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Coal Hole

91-92 Strand, London, WC2R 0DW

((()* British
  • Coal Hole - London
  • Coal Hole - London
  • Coal Hole - London
  • Coal Hole - London
Average
Main course: £12
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 - 23:00
Friday to Saturday: 10:00 - 24:00

Booked a table for 6. Glad we did, quite busy. Food good, service attentive, and we were not hassled even though we were there for about 3. 1/2 hours. Will visit again.

Larraine 06 May 2019
from London

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A short stroll away from London’s Charing Cross, Trafalgar Square & Covent Garden, the Coal Hole serves classic British pub food in a welcoming, warm environment. Rumour has it the pub occupies what was once the Savoy Hotel’s coal cellar; in Edwardian times, Gilbert & Sullivan regularly performed on the premises.

Since Nicholson’s pubs were first established in 1873, these traditional British inns have become synonymous with warm hospitality, hearty pub food and a speciality range of ales. As well as always featuring British pub classics like beer-battered fish & chips and gammon & eggs, the Coal Hole menu is complemented by a rotating selection of pie, sausage & chop and fish specials for each season.

The Coal Hole bar is always stocked with exquisite gins, warming whiskies and fine wines to pair with favourite meals, and there’s always a superb range of seasonal and regional real ales on offer. A constant at the bar is the St Austell-brewed Nicholson’s Pale Ale, made with Cornish Maris Otter malts, and a hand-picked blend of English hops.

The Coal Hole on the Strand is a 9-minute walk from Temple Tube Station.

Coal Hole

91-92 Strand, London, WC2R 0DW

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Customer reviews for Coal Hole

3.4 ((()* (based on 33 reviews)
69% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • dinner (16)
  • value (11)
  • lunch (10)
  • private dining (4)
  • business (3)
  • large parties (3)
  • romantic (3)
  • trendy (3)
  • afternoon tea (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • child friendly (1)
  • luxury (1)
  • ((((* 17 June 2019 by Di from oxford

    Unfortunately my meal was not great . Quiche overcooked could not cut it. However the staff were brilliant and I was not charged for this meal and also a round of drinks. The pub itself We loved

  • ((*** 22 May 2019 by Caroline from Strand London

    Food was available, slow service not enough staff,

  • ((((* 6 May 2019 by Larraine from London

    Booked a table for 6. Glad we did, quite busy. Food good, service attentive, and we were not hassled even though we were there for about 3. 1/2 hours. Will visit again.

  • ((((( 4 April 2019 by Christine from London

    We really enjoyed our experience at The Coal Hole. Food was delicious, I enjoyed the fish and chips, my friends also enjoyed the meal. Staff were polite and helpful. I particularly like that there is only a few tables which seems to make it intimate. Back ground music is good. Over all a great experience. Thanks to all of you.

  • ((*** 12 December 2018 by Rachael from Horsham

    Least prepared pub I’ve ever been to! Food was fine... for what they had. Got there at 3:15 and we said we had a reservation at 4 but could we have a drink. They said yes but could we wait because they’ve got some other stuff to do first. Umm ok? After 10 minutes we eventually got served (the bar was dead) and got told our table was ready. I said ok, we’re just getting our drinks. Waiter said ‘can I show you to your table first?’. I just thought it was a bit rude to be honest! Then we sat down and read the menu for a good 20 minutes. Had to call someone over to take our order, we all wanted roasts and were told they didn’t have any roast dinners left, excellent! Tried to order a pie instead, none of the pie left. Finally found something we would like and ordered some more drinks. My prosecco was flat. They didn’t have any red wine for my friend. Camembert started was listed with ‘chunky bread and celery’... well, we got wilted lettuce and half toasted Kingsmill! We ended up just laughing because what else could we do? Service was slow, no apology just got ‘it’s been one of those days’. We had a starter and a main and that took a 2 and a half hours in the end. We felt like an inconvenice, had to keep grabbing the servers as they just kept ignoring us, ended up paying at the bar because we got bored of waiting (ther was probably about 2 or 3 other tables at this point!). That’s the last time I try to have a nice pub dinner in London! To not have any roasts, no red wine and no pie... not even the extras with the Camembert was just embarrassing and made us laugh so much. Awful service, food fine if you like having to guess what they have available, atmosphere dead

  • (**** 19 March 2018 by Kat from London

    Terribly understaffed.
    Bad service and terrible food.

  • ((((* 12 January 2018 by John from London

    Good and service was great. Just what we needed afte a show.

  • (**** 7 January 2018 by Karina from Tommerup

    Havde mailet Cole hole inden vores tur til London for at være sikker på at nytårs maden var i orden. Jeg fik svar fra dem om at det var intet problem - de havde åbent for deres vanlige spisekort. Men vi kunne vælge imellem pie eller burger for enten var menuerne lukket eller så havde de en bøf tilbage. Dessert havde vi ikke mulighed for at bestille for det skulle være gjort på forhånd. Personalet var venligt, men man havde følelsen af at man var i vejen.

  • (**** 21 December 2017 by Jenny from Haywards Heath

    Lovely venue but not great experience. Many menu items not available (including 2 of the 4 advertised roasts - at 12.15 on a Sunday ??) one dish arrived cold, kitchen sent waitress out with ice cream claiming it was cream (it wasn't!). Clearly understaffed and badly managed generally. Shame as used to be a great pub.

  • ((((* 27 November 2017 by Lesley from Hertfordshire

    The staff were very friendly and helpful and made us feel welcome. The venue was cosy and inviting although did become busy later, but not noisy. The only down side was that the food, which was pleasant and appetising was served on the cold side. This could be because I think they were understaffed but both my pie and then coffee were tepid. Apart from that the dining experience was good and good value for money.

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