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The Old Coach and Horses, Harbledown, Canterbury

The Old Coach and Horses

4.3
4.3
235 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01227 766609

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jack Webster

  • Private party facilities

    Our upstairs rooms are available for private functions. Seating from 10 in our smaller room to up to 40 in the large conservatory room. For more information please email us at, oldcoachandhorses@gmail.com

What 235 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Kent

    Outdoor Eating

  • Canterbury

    Best Overall

  • Canterbury

    Best Food

  • Canterbury

    Best Service

  • Canterbury

    Best Ambience

  • Canterbury

    Best Value

  • Canterbury

    Fit for Foodies

  • Canterbury

    Romance

  • Canterbury

    Special Occasions

  • Canterbury

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  1. RS

    RachelS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    The staff were very nice and helpful. Food was okay. Sadly almost every chair had a tear in the seat so was an immediate ‘oh dear do I want to be here’ as you walk in. The outside seating area which looks lovely in the pictures is equally tired looking. Personally for my £30 a head that we spent I wouldn’t return, but wish them well as it’s been difficult times.
  2. J

    Johannav

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good tasty food, flavours to spoil the tastebuds. A gem in Harbledown.
  3. RM

    RobertM

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality of the food was exceptional. Friendly and helpful service.
  4. DP

    DarrylP

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant service and good food and third time we have eaten here.
  5. SM

    SallyM

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Really friendly, helpful staff. Very dog friendly. Booked it for Sunday lunch on basis of good TripAdvisor reviews. Unfortunately didn't live up to it. Crispy calamari was rubbery and soft. Big portions for roast dinner but cauliflower cheese was mushy and lukewarm as was carrot puree. Roast potatoes were hard - presumably reheated from earlier in day or previous day?
  6. AB

    AustinBond

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This pub serves good food. Nothing too fancy but tasty and substantial. It is a nice old building in a pretty village, let down by the lack of car park and the need to park in a road with no pavement. The staff are friendly and welcoming but service was a little slow. The tables felt a little sticky.
  7. S

    Steve

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Found this gem on Google, cannot fault it at all, staff were really helpful
  8. JM

    JaneM

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The roast was very good, although only two types of vegetables which was a little disappointing. We had to wait while the menus were printed, so sat for longer then expected before our order was taken. Staff were pleasant. Would eat here again.
  9. B

    Bcornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely pub, very friendly and dog friendly. Absolutely beautiful food
  10. GD

    GemmaD

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Friendly service. Tap water tasted very strange. Glasses a bit dirty. Good food. Pub was empty! Not great pub for old people with the steps.
  11. AP

    AprilP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We had a pleasant meal but there was a party going on and clearly lots of new staff members that didn’t know what they were doing. We hoped to stay longer but found the environment quite chaotic.
  12. DL

    DanielleL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again a fabulous and tasty meal here. Definitely recommend. The food is top quality and so reasonably priced. The staff were so friendly and sweet to my 5yr daughter. Just don’t think they can do any better . Thank you for having us :)
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!!
  14. s

    sheeny

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Sunday lunch it was amazing. Staff friendly . It was a lovely day so we sat in the garden. I had belly pork very tasty my husband had steak he said best steak he has had.
  15. CS

    CoraS

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting in the terraced gardens, good food and friendly service. The host was very helpful also in communication beforehand, with questions on our reservation and parking. Highly recommended
  16. MH

    MartinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place. Their 2 for one steak night was amazing. We both had fillet steak. Excellent quality, very good portion size and the accompaniments tasted delicious too. All for only £30 the two! Absolute bargain. Friendly, efficient service too. Highly recommend. Well done all and thank you 😊
  17. S

    Soozy

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love the wed night special at the coach & horses. Great food and good service. . Will visit again
  18. SH

    SueH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food choices excellent service attentive but not intrusive great food at a great price fab evening out
  19. N

    Nathan

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here now on a number of occasions and I’ve never ever been disappointed would highly recommend
  20. LR

    LeeR

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice restaurant, lovely setting. Parking a bit tricky. Lots of stairs as on several levels. Food overall was good but roast potatoes need attention!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even though our booking on Open Table hadn't gone through to their system, we were still given a warm welcome and found a table. The food and drink were excellent. The service was friendly and efficient. I wish it was my local!
  22. SJ

    SJRfoodie

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loads of tasty food for a really reasonable price. The platter was great. Staff were also very welcoming and friendly.
  23. HY

    HollyY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect pub garden picky bits and drinks! They do the most delicious platters which are great if you’re having a drink too. For a laid back lunch to share with friends!
  24. TB

    TeresaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely quaint gastropub emanating history and atmosphere. Great welcome and more than dog friendly! 'Harry' our happy springer was made a huge fuss of and loved his experience! Food was excellent and even the drinks were served in traditional glasses which we loved. Definitely more return visits planned.
  25. E

    pennyE

    Kent

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A perfect evening. The fire was roaring, we had a very warm welcome from the Landlord. The food & drink were delicious. Couldn't have asked for more.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal in a beautiful pub. Fire was roaring, staff were friendly and attentive. My son said it was the finest brownie outside of the USA, high praise indeed! I fully intend to visit much more often.
  27. M

    Meredith

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great, especially the roast - I had the Romney Marsh lamb which was succulent and tender. Only minor quibbles: no Parmesan for the pasta and only mint sauce, not mint jelly.
  28. JC

    JanC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely late lunch/ early dinner with my two boys. Great steaks for the men (love the roasted tomatoes) and my Pad Thai was really good. Puddings disappeared fast . (And rather moreish cocktails ! ) Thank you. I’ll remember again for return route from Canterbury.
  29. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience and a superb seafood platter. Service from Isla was exemplary, many thanks. I mistakenly overpaid and Pete flagged me down as I was driving away to return the excess to me.; very nice gesture. Altogether an extremely enjoyable evening.
  30. JM

    JoanneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful meal, lovely location and great service. Cant wait to go back
  31. CW

    ClaireW

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were given a very warm welcome and seated at our table exactly on time. The staff had kindly put decorations up next to our table as we were celebrating my husband's 50th birthday. I had messaged in advance to see if there were any little embellishments that they could provide. The drinks were delivered quickly, and there was a very good selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to choose from. Our Sunday roast was delicious, generously portioned, and presented very well. We would definitely recommend The Old Coach & Horses.

    The Old Coach and HorsesResponded on 9 March 2022Good morning Claire. Thank you very much for your kind review. I look forward to seeing you again in the future.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely little village pub, food was perfect!
  33. MF

    MelissaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing like always. Will always recommend to others
  34. G

    Gina12

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    A lot of food had run out. No enough options for gluten free,
  35. M

    Madre

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, the best pork I have ever tested. Friendly staff. Beautiful log fire. Great wine list. What more do you need 😊
  36. AM

    AmandaM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, but quite large portions, not always ideal for kids. Very accommodating for changing certain choices.
  37. A

    Anthony

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Lovely food had to find a waitress to order but nice and polite would eat there again
  38. D

    Diddy

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Such a friendly warm welcome pleasant place to eat. Can't wait to return is how I would sum it up. Pete and team were fantastic even Charlie the dog made a introduction in person.
  39. VF

    ValF

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service, will definitely make a return visit soon
  40. GH

    GarryH

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Slightly annoyed the menu that appeared on the open table meal/reservation wasn’t the menu available in the venue…

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The Old Coach and Horses is rated 4.3 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Old Coach and Horses

The Old Coach and Horses, Church Hill, Harbledown, Canterbury CT2 9AB

Additional information

  • Area

    Canterbury

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jack Webster

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    01227 766609

  • Private party facilities

    Our upstairs rooms are available for private functions. Seating from 10 in our smaller room to up to 40 in the large conservatory room. For more information please email us at, oldcoachandhorses@gmail.com

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