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At 7.30 on a Saturday evening the pub was full of pushchairs and toddlers jumped all over sofas. Not what you would expect inside a pub on a Saturday night. OK if you like drinking in a creche. The sour faced barmaid didn't understand the words Thank You or Please. Couldn't want to get out. Don't bother. What a dump.
annonimouse - 10 Apr 2016 19:05
Just cannot understand Fullers undertaking a complete makeover in a street pub well used by locals. If this was in Kingston then fair enough. Major price hikes all round, selection of Real Ale has deminished and the place is now totally out of character with it's surroundings!

A lot of the regulars have moved on and no wonder, all we wanted was a local community pub not a gastro bar serving stockbroker types.

Barra - 14 Aug 2014 11:28
My first impression on returning after the refurb was that I was in a Notting Hill cafe. Lots of staff. Lots of colour. A bit larney. Dart board gone. Prices up and a bit of a surprise to find my packet of peanuts at £1 was now a £2 bowl of nuts. Lots of kids. Bit strange on a main road in the Surbiton outskirts. But - something had to be done to save it turning into apartments or Tesco Express. Not everyones cup of beer but give it a look in. I think Fullers have given the place a new life that will keep it going a few years.
johnq2db - 27 Jun 2014 09:45
We want our old pub back. Completely ruined by the make-over! Alot of previous regulars have moved on and no wonder.
Barra - 16 Jun 2014 10:12
Closed for three weeks for a remake. After the long serving landlords Brian and Tracey left, all the extras stopped including live music and the New Prince withered a bit.

It is to be renamed the Prince Of Wales. Rumour says it will be radically different but in the pub itself, there is no indication of what is coming up!
johnq2db - 19 May 2014 07:41
Not a bad pub just a shame they serve the likes of scrum p
anonymous - 11 May 2014 11:57
Fullers pub on the eastern side of the train tracks up a hill. Seemed a nice enough place. Football was showing on the TV. There is a bar at the front and a dining area to the rear. Ales were all from the Fullers range - Pride, Seafarers & HSB. So a little limited on that front. Not really worth crossing the tracks for. There are better pubs on the other side of the railway.
blue_scrumpy - 2 Apr 2014 19:41
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scrump - 25 Feb 2014 15:22
And your post was a review, slerpy? The senility is accelerating....
tempest - 25 Feb 2014 08:59
Hardly a review, Tradervic,try going along and buy a pint, instead of using BITE as a facebook page.

slerpy - 24 Feb 2014 18:50
Is Bill Butler still working at the New Prince?
tradervic - 24 Feb 2014 14:58
brian and tracey have left the new prince, a loss indeed
ganga - 24 Feb 2014 13:54
Big front room with bar, a side room for functions and a lovely garden in a very urban setting. These places are disappearing fast and being converted into flats or Sizzling Steak Houses.

Brian, Tracey and Fuller Smith and Turner have kept this local going. The locals come from further and further away but they come. Excellent real beers - London Pride, Gales HSB and always a guest beer. Good food cooked to order and friendly staff. A great little local.

johnq2db - 12 Jun 2012 21:47
A great little pub, excellent food served by always friendly staff.
mld - 18 Feb 2011 12:45
Great pub, friendly people, friendly staff, great drinks!
tolworthboy - 13 Dec 2010 13:01
The dark haired barmaid with the Lancashire accent is possibly the friendliest I have ever met!!!
hotrods - 12 Nov 2010 14:10
Popped in for a quick pint on Bank Holiday Monday. Four ales on - I had a very nice pint of Gales Festival Mild. Friendly local atmosphere, nice large beer garden although parking is probably a bit of a bugger on "normal" days. The kind of place you would spend time in if it were your local.
SimonM - 4 May 2010 09:46
great range of reals ales served perfectly
ganga - 28 Apr 2010 20:25
I hadn't been in here since I a student and decided it wasn't really for me. 15 years later and I walked in and realised what a fantastic pub this place is. Had a great pint of Seafarer and the Jack Frost was highly recommended. A welcoming landlord and landlady having fun banter with the two friendly old fella's propping up the bar. Within minutes of walking in I wished it was my local and it is the sort of place you would want to take visitors from abroad to to experience what a proper British pub should be like. Good real home cooked food made by the landlady and well kept beers.
slabghost - 14 Jan 2010 11:16
Best pub in Surbiton by quite some distance! It is a very homely place with good beers from Fullers/Gales range of which at least 3 are always on. If you've had enough of the crowds in the town centre pubs then get a 281 up the hill to here and you wont be disappointed.
Oakman100 - 10 Dec 2009 10:25
Unfortunately this pub cannot make up its mind about food. Very unreliable as to when any food is available, advertise Sunday lunches but last Sunday, not the first time, nothing available to customers but the local football team seemed to be the exception.
Either food is available on a regular basis or don't bother.
Barra - 27 Oct 2009 09:56
This proper pub appears live and well and still serving excellent Pride and HSB. However the highlight is the evening barmaid 'Charley.' She is an absolute delight, attractive vibrant and efficient. It's worth a visit just to be served by her!
lyeemoon - 28 Aug 2009 09:15
Excellent pub, very helpful efficient staff, lovely food and nice real ale....along with well kept lager. Ideal for a quite drink or a relaxing evening out.
robidy - 31 May 2009 19:31
Excellent pub, very helpful efficient staff, lovely food and nice real ale....along with well kept lager. Ideal for a quite drink or a relazxing evening out.
robidy - 31 May 2009 19:30
I have been using this pub for about 10 years now and have seen many changes in that time. I have to say that Brian and Tracey now seem to have got the balance right and the place is a great combination 'local' enough to still feel like my local but modern enough to have moved with the times, offering good food and entertainment as well. They are obviously doing something right - the place is packed whenever I go in there these days.
scottiedog - 14 Feb 2009 13:52
Visited on Wednesday night. Pride, HSB and Butser, had the latter two and they were in excellent condition. No bottles to speak of. One large room, bar to the right. Pictures of previous Princes of Wales and local scenes on the walls.

GuideDogSaint - 4 Oct 2008 00:11
We popped in here for a pint about 2 months ago on a warm summer afternoon. The hoard of locals sat out the front went quiet and stared at us as we walked in, the service however was OK and the rear garden quite pleasant.

thegavster - 16 Jul 2008 17:23
The fould mouthed old men are part of the charm of this place!
It's a nice local boozer and I've always enjoyed the Butser. It's one place you can sit down with your paper and a pint after a day at work, and simply relax.
anonymous - 26 Nov 2007 13:31
This is a proper pub with excellent London Pride and HSB. Service is very good and so is the atmosphere now, due to the smoking ban. If they could ban the odd foul mouthed old men in there it would be perfect.
lyeemoon - 20 Oct 2007 12:27
Good pub. Good beers. Good staff.

Not much more to say really that I've always been made welcome on the few times that I find my way on St Mark's Hill.
BongoJoe - 21 Apr 2007 01:30
Very warming but can be very smokey as well. Lots of real beer and footy but not Sky Plus.
Barra - 2 Mar 2007 15:45
great grill nights on tuesday evenings reasonable prices
anonymous - 25 Jan 2007 14:51
Darts area tucked away to the back of the pub. You might find a few tables on the oche, but if you find them unoccupied and move them aside, you will find an excellent darts cabinet housing a good board. In fact, an excellent place to throw, and good beers too from the Fullers/Gales range.
Dart_Man - 4 Dec 2006 22:22
my fav pub in surby aside from the vic with friendly bar staff / guvenor
Ziggy66 - 3 Aug 2006 22:36
Nice place. Good food at lunchtimes and good atmosphere in the evenings, not too noisy, more of a local than a town pub. If you like a quiet drink with friends in a mellow atmosphere then check it out.
geekchick - 26 Jun 2006 21:13
Nice place - good pint of London Pride and friendly guvnor.
hotrods - 17 May 2006 08:47
Gales brewery trad local - Gales have now been taken over by Fullers but the two companies are going to be run side by side. Does HSB and Butser (my fave also) as well as London Pride, and will allow you a 'taster' of ales before you buy a pint of something new. Obviously a regulars' pub.
beeronaut - 24 Jan 2006 14:16
When I walked in this pub all the locals looked at me. That's the last time I go into a pub dressed as a clown!
mr_sound - 7 Dec 2005 21:42
Very nice Gales pub. Nice & smart & clean. 4 beers on handpump - the HSB I had was very good so didn't try the others. Worth seeking out.
Trequites - 31 Oct 2005 15:55
Great Pub, good selection of beers, lively atmosphere and good service - I will definately be coming back
scott7114 - 31 Jul 2005 18:34
interesting beers to try in this pub. generally didnt seem to have a whole load of atompshere. saw no sign of the quiz at all. not sure what time it is held exactly, expect we missed it
aleman - 29 Jun 2005 15:15
Seems rather quiet here. Maybe there are more people at weekends? Fairly unique range of beers. The Butser seems to be the most popular.
Will2 - 28 Jun 2005 11:50
Went in the other evening..first time for about 15 years. Prompt polite service and I really enjoyed the Gales bitter. Could do with an efficient smoke extractor but a pleasant evening's drinking. We will be back.
Earlhamcourt - 19 May 2005 15:20
This is a great little pub and everone is friendly.As for the comment about too many locals. No one would be allowed to make a fuss One always gets the presents of a welcome . The type of place it would be safe to take a relative.
Bird - 13 Mar 2004 14:33
Only been here a few times and I'll be back, excellent beer, good prices and friendly staff, and to think me and my mate just walked in on the way home from another pub.
John - 24 Jan 2004 14:09
Looks fantastic after the refurb and I find that the staff are friednly, helpul and pour the best pint around. I have to rate the food as 10/10 since the new menu.
vicky - 22 Jan 2004 10:26
Better now it's had the refurb and the conservatory is heated...still seems to have something lacking though...
Rob - 31 Dec 2003 16:58
Excellent Gales beers for which we thought the price was reasonable although the price did go up twice in the time it took my mate to pay for them!! Decor is a bit bright with (not unpleasant) piped music and faked tudor beams.
lout_from_the_lane - 18 Dec 2003 17:00
To many regular people, when you walk in everyone looks at you, the staff are arogant and beer is expensive
Sam - 11 Dec 2003 17:11
best beer on St Marks hill, If you like your cask beers. however, its lacking something, i can't quiet put my finger on it but it isn't there!
jon-paul - 17 Oct 2003 15:47

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