In the 1950s the godfather of Soho, Bernie Silver, and partner Big Frank Mifsud planned their vice empire next door, while Dylan Thomas found 'inspiration' here in the 1960s. Jeffrey Bernard was unwell here in the 70s and 80s. The Private Eye team still meet upstairs on Wednesdays. And now I'm here at the Coach & Horses tucking into one of the best pies in London. I say 'one of' because I haven't tried every pie in London. But, so far, this one's winning hands down.
My partner is Lemmy of Motorhead's ex. Clearly, she's bitten off more than she can chew before. While I'm enjoying the steak pie, meat and burgundy-rich, she's heavily into a decorative and more stylish fish pie. Both offer value hard to find in Soho.
When Norman 'London's rudest landlord' Balons retired last year after more than 60 years, he took his infamous £1 sandwiches with him which was a relief. Now the Coach's new capo, Alistair Choat, has opened a more intimate and atmospheric first floor restaurant.
The impressive range of ciders is as good as any and the wine list is functional enough. The Coach is two minutes from Soho House, Kettners, L'Escargot and Lindsay House but, for all that, sometimes a pie and a pint still does the trick in PR.
Where: 29 Greek Street, Soho, W1
Contact: 0207 437 5920
How much: £10 a head for a pie and a pint.