The Elm Shades, Redhill - pub details
Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 17712) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras
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|Wot, no reviews for 5 years?|
Anyway this place has closed and was being refurbished over Christmas. Allegedly sold by SN (yes, another one) and to be reopened as a "gastro-pub". We shall see...
lynx - 20 Jan 2013 02:48
|Alas, closed, after a variety of licensee changes - some good, some bad, but ultimately not appealing. This, combined with the obvious high land value and being on the fringes of Shephers Neame's estate, seem to have conspired against the Shades, which closed a few months ago. |
We are reliably advised former restauranteurs from the old Westerly in Reigate are now at the helm and are seeking to re-open the premises as a high-end eaterie. However, word on the local streets has it that it will not remain in 'pub' format, so its days as a worthwhile boozer look like they're numbered.
Trade for Christmas was mooted, but to date it remains closed with no interior or exterior work having begun.....
TWG - 19 Dec 2012 17:41
|It is a bit old school but there is nothing wrong with that.|
Bit difficult to judge the pub too much as it was very quiet on the Saturday lunchtime when we popped in. Spitfire was in good nick.
Beer garden was quite pleasant and staff friedly.
kevmac - 30 Sep 2012 09:11
|Up for sale.|
oaktreedog - 25 Sep 2012 14:45
|Obviously people care so little about the Shades' performance that not one single soul has considered it worthwhile commenting on it on way or the other in 4.5 years! Or maybe just none of its punters use this site. |
In any case, in the 5 years and 4 reviews since I last commented, much has come and gone - certainly in the way of licensees, who for whataver reasons have never seemingly stayed for long, despite none of them making a complete hash of the place.
Visited for the first time in at least 9 months last Saturday, following virtual ejection from the Plough at 11:20 (like the bad old days pre-Licensing Act!) in the hope of a last one-for-the-road beer. Against all hope we found the Shades still serving. And what they served was splendid: the finest Kent's Best I've had in some while. Full range of Shep's in evidence. The chap behind the bar looked somewhat raddled but seemed to know his cellarmanship - he apparently has many years of pub-propping experience. All good, though sadly he is merely passing through too, acting as temporary manager until a permanent licensee can be tempted in.
Whilst the pub is certainly a more gritty experience than it once was, it was none the worse for it. It needed a bit of character and edge to get people back in, and certainly there was a good core of chaps quietly quaffing around the bar come last knockings last Saturday. Sallow-skinned and briney the couple managing it maybe, but very friendly and responsive to the right sort of punters: a group of mostly underage youths were politely but firmly refused entry after 11:30 despite their pleadings. I got the feeling your man could have handled things if they'd taken a nasty turn, which in Redders is always handy.
This review will probably be ignored whatever, and won't likely be current for long, but it's nice to let people know the pub is still doing its thing and might be worth a punt if you're in the vicinity.
TWG - 6 Dec 2011 17:53
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