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15th November 2019


One of Soho’s oldest pubs has undergone a major restoration – including reviving its original name the Coach and Horses.

The Grade II Listed pub, located on the corner of Old Compton Street and Charing Cross Road, dates back to 1731. It was known as the Coach and Horses until its name was changed in 1996 to Molly Moggs, then to Compton Cross in 2017.

Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame purchased the pub in April this year, and has restored its original name of Coach and Horses as part of a major refurbishment programme which was completed last week.

Work included refurbishing the bar and redecorating throughout, with care taken to preserve its traditional feel, including personalised mirrors and tiled walls. Outside, the pub has been repainted and a bespoke swing sign added, along with hand-painted gold lettering down the corner of the building.

Open every day, a warm welcome is guaranteed from the pub’s friendly team. The pub is managed by Lisa Jones, who already manages the nearby George in Soho for Shepherd Neame.

She said: “The Coach and Horses is a beautifully restored, traditional pub in the heart of London. It has been refurbished to a very high standard and already customers are pouring in. All day long there’s a nice, vibrant atmosphere to the pub and, given where we are located, we are attracting a really diverse range of customers, including locals, after work drinkers and theatregoers.”

Customers can choose from a wide selection of cask ales and lagers, along with a carefully selected wine list and traditional spirits.

Anyone wishing to demonstrate their vocal talents can head along to the free weekly karaoke session which takes place from 4pm every Sunday.

Nigel Bunting, Shepherd Neame’s director of pub operations said: “We were delighted to add this unique pub to our growing London portfolio and are really pleased with the result of our refurbishment project. The pub looks fantastic, and we are confident that this investment will ensure it goes from strength to strength.”

The Coach and Horses is open from 11am to 11pm Monday to Thursday, 11am to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 12 noon to 10.30pm on Sunday.

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