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Best pubs in Surrey 2015 - summer pub lunches

PUBLISHED: 14:50 10 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:10 02 February 2017

The Mill at Elstead (Photo: Matthew Williams)

The Mill at Elstead (Photo: Matthew Williams)

From riverside locations to magical, secluded gardens, Surrey is blessed with some fantastic summer pubs – whether you’re looking for a cheeky pint, a ploughman’s lunch or something more refined. Matthew Williams dons his sunnies for a quick tour
The Red Barn at Lingfield (Photo: Matthew Williams)The Red Barn at Lingfield (Photo: Matthew Williams)

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2015

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The Abinger Hatch, Abinger Common

Found down leafy lanes, near beauty spots such as Holmbury St Mary and Friday Street, The Abinger Hatch is a welcome retreat. You may get a little lost trying to find it, but the adventure is well worth the temporary discombobulation. Their garden bar and BBQ is open on Saturdays from June.

• Abinger Lane, Abinger Common, near Dorking RH5 6HZ. Tel: 01306 730737

 

The Anchor, Wisley

Quite possibly the best placed pub in Surrey – found right by a lock on the River Wey and just down the road from the RHS’s flagship garden at Wisley – The Anchor can get exceptionally busy on summer’s days, but its extensive riverside seating makes it well worth the trip for a refreshing pint or a bite to eat.

• Pyrford Lock, Wisley, near Woking GU23 6QW. Tel: 01932 342507

 

The Bear, Oxshott

It’s all change at The Bear! While there have been more hard hats and hi-vis jackets than a David Cameron rally this spring, the pub is set to boast a new conservatory, with glass chimney stack, to complement its lower level veranda decking. In the midst of celeb heartland, you never know who you might bump into…

• Leatherhead Road, Oxshott KT22 OJE. Tel: 01372 842747

 

Botley Hill Farmhouse, Warlingham

It may have been the end of an era for Botley Hill recently, as they were forced to remove their giant tent (which had hosted gigs for 20 years) but there are plenty of other reasons to visit. Not least the great food, drink and countryside views.

• Limpsfield Road, Warlingham CR6 9QH. Tel: 01959 577154

 

The Canbury Arms, Kingston

At the Canbury Arms, they’ve recently welcomed a new chef from Roux at Parliament Square. If that’s not a good enough reason to visit, sister pub Wych Elm, found just down the road, is almost as well known for its flower displays as beer!

• 49 Canbury Park Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6LQ. Tel: 0208 255 9129

 

The Cock Inn, Headley

Another magical mystery tour down Sat-Nav defeating country lanes, The Cock Inn is crowing once more following a refurbishment. It’s also blessed with an expansive outdoor terrace, which should help ensure it becomes a must-visit destination this summer.

• Church Lane, Headley, near Epsom KT18 6LE. Tel: 01372 377258

 

The Drummond, Albury

A blooming great pub, The Drummond is always alive with colour thanks to its hanging baskets. Found by the Tillingbourne, it’s blessed with a great garden and conservatory to soak up the rays. They also happen to love hog roasts and BBQs.

• The Street, Albury, near Guildford GU5 9AG. Tel: 01483 202039

 

Duke of Cambridge, Tilford

Among the grand old pine trees of Tilford woods, The Duke of Cambridge has long attracted walkers, locals and passers-by to rest their feet and feast on its local fodder. With a large, partly-covered patio and terrace as well as a garden with a kids’ play area, plus a bar and grill, it’s a real draw when the sun shines.

• Tilford Road, Tilford GU10 2DD. Tel: 01252 792236

 

Fox and Hounds, Englefield Green

One of Englefield Green’s oldest public houses, dating back to 1780, the Fox and Hounds is blessed with an idyllic location right next to the Bishopsgate entrance of Windsor Great Park, and a short distance from Guards Polo Club and Virginia Water Lake. Expect BBQs on the front terrace in summer. Horses are welcome too and can be tied up at the front of the pub.

• Bishopsgate Road, Englefield Green, near Egham TW20 0XU. Tel: 01784 433098

 

Gomshall Mill, Gomshall

This timber-framed mill dates from Medieval times and is found on the River Tillingbourne – the perfect rest stop between Guildford and Dorking on Surrey’s A25 main vein. There may not be any corn milling here these days but what you’ll find is a lovely secluded garden to enjoy the traditional pub grub.

• Gomshall GU5 9LB. Tel: 01483 203060

 

The Grove, Surbiton

Sister pub to another couple of Surrey Life summer pubs mainstays from years gone by, (The Boaters Inn at Kingston and The Black Swan at Ockham), the secret garden at The Grove is a surprisingly sprawling hidden gem – complete with a garden bar to keep up a steady flow of sustenance, good food and a great selection of beers. 

• 9 Grove Road, Surbiton KT6 4BX. Tel: 0208 399 1662

 

The King William IV, West Horsley

A traditional alehouse since 1830, when a local miller bought two adjoining Georgian cottages and knocked them together to create a place to brew ale as well as serve it, The King William IV has been a hit ever since. It also boasts a lovely outdoor area for alfresco drinks and dining.

• 83 The Street, West Horsley KT24 6BG. Tel: 01483 282318

 

The Marlborough, Richmond

A perfect spot for sipping G&Ts in the heart of Richmond but away from the hustle and bustle of life, if you enjoy what a modern Youngs pub offers then you’ll love The Marlborough. When the sun shines, the chefs evacuate the kitchen, spark up the BBQ and bring the menu outdoors.

• 46 Friars Stile Road, Richmond TW10 6NQ. Tel: 0208 9408513

 

Marney’s, Esher

On the doorstep of Hampton Court Palace and believed to have been a former hunting lodge, this quaint, surprisingly rural haven oozes old-fashioned charm. Overlooking a pond with an attractive church on its far bank and the public golf course beyond, they offer the kind of food you want to get stuck into every day.

• Alma Road, Esher KT10 8JN. Tel: 0208 398 4444

 

Merry Harriers, Hambledon

A pub with character! Whether it’s indulging in a game of boules or being entertained by their friendly llamas (yes, you read that right), this well-liked pub is a hit throughout the year. On Saturday June 20, they are hosting a Waterloo 200 ‘battle’ and regimental dinner, which may even see water pistol re-enactments in the campsite opposite.

• Hambledon Road, Hambledon GU8 4DR. Tel: 01428 682883 

 

The Mill at Elstead

Found in a unique converted mill at Elstead, The Mill is steeped in history and offers visitors the opportunity to relax with great food and drink while the swans, ducks and waterwheel outside play their part in the magic. They also have a garden bar, so you never have to take off your sunnies.

• Farnham Road, Elstead GU8 6LE. Tel: 01252 703333

 

The Old Plough, Cobham

Once a courthouse, this 300-year-old listed building accommodated Sherlock Holmes, no less, in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Speckled Band. Perhaps it’s time to investigate for yourself, with its alfresco terrace, sunny garden and air-conditioned restaurant.

• Station Road, Stoke D’Abernon, near Cobham KT11 3BN. Tel: 01932 862244

 

The Percy Arms, Chilworth

A little piece of South Africa in Surrey, The Percy Arms has large gardens and a stream all overlooked by St Martha’s Church perched on the Surrey Hills above. Expect butcher’s block and house-aged steaks from local farms, summer braai (BBQ) in the garden and venture out into the surrounding area to fish, cycle and walk.

• 75 Dorking Road, Chilworth GU4 8NP. Tel: 01483 561765

 

The Plough, Coldharbour

A 17th century coaching house near Leith Hill, The Plough is a freehouse that has been owned by Rick and Anna Abrehart for over 25 years, with Anna cooking honest home-made food in the kitchen and Rick brewing the ales in the pub’s own microbrewery, the Leith Hill Brewery. What is more, with the National Trust celebrating 250 years of Leith Hill Tower this year, there’s never been a better time to visit.

• Coldharbour RH5 6HD. Tel: 01306 711793

 

The Plough, St John’s

A firm favourite of this Surrey Life writer, some say a visit to The Plough’s garden is more like a trip to the zoo. Giraffes of all shapes and sizes roam the plains, while excellently kept beer is well complemented by summer salads and hearty pub grub. An unpretentious place to relax – and this normally adults-only pub even relaxes the rules on children in summer, as long as they stay outside with the wildlife…

• 11 Church Road, St John’s, near Redhill RH1 6QE. Tel. 01737 766686

 

The Red Barn, Blindley Heath

A beautiful 300-year-old rural retreat, this historic barn turned pub disguises a striking interior. Outside, the garden attracts punters like bees to a honeypot. Geronimo Inns is a group more normally noted for its city establishments, but you can certainly understand what tempted them out to the country air…

• Tandridge Lane, Blindley Heath, near Lingfield RH7 6LL. Tel: 01342 830 820

 

The Seahorse, Shalford

Steeped in history, The Seahorse still has many features from its old coaching inn days. Guests can eat in the stable stalls, which allows for a semi-private dining experience. When the sun is out, as well as taking advantage of the lovely garden, you can stretch your legs on one of the walks nearby from Godalming to Guildford along the canal.

• The Street, Shalford, near Guildford GU4 8BU. Tel: 01483 514351

 

The Skimmington Castle, Reigate

As soon as the sun sneaks out from the clouds, it’s amazing how many dog walkers come out of the woodwork in Reigate – all making a beeline for the Skim (as it’s known locally). Unsignposted, and hidden away off the road, people still come in their droves to relax on the pub’s glorious outdoor terrace looking over to Reigate Hill.

• Reigate Heath, Reigate RH2 8RL. Tel: 01737 243100  

 

The Spotted Cow, Lower Bourne 

Hidden away in an enchanting wooded location, The Spotted Cow serves home-made pub food, real ales and great wines. Located close to Bourne Woods, the setting for numerous films, the pub provides the ideal launch pad for a country walk. Make the most of their secluded garden and try to spot a film star.

• Bourne Grove, Lower Bourne, near Farnham GU10 3QT. Tel: 01252 726541

 

The Surrey Oaks, near Newdigate

A Surrey beer legend, the Surrey Oaks was recently named in the top 16 pubs in Britain by CAMRA and included in the 2015 Good Beer Guide. These days, it’s also making a big push on the food side, with their ‘Daily Doings’ largely dependent on the produce supplied. A quintessentially English pub and the perfect place to unwind.

• Parkgate Road, Newdigate RH5 5DZ. Tel: 01306 631200

 

The Swan Inn, Chiddingfold

Located in a converted 15th century building, The Swan Inn blends contemporary accommodation and fabulous food. They also, rather conveniently for our list, have a large garden, perfect for summer socialising. Don’t be fooled by the relaxed, informal atmosphere; they take good food seriously.

• Petworth Road, Chiddingfold GU8 4TY. Tel: 01428 684688

 

The Tree on Box Hill, near Tadworth

An expansive pub found somewhere between Box Hill and Headley Heath, The Tree has had a new lease of life in recent years. There’s usually something a little different on the beer taps and the seasonal menu has plenty of pub favourites – and, of course, there are some stunning views and walks on the doorstep.

• Boxhill Road, near Tadworth KT20 7PS. Tel: 01737 845996

 

The White Hart, Chipstead

Get lost in the east Surrey countryside and you might stumble across The White Hart in Chipstead, one of a number of lovely countryside pubs in the area. Recommended by The Good Pub Guide, this one was built in 1731 during the reign of George II. A great range of ales and ‘Damien’s Special Wine Cellar’ can be explored in the intimate garden.

• Hazelwood Lane, Chipstead CR5 3QW. Tel: 01737 554455

 

The Withies, Compton

This 16th century tavern is smartly civilised with a stunning garden, where meals can be taken under an attractive pergola in fine weather. Weeping willows add to the idyllic scene at The Withies, which is situated on the edge of Loseley Park and close to the recently restored Watts Gallery; a perfect day out.

• Withies Lane, Compton GU3 1JA. Tel: 01483 421158 

 

Woodies, New Malden

Located in a converted cricket pavilion, every square inch of this unique pub is covered in sporting memorabilia. New Malden’s best-kept secret, Woodies is a privately-owned free house. Its unique decoration and wide range of drinks, including seven real ales and an extensive range of lagers, make it an appealing place for anyone who can find it!

• The Sportsground, Thetford Road, New Malden KT3 5DX. Tel: 0208 949 5824

 

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PUBS FROM OUR PAST

Every summer, Surrey Life publishes our list of some of our favourite pubs - snippets of previous years entries can be seen below. Get in contact with your favourite Surrey pubs to matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk and they could be featured in the pages of Surrey Life magazine...

 

 

The Barley Mow
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2010
Tilford Green, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2BU Tel: 01252 792205
Located at the hub of several walking trails leading to the likes of Frensham Pond and the ruins of Waverley Abbey, the pub is set in an idyllic location with riverside gardens. The unofficial club house of Tilford Cricket Club, which has played on the green opposite since 1886, it is synonymous with cricket and the summertime. Depicting the most typical of English scenes, the pub has been used in many advertising campaigns over the years: British Airways, American Airlines, Rover and Yardley’s Blazer aftershave, to name but a few.

The Bell
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2012
Bell Lane, Fetcham, Surrey KT22 9ND: 01372 372624
The winner of our ‘best winter pub’ poll at surrey.greatbritishlife.co.uk, The Bell ain’t half bad in the summertime either. Managers Mark and Penny Thornhill took over the pub a couple of years ago, after returning from Florida where they had an English tea room and four restaurants, and have already seen their establishment get a mention in The Good Food Guide. Built on the site of an earlier pub in 1930, The Bell is an impressive building with plenty of seating for alfresco dining in the summer.

The Black Swan
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2012
Old Lane, Ockham, Surrey KT11 1NG: 01932 862364
With a pétanque pitch, children’s play area, sectioned seating appealing to all moods and a top class barbeque joining the standard menu fare on warmer weekends, The Black Swan makes a bid for being the best pub garden around. Tucked just off the M25 and A3, you wouldn’t know it with its surprisingly tranquil setting. There are regularly three Surrey ales on tap for those proud of their provenance and the kitchen is also a local standard bearer.

The Boaters Inn
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2013
Canbury Gardens, Lower Ham Road, Kingston KT2 5AU Tel: 0208 541 4672
Reclining alongside the River Thames, The Boaters Inn specialises in real ale and fresh seasonal food. With an ever-changing selection of ales from local and national microbreweries, a beautiful riverside beer garden and balcony and regular jazz evenings, the pub is a must. Head chef Bruce Wright has helmed the kitchens for six years via Sydney and Richmond’s Bingham hotel. Their BBQ kitchen and outside bar is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during July and August.

The Boatman
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2013
Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3XJ Tel: 01483 568024
Settle down at this tranquil riverside pub to watch the boats and rowers float by on the River Wey. The freehouse’s large waterside terrace, a short walk from Guildford’s High Street, is the perfect place to enjoy a pint of TEA from the nearby Hogs Back Brewery. The spacious indoor dining areas also offer the perfect spot to relax into the pace of riverside life and enjoy daily specials from the boards.

The Brickmakers, Windlesham
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2014
Chertsey Road, Windlesham GU20 6HT. Tel: 01276 472267
Surrounded by woodland on the edge of Windlesham, close to what was long billed as the ‘country’s most expensive house’, Updown Court, The Brickmakers also has a large attractive garden that is perfect for a pub lunch. Scott Coveney and wife Alex took the place over at the end of 2012 and have since extensively refurbished. Head chef Paul Clarke and his kitchen team serve up a British à la carte menu, with traditional classics. They are up with the birds these days, opening from 9am for coffee, tea, full English breakfast, Danishes and other snack items. On the bar, there are usually four ales on tap, while the wine list ranges from £15.95 to £69.95 with plenty of Champagne on offer too. In a Hollywood aside, the Oscar- winning star Russell Crowe was said to be a regular while filming Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood.

The Chequers
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2013
Chequers Lane, Walton on the Hill KT20 7SF Tel: 01737 812364
Surrounded by large gardens, The Chequers has an enviable location in Walton on the Hill. With a BBQ open every day through the summer, they also offer the newly refurbished garden room and traditional snug as cosy nooks to hideaway on the wetter days. A Youngs pub, they offer the usual range of real ales supplemented by local brewers such as Hogs Back Brewery and Twickenham Fine Ales.

The Inn on the Pond
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2008
Nutfield Marsh Road, Nutfield, Surrey RH1 4EU: 01737 643000
A quintessential English pub that has recently undergone a very successful restoration, Nutfield's Inn on the Pond sits alongside the village cricket oval and offers views across Nutfield marshes. Its location proves especially popular with walkers, and as it falls on a cycle route, it has been known for the odd lycra-clad biker to wobble off slightly less steadily than when they arrived... 

King William IV, Mickleham
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2014
Byttom Hill, Mickleham RH5 6EL. Tel: 01372 372590
You may have driven along the A24 near Dorking hundreds of times and never realised that this stunning gem is hidden away in the hills of Mickleham. With panoramic views of the Mole Valley, the pub really comes to life in the summer when you can eat alfresco on the beautifully kept terrace. Ideally located for walking on Box Hill, Norbury Park or directly on to Mickleham Downs, the food and drink offering is also excellent with everything from fillet steaks and dressed Cornish crab to ploughman’s and sandwiches on the daytime menu. There’s also a well-kept selection of beers featuring local brews. The pub has been around since 1790, so if you haven’t been yet, make sure to pencil a visit in for this summer. Parking is free in the public car park outside Frascati’s Italian restaurant on the A24.

Kingswood Arms
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2012
Waterhouse Lane, Kingswood, Surrey KT20 6EB: 01737 354053
Privately owned by Linda and Barry Slayford since 1985, the original Kingswood Arms building dates back over a hundred years. In the mid-1960s, it became the Pigeon Pear, reflecting the time when pigeons were brought to Kingswood by train and released with news messages, which helped Reuters to deliver information quicker than their rivals. These days, it’s a destination pub where the popular Conservatory restaurant leads out to a huge landscaped garden that fills up as soon as the temperatures start to warm.

The Mulberry, Chiddingfold
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2014
Petworth Road, Chiddingfold GU8 4SS. Tel: 01428 644460
Owned by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, The Mulberry Inn is best-known for its annual Children In Need events. The Stereophonics, Eliza Doolittle, James Blunt and Gary Barlow will all be performing in the Chiddingfold pub’s tipi this summer with tickets already auctioned in November. On an average day, the pub’s garden attracts everyone from business people coming in for lunch to families whose children enjoy the play area. Come the summer, the chicken and chorizo salad or classic seafood bouillabaisse, with monkfish, tiger prawns, mussels and clams, are foodie favourites, accompanied by Aperol Spritz or Dinastia Vivanca Rioja Rosé. This summer, they are also serving Laurent Perrier by the glass, while they always have a good selection of ales from the likes of Tongham’s Hogs Back. Bliss!

The Old Bear
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2010
Riverhill, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3DX Tel: 01932 862116
With the awards coming in thick and fast since the team behind the award-winning Albion in Islington took over, The Old Bear has quickly gained a reputation for outstanding food. Set opposite the River Mole in Cobham, there is a sprawling paved garden to the rear in which to enjoy some summer sunshine with your meal or tipple of choice. Chelsea footballer spotting, optional.

The Parrot
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2013
Forest Green RH5 5RZ Tel: 01306 621339
A beautiful 17th century inn opposite the village cricket pitch at the foot of Leith Hill, the owners of The Parrot farm just six miles down the road from the pub to produce all the lamb, hogget and mutton and some of the beef for the menu and farm shop.

The Plough, Effingham
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2014
The Plough, Orestan Lane, Effingham KT24 5SW. Tel: 01372 458121
Proud owner of its own orchard garden, which supplies the kitchens with fruit and herbs, The Plough in Effingham is found down a quiet village lane in the heart of the Surrey Hills countryside. Refurbished in December 2012, the pub combines informal, relaxed dining with restaurant quality fresh food from a seasonal, monthly-changing menu. In summer, the pretty garden and front terrace are popular with families, ramblers and cycling groups who explore the nearby North Downs Way and local Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On tap are Young’s beers and guest ales.

The Rubbing House
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2008
34 Langley Vale Road, Epsom Downs, Surrey KT18 5LJ: 01372 745050
'The only pub in the world on a racecourse,' they proudly proclaim. And it certainly isn't your average pub location; the Rubbing House on Epsom Downs is practically on the racetrack. A stone's throw from the winning post, the pub is actually older than the Derby itself. And with its panoramic views of the racecourse, it is a second-to-none destination on race days. You can even have a flutter at the on-site tote facility.

The Sportsman
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2010
Mogador Road, Lower Kingswood, Surrey KT20 7ES Tel: 01737 246655
Barbeques are par for the course at The Sportsman during the summer months and, situated on the edge of Walton Heath, the pub is a haven for walkers, horse riders, bikers and runners, with miles of fantastic Surrey views. Built in 1532, it was once a stop-off point for the Royal family when out hunting. Only three minutes away from the famous Walton Heath Golf Club, the pub has even played host to Tiger Woods.

The Squirrel
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2013
Hurtmore Road, Hurtmore GU7 2RN Tel: 01483 860223
Watch balloons prepare to take flight from the extensive gardens of this easily missed country pub near Godalming. Vegetables and salads come from the nearby Secretts Farm in Milford and they offer a farmer’s basket to share – ham, cheddar, sausage roll, Scotch egg, apple served with chutney, pickle and crusty bread. Delicious. For the committed, accommodation is also available in the refurbished 16th century cottages next door.

The Stag on the River
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2011
Eashing, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2QG: 01483 421568   
Set alongside the River Wey in simply beautiful countryside, the quiet village setting of the Stag on the River makes this one for those with a chauffeur – or at least a partner who prefers to stick to the orange juice. However, this picturesque spot is certainly well worth the trek.

Stein’s, Kingston and Richmond
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2014
56 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HN. Tel: 0208 546 2411
Richmond Towpath, Richmond TW10 6UX. Tel: 0208 948 8189
For the last 10 years, a formerly run-down and vandalised ice cream parlour at Richmond Bridge has been enjoying a new lease of life as a Bavarian beer bar. More recently, owners Bele and Reinhard Weiss have performed a similar trick on a small riverside tea room in Kingston, with wonderful views over the river from its raised terrace. Both branches of Stein’s offer authentic Munich beer, wine and great German food: think Bratwürste, Sauerkraut and even Bauernfrühstück if you wake up with the vögel (birds).

The White Bear, Warlingham
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2014
Fairchildes Road, Warlingham CR6 9PH. Tel: 01959 573166
Located in the surprisingly green patch between Croydon and Biggin Hill, you can head back in time in the hamlet of Fickleshole. At its heart, The White Bear is a 16th century pub that is full of character and apparently home to two resident ghosts. Once several little cottages and a small pub on the end of a terrace, it’s now an ancient labyrinth of cubby holes and dining rooms that offer an intriguing destination at any time of the year – can you find the inscriptions carved by workers from the 16th and 18th centuries? Known for its great beer (usually five on offer) and wines, succulent fillet and other fine steaks served on hot skillets, and tranquil pond and garden to enjoy in the summer sun, it’s well worth a visit.

The White Cross
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2008
Riverside (off Water Lane), Richmond, Surrey TW9 1TH: 0208 940 6844
If you time your visit to The White Cross correctly, you'll never leave. Well, not for an hour or two at least, as the pub frequently gets cut off with the tide. Rated as one of the best locations along the Thames, it is easy to see why with its fantastic view of the river and Richmond Bridge. With the summer come the crowds of people invading the river banks in their search for relaxed waterside drinking.

The White Horse, Hascombe
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2014
The Street, Hascombe GU8 4JA. Tel: 01483 208 258
Set in a beautiful rural village location on the crossroads of the local public footpath network, there are plenty of lovely walks to and from the 16th century freehouse The White Horse. Surrey beauty spot Winkworth Arboretum is also nearby. With a large garden and secluded dining terrace, there’s plenty of room to enjoy beers from the Otter Brewery from Devon and Dark Star from Sussex, or something off the vast selection of wines, which are priced from £16.50 to £55 per bottle. The menu has a few interesting twists too with the ploughman’s including a scotch quail’s egg and rosemary and garlic focaccia, and a delicious selection of regularly changing specials on the blackboard.

The William Bray, Shere
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2014
Shere Lane, Shere GU5 9HS. Tel: 01483 202044
Refurbished five years ago by an ex-Formula One driver who wanted to create a pub he would like to frequent, The William Bray sports many touches from his background. There are also echoes of another sporting heritage: the pub is named after William Bray, the 17th century diarist credited with mentioning the game of baseball for the first time. Set in the heart of the Surrey Hills, a bike rack, horse mounting block, dog bowls and a very large outside area for eating and drinking are all on offer. The pub works with The Wine Reserve in Cobham for the wine list and also has a selection of summer cocktails and Shere Drop on tap. In an unusual aside, the owners’ son is also driving in the British Touring Car Championship under the Crabbie’s racing banner.

The Windmill
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2012
The Windmill, Pitch Hill, Ewhurst, Surrey GU6 7NN: 01483 277566
Located close to the home of Eric Clapton, The Windmill offers absolutely breathtaking views across the Surrey Hills. As well as a balcony that seemingly stretches across half the hillside, with a series of levelled terraces, it is also home to the Pitch Hill Pit Stop, a stop for hungry mountain bikers. The Windmill has a motto: “There are no strangers at The Windmill only friends who haven’t met?”

The Wiremill, Lingfield
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2014
Wire Mill Lane, Lingfield RH7 6HJ. Tel: 01342 832263
With a 26-acre lake and a terrace with two thatched private dining gazebos, The Wiremill comes into its own when the sun shines. In an unusual twist, the waterski club can also be spotted zooming around the water. After baking on the terrace, you can head for a walk into the Wiremill woods that border the lake allowing you to walk through the woods, pop out in different parts of the lake in the fishing pods and see a totally different view of the mill. In the summer, check out their vegetarian locally-sourced dishes and the smoked BBQ spatchcock chicken is a real winner too. They also make lemonade and cocktails, as well as smoothies and boozy milkshakes in warmer months.

 

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In the latest edition of Surrey Life’s Surrey Creations photography series, photographer Phillip Traill heads off to meet the team at Greyfriars Vineyard in Puttenham

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Normally a place for adventurous tea drinkers and those looking to cut down the food miles of their grocery shopping, Flower Farm Shop in Godstone has been leading a double life in recent weeks. Matthew Williams visits for Godstone Brewers’ Fresh Fridays - a pop-up pub with a twist

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Monday, March 6, 2017

The problem with country pubs is that quite often you never want to leave – fortunately, The Stag on the River, in Eashing, comes equipped with a set of perfectly-appointed bedrooms. Matthew Williams eats, sleeps, wakes and would quite happily repeat

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

For two nights at the start of March, River Cottage’s curing and smoking expert Steven Lamb will take over the kitchen at The Three Horseshoes pub in Thursley.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Award-winning Surrey chefs leave their pots and pans at home to test run Surrey Hills Butchers’ new events space in Oxshott. Surrey Life tags along for a butchery education

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Monday, February 6, 2017

From ancient hostelries with roaring inglenook fireplaces to craft- beer bars and whisky havens with a twist, Surrey is blessed with some truly tantalising pubs for a cosy winter lunch or leisurely couple of drinks. Matthew Williams picks out 30 of the best

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

With the street-eats of Croydon’s new Boxpark stealing the headlines of late, it’s easy to forget that not so long ago the South End side of the town was rebranded as the ‘Restaurant Quarter’ – and it’s here that you’ll find the hotly-tipped Indian restaurant Karnavar blazing its spice trail

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Sunday lunchtimes are made for lazing in a cosy pub with a beer in hand and an overflowing plate of delicious roast dinner on the table. We pick 12 of our favourite places for Sunday lunch in Surrey.

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