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40 Surrey pubs with beer gardens to visit this summer

PUBLISHED: 14:11 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:11 25 May 2018

Top row: Percy Arms (Photo: John Powell); King William IV; Mill at Elstead (Photo: Matthew Williams)  Middle row: Queen's Head; Cricketers (Photo: Andy Newbold); Refectory (Photo: Matthew Williams) Bottom row: Platform 3; Weyside (Photo: Matthew Williams); White Horse (Photo: Matthew Williams)

Top row: Percy Arms (Photo: John Powell); King William IV; Mill at Elstead (Photo: Matthew Williams) Middle row: Queen's Head; Cricketers (Photo: Andy Newbold); Refectory (Photo: Matthew Williams) Bottom row: Platform 3; Weyside (Photo: Matthew Williams); White Horse (Photo: Matthew Williams)

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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

 

1. Abinger Hatch

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

 

3. The Barley Mow

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

 

4. Bel & The Dragon

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

 

5. The Black Swan

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

 

6. Botley Hill Farmhouse

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

 

7. The Cricketers

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

 

8. The Dog & Pheasant

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

 

12. The Four Horseshoes

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

 

13. The Fox and Hounds

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

 

14. The Jolly Coopers

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

 

15. The King William IV

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

 

17. Marney’s

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

 

28. Skimmington Castle

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

 

29. The Stephan Langton Inn

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

 

33. The Three Horseshoes

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

 

 

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