Restaurant Review, The Drummond at Albury: “A hugely relaxing, enjoyable and on-point destination.”

PUBLISHED: 18:01 16 September 2020 | UPDATED: 16:11 21 September 2020

The fish platter sharer to start. Image: Matthew Williams

The fish platter sharer to start. Image: Matthew Williams

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This family friendly riverside pub is tucked away in one of Surrey’s prettiest villages

The Drummond - a picturesque inn in the village of Albury. Image: Matthew WilliamsThe Drummond - a picturesque inn in the village of Albury. Image: Matthew Williams

Despite having The Drummond recommended to me numerous times over the years and being a regular visitor to the nearby Albury Organic Vineyard, we had somehow never stopped by this historic inn until now.

That an irresistible urge to finally visit surged over us while visiting Ockley Farmers’ Market outside Village Greens Farm Shop in Ockley, some 10 miles away, is hard to explain but for reasons of food and drink research our Sat Nav was quickly reconfigured to Albury.

Among Surrey’s prettiest villages, with its wonderfully ornate chimneys and sweeping through road, Albury is a place that it is extremely easy to be attracted too. And, at its centre, lies The Drummond. What is not immediately obvious to passers-by perhaps, is the beautiful riverside garden that is hidden behind the picturesque façade.

Tables are dotted around with colourful chequered tablecloths and huge all-weather umbrellas providing protection from the elements, and on a sunny day it feels like you have found your way to some rural retreat in southern France. We visit on a whim, and fortunately walk-ins are allowed and well-managed as long as there is room available.

We are seated with our daughter in tow and a game of our family staple, snakes and ladders, is quickly on the go. Drinks are ordered and Sylviane and I just can’t resist the holiday vibes. We opt for the shared fish platter.

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A delicious heap of smoked salmon, crayfish tails, deep-fried whitebait, smoked mackerel pate, prawn cocktail, anchovies with aioli and bread arrives. We dive straight in and it is all good.

One look at the mains and the Albury trout has to be ordered. Caught from the Albury Estate lakes only a few minutes’ walk away, it is a quality piece of fish served simply but deliciously. By this point we have almost forgotten we are still in the Surrey Hills.

Sylviane’s chicken, leek and mushroom pie is perhaps a more likely Surrey pub staple but it’s very good, nevertheless.

All the while, a bubbling mix of booked in diners, staunch regulars and weary travellers whirls around us and it is all rather lovely.

This isn’t a place where they try to wow or sweep you off your feet; it is just a hugely relaxing, enjoyable and on-point destination for some decent food and drink.

What we ate

Starters: Fish platter to share, £11.95

Mains: Albury trout with crushed potatoes, broccoli and a chive cream sauce, £14.95

Homemade chicken, leek and mushroom pie with gravy, mixed greens and mash, £14.95

- The Drummond at Albury The Street, Albury, GU5 9AG Web: thedrummond.co.uk

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