- Main course: £12
- Food spend: £25
- Opening hours
- Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 - 23:00 Friday to Saturday: 10:00 - 24:00
Good and service was great. Just what we needed afte a show.
12 January 2018
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.
91-92 Strand, London, WC2R 0DW
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Customer reviews for Coal Hole
((*** 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
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.
(((** 5 July 2017 by Colin from Sheerness
Lovely staff. Scampi and chips not good but chicken delicious. Would try this place again though as normally satisfied
(**** 3 July 2017 by Janet from London
The whole experience was not very good apart from a very nice waiter. The starter which was a sharing plate of nachos was in a very small pot so everything was piled on top the result being the nachos were all soggy and stuck together. I had salad with grilled chicken . The salad was nice but the chicken was over cooked and too tough. My friend had the lamb hotpot pie as it was a special of the day expected it to be very good but sadly it had soggy pale pastry and the meat inside was mostly gristle. She couldn't eat much if the meal at all. Also I ordered pineapple and soda water mixed as a long drink and was served a grapefruit juice in a bottle and a glass of soda water. Overall a very poor experience
(((** 26 May 2017 by Thomas from London
Classic pub with pie, fish&chips e.g.
((((( 2 April 2017 by Mo from Newtown
Loved the locatiom, varied menu, lots of choice, difficult to decide!
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