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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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
|The "Nut" - Well I would like to post an up to date review of this pub as I feel some of the others are a bit out of date! The Old Chestnut has been under New Management since May 2006, who are really friendly and welcoming. Since this date the Nut has changed for the better! In this time there have been many improvements, including the wider range of bitters that have gone down really well with customers. The Magners is now only £3.00 a bottle which is about right. As a customer myself I can say there have been no Rucks or fights and actually that Friday and Saturday nights are really good in there. They are regualrly trying to do events, such as charity nights, discos, fancy dress, pool and darts nights etc and welcome any new suggestions from customers. I would recommend anyone passing by to pop in and actually see all the good results that the new managemnt have achieved. Well done for making the Chestnut a lovely place to come.|
Lady1 - 20 Mar 2007 11:50
|The "Nut" is full of local ne'er-do-wells and old pirates, which in a perverse kind of way does make for a certain gritty honesty and character which many local pubs lack. The previous licensee managed for a time to ban the use of pool cues as offensive weapons, and the yobby underclass which used to frequent it went elsewhere, but it seems it's back to its old ways now. |
What a waste; this could be a decent community local with the right person running it - Earlswood isn't entirely populated by marauding morons with no taste for anything other than violent confrontation.
TWG - 12 Oct 2006 13:21
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