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.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Beer/Wine, British

Reviews (61)

First Review by LilacHippy

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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Loved it! - Edit

Great typical English pub.
Tofush and chips were amazing would recogment them to everyone.
Would def. come back next time I'll be in London.

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Very Disappointing - Edit

I ordered the bean burger (£11 and chips were an extra £4.50!!!) and my friend ordered a salad. The bean burger was pretty bland and over priced although the onion rings were pretty good. The salad was a bit of a joke, salad leaves, thin slices of beetroot, some pine nuts and not much else. There was no dressing and when my friend asked for some, he was merely brought some malt vinegar. Perhaps we were misguided with our orders and that there are some better things on the menu, but I shan't be back any time soon.

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loved it :) - Edit

Been meaning to try here for ages and finally made it! But if a tatty old fashioned pub, but that's the kind of charm in it. All vegetarian/vegan with most of the menu having a vegan option. I had the tofish and it was awesome. It had a nori sheet through the batter which made it actually taste like fish! Kind of odd at first but it tasted really good! I hate mushrooms but my boyfriend had the portobello mushroom burger and thought it was great too. Chips were nice and there was vegan coleslaw, tartare sauce and even home made ketchup :) will be back!

Pros: great food , quirky , central

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Classic English pub with Vegetarian Kitchen - Edit

Love both the (very informal) atmosphere of this place and the food (a veggie take on typical English pub food). The Tofush and chips is great!

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Not Satisfied - Edit

I have been to a lot of pubs ,that are not necessary vegan but serve vegan-vegetarian food.This one was the worst and it felt so bad,because it served only vegan-vegetarian ,so the expectations were high!

The food was overpriced,for what it was,not tasty and small portions.The place was dirty and the staff was in their own world!
When you charge 11ish pounds for a burger,you have certain standards!

Pros: All vegan

Cons: tasteless food, dirty space, not helpful staff

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Tofush and Chips! A must try in London - Edit

OK I have been to other veggie pubs in the UK (there are a number of them) it's not as good as some but it's a start. The Tofush and Chips was fantastic :) However the place needs a bit of a tart up as it is a bit grubby round the edges. Well worth a visit if your in the area. I would give this place a 3.5 but as I can't and it's not really 4 'cow' grade will keep it at 3 'cow'

Pros: Tofush and chips!

Cons: Grubby and scruffy pub

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Must visit when in London! - Edit

As a vegan being in the UK for the first time, I of course had to try the Tofush and chips here. We were seated in the dining room upstairs as downstairs was already full on a saturday evening. The meal was great, friendly service and a cosy atmosphere. Afterwards we went down to the pub again where a seriously great guy was singing and playing the piano, abd everyone sang along, we stayed for a while!

Pros: Real pub experience downstairs, Great afterparty

Cons: Upstairs not really pub-like ;-)

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Pioneers!!! - Edit

I love it that a good ol' British pub has veggie!!! Bravo! Vegan options. See you again soon!

Pros: Pioneers , Typical British pub experience, Thank you!!!

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Great - Edit

Authentic vibe with heaps of locals. Amazing place for the "London pub experience". The fish and chips were fantastic!!

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fun to try vegan fish n chips once - Edit

Don't know if we'd be back, but fun for vegans to have classic British pub experience complete with fish and chips. Arrived late for lunch, easy to find table, had to order at the bar. Vegan mayonnaise is incredible and saved meal from being too dull. Wish peas were mushy.
Updated from previous review on Friday July 17, 2015

Pros: Vegan option for pub food!, Classic pub experience, Mayonnaise

Cons: Peas and fries a bit bland, Smells like classic pub, Texture of tofu block

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