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Foley Arms, Claygate

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Youngs pub with standard Youngs beers and nothing else. Very handy for Claygate station.
Trev - 7 Feb 2020 20:01
This place has now re-opened as a hotel/pub. 12.05 for a regular sized glass of NZ sauvignon blanc and a pint of ale! What a complete and utter rip off. - 22 Oct 2012 21:26
A classic Youngs boozer that is about to close !
Friday 27th January 2012 will see the Foley call last orders for the final time. Tragic.
It will allegedly be redeveloped into an hotel with a licensed bar open to non-residents.
FuzzyDuck - 25 Jan 2012 11:05
Sad about The Foley. The Public Bar is more or less deserted and the Saloon Bar seems to be stuck in a time wharp. The old buzz has gone and there are a smattering of regulars who scurry off home as soon as its their round! One or two (one in particular!) look as though they were born and raised there, maybe they were. The Landlord & Landlady are a pleasant hardworking couple doing their best to survive a deep recession and trying to compensate for the less than pleasant Saloon Bar regulars. The sooner that Youngs spend the money and upgrade it and maybe get shot of the type of custom they seem to attract the better and maybe some of the more interesting and enlightened, and less stick in the mud, locals will return.
rogerjamieson - 25 Feb 2011 12:01
Havent been here for a few months and am startled and concerned about peoples calls for redecoration. WHY!!!! So many pubs are ruined by tarting it up and they just become souless. Pubs are dying as it is so we need to guard against this senseless attacks on our traditional venues. I for one love the Foley and just wish I got over there a bit more. Lovely pint of Ramrod n Special, served correctly I might add. Had some whitebait in here and was very pleased with the meal. like the City Arms in the Ditton this place has got that nice mix of an eating area and a normal bar where people can talk rubbish and bar stool preach. I hope they leave this place alone
pompeyron - 16 Nov 2010 17:33
Good if you like folk music.
Passing_By - 11 Jul 2010 18:52
Well, it will get a redecoration when it's turned into a hotel. I hope it keeps being a pub (unlike for example the former George and Dragon in Kingston which is now just a hotel).
rainlight - 22 Mar 2010 21:03
Bit shabby and in need of re-decoration. Toilets left alot to be desired! Poor selection of decent continental beers. Very average.
reedyd - 27 Aug 2009 08:28
Popped in as part of a tour around Claygate. Inside looked like a traditional pub, we sat outside on the veranda. Young's Orinary & Special and Bombardier. Ordinary was pretty decent.
GuideDogSaint - 14 Jun 2009 11:02
This pub is dowdy, in servere need of some redecoration and since the last time I visited the food has gone way downhill - a v. limited choice. On the plus side great for summer days in the garden and climbing frame with the kids.
marco1965 - 20 Jun 2007 11:21
The beer can be server in a rather cloudy texture. But do not be too alarmed it isnt hand-made cream! Just a bit off. They like their folk music here
aleman - 17 Mar 2007 09:49
Great pub, people, beer and what a garden!!

Notrix - 12 Mar 2007 17:25
Nice local pub, well kept beer and always a friendly welcome
wpjh - 26 Jan 2007 15:09
I havent been to the foley for over 20 years. Ah! the memories. If its as good now as it was then it probbly desrves to be at no.1. stiff competition though. Biker certainly seems to like it!
afcgazzard - 30 Nov 2006 14:28
Still seemed good to me the other night even though I'm not keen on Young's Bitter since they moved production to Bedford: but that isn't the Foley's fault. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year also.
beeronaut - 19 Nov 2006 19:35
Slightly suprised it has reached number 2

People must be very keen on Youngs! Is a friendly and nice pub also
aleman - 19 Nov 2006 13:00
This pub has gone down hill since the new manager has moved in. Avoid in my opinion.
anonymous - 17 Nov 2006 10:46
This place will certainly put some zest into you. Especially if you try Youngs golden zest. It tasted pretty good here. This place mainly attracts a middle-aged crowd.
aleman - 19 Aug 2006 10:09
Lovely garden but only the Bitter was drinkable as the special was cloudy and sour.
anotherpintplease - 5 Jun 2006 06:45
Good Young's beer, friendly and welcoming
anonymous - 21 Sep 2005 09:53
20 of us turned up after a day at the races. The food was brilliant all came out together, no problems what so ever. Great selection of beer. Staff were very friendly. Great garden area. Would definately go again.
rdewen - 13 Jun 2005 17:14

Large garden (plus kids' play area) make it a must on a summer's evening. Saloon bar lacks a bit of atmosphere and it dows tend to attract the same old faces. But the Young's beer is generally well kept. A little pricey (Stella is something like 3) - but then again, it's Claygate so the locals can probably afford it!

gearbox - 6 Jul 2004 15:34
Can be a bit cliquey in the lounge bar. But excellent Youngs beer, and a great folk/acoustic music in the "shed" outside on Fridays
Barry - 17 Jun 2004 15:38
nice friendly little pub with lovely garden, could lower there prices though as a pint of stella is 3.10!
benny - 17 Jun 2004 13:47
Marks gone so has the duke(sic)box
discs played over system in public bar.I dont know when mace was in unless she is about 3 years old as the pulic is full of young people from 18 upwards. So try again or wear better specs.

alan - 12 May 2004 11:10
The Foley's alright as long as you have lively friends with you, otherwise the whole place would be a tad dull. There used to be a duke box but I beleive they took that out a while ago which was a shame. It's not a pub for young people (the generation I'm here representing
!) but other than that it's ok. A very 'local' pub, with much more going for it in the summer. Also Mark's great...!
mace - 16 Feb 2004 11:45
The Foley Arms is a jolly fine hostlery and Geoffey Young ( The Publican) one of the best, unfotunately he is due to retire this year and there looks like drastic changes on the horizon. to be a village pub no more!!!
Alan - 30 Jan 2004 16:22
The Youngs ordinary is excellent -have rareley tasted better. Bess the elderly Labrador is a treat. Saloon nice and quiet at least on a Monday evening.
anon - 9 Jan 2004 08:29
Used to have a nice garden. Now it's wall to wall benches
Anon - 26 Aug 2003 10:14
Has a lovely Folk club at the back. Also has it's own troop of Morris Dancers. As other comments have suggested it has two very different types of vistors clearly defined by which bar they sit in.
Mike - 18 Mar 2003 16:29
A Youngs pub serving Bitter, Special and Winter Warmer.
Very friendly village pub with a public and saloon bar.Much effing and blinding in the public in the afternoon.Chelsea following in the public. Harlequins in the saloon.
Geoff - 21 Jan 2003 10:30

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