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The Jolly Farmers, Betchworth

Old Gam is reviewing closed pubs again - and dreaming.

20 Jul 2015 14:47

The Tower, Redhill

Oen today - Sunday.

And doing food during the week.

10 May 2015 22:30

Leadbelly's, Newquay

Blue - this pub closed about 2.5 years ago.

Why tell us what has been posted before, 2.5 years later?

5 May 2015 23:29

The Hastings Arms, Hastings

Accurate. All the old biddies want is to sell standard (sub) food to families. Better profit margin. Avoid.

13 Apr 2015 22:13

The Surrey Oaks, Newdigate

Quite right bright - these chaps are living in the past. There's nothing wrong with this pub - its just become a hub for Camera type moaners.

17 Jun 2014 07:20

The Abinger Arms, Abinger Hammer

CLOSED - now a cookery school.

15 Jun 2014 21:25

The Prince Of Wales, Westcott

CLOSED (learn Gam, simple - no need to review a dead pub)

15 Jun 2014 21:23

The New Prince, Surbiton

Is Bill Butler still working at the New Prince?

24 Feb 2014 14:58

The Queens Head, Bradfield

But apart from that Keith, do you recommend the place?

9 Sep 2013 13:30

London and County, Eastbourne

'Full of unpleasant old men'....

Slerpy, this place seems made for you!

6 Sep 2013 10:37

The Prince of Wales, Reigate

Closed - for refurb; passed by the pub today.

14 Aug 2013 14:32

The Glamorgan, Croydon

More pub staff news from old slerpy. Who cares about these people?

13 Aug 2013 10:06

The George, Croydon

Old slerpy feels he must update us on pub staff changes.....

13 Aug 2013 10:03

The Rifleman Inn, Epsom

Excellent and tasteful refurb completed; the pub is now much bigger and has the best beer garden in the area - all new, with a BBQ. Food is now served and the new governor is a pleasant/friendly chap. Beer is well kept and this place will give other Epsom pubs a big run for their money. Not before time....

12 Aug 2013 15:47

The Bulls Head, Reigate

Now for tim-dims and tory-boys, says the last poster but one. And for those fashionable/wine bar types who like paying over £5 a pint!

Rubbish. This is a just a normal/nice local boozer with good beer, excellent food - and a lovely beer garden which has fine BBQ's in the summer.

Local celebrities Tony Tobin and Alfie Moon are quiet regulars. Not sure about Kate Moss!

8 Jun 2013 13:15

The Cricketers, Croydon

Over 50 posts here now from slerpy - all positive about this pub. Well known local OAP with a major vested interest.

29 May 2013 11:16

The Moon on the Hill, Sutton

For blackdragon (who often just types 'looooooooool' - whatever childish significance that has!) to give advice on posting is as silly as someone telling him to wash. Known in Sutton as 'scratchy'.........

29 May 2013 10:11

The Tower, Redhill

Maybe...but, I think the hoardings may be for safety. The building is in a bad way after the fire.

28 Feb 2013 10:53

The Admiral, Reigate

Almost worth a visit. Ian the Scots owner (often in the background) watches Lesley - his partner and the name on the business (!) - and Dawn, the patsie. Closing soon we hope locally in NL, before/after the court case. Ian - greed at all costs - who cares about neighbours or anything else?

4 Jan 2013 22:42

The Royal Oak, Rusper

TWG's last comment was more an 'ad' than anything else - for this pub which he also continues to campaign for, against CAMRA. Briefer, at least; sadly more biased.

2 Jan 2013 09:44

The Jolly Farmer, Weybridge

Yes weald - many on this site seem to have a vendetta and can't cope with a different/positive view on this pub. They have to resort to ridicule, attacks and accusations of us posters who think there are more good things about the JF, than bad. But we are not serious beer drinkers and have vested interests, etc.

26 Oct 2012 10:07

The Royal Oak, Rusper

Great post?

TWG will always type 1,000 word when 10 is enough; BITE seems to be his hobby, sadly.

A nice pub; c7 rating is accurate.

1 Oct 2012 22:48

The Hatch, Shaws Corner

Mediocre pub - usually empty because of a difficult location (on a bad bend/between Reigate and Redhill). A bus crashed into it a couple of weeks ago; demolished the pool room. Good beer though.

1 Oct 2012 22:29

The Inn At Kew, Kew

There are (still) over 40,000 pubs in the UK. I don't like those with loud music, TV sport, pool, strippers, unhygienic toilets etc. I just avoid them - why don't you (kev) - just stay out of those that cater for kids?

A pub is an outlet which trades on a business model - no entry after 11pm; no trainers; no groups. Some allow children; some - as typed already - do not. Darts are for 'oldies' - should I ask my local to get rid of the board and ban dogs and OAP's ('cause EYE don't like them) ?

1 Oct 2012 22:23

The Abbot, Redhill

The friendly landlady does not look like a witch - and the pub has Sky, starting today; the only one around to have it?

16 Sep 2012 12:08

Lewes Arms, Lewes

Quaint little place with friendly staff - but as brewmason says, spirits are vastly overpriced.

16 Sep 2012 12:01

The Elephant and Castle, Lewes

Good beer, friendly staff and ideal for sports fans; plenty of plasma screens showing different sports - and the food is well above average.

16 Sep 2012 11:56

The John Harvey Tavern, Lewes

Excellent pub and Harveys (brewed nearby). Friendly staff and good food. Only complaint; it gets very busy!

16 Sep 2012 11:52

The Crown Inn, Lewes

This fine building houses a truly awful pub where, it seems, every Lewes chav hangs out. Bad language and behaviour are the norm and there seems to be no management whatsoever.

16 Sep 2012 11:44

The Volunteer, Lewes

Nice pub - but very poor staff who have little interest is even being vaguely pleasant. Everything seems a chore, except chatting to their mates.

16 Sep 2012 11:37

The Gardeners Arms, Lewes

me240's March 2012 comment is apt! Grumpy woman - no, an awful one. Clearly, in the wrong job, she ruins a decent boozer and should retire; she's old enough!

As a result, the 7+ rating is inaccurate; 5- with this dreary person on board, who also was mentioned in Biggles' March 2012 post. We go to Lewes for a pleasant pub crawl; until this witch vacates, this pub is off the route.

16 Sep 2012 11:21

Lamb, Lewes

No review for a couple of years - during which period I've called in a few times. VERY quiet; usually I was the only customer.

16 Sep 2012 11:05

The Jolly Farmer, Weybridge

healy7 is correct. This is a pub review site and not a forum to discuss a private dispute. tmich is miffed he didn't get a job; so what? Looking at his vindictive comments, he doen't deserve one. BTW, the pub is now a pleasure to visit: I'll be having lunch there today.

16 Sep 2012 10:05

The Market Hotel, Reigate

At the Fuller's 'do' tonight in The Market Stores. Lovely refitted pub which will do well. Its open to the public on Sunday and has everything (infrastructure, facilities, ambience, character, decor etc.) to make it the best pub for miles. Staff are great and it'll be a big addition to the town. Invitation only tonight!

14 Sep 2012 22:29

The Royal Oak, Rusper

Don't trust Camra or the GBG (or other people's opinions?) - says TGW, in his awful longwinded post(s). The ale/beer is average here - but certainly not worth the trip from Streatham!

12 Sep 2012 22:28

The Victory Inn, Brighton

Very expensive (for tourists) and mediocre; barstaff just come and go, frequently.

12 Sep 2012 10:53

Crown Inn, Westcott

Bertram Bees - a cafe/restaurant is here, and the site looks great. After years of sheer neglect; no wonder the pub is gone.

10 Sep 2012 11:16

The Jolly Farmer, Weybridge

Peer - 'WE should be suspicious' gives the game away by this blatant multi-name poster. Its an old trick, but sad and boring and top/1959 has been reported to BITE. IMO, the Jolly Farmers is an average boozer, nothing more, nothing less and, no, I have no interest in it except for its well kept beer on the way home.

13 Aug 2012 12:50

The Sun, Redhill

A month later - still no ice!

28 Jun 2012 09:44

The Monks Retreat, Reading

When working in Reading, I always visit this fine Wetherspoon, close to the station. Beer and food quality are excellent and the service efficient. It can get very busy, a good sign - but some of the customers can leave a lot to be desired, as can be seen from the biased comments on here. Well above average spoon.

27 Jun 2012 11:16

The Market Hotel, Reigate

Moi aussi, kev.

14 Jun 2012 09:35

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Well said susie! But similar posts (including mine) have been deleted.

13 Jun 2012 13:15

The Old Customs House, Portsmouth


8 Jun 2012 23:30

The Wall Tavern, Whitstable

We knew you'd be in Lad. Our slops were ready fo you, as well some old 'grub' which our sow Sophie refused at Christmas (2010). Glad you enjoyed it and sorry for short-changing you again....

6 Jun 2012 11:04

The Plough, Coldharbour

Fairminded's view is accurate, unlike the longwinded benzo - who seems to want to rearrange the place and give advice! And also, to type on behalf of fellow hill walkers.

Many, like me would not agree; this is a fine pub in a great location - with good food, service and beer. Like most busy pubs, it is not perfect - but the same management, quite rightly, have run this pub very successfully for many years now.

Their way......

Over this Bank Holiday, all could see the obvious and great demand for this well run establisment which can afford to say 'no, that's not available today, sorry' - when it suits the pub and/or its army of customers.

5 Jun 2012 18:35

The Sun, Redhill

they have turned on another tv, with captions! the other one is still broken - no captions. just work out which way to face your head......

and, the barmaids and barmen are all falling in love! unfortunately, they have to visit each other when one is off duty and the other isn't - increasing waiting times.

its even worse when they chat together, on duty.

no ice today and the wifi is dodgy - on it now.....

31 May 2012 23:52

The Priory, Reigate

Now looking good - with a new dark grey exterior. Looks like a new pub venture is on the way...

22 May 2012 10:03

The Clifton Arms, Caterham

Demolished - flats on the way.

19 May 2012 22:36

The Waggon and Horses, Hartley Wintney

Good pub, but NOT 10/10!

Isn't CAMRA a bit dated - even my father thought they were a dull lot?

A lot better ways of finding good beer........

18 May 2012 22:51

The Dulwich Woodhouse, Sydenham

Again, Bateman tells us to ignore first time posters - who are just as worthy to comment as the rest of us. Youngs did a fine job on the refurb - and eatimg and drinking here is a pleasure.

18 May 2012 11:15

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Recent negative posts deleted!!

18 May 2012 11:09

Auberge, Guildford

Again Eye - why repeat what has been said already?

You seem to like saying what has been said before - about several closed pubs!

14 May 2012 22:53

The Sir Julian Huxley, Selsdon

No beers on toilets - you ok, kling hing?

4 May 2012 10:53

The Grapes, Sutton

'vomit stinking' ? yum, both are wetherspoons - with the same food and drink. often, with the same staff who share locations. get a grip woman!

17 Apr 2012 11:18

The Market Hotel, Reigate

kev...I think any glory was before our day! market taverns (previous owners/London based) just left this place to fools - the managers. not very bright ones. all usually on line via mobiles and not with any work ethic - and all still there!! fullers must have a plan - do they? its easy - all management must go and some of the 'regs'

fullers - please TRY and get a return on your c2m investment....

21 Mar 2012 22:00

The Bulls Head, Dorking

This pub has gone down hill - at the famous pump corner in Dorking...

During the day, a bored barman grunts as a welcome - but the food is reasonable.

Sad, because its a fine pub in a fine location. Management and staff just have other priorities - not related to running a good pub.

21 Mar 2012 20:24

The Market Hotel, Reigate

Yes, recently, this place has had no lager OR London Pride. And Fullers paid 1.8m!

21 Mar 2012 10:42

The George, Croydon

Yes, fine examples of Kissingate and Tillingbourne (brewed at nearby Shere) are available at The Sun - and, Dementer, I see what you mean!

21 Mar 2012 10:08

The George, Croydon

All of the beersmentioned in the last (half dozen or so) posts are available at most JDW's - includind The Sun in Redhill. JDW already shove this information down our necks; why repeat it all on here? Just in case we miss it in the pubs, magazines, newspaper ads and websites?

20 Mar 2012 13:20

The Bulls Head, Reigate

Great lunch here today. No dogs.

8 Mar 2012 18:52

The Black Horse, Climping

box says a seat can't be got - all summer! what rubbish? often been in there on my own in the middle of the day. as 'ale ' says, food of low quality; change needed.

14 Feb 2012 21:44

The Oast House, London Bridge Station

This pub should be ignored - it is a very basic station pub which will be gone soon, because of the London Bridge redevelopment. Always has agency staff!

14 Feb 2012 21:30

The Coach and Horses, Whitstable

Yes lad, you are barred from the Wall. And a lot of Whitstabe pubs will follow. Village idiots are vaguely interesting - for a brief time, only.

1 Feb 2012 18:11

The Coach and Horses, Whitstable

See you on 020212 in the Wall Tavern. Good curry there, if you're not barred.

26 Jan 2012 10:56

The Coach and Horses, Whitstable

Lad ain't a bad bloke who competes with his mental issues - and fails....

15 Jan 2012 15:06

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Just before Christmas, I spoke to a very capable barperson from an agency, behind the bar at the Dolphin - nothing wrong with that. All pubs have to get staff quickly in an emergency - 'flu, weather etc.

14 Jan 2012 09:34

The Victory Inn, Brighton

Agency many in the Lanes. Good and bad - the owners know service quality is not important. Only profit. About 20% more expensive than those pubs nearby. Hygiene levels low (agency) - ever seen the governor? He/she is agency too......a sad lottery.

4 Jan 2012 22:36

Conqueror, Ramsgate

Sober up bourne....

15 Dec 2011 15:37

The Peter Cushing, Whitstable

who cares paul - and that lad is on the white stuff again?

the fact is this is an exceptional spoon in a prime spot - and named after a famous gentleman who lived nearby

standards are normal - but the decor/fitting out are above the JDW average

14 Dec 2011 21:26

The Royal Oak, Brockham

levmac and grim are wrong - this place is very good.tho' not magic. ales? posters talk about whatever they want.......

13 Dec 2011 21:25

The Tower, Redhill

Extremely poor management - and, now, the food has stopped (didn't last long!)

21 Nov 2011 10:17

The White Lyon, Worplesdon

white? that's interesting, ale......

17 Nov 2011 21:46

The Star, Dorking

Yes, this minute pub is jammed by anything over 50 people who, when they bring their own take-away food, make space problems even worse. Not the place to avoid someone. On the plus side, its quirky and the service is obviously fast - although the beer somewhat mediocre. A rating of almost 7 is silly.

26 Oct 2011 11:47

The Sun, Redhill

Credit where its due. The attitude of staff has improved in terms of service speed and general approach, but, still more work to do.

26 Sep 2011 13:08

The Falcon, Clapham Junction

Change here? Recently, I didn't get any! 10 for a pint?! Had a row with the small baldy fellow. I work in Debenhams acrosss the road and, now, when I hand in a note, I memorise its last three digits to verify my note in the register. Even then, I have frquent arguements - they seem to think its a trick! Well known rip-off spot.

25 Sep 2011 22:29

The Surrey Oaks, Newdigate

This is a fine pub - in terms of location, hospitality, beer keeping/ brewing knowledge - and food. Did a few ex/current publicans get their due - from Ken - on a boozy day out. Probably.

14 Sep 2011 21:53

The Bulls Head, Reigate

England v Georgia/World Cup Rugby - with breakfast - at 7am on Sunday! Great pub, well run, good beer and food.

14 Sep 2011 14:47

The Sun, Redhill

Tom, I wish you well in your efforts. But, I feel the problems have been allowed to continue so long that they have become deep rooted and endemic; mainly, they relate to staff training - and attitude.

Just one example! A while ago, I saw a chap politely complain about his drink - to a barman who derided the chap for his comments and would not even acknowledge the possibility of a sub-standard drink.

It seemed as if the barman was programmed to defend JDW's honour - instead of either taking the customer's word for it - or going away to see what might have been the underlying cause(s).

At least Tom, you have acknowledged faults; that is a good starting point in your efforts to improve standards.

12 Sep 2011 10:51

Crown Inn, Westcott

Good news, at last. Now, hopefully, the village will soon have two decent pubs again and the sorry saga surrounding The Crown in recent years has come to an end. However, the years of neglect will require a fair investment to put right.

2 Sep 2011 15:01

The Plough, Coldharbour

agree with roy. good pub, food and service - and doing a cracking summer trade in one of the finest areas in the uk.

2 Sep 2011 14:32

The Jack Horner, Worthing

Stumbled into a gay 'cabaret' here centered on an old bloke calling itself Sally Vate! I very nearly vomated...stay away to avoid low pub standards and nits.

2 Sep 2011 13:43

The Sun, Redhill

In a town devoid of a decent pub, the local JDW management don't seem to even make an effort to run a reasonable outlet. The Sun is tired and dated, with a staff who have no interest. Standards are low and the place just ticks along because of its location near the DSS office, bus stop, supermarket and Corals. One of the worst JDW's I've been in; it fails under all headings. Those in charge (!) have given up the ghost and its seems ironic that JDW continue to rapidly open new pubs (though mostly away from the South East) when they are inept at running some of their current batch. Cheap beer isn't the only way to attract customers.

2 Sep 2011 13:25

The Market Hotel, Reigate

Up for sale...again.

31 Aug 2011 12:20

The Priory, Reigate

Now, up for sale.

31 Aug 2011 12:17

The Victory Inn, Brighton

Expensive - even for the lanes. Micbinks is spot on.

30 Aug 2011 15:39

The Sun, Redhill

Now, this pub is even getting adverse comment on Wetherspoon's own website!

Management is very poor and a 4+ rating is far too high.

30 Aug 2011 12:50

The Royal Sovereign, Brighton

Nothing positive! Expensive, bored staff and low hygiene standards. Better standards up the street.

29 Aug 2011 22:40

The Crown and Sceptre, South Croydon

I agree Tony. Slerpy just promotes his own Croydon pubs (see list) and has little regard for people's feelings. Don't take him too seriously as he has had his own problems - mentally, and drinkwise. A sad case really; we avoid him in The George - he always has an ususual theory....

29 Aug 2011 22:36

The Old Customs House, Portsmouth

Over the top prices, coupled with utter mediocrity in food, sevice and beer.

8 Aug 2011 15:23

The Bulls Head, Reigate

best pub food value in the area

good quality, variety and portion sizes

5 for two (no, I only eat there!)

3 Aug 2011 22:34

Half and Half, Croydon

Where is the slerpy PR?

In here today. Atmosphere - nil; Beer - just about ok; Service - stunted; Customers - 1; Prognosis - death.

3 Aug 2011 22:23

The Nutley Hall, Reigate

There's also a bloke called Stuart, a nut regular. I heard he lives there with a dog,

3 Aug 2011 21:50

The Sun, Redhill

Whilst a questionaire can be an informative and helpful tool, many of the Sun's questions are badly worded - but the real mistake is to leave the forms on the counter. This method is unlikely to provide an accurate sample/result.

A cross section of customers should be approached - 'we would be grateful if you would help with our survey' - to ensure a broad range of comment. These individuals should include regulars, dinners, shoppers, office workers etc. - so that the end result will be meaningful.

Most organisations target their customers. The Sun just does it by lottery. At least, they seem to accept that improvements are required.

28 Jul 2011 15:00

The Albion, Epsom

Rainlight must have taken some of the white powder frequently being used in here. Awful pub - with low standards of hygiene and beer. Customers are unemployed and unwashed and staff just grunt. Accurate rating - 1; could be the worst pub in Surrey.

28 Jul 2011 14:18

The Tower, Redhill

Now, this newly refurbished town centre pub is serving food for the first time in decades!

28 Jul 2011 13:53

The Dolphin, Betchworth

She does have a nap in the afternoons...

11 Jul 2011 11:18

Horton Inn, Horton

About 10 bad reviews in the last six years - just keep driving. Awful management; dire staff.

26 Jun 2011 11:17

The Plough, Coldharbour

A good and accurate post Richard. But, no doubt fullbelly, or one of his mates, will point to your recent joining of BITE - and suggest that you're biased! Yes this imperfect pub is absolutely fine.

22 Jun 2011 11:19

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Which side? I was there today!

5 Jun 2011 16:16

The Dolphin, Betchworth

wot rubbish...'might even change from our current village local!!'

'the team'......idle and brain dead

current local......Mars?

2 Jun 2011 22:54

The Nutley Hall, Reigate

I, too, saw John/landlord in the Nutley as usual (yesterday). The last poster, but one, refers to 'the large amount of cocaine found in the toilet' - what rubbish?

NO cocaine was found. Only the small evidential traces that can be found in a very high percentage of UK pubs were apparent and the matter was dropped.

4 May 2011 13:28

The Prince Of Wales, Dorking

Rousey is entitled to his/her views - and has hit the nail firmly on the head with the first sentence regarding the Prince.

The later analysis of the boorish customer base is also, sadly, accurate. Most of the jobless and deprived (of Ladbrokes) customers have nothing better to do but comment on new faces.

As most of these oldish blokes are single/divorced, female visitors are closely scrutinised/analysed - by these witless idiots (not all) who fall into the categories mentioned by Rousey.

5 Apr 2011 14:02

The Market Hotel, Reigate

My comment of March 16 was accurate; Zizzi have pulled out of the frame.

5 Apr 2011 13:20

Dukes Head, Brockham

I live locally and have eaten at the Inn, three times; for lunch (once) and for dinner. Food quality was high, and varied - with an efficient and friendly service.

With the new beer garden and car park, this newly refurbished pub/restaurant is one of the best in the area - as evidenced by the large number of customers. Beer was good and now Brockham has fine pubs, at last.

Both have high standards are are totally different. The Dukes Head had had its day!

2 Apr 2011 14:05

The Market Hotel, Reigate

The Zizzi deal has hit a problem; this place may well survive as a pub, without Market Taverns.

16 Mar 2011 10:34

The Woolpack, Herstmonceux

Your last 4 posts made no mention either TFA.....anything relevant to say?


15 Mar 2011 01:05

The Royal Albion, Hastings

The staff are untrained, uninterested idiots and the place is filthy. Probably , Hastings' worst pub - and that's saying something!

14 Mar 2011 13:52

The Dolphin, Betchworth

What does the highly articulate fred mean?

10 Mar 2011 19:44

The Bulls Head, Reigate

The couple of blokes mentioned by kevmac were on their way to another local establishment to watch the Sky lunchtime football - which is not shown in the Bulls Head and which has a hard working landlady (only). The place is a nice/busy and cosy town centre pub where food and beer quality is excellent.

7 Mar 2011 11:31

The Market Hotel, Reigate

Knowing the place is closing down - the staff have got even worse! Hard to believe, I know.

1 Mar 2011 09:46

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Thank you for your advice, bitter; I, however, tend to believe posters'comments when the threads are consistent and when the problems are a matter of local record (and even made police records, on one recent occasion recently).

26 Feb 2011 10:12

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Well, I have seen 'untoward behaviour from the landlady' - just last week, as well as the usual gutter language from the louts. Two complaints have been made to the pub's Youngs site; neither have been even acknowledged - nor posted.

21 Feb 2011 15:39

The Cricketers, Dorking

Open again - but very quiet.

11 Feb 2011 20:20

The Egremont Hotel, Worthing

Served yesterday (lunchtime) by the loud, blond and drunk barmaid - who confirmed that this place is to close again soon.

16 Jan 2011 11:01

The Dolphin, Betchworth

The last poster (two names) says that 'the public bar - wherever that is - early doors is a male sanctuary' and that there is some 'rough talk' but 'none ot it is malicious.' Is this an attempt to justify lewd, crude and ignorant behaviour by loud/foul-mouthed louts?

Despite itself, the Dolphin remains a fine pub which has been tastefully renovated - but, to ignore, justify or condone the language of a dozen or so idiots is pure folly. Such chaps are not tolerated in the Stars, Red Lion or Royal Oak. Neither should they be at the Dolphin. Would the last poster allow such 'conversation' in his/her home?

13 Jan 2011 15:14

The Market Hotel, Reigate

VAT up three days early...desparate times for a dying pub; this place has nothing to offer. New menus are tried and last a few days. Ben has had another personalty bypass and Monica still sends texts intead of serving. Please leave Reigate (that includes you - JB).

3 Jan 2011 22:42

The Dolphin, Betchworth

5555 simply tells it as it is; the foulmouths have been allowed to remain. Thankfully, they don't frequent the Red Lion!

30 Dec 2010 16:35

The Victory Inn, Brighton

Most expensive pub in the lanes area. Pint of Kronenburg - just under 4 and a double (50ml) vodka with a dash of coke - 6.30. Better and much cheaper pubs nearby.

27 Dec 2010 09:51

Half and Half, Croydon

With about 20 very positive posts on this rather average outlet in the last 12 months or so, it would seem that slerpy is now the pub's PR chap; its a pity that an old BITE critic has had to resort to this (paid?) role; I, for one, am bored with his 'not to be missed - truly wonderful - magnificent' comments, when mediocrity is the norm under most headings - particularly beer quality.

18 Dec 2010 17:39

The Royal Oak, Rusper

Well kept beer with good service in a nice village. (What happened to Mr Grumpy? - Nothing, he's a regular).

13 Dec 2010 10:41

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Well, I for one, will be in today. But - if those louts restart their antics - I shall never return on the natural assumption that Youngs don't care about standards. Thankfully, the competion is good in the area - from the Royal Oak to the Seven Stars.

13 Dec 2010 09:36

The Bulls Head, Dorking

Reasonable town centre pub - which can sometimes resemble a creche (with very young kids being looked after on site). Beer is good; so is the food and plasma screens show sport. One of the better Dorking town centre outlets.

10 Dec 2010 13:39

The Albion, Epsom

This pub has a history of violent incidents - which is no wonder given the type of individual who uses it. It has been closed recently and fails under every heading; service, beer and facilities are plain awful. I agree with the last poster - years of neglect take their toll and investment (not music) is called for.

10 Dec 2010 12:41

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Many have voted with their feet and no longer drink in the Dolphin - but in the nearby Red Lion and the two fine Brockham pubs. The reasons are the drunken louts (not seen in the other pubs!), the drunk/rude landlady and poor quality food and beer. Yes, Youngs are currently spending a lot of money - but will they address the real problems?

30 Nov 2010 10:43

The Egremont Hotel, Worthing

Unlike the last poster, I don't go into pubs to meet the locals - I go in for good service and beer; neither were available last weekend. Hygiene standards are dire and another closure (a long one) is inevitable - as every post, except for the last, tells it as it is.

30 Nov 2010 10:30

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Seems closed for refurb.

7 Nov 2010 10:31

Dukes Head, Brockham

Perhaps alan (last poster) might wait for the place to open before passing judgement - by looking in the window of an empty/closed pub?

7 Nov 2010 10:20

The Blagrave Arms, Reading

Is this site FULL of idiots and half wits?

28 Oct 2010 12:29

Dukes Head, Brockham

Closed - for major refurbishment.

22 Oct 2010 10:09

The Plough, Coldharbour

Good pub, location, beer and food. Friendly saff - can be very busy.

21 Oct 2010 11:48

The Hope, Carshalton

Mr Slerpy. I shall only join TSPBW if bogobilly is black balled; this chap is obviously a fibber - saying he never even saw a bear in the Hope!

7 Oct 2010 10:55

The Hope, Carshalton

But, Mr Slerpy - the Hope's dark bear is very freindly and not fissy who he drinks with; unlike bongobilly, he doesn't spend his time harnanguing people.

6 Oct 2010 11:59

White Horse Hotel, Dorking

The bar in this fine High Street hotel is very expensive; perhaps to keep the typical pub drinkers out. Much cheaper and a typical boozer is the little White Hart around the corner.

5 Oct 2010 16:12

The Nutley Hall, Reigate

Despite this pub having planning permission for convertion into three flats, it seems that it is to remain open and to be refurbished. This is good news indeed for Reigatians and for John - the genial governor - who works all hours.

5 Oct 2010 15:52

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Angela usually drunk, foulmouthed regulars (which is worse?) and invisible management; hoards of old regulars drinking elsewhere. Now - the 'come on people' brigade!

28 Sep 2010 11:52

The Running Horses, Mickleham

The dog/children sign is specific. Neither can you smoke. Why not just follow the rules - and simply go somewhere else? This 'amazed attitude' - to pub rules - is akin to disliking a pub not selling food, say after 8pm; it is entirely the pub's choice. (The 'Mccann' reference of the last poster is perplexing).

28 Sep 2010 10:23

The Dolphin, Betchworth

The 'XXX' of cpotatoes adds a very worrying dimension to this gathering of 'tradsmen and pesents'.

It could be yet another misspelling though; maybe he meant 'BYE'.

20 Sep 2010 11:07

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Thank you charlie for clearly illustrating the type of chap that posters have been talking about - although your inability to spell made some points vague. However, you did confirm the existence of the loud Irishman and seem to agree that the behaviour described by numerous posters is the norm for the Dolphin's real 'drinkers'.

I have considerably more than one pint a week at the Dolphin - though not as many as before; I have to ensure that that my presence does not coincide with that of you and your friends (early retired tradesmen!). No doubt, the Red Lion - and others - are dreading the Dolphin tradesmen's arrival during the forthcoming closure. Many of us are - and bored with their foulmouths!

17 Sep 2010 10:39

The Tower, Redhill

It would be hard to find a worse pub.....

14 Sep 2010 10:49

The Market Hotel, Reigate


5 Dec 2009 23:28

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Nobody would deny the Dolphin's character - but the frequent recent management changes have take their toll. 'The food is incredible' says the last poster - rubbish. Just a few days ago, the current management appologised for their sad offerings (and refunded our money) saying that they - understandably - were just finding their feet.

As stated by several previous posters, the 'locals' are not from Betchworth - just foulmouthed blow-ins (not 50 year veterans!) who further detract from this former gem; beer quality is mediocre at best and it would seem Youngs have little interest in this unit which, because of it location, will always make a living.

7 Nov 2009 11:33

The Market Hotel, Reigate

Although it is hard to believe, the Market is owned by the same company that owns the fine Market Porter in London - and the Principlal of that company is John Beecham. JB visits his dire Reigate investment regularly (e.g. last week).

JB's modus operandi is to praise and encourage staff openly and, seemingly, to ignore their obvious shortcomings; his company is probably doing well in London. This doesn't help us Reigatians.

Standards are as low as they can get here - from hygiene to beer quality to staff calibre. Just two examples (from dozens) - the taps in the gents toilet have been broken for months. And just last evening when the place was virtually empty, a new customer had to seek out the lone barman outside having his fag break, ignoring everything.

The worst pub in East Surrey? Very likely.

29 Oct 2009 09:44

The Market Hotel, Reigate

Yesterday afternoon, there was a large private function in the upstairs bar; this is about 3,000 square feet and rarely open. Unfortuately, the staff/management simply could not cope.

There was no sign to say it was a private function and when we attempted to go upstairs, two of the 'private punters' made the point to us, graphically. I have never seen the Market staff move as fast - running up and down stairs (like headless chickens) to stock the upstairs bar. Obviously, the upstairs bar was both under-manned and under-stocked - begging the question, why? For a pre-booked function!

Downstairs was'nt much better with the lone Polish barmaid busily texting. Beer quality was awful as usual and if this is how your Christmas function is to be ran here, it might be worth having a chat with the Market management and not have them changing barrels and optics at the cost of an even lower service quality.

19 Oct 2009 12:38

The Egremont Hotel, Worthing

This pub (not a very pleasant place, offering cheap B&B) was closed when I passed a few weeks ago.

25 Sep 2009 09:28

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