ongterm readers will know that we were huge fans of the formerly spearmint-green Coach and Horses, most notably the Wednesday Blues Jam nights, a truly bohemian and riotous affair that ran for nearly a decade.
So it was pretty rubbish when we read that the new owners of the Coach had kicked them out and banned the brilliantly lively weekly sessions. Really?
And then the 1863 pub – like so many others in E10 and E11 – closed for four months before it began its long road to refurbishment, the idea being to restore it, inevitably, to its Victorian heyday.
The good news? Finally the job is done, with horseshoe bar sanded down and repolished, garden swanked up, and posh new food offering, with its focus on small and large seasonal British plates, from head chef Steve Wilson.
Local suppliers will obviously feature heavily, including our absolute east London faves Signature Brewery and East London Brewery.
The pub opens on 17th July, with – bargain-hunters, alert – 50% off food until 22nd July. So now, how about we get the Blues Jam boys back in place, people?
In the meantime, you can catch the talented trio weekly (next date 16th July) at the Ex-Serviceman’s Club in Leytonstone. Woop.