s less gluten free options than there used to be.
The two cats who live here, Earl and Grey, are beautiful, fluffy and friendly!

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pleasantly average. - Edit

This place is okay. Granted the tofish and chips is literally a massive block of unseasoned, tasteless tofu. It’s okay. The pie is good. Please note this is a pub first, seats are limited.

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horrible - Edit

Went here for an event I was hosting. The staff was so incredibly rude and messed up my reservation. I asked them if they could leave a sign for the rest of my group telling them where I would be they looked at it then tore it up in my face. Will never be going back there!

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Tasty and convenient - Edit

For those of you not in the know, this restaurant is literally across the street from where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is put on. They start serving food at 5 which is perfect for going in between parts of the show.
Solid vegan chilli short-crust pie and mashed potatoes. Servers definitely slow and kind of quiet/kept to themselves, but very nice people.
Bonus points for having two adorable cats running free in the building!

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Solid food - Edit

Good value for money

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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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