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Mad Hatter, Surbiton

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Notices in the windows say 'temporarily closed' and the pub is for sale.
JDchaser - 31 Oct 2011 14:59
Now re-opened under its former name The Victoria (not to be confused with the Young's pub of the same name down on Victoria Road, Surby). It's had a spruce up. There aren't that many pubs on this side of Surbiton: the Waggon and Horses then The New Prince, the Victoria and then a walk down into Tolworth and The Royal Oak. Doable on a crawl.
JDchaser - 30 May 2011 16:45
should of stayed closed
ganga - 28 Apr 2010 20:23
Not closed at all. A good little venue for small bands like the one tonight - cosy around the bar. Fullers London Pride, a bit stale, but never mind. Here we are now, entertain us. Very near to the New Prince but there is room for two pubs along this pleasant road between Surbiton and Kingston.
rainlight - 28 Mar 2010 00:34
Passed by the other day (March 2010) and the pub has reopened.
johnq2db - 22 Mar 2010 09:06
This pub closed last month (Feb 2010) - not sure if it will reopen.
johnq2db - 9 Mar 2010 16:40
Pub was very friendly, word has it a new partner will be replacing an old one soon with some great new ideas for the pub very exciting, watch this space
masonkai2004 - 2 Feb 2008 08:44
new landlord seems decent down to earth sort
Ziggy66 - 19 Oct 2006 21:56
I thought this was a proper down-to-earth local pub. One real ale, London Pride, but in good condition. Live music and a friendly enough place I thought.
beeronaut - 10 Sep 2006 01:02
useed to avoid like the plague - new guv seems to have got rid of the trash

anyone go here in the mid 80s - when it was the vic with the alcoholic ex-boxer landlord?
Ziggy66 - 3 Sep 2006 09:11
Would rather spend the night in Kingston cells. Dirty, filthy and rank.
simonam - 22 Jun 2006 12:20
Up to the bar to order our 2nd pints and was totally ignored by landlord who was more interested in sorting out little drinking glasses with a kid behind the bar than serving. He then proceeded to serve a guy who had just walked in so we left.

Possibly the most unattractive pub that I have been to in the Kingston area and we certainly will never go in there again
anonymous - 3 Jun 2005 09:07
6 rooms ensuite great sport especially rugby
liam - 4 Feb 2005 00:19
I wouldn't call it brilliant. It is adequate, but nothing special. Suffers from having gaudy adverts on the windows promoting "Live Sport Inside", which suggests a population of chavs. It was also unnervingly bright, and the open-plan layout made me feel that I was constantly being watched by the suspicious regulars. Maybe I'm just paranoid.


The Parkhillian - 5 Nov 2004 17:55
This pub is brilliant. As mentioned below it won the 2004 NIRAD pub crawl of surbiton, which rated and assessed 18 out of around 22 pubs in surbiton. The lanlord is a legend, the beer is tasty and well kept, the decor is pleasing and the customer service is excellent. I advise everyone to give it ago.
<STAMP> NIRAD Seal of Approval <STAMP>

N.B. NIRAD (New Inn Regulars Against Development) was set up to protest against the closure of a series of local public houses owned by the bad, bad people at Wizard Inns.
Nick - 28 Sep 2004 13:38
great pub with big screen , friendly landlord and staff ,always have rolls on offer if not you got munchies opposite , great pub
t b - 31 Aug 2004 21:51
a very good pub withloads of sport big on rugby greatbeers very friendly atmospere good accomidation
a lodger who stayed 3 weeks - 24 Aug 2004 19:11
The NIRAD pub of Surbiton. This place is monumental. The landlord is an absolute hero, by far the best I have ever come across. A fantastic range of spirits, a stunnign barmaid, and even ensuite rooms available should you get lucky. This pub has everything. He even rolled out the projection tv when I asked if he could check the cricket score, I cannot big this pub up enough, it shall become a regular haunt, that is for sure.
Scotty boy - 23 Aug 2004 08:54
I know you visited this once before but it has really changed since you last visited. There is such a fab atmosphere, good live music often, great staff and the landlord will make you feel like your his best friend. Drinks are reasonably priced and there is a big range.
anonymous - 6 Jun 2004 16:15
Top trouble free local pub, little on the real ale side but the excellent landlord more than makes up for that, always a warm welcome for regulars and new people a like.
Rob - 31 Dec 2003 16:34
You won't look out of place wearing your hat (any hat) in here. An unwatched TV in the corner was showing racing and dogs while the bar area had a large array of lager/keg pumps, fortunately the London Pride handpump was there hiding in the corner
lout_from_the_lane - 18 Dec 2003 17:06
Great staff, fab landlord. Will always find the match you want to watch on one of the 3 tvs they now have. Also live music some friday nights. Friendly atmosophere. Good range of drinks at decent prices. Def. worth a visit.
anonymous - 4 Nov 2003 11:39
Best pub around the Alpha road estate. Always busy, good staff, has atmosphere. Only the new prince has better beer.
jon-paul - 17 Oct 2003 15:44
Joe is a great guy and always has a welcome ven if an irregular like me. He even has a soft spot for Newcastle United!

David
David Towns - 15 Jul 2003 15:28
very nice pub - Joe the landrord is great and makes everyone very welcome. The beers/lagers are always very good as well as the food (they will even open up th kitchen when you ask) - great for football sports and they don't have the london club only mentality which surrounding pubs have (esp the dreadful royal oak)
simon - 30 Sep 2002 13:16

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