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Whyteleafe Tavern, Whyteleafe

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user reviews of the Whyteleafe Tavern, Whyteleafe

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An update. Now surrounded by scaffolding and work underway - one of the vans outside last week had a name on the side something like "the pub refurbishment company". So a bit of 'Googling' reveals that it will indeed be coming back as a pub.

Apparently, its been bought up by the Craft Union Pub Company, not an outfit with which I'm familiar but their website (although low on detail) seems to to indicate that they are into sports and music bars. The immediate area has lacked a decent pub for decades and it would be great to see a proper, friendly, local pub open up. A sports and music focus may not do it, but fingers crossed and let's see...
on_the_brightside - 2 Jun 2019 17:45
Looks very much like its closed.

Went past today and all boarded up with steel security panels over all the downstairs windows and doors and the pub name removed from the front of the building. It was open a few days ago so seems to shut down pretty fast.

Never been a particularly enjoyable place to visit in my view - the news link below says it all really...

The place occupies quite a big plot and it would be fab to see it taken over and rejuvenated as there are so few good pubs nearby. I suspect its destined to be knocked down and flats will appear though.
on_the_brightside - 30 Mar 2019 17:56
Wednesday night football a few weeks ago at Whyteleafe FC so it was decided the Whyteleafe tavern would be the perfect meeting point.

My first ever visit but dead handy for the station.

Very much a locals pub in the heart of the community, the interior is a bit old hat but there’s plenty of seating areas, a pool table, darts board and various tele’s for watching sport on.

Out the front on the main road is a large seating area with umbrella’s to shade from the sun!

Drink wise the ale choice was minimal with only 2 ales on, Fullers London Pride plus Young’s Bitter, neither were that well kept but that’s not a surprise a most of the punters were drink lager.

Not a bad pub and served a purpose for a few beers before football.
lezford - 5 May 2015 13:47
Not been in here in a while. It looks like its turning into the local 'community centre' - or actually 'centre of the community'. That isn't intended to sound like a criticism or churlish. The sea food stall, regular events and so on (albeit on a piece of concrete near a busy roundabout don't make it rural village bliss) are a nice touch. Will visit indoors and report.

on_the_brightside - 15 Jul 2014 23:57
Visited last Tuesday and found the pub spotless and friendly.Nice food and beer and friendly staff.Highly recommend as this is my second visit to this pub and always enjoy. Train to London two mins away.
ahthatsbass - 23 Aug 2012 21:50
Only a couple of Ales on tap, could be better looked after.
Guinness, Lager & Cider ok.
BBQs are great.
Always busy on weekends.
& Landlord doesn't tolerate trouble.
caterhambloke - 7 Jun 2012 20:36
Despite this being my local I haven't visited it for around six years: it's had a bit of a grim reputation! Went there on a Saturday evening, brightly lit, packed out and very lively. There were four plasma screens showing football and a deafening duo singing cover versions. Had a pint of London Pride which was not great, they had several others on including Spitfire. Most people seemed to be drinking 1664 or Magners. Not really my bag of chips but if you're looking for a pub with a lively atmosphere on a Saturday night it could be worth checking out.
alan_From_SAWW - 5 Mar 2011 22:35
Idiots like bateman now give opinions on pubs they were never in....
randolf7 - 7 Feb 2011 14:39
Thought I'd check this pub out, after reading all the positive reviews.

Looked in the window ... all I could see was men and TV screens everywhere.

Didn't even enter. Luckily there was a train due 6 minutes later.

On the train by 1:45 after just 1 pint on a walking day out ... unheard of.
Pat_Bateman - 7 Feb 2011 09:59
have to agrre with last two posts.a great pub atmosphere every time i visit.bright ,friendly pub and tom always takes time to welcome punters.i have reported that vitriolic,slanderous post a while ago and cant understand how its still there.
ahthatsbass - 9 Jul 2010 21:04
A properlocal. Tom and Becky really look after their customers. Being a grandprix fan the TV is turned on and ready every fortnight. It's my localand unlike so many 'locals' it actually tries to make their customers welcome and happy. Dog friendly and well behaved children welcome. If you are a carnivore try one of Tom's BBQ's. They have transformed this pub and removed those that don't behave - hence some of the vitriolic postings i have read - ignore these - they actually shouldnt be allowed on the site as they dont conform to the policy.
grandprixfan - 8 Jul 2010 15:18
Tom is actually one of the best landlords in the business and a very friendly guy. I expect some of the negative comments have come from people he's barred. The Whyteleafe is a curates egg of a pub. Some parts of it I like, some I don't. But, it's my local and I'll support it.
brightboy - 26 Jun 2010 08:24
What a shit pit of a pub this is!

The owner Tom is a nasty, horrible fat piece of shit. He is aggressive, rude and has a bad gambling problem. His alcoholic missus Rebecca is not much better. They make a right pair.

Anyone who has enjoyed this pub must have gone when he had a rare win on the horses and was in a good mood.

Beer is awful, locals not overly welcoming and food is a health hazard.

Do not frequent this dive
beermonkey2010 - 8 May 2010 15:15
nice put to pop in for a quick drink - always see the landlord who is very welcoming and friendly. havent eaten in there and to be honest wasnt very aware they had a menu! was nice and warm and had a pool table and cosy smoking area. so overall not bad.
nicci_bee - 4 Jan 2010 12:11

visited on xmas eve and atmosphere was brilliant--so friendly--landlord getting everybody into party mood.will make a habit of going to this pub when im in the area as i always leave in good humour(even without alcohol on board!!)

visited on xmas eve and the atmosphere was electric--

ahthatsbass - 27 Dec 2009 19:59
Not a great pub and considering it's the only one in the area it could be so much more

But I suppose having no competiton it doesn't need to be anything else as people will always drink here
welling01 - 21 Oct 2009 15:16
Dog friendly pub with good Sunday lunch although restricted menu. Very friendly.
beertime - 14 Oct 2009 11:01
Great pub with great atmosphere,especially on Sat.nights.Was there recently and a 40th birthday was in full swing-lovely female singer and packed house.Lager was nice and cold and service was top class .Had Sunday roast next day and it was very nice and very reasonable.Landlord very friendly and mixed well with customers.Am looking forward to going again .
ahthatsbass - 27 Aug 2009 22:18
Dirty and smelly and the ales are always cloudy. Staff are friendly enough and the food always tastes nice but not a good pub.
gingerob - 17 May 2009 17:19
things have not got any better - took another chance on it last night and wish i hadn't! my own fault i know.

only that fat bully tom could ruin a pub when it is the only one in the area!!

do yourself a favour and avoid!
pc1 - 13 Apr 2008 13:58
If you fancy a fight with local chavs then check this out. Even better if you like poor quality overpriced beer and food thrown in to the bargain. Although the food is all lovingly prepared with their rat of a dog being allowed access all areas in the kitchen (and bar and cellar).

Overpriced poor quality beer leads the way here.

A rather miserable, loud, 'rotund' couple of Irish landlord and landlady really set this place off with their equally rude and loud friends normally being blind drunk betting continually on horse racing.

I can only assume other reviews were posted by their friends.

AVOID!! A real argument for lifeless themed chain pubs this one
pc1 - 21 Nov 2007 09:47
In an area totally devoid of pubs, the Whyteleafe Tavern needs to have a universal appeal to accommodate all tastes and luckily it does seem to achieve this. The neat and tidy U shaped bar has a pool table area at one end, comfortable surroundings for the chatty types, TVs for the sport fans and an outer beer patio for the sun lovers. The drinks range was fairly typical but the Spitfire and Pride were of good standard. Unless you live in the area there is little to attract you here however the the pub is friendly and the nearby football ground is quite picturesque with its tree lined terraces and is 5 minutes walk away.
RogerB - 29 Aug 2006 10:38
Me and some friends had lunch at this pub in the week which was lovely. We heard there was going to be a live band performing on the saturday night, we decided to go to this and it was amazing, a very enjoyable evening with a crowd of extremely friendly people. The Landlord, Landlady and bar staff were very down to earth and welcoming. Went to the Wednesday night as well, which is a nice break in the week to let your hair down and play bingo and sing karaoke. Great range of beers but could do with a guest Ale. Good selection of different wines and bottled drinks. Found sitting out the front nice but the roundabout does sometimes get a little noisy. Great beer garden out the back that is secluded and quiet. All in all a nice pub.
saxgirluk - 10 Aug 2006 11:11
My good lady and I visited this pub one day last year.
The weather was just about good enough to sit outside - but we probably won't do that again.
Besides the traffic on the roundabout, there was also dust in the air [from building sites, perhaps, and diesel particulates and other sources too, I guess].
The location seem to be susceptible to wind, too: the parasols [this is England 'umbrellas'!]wanted to go bowling down the road once or twice.
The beer - Spitfire - was OK.
The cider was OK.
Not unwelcoming staff and clientele.
And pleasant decor inside the pub.

having said that, I would not visit it epecially.
I would revisit if in Whyteleaf and in need of a drink.

So - five.
railtracksurvivor - 5 May 2006 19:28
Situated on a busy roundabout on the A22 Godstone Road. Not overly pleasant location and not overtly friendly either but survives I suppose because there is not another pub for miles in all directions. Living in Whyteleafe I suppose this is my local but would drive somewhere else like The Wattenden in Kenley or go to an off-licence
N - 1 Feb 2005 10:46

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