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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|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
|By way of update to my review of 12 Oct '06 I should echo the sentiments of Lady1 and say that happily, the Chestnut does now appear to be in the right hands, and has seen a surprising epiphany in recent months. |
Whilst it remains an undeniably basic local, with an emphasis on Sky TV and sports, mention must be made of 3 things that have worked wonders in improving the fabric of the place and broadening its appeal: the decor, the beer range and the staff.
The pub has been sensitively overhauled and the phoenix that has risen from the ashes is clean, modern, airy yet not lacking in warmth. No longer is this place a '70s relic.
Next, the licensee, Rick, appears to be desirous of engendering more interest in local beers, and he now serves a well-kept range of ales that are rarely seen locally; Pilgrim Progress, Hog's Back TEA and Hobgoblin Best have all featured lately. Whilst many locals might not favour these over flavourless fizz, hopefully the word will get out and a broader set of drinkers will start to appreciate what is now offered.
On top of this, apart from the congenial Rick and his wife(?), I have found all the young bar staff to be friendly and efficient, and happy to engage with all customers regular or otherwise.
So all in all, a significant improvement, and it just goes to show what can be achieved in a short time by the right people. I hope they stick at it and that their efforts are rewarded by greater custom in future.
TWG - 30 May 2007 10:22
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