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user reviews of the Tower, Redhill

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Still closed - with latest name sign (Eagles Nest) taken down. Local newspaper says the property will soon become a shop of some kind.
wealdman - 22 Apr 2018 23:39
Yes, saw something in the publicans' press about Wetherspoon's interest - for a Lloyds outlet. Makes sense in view of existing entertainment licences, and the demise of the only nightclub in the area.

Could be acquired cheaply and JDW often have more than one unit in the same location. Two in Worthing - across the road from each other. I - for one - hope JDW come in again - as the other pubs are dire.
tradervic - 28 Dec 2016 18:14
Interesting weald.

Yes the Wetherspoon (Sun) has taken 90% of Redhill's pub business.

I'm told they're looking at this venue, at the other end of the long High Street.

Big enough premises - and ticks a lot of 'spoon' boxes.

Like near a station and McDonald's.
brewmason - 22 Dec 2016 18:09
Can't see this place opening before Christmas, or ever.

Over the years, there have been several reincarnations/new names/management and themes - all failed.

Because so many Redhill pubs have closed, it has become a Wetherspoon zone - with The Sun as the only decent pub.

With an enormous turnover, and no real competition.
wealdman - 13 Dec 2016 17:50
Now seems permanently closed.
brewmason - 17 Oct 2016 08:09
Heard there's been licence problems, and that's why the pub is closed.

Very capable no-nonsense governor in charge, during recent months.

The best for a very long time; hopefully, he can sort matters out.
wealdman - 5 Oct 2016 13:22
Closed today!
brewmason - 26 Sep 2016 17:58
Renamed as 'The Eagles Nest'...
croydonpeer - 26 Apr 2016 09:46
Yes, this pub has improved dramatically under new management - although its nearest rivals (Abbot and Junction) are dire

Best venue for Sky sport in town; also the best music venue.

As well as being handy for buses and trains.

Service is with a smile and the beers are well kept.
wealdman - 18 Apr 2016 16:24
Good/friendly governor, a Crystal Palace fan - hence the pub's claret and blue colours. Music and TV sport feature, and there is a pleasant relaxed atmosphere.

Beer quality is excellent and food seems to be planned soon. It is clear that this relatively new governor is making the effort, as the pub is now one of Redhill's best.
croydonpeer - 18 Apr 2016 15:33
After not having set foot in the premises since the early days of its incarnation as The Dog & Duck, I got persuaded to try the dubious delights of The Tower last Friday by some friends - I hadn't seen much of them lately so felt the sacrifice was due! However, as much as it surprises me to say it, I actually found the experience to be perfectly adequate. I mean, it was never going to win any prizes for quality beer, fine wine, cheffy food or subtle ambience - it was essentially branded fizz, alocpops, crisps and loud chart music. But it serves its purpose well and as it is now far-more strictly-policed given its limited licence conditions, on the whole folk were quaffing convivially and the atmos was quite friendly. My chums couldn't resist the lure of dancefloor for all its corniness, and even I couldn't complain about a pint of Strongbow when it is being sold at a mere £1.75! Also, perfectly pleasant service from the barmaid.

There is a mix of punters here, and I daresay there's still plenty of propensity for problems, however many doormen are employed. And it isn't for every occasion. But in fairness, one should speak as one finds, and all-told, The Tower is on reasonable form for what it offers of an evening. Weird, but true.
Gamboozler - 20 Oct 2015 13:32
Oen today - Sunday.

And doing food during the week.
tradervic - 10 May 2015 22:30
Closed last evening - seems to vary opening times!!
brewmason - 16 Sep 2014 13:09
Closed (again) - when I passed by, a couple of days ago.
wealdman - 21 Aug 2014 09:44
Was in there yesterday - and was served by a pleasant lady. Nobody else was in the pub; it'll take a while to get the place going again...
mandraker - 3 Jun 2014 17:04
Open again...

tempest - 30 May 2014 16:51
Been away for a while, tried to go here. Closed, I suppose a case of watch this space.
who_am_i - 13 May 2014 16:57
A shame if it remains shut, if only because this was where the bulk of Redhillian 'riff-raff' drink, meaning that they'd not be visiting your pub any time soon! A policy of containment is a good thing...

By-the-by: the 'new' name is not new: the original name was 'The Towers' and it only changed in the early '80s.
Gamboozler - 9 May 2014 12:29
Awful place. Many people hope its closed for good this time. Really an Estate pub and one which the brewery failed to manage, by an inability to put in decent management - time after time.
tempest - 21 Mar 2014 12:51
CLOSED - yet again!
croydonpeer - 19 Mar 2014 13:25
This venue is a breath of fresh air to Redhill. It has a great cocktail menu which is very reasonably priced and has been decorated to a high standard. It has a lot to offer both day and night including Salsa classes every Wednesday night. I've only been in there a couple of times but the staff are friendly and it is the only place I would go out to drink in in Redhill. It's worth a visit!
Pman1 - 22 Nov 2013 09:35
The little pin mark`s back on form.
PercySledge - 14 Sep 2013 11:34
They are just rude to you as they don't want riff raff in the pub, lowering the tone.
slerpy - 13 Sep 2013 19:35
Yes. A very bad start. No information. Rude/untrained staff. When the place is open.....
wealdman - 1 Sep 2013 23:25
Closed today. No opening hours sign. What a way to reopen what was/is the worst pub in East Surrey! Wrong Manager, again??
brewmason - 1 Sep 2013 21:46
Reopened and called The Tower. Thought I'd give it a try yesterday - to see if it was better than the dire/vile Dog & Duck (previous name).

It would seem not. I went in about 4pm/Saturday and ordered a drink from the barman - who was quickly told by another bar person that the pub was closed.

This message was then curtly relayed to me without explanation and there was no notice or any other indication of the closure anywhere.

Others got the same reaction - and it seems that the newly named venue is already back to its awful service standards. Whether it operates on alternative opening times, I have no idea.

My only decision from my visit was not to return. A rating of 1 is ample.
tempest - 1 Sep 2013 11:52
Opening by the end of August, after refurb.
blackgander - 15 Aug 2013 16:16
Seems like the Dog is close to reopening - after the fire.

wealdman - 30 Jul 2013 09:24
Work has stopped; it'll be a while before it opens.....
blackgander - 13 Jun 2013 13:38
Building progress seems very slow. Is there a problem?
wealdman - 28 May 2013 16:02
No - the refit has started by a building firm from Gosport and seems to be moving fast. A new D&D for the summer?
blackgander - 4 Mar 2013 12:31
Maybe...but, I think the hoardings may be for safety. The building is in a bad way after the fire.
tradervic - 28 Feb 2013 10:53
The refit/refurb has started....
mandraker - 27 Feb 2013 09:56
randolf7 - 11 Feb 2013 22:38
yes owen is well educated.

look what happened now.

not even a year after he took over he burnt the place down.

redjohn - 8 Feb 2013 13:11
No food now - just bored staff and very quiet. Gets a bit busier at weekends but, overall, the place has little to offer. The BITE rating of 3+ is generous, in the extreme.
randolf7 - 6 Feb 2013 14:50
Well educated haha, you are all morons, Staff/regulars brain dead the lot, knock the building down and do it with people in!
Officeworker - 24 Oct 2012 01:16
Well'red' - unlike you, Owen is an educated man and able to spell!

But, yes, things will be back to normal soon, and better. This remains a fine pub despite some opinions of others.
wealdman - 20 Oct 2012 10:24
thought the whole point of demanding a new manager in.was not to bring back jenni the old 1.defeats the object,dont u how r things going to change?same owner!same manager!same owens girlfreind!
redjohn - 19 Oct 2012 18:50
well what u think about that OWEN?5 months and you have messed it up!pack your bags your a customer like me.
redjohn - 18 Oct 2012 12:36
Trading as normal, of course. Quite busy today - had a few nice beers at lunchtime. Poland game showing live tonight. Good pub with pleasant people.
brewmason - 16 Oct 2012 14:58
wonder what happened at the review?whats going on with our pub?????
redjohn - 16 Oct 2012 13:31
good to see jennie has gone..heard it from the horses mouth....

redjohn - 13 Oct 2012 14:19
well well well.5 MONTHS after the old manager left and looks whats happening.staff fighting,drugs,poor manangment.well we all knew that.its the owner.and might get SHUT DOWN just like THE JOHN JAKSON is now.

redjohn - 11 Oct 2012 11:46
lol...nevermind jennie..owens going to mad with u.x.i might as well come for a pint now.hope the lines have bin cleaned beer tasted rotten yesterday
redjohn - 7 Oct 2012 15:40
Oh don't be so silly - Owen! You've only typed about two pubs, both of which you've 'run'........ That IS strange!
randolf7 - 7 Oct 2012 10:46
Oh dont be so silly, are we not allowed to visit other pubs! Thought this is what this site was about, you narrow minded person. Go away your a twat!
Ocean_434 - 6 Oct 2012 21:18
right o how comes u have only commented on 2 pubs to big them up.the dog and duck and the john jakson in wallington?which owen has run and ran them into the ground..strange dont u think?
redjohn - 6 Oct 2012 19:20
To the satisfaction to you all I am neither Owen or Jennie or anyone that has ever worked here..........
Ocean_434 - 6 Oct 2012 14:18
busted busted and busted jennie.trying to big up your pub.instead u know the truth of what people think and dont like it.throwing your toys out your pram and say im not using this site no!!!!!no gossip just close your eyes and it will all go away.your be next on the blame list when things go wrong.xx

redjohn - 5 Oct 2012 19:11
But owen, where else would you see team meetings held in public? And then you say we 'have nothing better to do than listen' - the mind boggles! Trying to put the blame for this highly suspect/unusual/almost dangerous practice on us punters!
oaktreedog - 5 Oct 2012 16:14
Am a new user to this but use this pub all the time, I think you all need to get lives this thing is like Facebook, so I have seen, and it seems to be used to leave nasty comments by obviously people with nothing better to do. Go out and get lives instead of sitting on your computer and writing these pointless comments. I dont think I am going to waste my time in future on this site.
Ocean_434 - 5 Oct 2012 12:43
Anyway I like that pub and the people that work there so I wont stop using the place beer is good and weekends are great, and if you have nothing better to do then to listen to what is being said behind the bar then good luck to you
Ocean_434 - 5 Oct 2012 09:37
To owen/ocean; I have seen staff/team meetings held in the bar - in sight and earshot of punters like me, a local Estate Agent.

No, not chats....
blackgander - 4 Oct 2012 22:39
I think you both need a "Dog & Duck" if you get my drift.

Be appy..

anonymous - 4 Oct 2012 19:59
Please think about what u are writing you are making yourself look laughable!
Ocean_434 - 4 Oct 2012 13:51
Think your barking up the wrong tree 'who am I'
Ocean_434 - 4 Oct 2012 13:48
hit a nerve have i jenny.

who_am_i - 4 Oct 2012 13:33
I dont believe this would have been the case, to the extent you are implying 'slaging staff off!' I dont believe that if any comment were made it would have been for ur ears, so why listen?! Maybe you as a customer are slightly nosey!
Ocean_434 - 4 Oct 2012 13:25
The staff do listen but team meetings should not be aired in the bar where everyone can hear. It is very uncomfortable to sit there and listen to her slag off the staff. as I said lets see what the next six months bring. Good Luck to anyone trying to make a go of a business in this day and age.
who_am_i - 4 Oct 2012 13:12
I agree with who am I use another pub Redjohn! In regards to the new manager, she has always been very nice to me and all the people I drink with, there must be a reason behind this comment, maybe the staff member wasnt listening or a customer behaving badly?? I think you should think about what you are writing first.
Ocean_434 - 4 Oct 2012 11:56
There must be a reason why she is no longer there. Jenny has no people skills with staff or customers but Owen is trying his best, Lets see how the next 6 months pan out. Small steps at a time.
who_am_i - 27 Sep 2012 16:56
it could well be a 6 month review.we will see who am i.bring back JODIE least shes not a mouthy guinea pig like the new manager.
redjohn - 27 Sep 2012 10:17
Redjohn, maybe they only had a 6 monthly lease to see how they do, and now it will be extended. I notice you never have nice things to say only gossip. use a differant pub.
who_am_i - 26 Sep 2012 17:16
what a suprise!A new licence review!!!!! whose he going to blame this 1 on!!!!!!No im not barred ocean and have not got a vendetta....just a concerned local....down hill from now or has it already started.....
redjohn - 26 Sep 2012 09:09
Improving town centre pub, now doing food and recently refurbished. Photo is out of date.
randolf7 - 13 Jul 2012 08:45
Dolphox I have mistaken you for Mandraker. However the proper story is in the link.
Ocean_434 - 11 Jul 2012 15:42
Ocean, the Abbot doesn't have a car park; that incident (a murder) took place in the municipal car park which is close to both pubs.
dolphox - 11 Jul 2012 13:34
Oh and Mandraker there wasnt a very serious incident BEHIND this pub, it was in the abbot car park between a group of homeless people.
Ocean_434 - 10 Jul 2012 14:32
Red john very interesting comments, you seem to have a little vendetta against this place, I wonder if you are one of the people that are not allowed in here since the old management has left?? I am a regular in this pub and have seen many changes whilst drinking in this area. The last manager was a disgrace to this pub! She is the reason behind the publicity in the papers! The ex-manager took no control and allowed any Tom, Dick or Harry in, thus causing complete chaos. Anyway after the place closed for two days to restaff there has been no trouble or problems. The new management and staff are a lot better, the place is doing food and is a lot cleaner too, and this is great for all the regulars as we have got our pub back. Please don't knock if you haven't tried it.
Ocean_434 - 10 Jul 2012 14:29
Now serving food again - good quality.
randolf7 - 10 Jul 2012 07:27
dead during the day.dead during the night.looks like the end for the pub.maybe getting rid of the old manager was the wrong idea.least the police will be happy.
redjohn - 15 May 2012 14:53
so dont know what servingwench is on about(new landlord)he was all ways the land lord...just kept passing the himself a man and letting other people get in shit cos of him,,,,real man.
redjohn - 2 May 2012 14:05
1! the same man runs the dog(owen)
2!the old landlady wasnt arrested for fighting, it was for criminal damage which owen said she smashed up his van...cctv proved she never done it....
3!the same old idiots that the previous landlady got rid of kicked off which was the paper story...

so it seems to be getting worst.....
redjohn - 2 May 2012 13:50
went in there 2 sundays ago drug dealing from people that r on pub watch..which the staff saw but didnt say anything..saw them whispering between them self like school kids...and to top it off a fight...cant wait to go there a gain...
redjohn - 2 May 2012 13:36
Weald is correct,

There is no pub in Surrey with anything close to so much pollce attention,

Wench says 'talk about the beer' - when your life is at risk??
randolf7 - 26 Apr 2012 22:02
Who/wench - I can read, but you can't spell!. 'Tennet/rummurs/metion' - what are you on/about? As a Redhill resident, I (and many more) will be making my views known to the relevant authorities. 40 police visits to this pub, since last June, is not gossip; read, if you can(!), the court hearing report.
wealdman - 26 Apr 2012 12:56
Good I am glad you will not visit this place, wealdman. never any comments about the beer just gossip. Who, did NOT say they went in, just waited outside and NO trouble, you need to go back to school to learn to read. you seem to be a bitter old man or out of work lay about with nothing better to do. this is a forum for beer, not a sounding place for you. Grow a pair. you hide your status. By the way no news paper report mentioned this pub but the BBC did metion the Abbot. There are plenty of other pubs in Redhill find one and stick to it.
These tennet have only been in for two weeks. Do not tar them with the same brush.
Be glad not to see you
servingwench - 26 Apr 2012 12:12
Far too many pubs are closing in the UK. But, this one should have been closed years ago. Its simply hygiene (staff or customers). Yet, 'people' seem to like the shouting, children being ignored/crying, the drugs (being bought and sold) and the fights. Please turn it into a shop.
randolf7 - 25 Apr 2012 22:37
who/wench - what a wally!

a murder nearby yesterday - ok, you go in to the place; we won't!

unless u have a death wish

and some seem to have one in there.............
wealdman - 25 Apr 2012 21:31
I have been outside this pub for the last two Fridays,waiting to pick up family members, no trouble, Disco this week, all left quietly, Police came round in the car, NO TROUBLE. Give the new tennet a go. reading some of sussexfox's other post's he/she is not happy with many of the places he visits, too much time on his hands to stir, mandraker always seem to post together with sussexfox.???? Talk about the beer not gossip.
who_am_i - 25 Apr 2012 17:52
After c40 police visits, this pub's licence is clearly in doubt and, as said before, the freeholder/brewery (Marstons) should step in - and stop putting in inept managers. Complaints to the local authority and the police have been numerous and it has the lowest BITE rating in Surrey. Another chance is not deserved; too many have been given already and this place is likely to follow the Dragon, Greyhound, Scud, New Inn (former pubs nearby) into oblivion.
wealdman - 25 Apr 2012 10:53
Please give it a go. Yes new landlord. Trying to keep the old drug users out, drunkerds and general louts. The fight was the old landlady not new. Will take some time to pull thing around. Like to know where sussexfox gets his info. Hearsay and rummurs,or does he have a crystal ball to see the licence will not be renewed. no wonder pubs can not make a go this day and age. Yes there was an incident in Redhill yesterday mandraker, not behind the pub but in the car park across the road why start rummurs. It was in the car park behind the Abbot to be more presice. Could have been either. rate the pub not gossip.
servingwench - 25 Apr 2012 09:30
Very serious incident, just behind this pub about 4pm today. Helicopter/police/amulances etc. Roads blocked off. No idea if it was related to this pub, or any other.
mandraker - 24 Apr 2012 22:28
This pub has been mentioned frequently in the local media. - for fights, drugs, drunkedness, vile behaviour etc. Probably, it is the worst in Surrey. It opens and closes and is past saving - a large 'estate' is adjacent. The brewery - Marstons - should vacate, sell or put in decent /very strong management. In 30 years of pub going, I have never seen anything as bad; on the front page of the Surrey Mirror again this week (landlady arrested/fighting/2am) - police have been there about 40(!) times in recent months. Licence (already nearly revoked) is now unlikely to be renewed.
sussexfox - 22 Apr 2012 00:32
No...its open again with completely new staff.
sussexfox - 20 Apr 2012 12:56
This pub seems to be closed, indefinitely - reason unknown....
tempest - 13 Apr 2012 10:19
CLOSED TODAY..........................
randolf7 - 10 Apr 2012 21:28
Such a "nice" place they now have to have trained door staff just to keep their licence.

Don't think I shall be bothering.
kevmac - 6 Apr 2012 18:02
awful place with dopey barpersons. can be a childrens' playground. but it is an estate pub. with no future. maybe with better management. hard to be barred here!
randolf7 - 14 Feb 2012 22:11
Some corrections to make.....
I think the pub to which DannyBoy refers is on the other side of the road but it has since been demolished some time ago.
The staff he mentions were at the other pub also.
The beams and foyer area must have been a different pub altogether.....
cavalieri - 2 Feb 2012 19:19
Not good. Saw people eating their KFC's in the pub the other day!
sussexfox - 18 Jan 2012 12:38
Fanz only makes positive posts for the D&D which, simply, is an estate pub with a clientele which is allowed to do its own thing! Significanly better Redhill pubs are The Sun, Junction and Hone Cottage - all of which serve food and insist on children being monitored. Unlike the D&D...
wealdman - 5 Jan 2012 12:56
this pub suprizes me constantly....they had the most amazing new yr's eve party that we were all welcomed to and i would like to thank the fantastic staff and sam the manager there for making the effort and getting dressed up like the rest of us and working so hard to make it a nite i sure will not forget...the most fun me and my mates have had in awhile...well done guys you deserve some recognition for wot u all do...
pubfanz - 5 Jan 2012 10:50
what more could you boring old farts want from the pub... they have good beer thats looked after properley,reasonably priced, they do karaoke for those who think they are the next mariah or elton john and they put dj's on for those of us who like going out for a dance.. if what you want is boring then go join the oap no music deadend crew in the sun and leave the dog and duck pub for us who have a pulse and dont slag the manager or staff off.. yes its a tough old pub so them a break, they do a fantastic job there.....
pubfanz - 8 Dec 2011 11:02
Why does boat think that those of us who give an opinion on the D&D only have one pint? This estate pub has a long history of trouble and nothing has changed - although I would agree that the new landlady is working hard to improve things. Boorish behaviour continues unchecked and children often have free reign; it is often almost impossible to gain entry through the smokers outside the main door. Very poor staff are the main problem - they need to be more interested and manage the shouters etc. a lot better.
wealdman - 2 Dec 2011 11:04
Well i suggest that those people who pop in there for 1 pint and then come on here and give reviews should try it for longer...the pub has a very friendly atmosphe now and is ran with the greatest of professionalism.....i love going out at weekends and will always visit the dog and the main reason being is the fact that with all the staff including the door supervisors i am made to feel extremely welcome and safe ..........the children in need night was an absolute blast as for male strippers it was hardly that just a couple of blokes and should i say girls to having a fun and raising money for a gr8 cause........its says at the top of this feed ...and i quote "reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors ...PLEASE DONT TAKE THEM TO SERIOUSLY....... i would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam and her gr8 staff for some fab nites and hope that there are a lot more to follow......signed someone who drinks lots of beer and not 1 or 2 pints in this pub .......keep up the good work guys x

dreamboat - 1 Dec 2011 16:44
Now that's a great idea. Male strippers in support of Children in Need. What next? A pig roast for Ramadan?
the.fourth.stooge - 1 Dec 2011 06:35
Its good to see a new person at the helm,instead of these dried up dead wood that was managering it before...weekends r brilliant,so will continue going there every other week or week....instead of walking in there and there is 40+ aged customers dribbling over the bar...
redjohn - 30 Nov 2011 23:54
I've frequented pubs that have served me a worse pint, that have a poorer standard of decor, have more disagreeable punters or fewer drinks on offer; however they have all had at least one redeeming feature. This place doesn't based on our visit last month and I didn't even venture into the toilets or try any food if indeed they were serving. Certainly a candidate for worst pub in Surrey although I am yet to visit the Gipsy Tavern in West Croydon.
filf - 29 Nov 2011 20:59
best pub in redhill by far, good management and good staff have turned that dump around to become the place to go. as for the strippers u people r talking about it was only for 1 nite only to raise money for the BBC children in need event.. and they done a fantastic job raising just under a grand.. i will continue to be a patron off the dog and duck for as long as it lasts. too many bad managers in the past have destroyed it and the lady that is there and her team do a great job
pubfanz - 29 Nov 2011 17:57
best pub in redhill by far, good management and good staff have turned that dump around to become the place to go. as for the strippers u people r talking about it was only for 1 nite only to raise money for the BBC children in need event.. and they done a fantastic job raising just under a grand.. i will continue to be a patron off the dog and duck for as long as it lasts. too many bad managers in the past have destroyed it and the lady that is there and her team do a great job
pubfanz - 29 Nov 2011 17:57
Only Surrey pub with male strippers! Not a pretty sight....
elfhelp - 21 Nov 2011 12:19
Extremely poor management - and, now, the food has stopped (didn't last long!)
tradervic - 21 Nov 2011 10:17
Dire place - worse than ever! Male strippers this week - Full Monty. Supposed to be doing food, but its rarely seen - and the place is often like a kids' playground.
tempest - 18 Nov 2011 11:01
Now, this newly refurbished town centre pub is serving food for the first time in decades!
tradervic - 28 Jul 2011 13:53
Sadly, after the lick of paint, no real change and no food - but same 'regs'........
wealdman - 11 Jul 2011 22:24
Opening today, July 8th. Hours - 9am to Midnight (2am at weekends). With the closure of the nearby Liquid & Envy niteclub and the reopening of the newly refurbished Home Cottage pub (also today), Redhill's pub profile will have improved considerably. Maybe Wetherspoons might now also upgrade their tired local outlet.
randolf7 - 8 Jul 2011 15:22
Currenty closed - for refurbishment.

Not before time and one can only hope that they do it well and have stricter customer vetting, on reopening; far too many 'down and outs' served here previously.
randolf7 - 21 Jun 2011 16:18
The local council now has an application for some structural alterations to this pub (incorporating new door and canopy) - and it would seem that the work will include an internal refit. Long overdue!
sussexfox - 21 Apr 2011 13:18
Went in - No draft beer pull visible - Went out

Quite liked the smell being pumped from their odour machine though
geofff - 11 Jan 2011 12:00
Good pub unfair 'sensitive comments posted by fearful shadow dwelling folks unlikely to ever use the pub again are not going to stop old and new customers from having a good time
mojocrew - 25 Dec 2010 19:48
It would be hard to find a worse pub.....
tradervic - 14 Sep 2010 10:49
Closed - shut?

It was today.

Could it be the long awaited!

Just probably fixing the awful toilets, leaking roof etc.

Botched jobs 'cos Marstons (brewery) just want to get rid!!

sussexfox - 2 Jun 2010 21:31
Closed today.
sussexfox - 1 Jun 2010 23:24
An 'estate pub' - could well be the worst in Surrey. Beer and hygiene standards are very low, as is the typical calibre of customer.

No food - just as well! The place is starting to fall apart with a leaking roof etc. - and the heating recently broke down. Fights are frequent, but nobody seems to care.
reltoncrestam - 17 Feb 2010 15:19
Remains one of the worst pubs in Surrey, still needing a major refurbishment. The toilets defy description.

A new manager arrived last week; he eats (takeaway McDonalds) at a front table and would not inspire confidence in this pub's future - if there is any.
sussexfox - 2 Feb 2010 09:00
Refurb hasn't happened - but heating has been fixed and its warm. But the brewery - Marstons - will have to put their hand in their pocket soon to bring this run down pub back to a reasonable standard. A 3+ rating is very generous.
sussexfox - 30 Nov 2009 16:08
The long awaited refurbishment seems further off that ever. No date has yet been set - but the fact that the heating has totally packed up make things a bit more critical!
blackgander - 3 Aug 2009 10:35
Closing in August for refurbishment.
brewmason - 19 Jun 2009 15:12
first pub we drank in since moving to Redhill. service was quick and friendly. beer was fine. music a bit too loud. I've drunk in a lot worse pubs than this. maybe coming from london we've got low standards but it did the job for us.
beergardenatrear - 5 Jun 2009 21:51
The date for the long overdue refurb has been put back indefinitely....dunno why? Terrible place, in the meantime! Will it change? - I think not!
brewmason - 18 May 2009 13:46
The D&D is closing in February for a major refurbishment - which is not before time. Will this help to bring this awful pub back, from the brink ?
paladian - 29 Dec 2008 15:29
Maybe 'The Observer' should visit the Dog and Duck to realise the comments are factual
martins2 - 1 Nov 2008 15:09
Why do wanna be comedians use this site to post absolute rubbish.
Theobserver - 28 Oct 2008 14:52
Went in recently by the front door, unfortunately. Lucky to get out by the side one. Is there any place as bad - Nags Head, Peckham ?
mapwizard - 16 Oct 2008 00:05
Needs to be a decent Pizza restaurant to challenge a certain outlet opposite. Not many will miss its demise, if it happens.
martins2 - 15 Oct 2008 17:10
The Dog and Duck is open - only closed for a day. It remains on the market.
leftfield - 12 Oct 2008 15:52
I doubt if there WAS a worst pub in Surrey.
Hadn't realised it had now shut. I think it was called 'Crooks' not 'Crocks'!!
martins2 - 12 Oct 2008 12:37
Passed by (would not dream of going in) this pub last Thursday - it was closed. Last time I was there, a fight started at about 3pm. The Mick McGinty mentioned by a previous poster met his end in this pub - then called Crocks.
leftfield - 6 Oct 2008 09:37
Is there a worse pub in Surrey ? This place is TERRIBLE. No hygiene, poor staff and the clientele give the Surrey Mirror most of its copy. On the market again....
paladian - 6 Oct 2008 09:10
An absolute dump. The frequenters of this hostelry can be viewed on the street. You won't want to go in.
martins2 - 24 Aug 2008 01:22
Looks OK from the outside, but once inside it gives the impression of being the sort of place where you expect the police to come in at any moment, find somebody to take away to 'help with their inquiries' and depart to a chorus of "f*** off you w***ers" from the charmless clientele. And so it proved to be! No real ale, but had my first pint of keg Pedigree (that was served so cold it could easily have been John Smiths or Caffreys for all the taste it had left) - not an experience I plan to repeat in the near future. Currently put up for letting by the Marston's Pub Company (as the rather large and off-putting sign on the High Street facade makes clear).
rpadam - 18 Aug 2008 20:21
A terrific place to be in the Pete Williams / Mick McGinty days, but destroyed by inept managers and the decision to rely on Sky Sport to drum up trade. Post McGinty, this place lost all the local characters and a stale, slightly desperate atmosphere made it increasingly dull. My decision to totally give up alcohol was taken here one Saturday night. I don't miss the place, but Ido miss the people who once made it so good.
wilburpenguin - 10 Apr 2008 15:30
A terrific place to be in the Pete Williams / Mick McGinty days, but destroyed by inept managers and the decision to rely on Sky Sport to drum up trade. Post McGinty, this place lost all the local characters and a stale, slightly desperate atmosphere made it increasingly dull. My decision to totally give up alcohol was taken here one Saturday night. I don't miss the place, but Ido miss the people who once made it so good.
wilburpenguin - 10 Apr 2008 15:30
This was never the greatest pub but it was also never the worst. It was fine for a lunchtime drink. Since the REFURB it seems to have stopped doing food and now seems to cater for Redhill residents with nothing better to do, I just can't find much to recommend it as there's much better pubs within easy walking distance. Oh all right one thing to recommend it the bar maid is very easy on the eye and the staff seemed friendly enough. Just for that I'd recommend it over the Abbot
anonymous - 31 Oct 2006 15:16
I posted a comment to scooterroy, but thought I would also post here. Anyone else have any stories about the old "Crock's Courage" and Mick McGinty? As I told scooter, I worked for Mick and his wife Sarah in 1989-1990. I tended bar with Mel and Mary. Mick was such a great guy to work for. The place would rock on a Saturday night. Mick sang to me before I left. Does anyone know what ever happened to Sarah and the kids (Jimmy and ?). Nice people. A friend of mine sent me Mick's obituary. Too bad. Heart of Gold that man had.
Visited the "Dog and Duck" in 2003. Lost it's charm. Might as well have been in a so called, "pub" in the U.S. Maybe things have changed since then. I'm not sure how long the new owner had had the place when I was there.
Any stories or info. would be appreciated.
Have a good one!
anonymous - 16 May 2006 18:57
gr8te for footie and lunch
tanks - 21 Feb 2006 16:47
Good pub to watch football in, with big screen tvs. Recently been refurbished. Usualy selection of lagers available. On the whole its an alright pub, mainly locals, regulars & one to head for if you dont want to be surrounded by a majority of 18 year olds on a saturday night, or going for a drink with mates in the week.
lone_wolf77 - 15 Sep 2005 20:47
Seems like its quite a scruffy pub, not a young persons place on the whole. Though it seems alright for a quick drink and watching footy
aleman - 21 Mar 2005 15:11
Did I say Mick McGinty turned up to his wedding on an elephant! as before a mental man but kind and generous in my opinion
scooterroy - 19 Mar 2005 18:20
Bit of a 'mature' kind of pub. Probably not many skateboarders come here
Will2 - 18 Mar 2005 12:36
Mick McGinty was a top bloke used to do a disco in The Bell in Reigate on a Thursday night Did a stint at, the not there anymore, Cobbles in Reigate. Then when he had Crocks (now the Dog and Duck) the place used to be heaving and as they say "the craic was good" Mick was one of the boys and missed by many 40ish pissheads. I haven't been in for a while as my shoes got stuck to the carpet last time, has it changed?
scooterroy - 27 Feb 2005 11:04
New manager in now, Matt, knows his stuff, pub will improve, tell me more about Mick McGinty!
Darren - 1 Jul 2004 23:11
Used to be a hole, frequented by bearded men or lager louts. They still go there, but the atmosphere is better with a more varied crowd - probably avoiding The Sun. Agree with comments about watching footy there - it gets buzzing.
Sean - 4 Apr 2004 21:27
The manager (Mark Walker) is excellent !!!
Andrew Dowsing - 9 Feb 2004 05:16
When this place was the dark & dingy "Office" it truely was fantastic, somewhere actualy alternative in Redhill. Sadly, since the refurbishment, alot of the character has gone. Most people in here seem to be working class, shaven headed EnGERland types, which actualy makes this a pretty good place to be when watching the world cup or your fav team (they have big screen sky sports). I saw Turkey v England in here and the place was rocking.
Jack the Ripper - 8 Feb 2004 18:27
I worked in this pub almost for two months last winter. I lost my job because my boyfriend was one of the regular customers and we got drunk one Friday night(I had a day of). I don't think that is a good reason to sack someone. The pub is ok and I really liked the customers but the landlord, that is another story...
Milja from Finland
Milja Mannstrm - [email protected] - 21 Dec 2003 16:23
Food's O.K, but the place hasn't the same atmosphere since Landlord Mick McGinty sadly fell (ahhhmm)down the cellar steps some years ago.
tiny tim - [email protected] - 29 May 2003 20:44

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