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The Coal Hole

#2,797 of 18,479 Restaurants in London
$$ - $$$, British,
91-92 Strand, London WC2R 0DW, England
+44 20 7379 9883
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good48%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“fish and chips” (58 reviews)
“pies” (39 reviews)
“mash” (11 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
91-92 Strand, London WC2R 0DW, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good banter. The drinks menu was subliminal me . We popped in on our way to another restaurant and my partner wanted to sample s local pint and put his feet upMore

Thank Caroline902
General Manager A, Manager at The Coal Hole, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Caroline, Thanks for the 5 stars. We are so happy you enjoyed our variety of drinks including over 20 gins and 15 different cask and craft beers. Please pop back soon to escape the hustle and bustle of the West End...and so your hubby...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Eat early evening as the bar was very close to the theatre we had booked. My wife had the mac cheese which she said was very good. I had one of your great pies ( the cheese one) which was excellent and very enjoyable. Service...More

Thank s1151
General Manager A, Manager at The Coal Hole, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi S1151, Thank you for your excellent 5 star review. We appreciate all feedback and are so happy you enjoyed your meals and the service. Please hurry back and see us as we have a daily pie list that includes Chicken and brie or Lentil...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped in for a beer prior to going to dinner at a nearby restaurant. I had been here before and really enjoyed it. It was a Bank Holiday Monday, 5:30 PM and the bar was not very busy. The service was ok, could have...More

Thank Sail2fun
General Manager A, Manager at The Coal Hole, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Sail2fun, Thank you for the review and we are glad you enjoyed your pint and will pop back...for one or two...! We apologise if you felt the service provided was not up to our usually fun and friendly standard and we hope to see...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you've never been at the restaurant before, it's good to know the eating area is not in the pub, but down the stairs from the street. There is a sign, but you might miss it when in a hurry, as I was, meeting friends....More

Thank Henry d
General Manager A, Manager at The Coal Hole, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Henry, Thank you for your feedback. Our Pub is on 3 levels of which you eat both at the bar and mezzanine if you order at the bar. The resturant is located in our cellar bar of which full table service is given.We also...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not too busy, arrived at 1:20pm. One of the beers on tap wasn't available but was showing as available. Food service was slow & unfortunately the "succulent" roast beef was more like reheated shoe leather - overly chewy & inedible. We had it replaced with...More

Thank Ann R
General Manager A, Manager at The Coal Hole, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Ann, Thank you for taking the time to feedback. We apologise if you felt the roast beef was not cooked to your liking but I am glad you had a replacement of the chicken. We also serve Sirloin steaks, Steak frites and mixed grills...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely pub, with friendly service. Has a great range of food and drinks, and plenty of tables. You’re made to feel welcome and would definitely return.

Thank MissMLD
General Manager A, Manager at The Coal Hole, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi MissMld, Thank you for your fab feedback. We are glad you like our lovely pub and all it can offer. We try to ensure we serve guests with a smile and make the pub feel like its every ones local.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this restaurant having booked the pre theatre menu and it is certainly a historic place, right next door to the Savoy Hotel and Theatre. When I arrived I was shown to a table and left alone, presumably to await my husband, who was...More

1  Thank Liquidator421
General Manager A, Manager at The Coal Hole, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Liquidator421, Thank you for taking the time to review. Thanks for noticing our heritage and yes we next door to the Savoy. The lower level of our pub used to be part of the Savoy coal cellar and dates back to the late 1800's...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have eaten in the Coal Hole on previous occasions and found it perfectly fine, but yesterday was an exception. When we arrived we were shown to our reserved table pretty promptly and the waited 20 mins before anyone showed any interest in taking our...More

Thank Sue_Paul_Essex
General Manager A, Manager at The Coal Hole, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Sue, Thanks for your feedback. We did have an issue with both food and drink suppliers over the past 2 weeks as a brand so some items were unavailable due to the fesh produce that we use in our menu. Our fish cakes We...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Partner had been working near by and wanted to eat here so in we went. It’s a pub with pub food nothing special to me. Local Londoners 🇬🇧arrive after work for a pint. The place was heaving on Wednesday at 4pm. It’s also London prices....More

Thank Selina220
General Manager A, Manager at The Coal Hole, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Selina, Thank you for taking the time to review. We are sorry you felt we did not reserve 5 stars and also we serve traditional British food not pizzas. Also the draught cola we serve is pepsi and we also sell bottled coca cola...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for a place with atmosphere and a bit of British charm to have a drink with friends from oversea after a long hot day sightseeing. This pub had good beers, we were served quickly and it's something out of the ordinary and...More

Thank GaynaB
General Manager A, Manager at The Coal Hole, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi GaynaB, Thanks for your review. We are so happy you enjoyed our charming pub. We have been a traditional pub for over 100 years and pride ourselves in great service and pulling a perfect pint! Please pop back when your next in town to...More

Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or
simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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Questions & Answers
30 March 2018|
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Response from shaun d | Reviewed this property |
Hi there Has the previous person said after 7-30 is no children, however I would recommend not going after 4-30 on a weekday because the pub get very busy with office workers having a drink after work. Hope this helps.
21 January 2015|
Response from Foslo | Reviewed this property |
I had Sunday lunch there in July 2014. It was plated.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$12
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 91-92 Strand, London WC2R 0DW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7379 9883
You will find The Coal Hole in Strand London within a short stroll of Charing Cross, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The Coal Hole is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.
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