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Address: 5, Brighton Rd, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6PP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1993) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Redhill (0.3 miles), Earlswood - Surrey (0.6 miles), Reigate (1.6 miles)

Brewery: Harveys

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Jon gone; and with him the management company that let the place run down so badly.

We'll see what happens next, and whether Harveys are really interested in restoring the Garland as one of their flagship ale houses. There is a lot of work to be done.

In the meantime don't expect any food, and do expect frankly hit-and-miss ale quality. Steve is running the show for now, and things are starting to look promising again.
lynx - 31 Jul 2018 15:53
After a decidedly thin period of two weeks during which the management company Harvey's have drafted-in to run The Garland (and who are in fact now the signed tenants) initially employed someone entirely unsuited to managing pubs and who threatened to lose it what modest custom remained, things have been rectified considerably. This is mostly thanks to the appointment of Jon, who was known and liked prior to his arrival, and seems to have a far-better notion of how to run this kind of venue, and is receptive specifically to what 'Garlanders' prefer.

Drinks-wise, things remain as they were, although with a broader - and I am bound to say more-consistently-kept - range of Harvey's cask beers available. Usually one will find at least five served, rising to six plus a real cider (Cheddar Valley at present). I believe this will help to gradually lure back some of those who were disillusioned and restore the pub to one of its key strengths - provision of sound beer. For non-cask lovers, Jon has also reinstated Guinness, alongside a couple of lager options, which may well please some folk.

Food is being catered-for nicely and what looks to be a suitably-pitched menu is now operating - i.e. hearty and accessible pub meals offered at what I'd judge as competitive prices. I've yet to sample the solid wares myself, but it can't help but lend a hand to bringing back a more healthy balance sheet.

D├ęcor is as it ever was - by that I mean suited to the Victorian shell it sits in, but in need of some tender loving care! The brewery have agreed to a refurbishment, apparently scheduled for April, so watch this space. The musty and virtually shagpile-free carpet may only have to be endured for another couple of months!

Jon and Co seem to be taking the best of the past while tweaking things to ensure a more sustainable future. The management company seem to allow him a reasonable degree of autonomy, and he is free to introduce ideas that customer feedback indicates may be popular - meat raffles, sporting events etc. It's a long road yet to travel if it is to return fully to its finest hour, especially in today's restrictive climate. But I have more faith that it'll come closer now than in its darkest days of October. Best of luck folks.
Gamboozler - 16 Feb 2018 15:41
Alas, Pete and Anca have decided to call it a day early and hang up their beer towels. While I fully-appreciate they have reasons for this and they shall be much-missed, we must now hope that in a few months'' time, whoever is found to take over will be at least as good a custodian of this classic pub as its predecessors have in their different ways.

The difficulty is that from most sources I hear from, the direction that Harvey''s Brewery seem to be taking is far from one which most would like to see, and increasingly they are marginalising tenanted arrangements in favour of managed houses, which does not in my book bode well for the future. It will take someone very tolerant and in love with the industry to want to work with them now. As always, only time will tell.

Gamboozler - 1 Sep 2017 16:04
The Garland is this year's recipient of the coveted East & Mid Surrey CamRA 'Pub of the Year' Award, which is arguably a long-overdue recognition of its primacy as a local hostelry built on decent cask beer. Well done Pete for securing this accolade.

I should just add for anyone still using this site for information on pubs is that food-wise things are developing too; Anca is utilising her heritage to provide a range of Romanian dishes, served tapas-style, on the first Thursday of every month.
Gamboozler - 21 Mar 2017 12:50
Pete's second beer fest went ahead last weekend, I would surmise to even greater audiences than his first, as although around the same number of additional cask ales were available (12), he laid on live music, which is always a draw here, to the point where it can get somewhat claustrophobic! Not always my cup o' tea, as I like to have some bullish banter and chirpy chat in my local, which can be rendered difficult or impossible when a band is playing and their entourage tend to takeover for the evening.

But it undeniably keeps tills ringing, and I'm hugely pleased that this formula, which besides the extra beers is now used every three weeks with a regular live act performing either Fri or Sat eve, puts the place in the pink.

A national range of beers were represented for 2016, and the six I sampled were found in generally good form, though particularly so earlier doors on the Saturday, as at that point fewer folk were in as the band were yet to begin. Friday late doors saw slightly warmer and flatter ale, but then with that number of people about, as well as humid conditions, it's no wonder.

Keep on doing the fests folks, and keep on improving.
Gamboozler - 28 Jun 2016 17:47

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