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Panther Inn, Reigate

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First time I have been in since the change and I have to say I am impressed.

The Aspels was good and the place has a good chilled out atmosphere. Only had time for a quick pint but will certainly be back.
kevmac - 8 Sep 2013 15:38
Crikey, the changes to this pub have evidently polarised opinions!

I'm very much in the Fussy Drinker camp. I was brought up very close to the old Panther and used to frequent this occasionally as the then landlord turned a blind eye to us being underage. As soon as I was old enough to get into other pubs, I avoided it.

I returned to Reigate last year after a 20 year absence and tried the Panther to see if it had improved, and it hadn't. As before, 95% male clientele, primarly clique-y regulars who were not at all friendly or welcoming. American Werewolf job.

What a great change. Nice airy environment, better garden and good range of beers and wines, and clever, well-priced platter menus and attached deli giving you the option to buy to take home the bits on the menu that you liked. I've been there a number of times and the cleintele is mixed and interesting.

I really like it and visit regularly
Sebbie - 7 Sep 2012 13:12
Oh dear . Tempest is right . Greene King dont let trivial things like the views of their customers get in the way of a new daft idea . Another sell off for housing ?

inowhatilike - 31 Jul 2012 22:20
This used to be such a warm friendly pub. Since it changed its name to the Roe Deer it's cold and unwelcoming and not very friendly at all. They do not seem to care about the regulars who drink there and are more concerned about how much money they can make!
A few simple things like puting 'reserved' signs on the tables would be helpful.
No, not a very good pub at all - they need to have a rethink.
madonbeer - 26 May 2012 10:37
Wow! What a change... This completely re-vamped pub is under new ownership and has a new name; The Roe Deer. It has only been open a few weeks but I have been there a number of times. The young staff are well-informed, extremely courteous and efficient. The re-vamp is exceptional. A beautiful pub with lovely staff practically on my door-step. What more could a girl ask for...
FussyDrinker - 18 May 2012 15:32
The roe deer or should I say the o deer ... What happened to a local pub we now have a very bright cafe that sells beer ... Service poor and slow . Ok for a quick lunch but any more then that and we would need to look for another pub
Altriaj - 6 May 2012 13:58
Now called The Roe Deer - looks good from the outside.
wealdman - 25 Apr 2012 09:17
Yes, GK revamp...new name. No customers.
tempest - 15 Apr 2012 15:33
Being taken over by the landlady of the Bell, a local pub. Fine business woman - tho' GK must have run out of options.

Then, there was Roy.........
mandraker - 30 Mar 2012 21:29
New management, albeit temporary. Roy left - after 15 years.
randolf7 - 8 Nov 2011 12:09
Basic back street boozer, nothing special. A few locals almost live there and the landlord seems to be a quiet eccentric - staring, curiously, at new customers as if to say 'why have you come in here?'

Sad - because there is significant potential (beer garden etc.); if Roy stays however, it will never be achieved.
sussexfox - 6 Dec 2010 11:13
Ah where to start....

The famous "Panther". My sunday night wetdream.

Roy the barman can only be described as a modern day yoda - He literally has the power to move you with his mind. The facilities are superb... Jukeboxes, pool table, darts, heated covered smoking area, working oblutions (a rare thing in Reigate/Redhill now days)

Whether your in there for a few rounds of pool, a quiet pint or just a friendly chat with some of the amazing locals its a quality pub and easily the best in the area.
DrakeO - 16 Nov 2009 19:00
Yes Map - but such a pity.

Why doesn't the brewery do something to give this potentially fine pub the PUSH it needs ?

Apathy rules !?
simwilliams - 11 Nov 2008 13:33
In 4.5 years, the Panther has had 5 posts - as its an unexceptional back street boozer. Has significant potential because of location, beer garden and reasonable beer. A distinct lack of ambition - and a willingness to cater for just the same crowd every day (with NO desire to grow/expand) - makes for a quite future.
mapwizard - 9 Oct 2008 13:48
Friendly local selling a better-than-average pint of Greene King IPA.
rpadam - 19 May 2008 20:50
They seem to have a farting tradition here. Fortunately it only takes place in the lavatories! Quite a nice atmosphere here. Good for watching football as well
Will2 - 8 Apr 2005 21:03
I visited the Panther the other night - great atmosphere thanks to the excellent landlord
Ian Ripper - 5 Nov 2004 12:23
Friendly local, it says on the door, and that's true. Decent Greene King, competitive pool and an eclectic bunch of locals
Peter - 1 Oct 2004 17:37
Frankly, you could never describe The Panther as a grand pub and as a result it’s not the sort of place people travel miles to visit, which is just how the regulars like it – a local pub for local people who want a drink and a chat.

Better still, what it lacks in meretricious ostentation is more than made up for in terms of its informal hospitality. You could be forgiven for thinking that some of the regulars consider the place to be an extension to their living rooms. Relaxed? Almost to the point of horizontal… which is just how a local should be. In fact, on the a good night you’d be hard pressed to tell the bar staff, management and customers apart.
Number 6 - [email protected] - 16 Apr 2004 16:25
Feel I must point out that Bill means “hustlers” in the pool playing sense… It’s not *that* sort of pub!

Love + visions of a Wild West saloon,

Lady B xxx

ladybast25 - 29 Jan 2004 09:51
Local pub with it's own atmosphere Pool table but look out boys don't play the women - they're hustlers... GOOD LOOKING TOO. especisially the red wine drinking guardian reader.... (haven't seen her play pool yet though)
bill - [email protected] - 29 Jan 2004 03:15
Much like a coral reef or similar, the Panther Public House is a fragile ecosystem. It benefits from its current comfortable symbiosis of customers and management, and all have become like one big happy (and exquisitely dysfunctional) family.

Pantherians seek to preserve their sensitive environment. One risk to the balance of our precious pub atmosphere is the proximity of Redhill. From Redhill flows a sporadic dribble of fighting louts who, in recent months, have swaggered their way onto the streets of Reigate. When out of their natural habitat, Redhillians tend to spill pints all over each other, argue about the spilling of aforementioned pints, and slouch around on the pool table as if they’re still in one of the garish Wetherspoon hovels they manifested from. On sight, we normally chase them away with pitchforks, thus loyally protecting our pub, a little like killer bees protecting the hive and its Queen.

The Queen in question is Pam. She is a feisty Celtic goddess with the wit and charm of a Cheshire Cat and upper-body strength of an Amazon warrior. Roy is a quiet and brooding creature with the sort of eyes that suggest that he has infinite wisdom of the Universe’s inner workings, could possibly be a secret criminal mastermind, and may one day attempt to take over the world in manner of a Bond villain. They are, quite probably, the best people who have ever lived.

As I said, the Panther is a like a coral reef: a place of beauty and perfection, a veritable phenomenon in the field of organic pubbery - so if you go there, be careful not to spoil it in any way, disturb its chemical equilibrium, or break bits off to sell to tourists.

Love + writing on a hangover,

Lady B xxx

ladybast25 - 25 Jan 2004 12:37
Great Pub! The landlady (Pam) is Irish with a history of musical interests, and famous parents in the Emerald Isle. "You can be sure of a warm welcome" is an Irish sentiment that is genuine in this instance. The landlord (Roy)is an esoteric genius. Thank God the residents are down to Earth. Well worth a visit.
Vyc - 19 Dec 2003 22:27
I used to get pisssed up here in the early 1980's. Landlady was nice a cops wife (bonnie) which meant there were a lot of filth in there - but it was good despite that.
Mark Ramey and I shared a flat up the road.
David Bahan - davidb at netdude org - 23 May 2003 11:29
Is a "white panther" a signature drink of The Panther Inn? I know the ingredients are: white rum, amaretto, and creme de banane...does anyone know the proportions?
Katie- U.S.A. - [email protected] - 20 May 2003 02:33
motor racing fans talk about all sorts of wacked out statagies

kinda kewl
jenson - 8 Mar 2003 19:33
Great pub, great people, great food. What more can I say!!!
Mike Hunt - 24 Jan 2003 11:41

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