Thousands fight to stop Soho’s iconic nudist-friendly Coach & Horses pub being taken over
Regulars fear their beloved boozer will become a ‘soulless chain outfit’
The landlord of Soho ’s nudist-friendly Coach & Horses pub says he feels “overwhelmed” after nearly 15,000 people signed a petition calling for it to be ‘saved’.
Pub company, Fuller’s, looks set to take over management of the historic boozer, known for becoming London’s first all-vegetarian and vegan pub.
Since opening in 1847, it has been a haunt for Spectator and Private Eye journalists, and was immortalised as the setting of a West End play about a writer’s gambling and sex-driven lifestyle.
But landlord Alastair Choat, 55, and daughter Hollie, 31, will lose their tenancy of the Greek Street tavern on June 23.
Drinkers and regulars responded en masse with more than 9,600 people signing a petition calling for the “beloved pub” to be saved, while another 5,000 signatures have been collected at the bar. They fear Fuller’s will turn it into a “soulless chain outfit”.
Original publication 15 MAY 2019
Posted on NatCorn 23rd May 2019