40 Surrey pubs with beer gardens to visit this summer
PUBLISHED: 14:11 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:11 25 May 2018
From riverside retreats to secret gardens, we’ve got your summer covered with this selection of Surrey pubs that are perfect to enjoy your favourite tipple and a bite to eat in the sunshine
Hidden 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 it! A perfect spot to relax mid-cycle/walk or just while away a few hours.
Abinger Ln, Abinger Common, RH5 6HZ
2. The Anchor
With its prime position alongside Pyrford Lock, close to RHS Garden Wisley, canalside walks past Newark Priory and Pyrford Marina, it’s no surprise that this remains the first port of call for many when the sun shines. Grab a sandwich and your tipple of choice and watch the world float by.
Lock Lane, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QW
A picture postcard place, especially when there’s a cricket match on the green, The Barley Mow is a destination pub for motor clubs and ramblers. It’s a pub that’s a comforting nod to the past.
Tilford Street, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2BU
Found opposite the secret Surrey gem that is The Sculpture Park, this is an historic country inn. It’s also home to a very decent bar and a beautiful garden where they serve up fresh pizzas cooked in their outdoor oven.
Jumps Road, Churt, Farnham GU10 2LD
Only minutes off the M25 and yet found in perfect tranquillity, The Black Swan’s beautiful garden is ideal for a little al fresco dining. As well as excellent food and drink, they host a classic car and bike meet every second Sunday of the month too.
Old Lane, Ockham, Cobham KT11 1NG
With views out across the Surrey Hills, Botley Hill Farmhouse manages to keep a little of its hidden gem status because it’s so tucked away – but it really is worth a journey. As well as its early 16th century farmhouse and gorgeous views, there’s also the handy Sheep Shed tea room separate to the main pub. It’s a prime destination for cyclists and walkers.
Limpsfield Road, Warlingham CR6 9QH
This stylish place is part of the White Brasserie Company these days and remains one of the area’s prettiest pubs. With 17th century roots it balances old and new and is a top spot for a leisurely pint overlooking Downside Common.
Downside Common, Downside, Cobham KT11 3NX
Dating back to the 15th century, The Dog & Pheasant is just about the quintessential English pub: all low-hanging wooden beams, log fires and interesting village characters! The pub is found in a gorgeous location, surrounded by a lovely garden and with a cricket pitch across the road.
Haslemere Road, Brook GU8 5UJ
9. The Dolphin
This traditional 17th century pub is a very special place, located in the quaint village of Betchworth and in the shadow of the North Downs. Grab a sharing board, a tipple or two and make their garden your home for a lazy, sunny afternoon.
The Street, Betchworth RH3 7DW
10. The Donkey
The two resident donkeys, Pip and Dusty, are an integral part of the character and history of this old pub, and in the summer months they enjoy being close to the clientele enjoying the pub’s garden and terrace. The great food makes this spot another hidden gem.
Charles Hill, Tilford GU10 2AU
11. The Drummond
Among Albury’s scenic chimney stacks and red brick cottages, the hanging baskets of The Drummond still catch the eye. Found by the River Tillingbourne, it’s blessed with a great garden and conservatory to soak up the rays. They also happen to love hog roasts and BBQs.
Albury Street, Albury GU5 9AG
With an offering that more than lives up to Chobham’s foodie village reputation, this is a fantastic modern country pub. While the food is mouth-watering, you’re just as likely to find regulars stretching out on the patio with a drink and a few horses tied to hitching posts.
13-15 Burrow Hill Green, Chobham GU24 8QP
One of Englefield Green’s oldest pubs, dating back to 1780, the Fox and Hounds is found in an idyllic location right next to Windsor Great Park, and a short distance from Guards Polo Club and Virginia Water Lake. With hacking popular in the area, horses are welcome too and can be tied up at the front of the pub.
Bishopsgate Road, Englefield Green TW20 0XU
Perhaps not as famous as some of the racecourse-side pubs, The Jolly Coopers (which is found just outside the town centre) has been making a bit of a name for itself over the past year or two. They also have their very own microbrewery.
84 Wheelers Lane, Epsom KT18 7SD
Surely boasting one of the best views in Surrey, ably supported by its beautiful terraced garden, the King William IV is among this writer’s very favourite destinations. Despite parking being a little tricky (stick to the main road and walk up to the pub) it can get pretty busy, but is well worth the effort.
Byttom Hill, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6EL
16. Kingswood Arms
This pretty family-run pub has long been at the heart of the Kingswood community (since 1898, in fact) and boasts a large garden that’s perfect for catching up over a meal or drinks with friends. Its restaurant is found in the pub’s conservatory, so let there be light.
Waterhouse Lane, Banstead, Kingswood KT20 6EB
Situated on Weston Green beside Marney’s Pond, it’s said that Marney’s started life as a hostelry in the mid-1700s as a hunting lodge for Hampton Court Palace. Whatever the origins, it’s a great place for food and drink, and boasts a lovely garden.
Alma Road, Esher KT10 8JN
18. The Mill
Another riverside icon, this pub is found in a unique converted mill. Steeped in history, it 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 shades.
Farnham Road, Elstead, GU8 6LE
19. The Onslow Arms
One of those pubs that you’d be just as happy at enjoying a local tipple with the Sunday papers, watching jazz with a wine or settling down for a meal with friends and family. There’s a well-stocked bar, a relaxed ambience and a welcoming enclosed courtyard garden that are sure to appeal.
The Street, West Clandon, Guildford GU4 7TE
20. The Park Hatch
Having been named Surrey’s best at the National Pub and Bar Awards in 2017, this family-owned pub has a large garden, perfect for a chilled afternoon.
Bookhurst Road, Cranleigh GU6 7DN
21. The Percy Arms
A little piece of South Africa, they specialise in exceptional steaks and summer braai (BBQ). The large garden has a stream and is overlooked by St Martha’s Church, perched high on the Surrey Hills above. Perfect as a beginning or end to outdoor adventures.
75 Dorking Road, Chilworth, GU4 8NP
22. Platform 3
While there are a few micropubs springing up now, Platform 3 has caught the imagination ever since this tiny former cab office by a station was transformed into probably the smallest pub in the UK. It’s also home to Brightwater Brewery.
37B The Parade, Claygate, KT10 0PD
23. The Plough Inn
Another pub that’s home to a microbrewery, they’ve also reopened the village shop next door. After a stroll up Leith Hill, a visit for a pint of their best and a seat in the garden (which has a small kitchen garden at the end) is a must.
Abinger Road, Coldharbour, RH5 6HD
24. The Queen’s Head
A classy place, found just round the corner from the Albury and High Clandon vineyards, The Queen’s Head has recently been refurbished. It’s only just off the A246 but feels like a world away.
The Street, East Clandon, GU4 7RY
25. The Red Barn
A 300-year-old rural retreat, this historic barn turned pub disguises a striking interior. Outside, the garden attracts punters like bees to a honey pot. 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 RH7 6LL
26. The Refectory
Every time you enter Milford’s The Refectory, there’s a tendency to catch your breath, as there aren’t many Surrey pubs like it. A transformed old cattle barn, its interior is huge but, handily, there’s also a well-kept garden to settle back in.
Old Portsmouth Road, Milford, Godalming GU8 5HJ
27. The Royal Oak
Only a short trip off the beaten track near Dorking and with sunset views over the open countryside, this Young’s pub is really rather blessed.
Royal Oak, Chart Lane South, Stonebridge RH5 4DJ
A little like royalty among Reigate’s pubs, The Skim is something of a tradition for many families in the area – often as a convenient excuse to escape the house and walk across the beautiful Reigate Heath or via the local fields and farms. It’s a comfortingly traditional place welcoming drinkers, diners and dogs alike.
Bonnys Road, Reigate RH2 8RL
Arguably the most secluded pub and restaurant in Surrey, The Stephan Langton Inn is never easily forgotten once you’ve found it, as attested by its dominance at the 2016 Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards: they picked up both the Pub of the Year and Best Local Menu crowns.
Friday Street, Abinger Common RH5 6JR
30. The Surrey Oaks
A local beer legend, The Surrey Oaks has regularly been named among the best pubs in Surrey and indeed Britain by CAMRA. Surrounded by idyllic countryside, this truly is a quintessentially English pub and the perfect place to unwind. They’re famous for their beer festivals, but the food is great too.
Parkgate Road, Parkgate RH5 5DZ
31. The Swan Inn
With a picture perfect ‘secret’ summer garden, The Swan is found in the stunning village of Chiddingfold and has a charming swagger to it. As an AA four star inn with a two rosette restaurant, it’s a classy venue that’s still welcoming for a leisurely tipple.
Petworth Road, Chiddingfold GU8 4TY
32. The Swan Hotel
Perched on the banks of the River Thames with its own private mooring, this 16th century hotel has been recently refurbished by Fuller’s. It’s a half hour walk along the towpath to the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds.
The Hythe, Staines TW18 3JB
If you ever need to explain the joy of an English pub to an overseas visitor, then The Three Horseshoes is probably a decent place to start. You walk into the chocolate box pretty building and straight into a bar that’s often packed with regulars. Then there’s the restaurant, which is hidden around the corner and a real gem, and the secluded garden, which is as lovely as you’d expect from this rural retreat.
Dyehouse Road, Thursley, GU8 6QD
34. The Weyside
Something of an icon in its own right, The Weyside is found only a few minutes walk outside Guildford town centre and yet looks out over the River Wey and watermeadows. It’s easy to see why it gets so busy and you might need to relive your holidays by leaving a towel to reserve a waterside seat! A great place to watch river life.
Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3XJ
35. The Wheatsheaf
The green at Esher is its own little world hidden away from the town’s cosmopolitan High Street. Recent years have seen The Wheatsheaf pub, which presides over the tranquil haven, enjoy a new and welcome lease of life.
40 Esher Green, Esher KT10 8AG
36. The White Horse
This Hascombe pub is home to a truly stunning country garden that’s perfect for relaxing in with your favourite tipple.
The Street, Hascombe, GU8 4JA
37. The William Bray
With a terrace that’s perfect for alfresco dining, The William Bray looks over the beautiful village of Shere. Try a wine from Albury Vineyard, Surrey Hills Brewery’s Shere Drop or how about a classic G&T with Silent Pool Gin?
Shere Lane, Shere, GU5 9HS
38. The Wiremill
Probably the only pub in Surrey that offers its own occasional waterskiing entertainment, The Wiremill is found in a converted 15th century mill on the edge of a lake. Don your shades and pretend you’ve flown off to warmer climes on sunny days…
Wire Mill Lane, Felbridge, RH7 6HJ
39. The Withies Inn
As quintessentially English as it gets, The Withies is a time-capsule and a welcome escape from the pace of modern living. Found just down the road from Loseley Park and Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, this is a cultured corner of the countryside.
Withies Lane, Compton, GU3 1JA
40. The Wotton Hatch
There can’t be many pubs better places to enjoy a sunset view over the fields. It takes a little bit of imagination to transform the passing traffic on the road into a lazy river but you soon adapt!
Guildford Road, Wotton, RH5 6QQ