Catering for all tastes, this laid-back venue in Putney is one of the best in the area. This 'l-shaped' pub is filled with an eclectic mix of old tables, chairs and relaxing leather sofas, further enhanced by bookcases scattered with books, vases and plants. The pub's decor also remains true to its rowing heritage with a river mural, set of oars, and an impressive list of winners of the Coat and Badge Sculling Race, making it a firm favourite for Oxford v Cambridge Race Day! The menus feature different choices every day, with daily specials and an extensive wine list. Meanwhile, summer evenings in the garden are legendary, with barbecues all weekend through the summer, jazz bands on Boat Race Day and the wonderful mix of locals and those wanting to be spotted by the team at the bar!
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The Coat and Badge offered a decent selection of food and drink. The Pimm's Cup was okay, not the best I've had, but wasn't bad. The other people I was with ordered the chicken and bacon salad with a light cream-based dressing off the specials board, and they seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. i ordered the Eggs Benedict, which was a no-frills, no sides eggs benny, but tasty for only 4.50! Not...more
I think of the Coat and Badge as being much like an old v-neck sweater or comfortable jeans from the 'pre-skinny era'. Whilst one may earn no plaudits from hipsters for choosing it as part of one's lifestyle, it is dependable, comfortable, and seemingly immune from prevailing trends.
Having drunk in the pub on numerous occasions in the past, I visited for the first time last week with the...more
Came here during a Wimbledon match and everyone was more or less entranced. Still, we had some food and drinks and watched a match and had a good time. The food was okay, but a little expensive for pub food (as mentioned in another review). Things got rather busy by 6:30 when we left, and there were several dozen people standing with nowhere to sit. That might have been the result of Wimbledon...more
Ok for drinks with a nice patio that has a fair number of tables as well as a spacious indoors but the food was not at all good. Ale and steak pie that had tough, badly flavoured meat and a cauliflower and leek pie tha didn't have any leeks!more
Both the inside of the pub and outside patio are pleasing to the eye. They feel clean and well taken care of. But as I do with most pubs, I prefer the patio. During warms days you can sun yourselves and in the chillier evenings there are loads of heat lamps to keep you nice and toasty. The patio itself is one of the largest I've seen in London, but it always seems to be packed. It's also tough...more