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Walked past last week and there were workmen in!
peterd56 - 10 May 2017 17:51
wealdman - 10 May 2017 13:52
Formerly Symonds Wells and The Magpie before that and now called Acorn 3. The bar has been moved to the right and the lounge opened up. This has given the pub a more airy feel but has lost some of its character of the old pub. Seating is adequate and the food reasonably priced. There was only 1 real ale on the bar and was of poor quality. The pub, considering it was a bank holiday was very quiet when I was in there. Not a pub if you like your real ale
boozers_knows - 14 Aug 2014 15:27
The Symonds Well reopened a couple of weeks ago and is now styled as Acorn 30, an urban bar and kitchen. The bar has been moved over to the right hand side and the pub has a clean and modern look.

As far as real ale goes they are keeping Youngs Bitter as a regular and they have one guest beer. This is currently Caledonian 80/- and is under a "house beer" pump clip "Down the Well" to give a connection with the past.

Opening hours are noon - 11pm Sun-Thurs and noon - 1am Fri and Sat (although I was told that they have a licence to midnight during the week if busy)
GuideDogSaint - 19 Sep 2012 15:22
This is now closed for refurbishment and will reopen in September as the Acorn30
boozers_knows - 21 Jul 2012 10:37
beer has been off/un drinkable the last few times i've been for a drink here. it's such a shame
ianowlsac - 30 Jun 2012 00:38
has the potential to be a great pub. at least all of the teenagers have buggered off since the new management came in. needs to improve the quality of beer and get a few more decent real ales in to hit the mark.
ianowlsac - 16 Oct 2011 17:22
Mmmmm. Almost as if written by the new owners....

Popped in out of morbid fascination to see what's happening now. No ales (although there are twee signs saying "just resting" on the pumps), one lager was off as was the Guiness. I wonder if the new refurb will include some beer? I suspect it'll be a reimagination of an Olde Worlde pub in a modern setting. It'll limp on for 18 months until some other investor comes in. When will people realise that what people in Epsom are missin is a real pub with good drink and food without gimmicks?

I see quotes have been added on the wall by Bill Shankly and Jefferey Bernard. They would hate this pub
warreng - 16 Oct 2011 16:18
I have only just recently moved to the area and have found this to be one of the best pubs in Epsom,
Good Beer, very friendly staff, and a good pub menu!
After speaking to a couple of the staff I have discovered that there will be a refurbishment happening in January 2012, (which the staff seem very excited about) I think this is a brilliant idea and just what Epsom needs!
Plus it has Sky Sports! What more could you want!
The staff seem to work to a very high standard and making a customer feel welcome is top priority.

I did see a poster in the pub for the Singles night, even though im not single I admire how the pub is trying different ways to attract people to the venue for more than just football.

Great all round pub worth checking out!
tommy_boy - 5 Oct 2011 22:14
Used to be a good boozer - decent beer with decent prices.Now on a slippery slope. If you like decent old fashion pubs go elsewhere. They're even planning a singles night....... Jesus.....
warreng - 18 Sep 2011 16:02
Is understanding there are some revolutionary new managers to come in and invest in the pub, bringing it in line with it's counterparts in the area!

Some of the idea's that have been mentioned around the pub, makes the place look a very exciting prospect for Epsom. The team behind the proposed transformation, have two pubs in Kingston that always have a great atmosphere and friendly staff and regulars.

Prices/food and decor are first on the list! Well worth a visit in the near future, once they have stamped their mark, Epsom will never be the same again!

Posting a rating of 6, based on previous knowledge of the pub, but would expect that to increase when the changes start to come into affect.
Cartyboi - 16 May 2011 15:18
Epsom is now seriously lacking in 'Traditional Hostilleries', this on the otherhand, 'appears' to be one of a Dying Breed,' First Glance' I may add. Once inside its, Cold, Lifeless,Overpriced, Shabby,Faint hint of Chip Fat, disguised by Cheap Air Fresh & Pure absence of Personality .Blokes at side Entrance allowed to Smoke almost instde. I give up,so I came Home to a nice Bottle of Red.My Wife passed away recently,( no Violins necessary), we loved Pubs. I shant name our 'Regular' Haunt, as its no longer with us, it was by no means an'Award winning Local' but could teach this place, and a few more a thing or two in the Hospitality Sakes.Best visited recently, to sit in a corner and enjoy, is, 'The Kings Arms', bit of a treck for me but worth it, purely for the Atmosphere & Banter you expect in a friendly well run Local.Take Stock, all us 'Avid Pub Goers' are aware of Beer Ties,Huge Rents,Increase in VAT, SKY TV Monopoly, but let me tell you, 'creating a Welcome COSTS NOTHING !' Is it any wonder the Big Chains are taking over ? I rest my case.
love2pubit - 30 Mar 2011 03:00
Sky is back for the football
mjh01 - 8 Sep 2010 22:26
is it true no sky next year need our football
billboyblue - 26 Jul 2010 13:14
nice pub but needs to cut prices thats why no one in there week days
billboyblue - 21 Jul 2010 12:43
hes rude if you deserve it lol lol Nice to see back!
mjh01 - 19 Jul 2010 21:23
nice to see the pub back in shape again it had gone to the dogs and was developing into a proper dive! The rude Irishman is back in town and the pub is and starting to transform into a proper all round decent pub again.The football table is back but still waiting for the bangers and mash !!!!!!!!!
mjh01 - 18 Jul 2010 16:40
Unfair comment, Pub has always been great, think previous Owners made an error employing a Dodgy Manager for a while but thats about it, they always made you welcome and made an effort.I will continue to use The Syms as its a favourite of mine and I'm glad to see that someone is making an effort to keep it going, too many of our decent Locals are closing down, I feel for those who didn't make it out the other end of the recession.
smileyjoe - 7 Jun 2010 21:55
Thank Christ for that! After 18 months with dodgy management they've seen fit to get a decent landlord in. Hopefully he can provide Epsom centre with a pub it deserves. It was a decent pub that was slowly being run into the ground and just catering for the usual crowd. It looks like the new guy has actually spent time cleaning the pub (and the pipes!!!) and hopefully he can restore it to what it was.
artie_fufkin - 29 May 2010 19:56
Boxing on Sat night atmosphere was great, pub packed , Saw local celeb Mr Jimmy White had popped in for a couple, seems like a really decent guy, very nice to the staff etc.
Once again time well spent, well done 'The Well'
smileyjoe - 6 Apr 2010 16:42
Closed today - about 1pm.
sussexfox - 15 Mar 2010 13:23
Not been around for a while, popped in yesterday knowing exactly what to expect, a decent well run Pub.
smileyjoe - 26 Feb 2010 18:11
Like this pub a lot. It has a pool table (which oddly seems to be a tad small with small pockets... but it makes for good practice) and dartboard, good atmosphere and attentive staff.

Haven't sampled the food (didn't know they did it!) so can't comment on that, but everything else about the place is great.
followedthrough - 19 Feb 2010 13:29
Ate lunch there today and it was so so good,pub was warm cozy and friendly , there should be a Q outside !
scottish91 - 12 Jan 2010 16:08
it is a very good bar. nice staff. nice bar lad called patrick who i got on with. pub was clean and comfortable.. . keep up the good work at the symonds.
scottish91 - 21 Dec 2009 23:45
This is indeed the manager in question. I would like to appologise if it was myself and any offence has been caused! I would consider myself non rasist and if in telling a joke you took offence to this, then please come forward and accept a drink on me to show how sincer I am.

This pub has alot of new people coming to it, and over the past 12 weeks I have been manager this pub has become very dear to my heart, and the cusotmers that drink in this pub are excellent and very friendly. We have been told by many people that the Pub is 'the place to be' on a friday and saturday night, with a variety of live acts, disco's and Karaoke's which are all proving very popular! Also daytime lovely food is severed between 12-2.15 pm from Tuesday till friday and on busy football days food is normally provided.

So I hope Mr Warren G (obviously someone who like the song Regulators!) would step forward and let me shake them by the hand, buy them a drink and appologise if indeed this every did happen!

ksfan - 11 Dec 2009 11:53
Normally pretty good pub. Odd to hear the new bar manager telling racist jokes to customers on a Saturday afternoon though
warreng - 8 Dec 2009 12:33
Well they even put the Boxing on Sat night, the place was heaving and a brilliant atmosphere.There is a new Bar Manager in situ, was a bit worried at first as you just don't know how things will go, however not doing a bad job its nice and lively, standards havn't dropped, but it was nice to see the owners mucking in on Sat night, pls don't leave us alltogether its reasurring to have you around. If you have never visited this Pub you are definately missing out, not many left !
smileyjoe - 10 Nov 2009 13:24
Lively pub with good pint of Youngs to be had and reasonably priced too. Footie is shown regularly and pub is bigger than you think. There's also a table footie game aswell - one of Epsoms more decent pubs.
Oakman100 - 4 Nov 2009 18:34
The best night ever, they had a Drag Queen on he/she was brilliant. Well done I say for keeping good old fashioned entertainment alive. I know I'm a huge fan of this pub anyway but these people never let me down. Great pub great people great atmosphere I've got the hangover from hell today but wouldn't swap it.
smileyjoe - 26 Sep 2009 14:13
Came into town again at the weekend (met someone Derby weekend ! ) and yet again The Syms didn't fail to impress. The staff and owners remembered my name and drink, how about that, mind you I did put a few away Derby weeknd !, Sunday evening we had proper pies from a pie & mash shop served at the bar, free. These people know how to treat there customers such a shame all locals arn't like this one. Atmosphere was fab and the lady I am seeing, 'currently', agrees, long may it last. Wish me luck folks !
smileyjoe - 30 Jun 2009 11:45
Great Pub, a group of us up from South End used this pub all over Derby weekend the atmosphere was sensational the Owners couldn't do enough for everyone, Jackie cooks a smashing breakie. Later in the evening we heard of a few rucks occuring around Epsom Town center but fortunately for us we picked the best pub, no hint of any trouble, just really good fun.Once the bar thinned out 10.30pm approx having been 6 deep all day the music was cranked and we had a good old fashioned Boogy everyone joined in one big group, and we wernt pushed out either. Definately my regular haunt anytime I visit Epsom in the future.I've run pubs in a previous life and can tell you 'you won't get much better than this' genuinley deserves support from Epsom locals.
smileyjoe - 15 Jun 2009 16:49
A small quaint pub just on the edge of the main shopping centre. It has one lounge with a central bar and a pool table at the far end. Seating is serviceable but I wouldn't want to sit there all evening. Although the bar had 5 hand pumps, there was only 2 cask ales on when I was there, Youngs Bitter and Fuller's London Pride. The latter was very good and the atmosphere was friendly and inviting. Clientele appear to be mainly in their 20-30s. Well worth adding to your list if you are planning a pub crawl of Epsom pubs.
boozers_knows - 27 Apr 2009 20:28
I love this pub and so glad that a recent good comment has been made that I thought I'd follow on. I was a bit concerned last year when I heard 'the big Irish man' was leaving as he ran a great pub but the place is even better than before, new couple taken over and they are lovely, obviuosly know their stuff and are very attentive and friendly, the staff are efficient and fun, you never wait for a drink even when its heaving. Great for sports and never any problem even when big rival teams are playing.There is now regular live entertainment and the atmosphere if fab these people are really trying to keep the pub alive and we thank you as you dont see it to often these days. Cant understand why its not busier with food as its really good.
madasfrogs - 15 Apr 2009 12:18
passed this pub a while back, looked like a freindly place from the outside and there was a board advertising setanta sports. this pleased me amensly so i though id pop in for a drink and see what was on the tube. the first think i noticed was that there were bar stools at the bar which is very rare nower days. there was a young man working behind the bar, and i must say was very freindly and also very efficient. he severd me a wonderfull pint of youngs which pleased me because i love ales. the beer must be well kept. the pub seemed almost spotless which didnt really surprise me as the young man was cleaning continuosly inbetween serving. i would recomend this pub if u live in epsom. it is now my regular, mainly becuse of the freindlyness of the staff and the fact that there is alot of sports being showed aswell as an excellent pint.
leafhurricane - 8 Apr 2009 16:12
sky sports, efficient staff, not a bad Guinness

loos could do with attention, was almost gagging in the gents
doobydooby - 13 Jul 2008 21:12
The girl serving has to be the most proficient bar-person I have ever seen, at one point she was serving four people at once.

Well done her!
parkhillian - 11 Jul 2008 11:03
A home to Scampi Fries. Smart, clean hostelry, seems to be well run and the Youngs Ordinary was decent.

One of the better places in cheery Epsom.

terenced - 25 May 2008 16:38
not bad but too expensive.
mikeyn - 3 May 2008 22:30
Nice place to go, friendly atmosphere but the beer could do with a bit of attention. often tastes like the lines haven't been cleaned. Barmaid has a cracking set of lungs and, as they say, you don't watch the mantle piece.....!
anonymous - 25 Sep 2007 14:35
brilliant pub, nice beers, friendly staff and regulars, great layout and a bowling machine YAY!
shame about the live sport being the focus of attention but still great atmosphere and a top place to go.
harrynotlarryfool - 13 Feb 2007 12:03
This pub is not brewery owned and as such the landlord, Neil, has done a great job in keeping this a cross between a traditional pub and a classy modern contending bar. The beers are a little more than a couple of the nearby pubs but well worth it for the atmosphere. It offers quite nice food, traditional pub games such as darts and table football and is one of the few places that still serves Scampi Fries!! The backroom of the bar is spacious and comfy with nice leather seats and a relaxing enviroment. The beer garden is split level decking and in the summer time offers a nice bit of shade to relax out of the glare of the sun and even has a BBQ. Trouble is rare in this pub as a heavy hand on drunks and hooligans is kept at all time. Probably within the top two pubs in Epsom.
Barnie_Gumble - 16 Jan 2007 08:44
Great great food that is home cooked, not bought in from a caterers. Brilliant pub.

pubtruth - 3 Jul 2006 21:28


Ha! I used to work there - food was all frozen!!! Don't believe everything you are told!!!
anonymous - 17 Nov 2006 14:05
Lovely old pub, freindly staff, good beers, definatly worth going to with the misses.
malakie - 30 Jul 2006 14:35
Great great food that is home cooked, not bought in from a caterers. Brilliant pub.
pubtruth - 3 Jul 2006 21:28
The nicest pub in Epsom town centre. Well kept beer, friendly and efficient staff, pleasant decor, very clean and no Pikeys! A nice place to go with friends or to just sit and read the paper.
Sean_Epsom - 23 May 2006 14:28
Another good pub - well kept ales keep me here many a night. Friendly landlord, and lots of seating (to rear). Clean bar, up together and traditional. 18 - 80 would be comfortable here. 8/10
B.R.Drinker - 18 Mar 2006 08:34
Strangely fond memories of this place when it was called The Magpie. But I was young then and didn't have particularly high standards...

Anyway, this place is OK these days. I just feel it's lacking a little in atmosphere. Decent enough but you wouldn't plan a cracking night out there.
parkhillian - 11 Nov 2005 20:07
Great Pub, Great Beer.
Friendly Staff.
Landlord thinks hes good at Table football.
Jimmy_E - 8 Apr 2005 15:47
I've always liked this pub, as it's well-presented and has decent beer. It's been a while since I've been in there so I can't vouch for bar staff behaviour, but the times I have been in it has been fine.
Jack_Carter - 29 Mar 2005 13:17
what has happened,

wheres the fun, regulars are getting annoyed by neils rudeness.
peter.melhill - 1 Mar 2005 09:27
Well I don't know where Paul Jones has been but it's certainly not the Symonds Well in Epsom. Had one of the best pints of Speckled Hen in ages just the other day, and if Neil was rude to you, I'm guessing it's because you deserved it
Gareth - 26 Oct 2004 15:45
cant believe how much this pub has gone down hill.
The lads that worked there have left leaving the manager to be as rude as he likes to customers. The food is awful and the real ale is never on
Paul Jones - 26 Oct 2004 12:37
Has re-opened - although a great deal of money has been spent on the refurbishment, The Symonds Wells has lost a lot of its charm! Looks like every other stereotypical boozer in Epsom. Good choice of lager, ales etc. and the food is not too bad either. Sadly, the girls are no longer working behind the bar and they have been replaced with a couple of guys with no sense of humour. This pub still has 'old' pub hours - open between 12 and 3PM on weekdays and opens again at 5PM(?) till 11PM - you have been warned! Thankfully, Mike (the Landlord) is still there and runs a tight ship.
Danny - 2 Jun 2004 11:08
Apparently this pub is re-opening next week! Hopefully, the pub will still remain a top quality boozer that serves good beer and has top quality staff. The last couple of months have been hell, as the Wetherspoon, Albion, Vestry, Casa, Yate's etc. have all been piss-poor alternatives - overpriced, gassy lager and full of pikey's!!! Please god, I hope they don't turn this boozer into another theme pub with the people behind the bar having plastic personalities.
Sean T. - 7 Apr 2004 16:48
One of Epsom's better venues. Keeping fingers crossed like Mike that the refurb doesn't ruin the place. Decent pint, decent staff and the locals are a friendly bunch. Cherish places like this, especially when they're in an endangered decent pub zone.
Gaj - 17 Mar 2004 17:14
Closed for refurbishment - will open again in April 2004! Good pub without the usual tracksuit wearing kevins and sharons. Friendly atmosphere, good beer and not too pricey like the Yates, Casa etc. Hopefully, when the refurbishment is complete, the Symonds Well won't be turned into another stereotypical Epsom boozer!
Mike - 20 Feb 2004 10:59
Slighlty pricey but less full of complete pikeys like most of Epsom is.

If your in Epsom and need to escape the kind of clientele that inhabit the Wetherspoons and Chicagos.
Alex - 7 Jul 2003 11:47

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