The Old Chestnut, Earlswood - pub details
Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2956) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras
- Sky TV, Jukebox
- Pool table (One), Dartboard
- Outside seating
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|Still not in any way shape or form a regular at The Chestnut, but in case anyone's at all interested on this site, it did re-open for business (a couple of weeks later than scheduled), and has been transformed into a far-smarter and wide-rnaging venue, yet without losing its essential local pub character. On my only visit thus far I spoke to the licensee who confirmed Punch to still own the freehold - perhaps not surprising given how much money had been put into the refurb; it's heartening for once to see a large pubco taking a punt on one of its locals and allowing enough investment to appeal to a wider audience and hopefully flourish. |
Obviously the place was in decent nick - could still smell the paint etc. Amongst the continued emphasis on branded lagers and other mainstream drinks, there is a slightly greater accent on cask ales - three now on offer (Sharp's Doom Bar, Fuller's London Pride and a guest which has varied although the clip isn't always facing frontwards - I doubt there's much of a market for the real stuff round here but I'm pleased they're trying). Also, cheap pub meals are served with general deals (can't comment on quality - I'd guess it's trying to compete with JDW), and Lavazza coffee seems to be a big noise here now - I think they even open some mornings to serve it with breakfast, but personally I'll be staying loyal to Matt at nearby Earlswood Station!
They have made a beautiful job of the front garden area - a vast improvement on the crumbly tarmac of old. I understand Sky Sports, pool and the local favourite darts are all still available as before. I don't think they're likely to alienate the former punters, yet there is some chance they may glean a few new ones here and there. As always, time will tell.
No rating as I don't really know what's what after only one drop-in. Find out for yourselves.
Gamboozler - 20 Jan 2015 17:52
|I'm still not clear as to whether Punch have sold this gritty local boozer on now and if so, to whom, but what I can confirm if anyone's at all interested is that it's currently undergoing some fairly invasive refurbishment, both inside and out, with the promise that the revitalised Chestnut will reopen its doors for trade on Thursday 6th November. |
Whilst I would encourage something of an overhaul as the place had slid into a rather unkempt state in recent years, and a more modern mix of traditional and current decor may be welcome, I do hope whoever is now at the helm harbours no silly ideas of trying to render the OC more upmarket. It is an earthy local drinkers venue where fine food or craft beers play little part; brand lager and plain crisps are the order of the day here, and as far as I know most locals who use it regularly prefer it that way. Trying to turn this into anything but a solid local for the working men of Earlswood would likely be a big mistake. For all its faults, the OC was always swelled with punters and if it changes, I imagine all that good custom will be lost forever.
A cautious optimism I think around the refurb. Best wishes to whoever has taken it on and I hope you play to its former strengths while keeping a lid on its past weaknesses.
Gamboozler - 10 Oct 2014 11:20
|Rick, the trusty licensee of some years who always wanted to do more with the pub but couldn't owing to his lager 'n' pool-driven clientele, and the constraints of being a Punch tenant, has now moved on and the lease is up for sale. Popular though the Chestnut is locally, it really could go either way in future, depending on who takes over the reigns...|
Gamboozler - 9 May 2014 13:05
A useful venue to meet before or after a visit to the neighbouring curry house. Never going to win prizes for beauty, but it is a better environment inside than the exterior apperarance would suggest.
Usually one useful beer on - most recently Hogs Back TEA.
mafiosi - 15 Mar 2011 20:18
wolfdog - 10 Sep 2010 09:52
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