The Old Coach and Horses

4.2
61 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
The Old Coach and Horses is the Village Pub in the heart of the picturesque village of Harbledown. Just 5 minutes by car from the centre of Canterbury, or a leisurely 15-minute walk. We serve a large selection of local cask ales, lagers and fine wines. A former Coach House on the ancient London to Canterbury road, The Old Coach and Horses has a large upstairs restaurant leading onto a sunny terrace and a sunny terraced garden with fabulous views of the unspoilt woods surrounding Harbledown. Our food is freshly prepared and of the highest quality, using local suppliers and seasonal produce. We pride ourselves on being a ‘village pub’ at the heart of the local community. A sunny garden in the summer and a roaring log fire in the winter, The Old Coach and Horses is always cosy, friendly and informal, but always striving for the best in service and atmosphere and good food.

Experiences

  • Secret Garden

    Apr 12 - May 16, 2021

    Newly landscaped secret garden hidden within the pub grounds, featuring beautiful views across the valley. Choose from picnic benches, booth or lounge seating and take advantage of the outside bar and kitchen.
  • The Olive Grove

    Apr 12 - May 16, 2021

    Visit our laid-back Ibiza style outdoor bar area with partially heated booths, covered picnic tables and its own exclusive bar, set amongst the fragrant and colourful raised flower beds.
  • The Sun Terrace

    Apr 12 - May 16, 2021

    For a cosier dining experience, why not visit our Sun Terrace? With only few tables, situated within our covered courtyard area extending from our dining room.
What 61 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
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4.1
Ambience
4.1
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EHrrs
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Overall the standard of food was very low, it was the last night before lockdown so very busy. Our food was rushed out with no care taken the chips were almost raw and the steak blue even after asking it to be cooked again. We were asked about 20 times if everything was OK, though it was clear they wanted our table out as quick as possible. Really need a new chef and proper wait staff training. As locals we won't be returning.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a lovely pub, friendly staff and amazing roast

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CalistaT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch, lots of space for social distancing, good options for kids. We will definitely visit again after lock down.

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Daisyjue
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Good was very good. Took quite a long time as it was early but the food was cooked from fresh. Enjoyed it.
The only issue was ( not for me) but i could see for other diners. There was a dog under a table and the owners dog was wandering around.If you're not a dog lover this wouldn't be nice. Or hygienic really.

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DougY
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Having had a great time here previously, we were let down in this occasion.
First if we were told that they were very busy and our food would be 45 mins.
It was steak night so we ordered 4 fillets, then told they had run out, order t bones and then told they had run out.
No alternative offer so we left after about 1 hour of waiting to eat elsewhere.
A pity as really nice place so hopefully a one off!

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Alison
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Really disappointed with everything. First in restaurant but service was terribly. Starters good but service shocking as not enough waitresses. Rib eye steak raw when requested med rare so sent it back only to get one that was also raw! Didn’t eat it.
Waited about 40 mins to get bill and leave. Other customers also experiencing major issues with no drinks served for at least 30 mins.
Won’t be going back!

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LilE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great pub, food and staff, lucky for us it will soon be our local.

JT
JennyT
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Meet friend for lunch both had fish chips was amazing taste puddings could have been better if homemade was surprised how good food was as the last time we eat this was help out eat out deal. Meal was terrible good good no we gave it another go thank you Coach Horses

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OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely pub! Made the family and the puppy feel very welcome. Sunday roast was very yummy ! Thank you will be back!

JD
JohnD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic staff, wonderful food, beautiful pub. Thank you

GB
GuyBD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Great food in a nice place with a good atmosphere, well worth a visit.

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LisaN
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Went for a meal with a friend and we sat by the fire and it was such a lovely evening

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Kitchendipper
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

I had high hopes for our Sunday lunch here, but unfortunately, all hopes dashed on arrival of our food
The menu promised, your choice of roast + cauliflower cheese, roast potatoes, carrots, broccoli, red cabbage. The roast lamb was plentiful, but along with my 4 roast potatoes, there was a spoonful of cauliflower cheese, 3 asparagus tips and peas. Please explain why a gastro pub runs out of vegetables at 3pm on a Sunday, with very little apology and no deduction off the bill. We wont be going back. On a positive note, the staff were very friendly and they accept dogs.

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Susi
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The pub is charming and we were delighted to have our own area. The staff were efficient and attentive and friendly. we were made to feel very welcome. The food was excellent and our vegetarian was impressed by the options available.

We had an enjoyable afternoon celebration meal and will certainly return.

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Jorj
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

An excellent country-style pub with a very interesting interior (and outdoor eating too). Service was excellent. There were four of us, and we had a traditional Sunday roast. All were very good, except one chicken was undercooked. I would strongly recommend it but avoid the chicken! Also, check the table for wobblyness.

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Moleskin
Oxford
14 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Sunday lunch for 4, table booked for 14:00, but unfortunateley had to wait until 15:00 before we were shown to our table. Nothing wrong with food, in fact it was very good. Staff were rushed off their feet, but they coped well. When bill came, we had been charged £30 extra for drinks, that the previous occupants of our table had ordered. No apologies from management at all.

JG
JustynaG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

great service, tasty food, good atmosphere, will recommend

TD
TonyD
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Our first time at this Pub friendly staff and pleasant dining area. If I had to find fault it would be that the portions of the main course were way too large. Next time we will go for a starter and dessert and leave feeling much more comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good service, great and tasty food, have been there a couple of times now and it's my favourite

KG
KarenG
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal, lovely service. Will definitely be going back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an excellent meal served by first class staff. Will return.

PW
PhilipW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place to chill relax and have lovely food.

CG
CarlaG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Waited 45 mins for our food order to be taken but no one came. So we left. Poor service!

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RichardT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, lovely staff, dog friendly. Recommended

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Cata
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A pub so nice, we visited it twice in the same day! Great service, friendly, welcoming staff. Felt very Covid safe. Food was good and came very quickly but steak quite chewy. Great cocktail and good beer on tap.

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Canterbury
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

My wife was told that as there were no rib-eye steaks left she would be upgraded to a fillet. When it arrived it was rather tough and chewy and when the bill arrived we had been charged the fillet peice.

The owner's large dog was prowling through the dining room. We are not against dogs having had many ourselves but not in a dining room.

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TaniaS
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff friendly and attentive without being over bearing. Food delicious, well cooked and promptly served. We had a lovely evening.

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RobinW
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food at a reasonable price, with excellent service.

CC
ChristineC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here to celebrate my husbands birthday. The service, food etc was excellent. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant for a meal or even if you just want to have a few drinks.

RM
RosanneM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good service, very tasty food. We all had burgers, veggie and meat. Would return and due to the deal of two burgers for one it was very good value. We were a group of 5.

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MichaelO
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly amiable staff, gorgeous food we will definitely be going back

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Fishy
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and interesting menu which was cooked for us. Would strongly recommend as a very good venue for a relaxed and delicious lunch.

NP
NatalieP
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely - food good quality and very tasty especially the scallops

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Caroline
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a fantastic lunch for 4 on Saturday. Good food, lovely people. Will definitely return!

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Karis
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great meal out, had starters and mains. The chicken pie wasn't amazing and I wasn't too sure if the chicken was actually cooked through as it was pink. However everything else was great. The staff were polite and took care of us. Reasonably priced too and great ambiance.

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BettinaB
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic. The food was exceptional, everyone was friendly and accommodating. We'll be back - Maybe for 2 for 1 steak night next time.

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Artsfella
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely experience, the food delicious and the salt and pepper squid is great. Difficult to park but we will certainly be back. A really great place to eat with friendly service

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YvonneB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food, service and ambience. Would definitely recommend!

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Gdubs1
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

The food was very nice, but the place was a little let down by the overall service. As we entered the door we were met by the landlord shouting around his staff to find out who had taken a booking for a couple who were ahead of us - all seemed really unprofessional. Then they say us next to the kitchen and walk through corridor, not really safe given the circumstances. Lastly 2 attractive ladies arrived after us for a meal, and the landlord seemed to pay extra attention to them - I wonder why....

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Artsfella
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

With the eat out to help out scheme

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The Old Coach and Horses is rated 4.2 stars by 61 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.