Traditional Pub & Thai Restaurant
Tenby’s FINEST ‘Gastro Pub’ & Thai Takeaway.
We boast an enviable reputation for quality food and affordable prices…We specialise in Thai food and specials from around the world from our famous paella to our legendary Surf ‘n’ Turf plus pies and pastas.
History of Coach and Horses, Tenby
The Coach & Horses is probably on of the earliest ale houses in Tenby being within the ancient town walls. The earliest record of a person licensed to ‘Keep a common ale house and to use common selling of ale and beer within the said town wall of Tenby’ was in the 1600’s and it is likely it was at the Coach & Horses or nearby. The pub is certainly the oldest continuously trading pub in town having never closed even when renovation has been carried out.
In the early 1800’s it was called The Black Horse and was renamed in 1840 by the landlord John Williams.
Over the centuries the pub has seen many landlords and landladies some of whom have been real characters.
In 1871, Margaret Cousins paid £15 per annum rent for the pub. The pub has survived many things including the church trying to close it in 1912 and a fire in the 1950’s: the charred beams can still be seen in the public bar. The pub has also been visited by Dylan Thomas the famous poet in 1953 when Mr Leslie Stock was landlord. The poet called at the pub after giving a reading to the local arts club experts from his recently completed play for voices ‘Under Milk Wood’. The story goes that Thomas became so drunk that when he finally staggered out of the pub he left his only manuscript on a seat in the bar.
The landlord had to post it back to him just in time for his departure to New York for his lecture tour. Sadly he was never to return from his trip to America, suddenly passing away at the age of 39 of chronic alcoholism.
The pub is now owned by Ben Jones who has been landlord here for 19 years since 1997. Since that time the Coach and Horses has continued to thrive as one of Tenby’s only remaining true traditional drinking pubs but with the addition of fine food as well.
Excerpts taken from Mr Keith Jonson’s Book of Tenby Pubs.