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The Botley Hill Farmhouse, Warlingham - pub details

Botley Hill Farmhouse
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Address: Limpsfield Road, Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9QH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 21140) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Oxted (1.8 miles), Woldingham (2.6 miles), Hurst Green (2.7 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.5/10 (rated by 37 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Old Ship, Tatsfield (1.3 miles), Bull, Limpsfield (1.6 miles), Oxted Inn, Oxted (1.7 miles), Royal British Legion Limpsfield, Oxted (1.8 miles)

 

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Hadn't been here in a few years despite living nearby... good views outside and they normally had a couple of local real ales on hand pump, but the food was dreadful and the place was generally treading a fine line between homely and grot... I remember watching rats frolicking in the beer garden. A few years on and I stopped by for a speculative pint one Sunday afternoon and was amazed at the place’s transformation into a fully-fledged gastro-type affair; all whitewashed walls and exposed beams and smartly dressed bar staff. It was HEAVING with diners –I was seemingly the only person there for a drink, and was accordingly treated like something a pariah … I sat down at an empty table but was hurriedly told I couldn’t sit there as it was booked… as were ALL the other empty tables save for one; a high table on a stool, complete with tasteful candle lighting. No area reserved for drinkers. Couldn’t even stand at the bar since it was effectively a thoroughfare for staff carrying plates. Most peculiar. Calls itself a ‘Country Inn’… in no meaningful sense is this now a public house. But for what it’s worth they did have two beers on, both from the nearby Pilgrim Brewery in Reigate: Surrey Bitter and Progress. Hand pumps were out of use though; both were on gravity dispense (?) behind the bar. To my horror/amusement, when I asked for a pint of Progress (£4.10), the barmaid went over to a table by the casks and retrieved for me a 95% pre-poured pint; topping it up the remaining 5%. Absolutely flat as a pancake. I asked how long it had been hanging about…. “Only 10 minutes, if you don’t like it I can always pour you a fresh one”. Most peculiar. They’re clearly trying for something here… but it doesn’t quite seem to work. Admittedly, I didn’t try the food, so can’t comment, and everyone seemed to be enjoying their meals. But at the risk of sounding snobbish, it’s a bit of a second-tier, rather provincial attempt at something that’s already been done-to -death, infinitely better, everywhere else, and is already feeling a bit tired as a concept. They’ve even got a little ‘tea shop’ (‘The Sheep Shed’) next door to the ‘pub’ flogging overpriced ‘artisan’ food and drink. Honestly, I preferred it when there were rats and they had a bizarre line in tribute bands. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.
Sutho - 24 Apr 2016 20:48
I have not been to this pub for some years because it was dirty ,dingy and the food and drink was overpriced and poor value for money. I was persuaded by friends to go and revisit and what a REVELATION!! The pub is now warm,bright and above all offers a great range of drinks and food. Being a real ale drinker I was impressed by the range of 4 real ales on hand pump plus one real cider.The Abbotts ale was probably the best pint I have drunk in ages.Others on offer were Spitfire,Doombar and Hogs back. Staff were very friendly and attentive(not as before!) The new management team have done away with the disco nights and seem to be going more for a more discerning clientele who appreciate quality at a reasonable price. Seems to be more of a wedding venue at a weekend.
tatsfield - 1 Dec 2013 19:31
Believe me, I don't have a vendetta against this place but I went their and met up with some mates, for a drink.
My initialy impressions of a few months ago about the decor were now reinforced. The interior has been ruined in my opinion.
The walls are stark white and the wall lights are are unforgiving white as well. As I said before all the original dark beams/woodwork has been overpainted with a matt paint/emulsion in what appears to be a very pale creamy colour and this has accentuated the wood's blemishes in a most unpleasandt way.
The positive points then. The place was very warm - over warm or oppressive and very quiet on this October night. Including us, I only could account for about 8 or nine people but I did not go around the other side of the pub.
Frankly, I am not sure who are the owners now, of this establishment. There is only an A la Carte menu with quite a lot on it and a chef in the kitchen!
Well it's a convenient place for we three to meet up that's all I can say but they no longer sell J20 drinks but and 'H' equivalent.
HHGTTG - 17 Oct 2013 10:26
Well it's had a revamp and is advertiseds a 'Pub country and Dining' or something like that and this tells me it is now under the Mitchell and Butlers umbrella.
All the wooden beams and walls have now been painted all the same yuk-ish colour at least on my last visit about a month ago and didn't look very nice but perhaps that was in the early stages of a revamp
HHGTTG - 2 Aug 2013 10:17
Nowadays a very poor ale selection. two GK beers..and this claims to be a free house... and a Westerham beer.. Spirit of Kent with a Spitfire on the clip. I tried that beer elsewhere quite recently and didn't think much of it then..I will not try it a third time. If that represents the spirit of Kent how the well did we win the Battle of Britain?
Insearchofthebestpint - 25 Mar 2013 16:50

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