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Petitioning Alastair Choat

Stop pushing out the current landlord & keep the Coach & Horses independent

Norman's Coach & Horses has always been an iconic, independent landlord-driven, family-run pub. It still is! Famous for the 63 year tenure of London's Rudest Landlord, Norman Balon, for where Jeffrey Bernard was unwell and as home to the legendary Private Eye lunch, the Coach is one of the last remaining independent pubs in Soho.

It is now run by Alastair Choat and his family who have owned the lease since 2006, having taken over directly from the former landlord, Norman Balon. They have worked tirelessly to maintain this unique pub and have created a thriving business.

The Coach has always been a boozer, a little rough around the edges – that’s what makes it tick and separates it from the other chain pubs now taking over central London. It’s why it’s been such a hotbed for creative talent, inspiring writers and artists alike and just good old conversation. A great pub for the local people who live and work in Soho.

Since Fullers Smith & Turner plc acquired the freehold in June last year they have pursued a series of measures aimed at evicting the current landlord and damaging his trade.
This "family-run" pub company/brewery is forcing out a small family-run business in order to turn the pub into part of a vast managed chain estate. They have purchased 30 or more pubs in London in the last year and have turned them all into managed houses, removing the landlords. Only two landlords remain. The Coach & Horses is one of these last two pubs, fighting to keep its independence and its landlord in place.

Your vote on this will:
- Protect a true Soho institution from corporate homogeneity and brand obscurity
- Raise awareness to help drive a fairer deal for independent pubs for their rent, rates and the price of the beer they are forced to buy through the “tie”
- Ensure other important landmark pubs and their landlords are given a chance of survival

Show your support for this vital Soho institution and ensure the independent and creative spirit of this pub endures.

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