As there are so many questions about gastropubs in London, I thought I'd start a thread. :-)
Anyway, I went to the Coach and Horses in Farringdon at the weekend. I was intrigued to go, because it was my local years ago when I was a student at the London College of Printing, and it was pretty grotty. It was "gastrofied" a few years ago now, and is apparently the unofficial canteen of Guardian journalists (who've decamped from The Eagle - how fickle!).
Anyway, it was pretty quiet, being a rainy Saturday night in August, but we enjoyed the food. There were lots of things I wanted to try - always a good sign. After much deliberation I plumped for mussels cooked in garlic, sherry and cream which were sweet and delicious, with not a touch of grit in sight. The accompanying chips were soft on the inside, crispy on the inside and a green salad was appropriately dressed and simple. My friend really liked her salmon fishcakes. I'm not really a pudding person, but I shared an apple tart with my sweet-toothed friend (I only got a couple of mouthfuls!) and it was a good version of an old favourite. The wine list has a "special offers and bin ends" section, from which we had a good value, soft French red.
All in all, a pretty decent meal, and probably better that The Eagle, which is rather resting on its laurels these days. Pretty fairly priced too. I'd go back.
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