Tonight I decided it was time for a little trip again so once I finished work I got out my Good Beer Guide. The Coach and Horses at Weatheroak was my chosen destination and after plugging the post code into my satnav I was on my way. A mere 16 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon by avoiding the motorways and it wasn't long before I found myself pulling up into their large car park. The pub had a somewhat strange appearance. The modern attachment housing the restaurant looked a little out of place but I skirted around that to enter into the older part where I had a choice of bars to the left or right. Choosing the door to my right I found myself in a split level bar. The busy lower level area around the bar had no vacant stools so after choosing my pint (the mid-strength WHB at 4.2% ABV) I stepped into a larger lounge area with very comfortable seats around quite a number of tables. To be busy so early in the evening means they are obviously doing things right. The bar menu was tempting and the beer selection was excellent with a couple of guest beers (Holdens Special and Wood Shropshire Lad) in addition to the Weatheroak Hill brews.
WHB was a lovely chestnut coloured best bitter and it had a distinctive nutty tang to it. As I was driving I stuck to my usual single pint but with a collection of books available to read I could happily have stayed there all evening and sampled a pint of everything on tap. The pub was welcoming and had a lovely friendly atmosphere. If you are ever in the area (the pub is within touching distance of the M42 south of Birmingham) then do pay a visit. You will not be disappointed.