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The Coach & Horses Public House
The Coach & Horses (Wok 'n' Grill) is one of nine public houses which
have operated in Trumpington in the last 500 years. This page is based on
a presentation given by Peter Dawson at the meeting titled
Along the High
Street, 26 March 2009.
Extract from the Inland Revenue Land Value
map
for Trumpington, 1910-11, showing the
Coach & Horses. Reproduced by permission of
Cambridgeshire Archives, file 470/047, sheet
XLVII.10.
The original two storey building, dating from
the early 17th century, was timber-framed
and plastered, with a tiled roof, attics and
cellars. Soon after, it was enlarged with a
gabled wing on the west side and a long
extension on the south side. A square staircase
bay and single-storey annexes were added in
the 18th century. It was recorded as an inn by
the late 18th century. A large extension was
added to the north-east in the early 19th
century, protruding closer to the High Street.
The walls have been refaced with bricks, but
along the inn's frontage the early 18th century
timber eaves are still a prominent feature.
There was a further extension in the 20th
century and in the early 1970s the rear
boundary was moved inwards to enable
Winchmore Drive to be constructed, after
which Back Lane was demolished. For many
years, the inn had stabling and its own malt
house. It is now listed Grade II.

The old inn's architectural splendours are
more evident in the interior, where much of
the timber framing can be seen, particularly in
the upper rooms. Despite some
modernisation, the ground floor rooms still
contain much from the 17th century, including
panelling, friezes and ornamental carving. The
18th century stone fireplaces also survive, as
do the staircase bay and stairs.

The Coach & Horses has been owned for
many years by the Pemberton family. Charles
Scott was recorded as innkeeper and
bricklayer in 1892 and 1896. During the early
20th century, Mr and Mrs Howard
Pare were
in charge. Their response to the eternal
question "Which way to the lavatory?" was
"Down the garden and round the yew tree".
We will not dwell on what might have awaited
desperate customers. After her husband's
death in 1909, Mrs Pare carried on running
the inn. Every night as the mail-van passed on
its way to Cambridge at exactly 10 pm, she
would call "Time gentlemen, please", which
triggered a stampede out of the inn and up the
road to the Volunteer, which, being designated
a Cambridge pub, remained open until 11 pm.
It became a Tolly house and at one time was
home to two St Bernards named "Tolly" and
"Cobbold".

For a number of years around the 1970s, it
was run as a very successful pub restaurant
by Howard Harrison and his wife Beryl, a
Conservative City Councillor who on one
occasion breakfasted at the inn with Margaret
Thatcher. The Harrisons departed in the early
1980s, after which, under less popular
management, the interior was spoiled to some
extent by ill-conceived alterations. As a result,
business fell away until the building was
closed and remained boarded up for several
years, during which it deteriorated through
neglect. In 1997, it reopened, modified as a
'healthy eating' restaurant.

In recent years, it has been further converted
into an oriental buffet restaurant, with the
entrance moved to the north side of the
building. Signs at the front now advertise the
restaurant, but the old name "The Coach &
Horses" is painted prominently on both sides
of the building in tasteful lettering, with the
restaurant name "Wok 'n' Grill" beneath it,
indicating a successful blending of old
tradition and new enterprise. This is evident
inside this popular eating place which, now
redesigned without compromising too much
the old building's architectural heritage,
provides an inexpensive and entertaining
evening out.

Incidentally, the yew tree still stands in the
garden, but, thankfully, toilet facilities are now
provided indoors.
Sources

The Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (1959) describes the Green Man and the
Coach & Horses, p. 390-91.
The
Victoria County History (VCH) (1982) includes a summary of the different pubs, p.
250-51.

See the
bibliography for full details.
The Coach & Horses, November 2015.
Photo: Andrew Roberts.
If you have any further information about this or the other pubs in
Trumpington, we would be very interested to hear from you.
The Coach & Horses
stands proudly on the west
side of the High Street,
opposite the much older
Green Man. These
coaching inns were the
only pubs recorded in the
village in the 1790s.
The Coach & Horses detail, March 2009.
Photo: Peter Dawson.
The Coach & Horses detail, March 2009.
Land Value map, 1910.
A delivery at the Coach & Horses, c. 1900.
A delivery at the Coach & Horses, c. 1900.
Source: Cambridgeshire Collection, Cambridge
Central Library. Reproduced in
Trumpington
Past & Present
, p. 71.
The Coach & Horses when a Tolly house.
The Coach & Horses when a Tolly house.
Source: Cambridgeshire Collection, Cambridge
Central Library. Reproduced in
Trumpington
Past & Present
, p. 70.
The Wok ‘n’ Grill/Coach & Horses, March 2009.
The Wok ‘n’ Grill/Coach & Horses, March 2009.
The Wok ‘n’ Grill/Coach & Horses, March 2009.
The Wok 'n' Grill/Coach & Horses, March
2009. Photo: Peter Dawson.
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The Coach and Horses (Wok 'n' Grill), November 2015.