The Coal Hole


A member of the iconic fleet dating back to 1873, Nicholson's offers timeless British pub hospitality. A fine stock of smooth and silky cask ales are pulled at the bar, while homely British classics are served in the dining room. The carefully chosen wine list brings together some great international bottles, while a Cask Ale Club is offered for any true beer aficionados.


Average main course: £12.00 (USD15.29) per diner
Average food spend: £25.00 (USD31.86) per diner

Venue Details & Map

The Coal Hole

91-92 Strand
Charing Cross
+44 (0)20 7379 9883
Public transport:
Charing Cross, Underground

Yelp Reviews

3.5 out of 5 based on 58 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Coal Hole

3.0 out of 5 31 May 2017
by Norman W.

Needing a pint before going to see Kinky Boots we noticed this pub so popped in. D├ęcor the same as years ago, not changed. Wood panelling everywhere, dark wood bar and stools. Old world comes to mind. Visions of centuries ago people sitting around in this packed London pub. Service was swift with hiked up prices. However, we are in the centre of London so what could be expected. Not a pub I...more

1.0 out of 5 27 December 2016
by Jeremy B.

If you're British, this seems like a reasonably nice place. I'm American and I recommend visitors like myself choose a different pub. When I went to the bar to order and they heard my accent, they served everyone around me, first. Then, they gave me 1.20 in change back when they owed me two pounds thinking I wouldn't notice until later. They were right! Turns out those coins are about the same...more

2.0 out of 5 5 October 2016
by Allison O.

After arriving in London after a very long flight we decided to head out to a pub and grab some beer and food before calling it a night at our hotel. Aimlessly walking around the area, we decided to stop into the Coal Hole. Enjoyed our beers and especially enjoyed watching the hammered middle-aged Brits clamoring all over each other. Food was another story. My boyfriend had the fish and chips,...more

3.0 out of 5 5 August 2014
by Chris S.

Still a nice little pub. Decent selection of real ales. Much less commercial feeling than many of Nicholson's other properties. Food is good (standard Nicholson fare) but service getting it to the table is pretty slow. Getting an ale at the bar is usually pretty quick but the bartenders seem to be rushed and flustered even when the place is pretty empty.

When weather is decent, it's possible...more

4.0 out of 5 15 October 2013
by Karen H.

Last night, I visited The Coal Hole with my boyfriend and his parents. This was my first London pub experience and it happened to be a place that my boyfriend's father used to go with his father!

We had a quick 1/2 pint for the sake of going to a pub on our first night in London. The Coal Hole was packed and we took our beers outside.

The Coal Hole is bigger than it appears on the outside...more

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