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Old Surrey Hounds, Caterham

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Now called The William Garland and a Greene King pub. I'm not a fan of Greene King beer particularly but anyway nice beer garden and a decent convenient stop right by the station.

Ou est la gard du nord as they say in France.
terenced - 14 Sep 2020 08:27
This was the only pub that I passed on an 11 mile walk from Caterham. Saved it till the end, when I got back to the train station.

Decent Hogs Back TEA at £3.15 a pint. Typical town centre pub - all meal deals and football.

Some photos at my walking blog -
Mappiman - 17 Jan 2016 12:08
Plenty of other pubs nearby, all WithASpoons. This is slightly price disadvantaged. This pub I mean. But higher (and higher) on character, clientele, charm, 'cockney charm' if that's your thing. Take your pick. Like you just don't care. Yeah.
albertfox - 9 Dec 2015 12:01
Visited here on Sunday 11th October having taken a walk from Kenley to Caterham. We couldn't see any other pubs in the immediate vicinity so decided to give this a try. It seemed a bit like a Wetherspoon's but the food and drink were of course rather more expensive (but not excessively so). Meals (burger of some sort, sausage and mash) were ok but inferior to similar JDW fare. Beer (Hog's Back TEA and Butcombe Haka bitter) was decent. No complaints overall and very convenient for the railway station.
beermann - 3 Nov 2015 13:48
Generally a local's pub with pleasant staff in a good location near the station. It really is a lager - and Fosters at that - drinkers' pub, but the landlord is doing a really good job of introducing a varied selection of real ales which change regularly. This evening you could choose, I think, from Dark Star Hophead, Clarence & Frederick's APA, Woodfordes Wherry and something else. The quality is also improving as more people drink the cask ale. Long may the progress continue!
Chief_Chufty - 11 Sep 2014 22:41
A pleasant traditional English boozer. Once through the front door you are greeted by a central bar with a chequered tiled floor, lots of oak panelling and wood with high stalls and comfortable red leather benches. There is a good selection of real ales and stouts on tap, and good value traditional pub grub available. The bar maid was a young lady who was also very pleasant and doing a sterling job of looking after the customers. Sky sports is available here and would be an excellent place to watch the football. It benefits from being very close to Caterham station and within the Oyster card zone, needless to say I will be returning. Probably, the best pub in Caterham.
Masterpint47 - 7 Jan 2014 23:47
This is probably the best pub in Caterham, friendly staff, great range of drinks and a fantastic atmosphere.
halo2 - 25 Feb 2013 13:58
This pub had a makeover a little while ago and a change of management recently - neither of which have solved the problems in the mens toilets, there is a constant puddle on the floor, the mould on the walls & ceiling has got to the point where it is starting to flower and if you need more than a no.1 you're a braver man than me to risk the cubicle - I don't want luxury in a pub toilet but don't want to walk out of them feeling dirty.

The old landlord didn't smile often, the new one doesn't seem to have got the hang of it either.

The tables are always sticky and need a proper clean, a quick wipe with a damp cloth doesn't clean, it smears.

The beer is fine and reasonably priced, the food is mostly deep fried/pre-packaged but is a good price so you're getting what you've paid for and the staff are mostly ok.

If there was any competition in Caterham Valley I think this pub would shut down quickly, the only other pub, The Pilgrim is full of chavs and fights.

If they could sort the toilets, sticky tables and get the landlord/manager to look like he wants to be there it would be a pub i'd go for a night with friends rather than somewhere I stop for a quick burger when i'm running late. It's a nice layout with a good size bar area, kitchen and garden and could be so much better.

I know I go on about the toilets but if they can't be bothered to look after the hygiene of the bits you can see then what happens to the lines/kitchens???
Beernotjustintheevening - 22 May 2012 15:24
used this pub many times when i had the harrow,just up the road,found it very friendly and always with good banter from the locals,not been there for years,but will return when in the area...kev
kevincarter - 18 Oct 2011 17:04
This is undoubtedly the best pub in Caterham Valley. It's a locals pub but it's welcoming to newcomers. The locals are all really friendly as well. There's a decent selection of wine and cider, good value food, large beer garden with patio heaters, brilliant music and a seriously sexy bar man, who's now running the place. All staff very proficient and friendly.
Carliecatface - 18 Oct 2011 15:39
Not a bad place. Traditional type. Not bad booze some of the people can be a bit chavvy so watch who you bump into.
Barbon - 26 Aug 2011 18:20
A good pub for a few swift after work drinks. Don't bother with the food, deep fried crap. Nothing healthy on the menu, the menu itself looks like a wimpy menu from days of old.

Good for a few Friday night beers though if you happen to be in the area, not much choice for a better pub in Caterham Valley.
Spiritandmixer - 26 Oct 2010 16:23
probably the best pub in the valley but theres really not much choice.dunno why they bothered to do it up ,no difference,other than framing the tv's (bad idea).the food prices hit sky high but not to bad now as they do 2 for 10,beer still expensive though,and theres some barmaid who does everything in her power not to serve me...dunno why
scunny58 - 16 Sep 2009 15:35
Recently I had to pop my son to his school and wait whilst he sat an exam, Morrison's soon exhausted its many charms and a visit to a pub was called for,so I visited the Surrey Hounds , the beer was good, the garden was GREAT and the food looked a picture, the service was impeccable.If this pub was a little nearer to Sanderstead it would be a major boon.a 9/10.
slerpy - 16 Aug 2008 19:34
It's pleasant enough, a typical town centre pub, but particular reason to go there unless other business brings you to the area. Useful if you're waiting for the train.

Punch Taverns/Spirit Group so a Chef and Brewer under the skin with the usual lack of imagination that that implies.

nickdavies - 16 Aug 2008 19:02
The Surrey has recently been refurbished, I understand the need to draw people in but it has lost its old charecter and now has a typical chain pub feel. Unfortunetly they ahve also upped their prices and there are no offers on anymore, a double vodka is now 4 squids. Still best of the local's in caterham depsite this.
Caterhamite - 5 Feb 2008 13:49
Well kept pub, even if some of the regulars are a bit rough around the edges. Has character, even if it's not as nice as the Valley nearby. Generally have a couple of real ales on and the usual selection of generic beers.

Worth stopping for a pint if in the area, but not somewhere to go out of your way for.
Kelvins_Ferret - 15 Jan 2008 13:21
I live in caterham, and have been a regular here for the last, many years. The atmosphere is usually very good although it can be very quiet in the early part of the week. It is very good for the sport type people, and is probably the best place I have been to see footbball games on a big screen. Has a couple of large plasma screens as well so you can see the games when it is packed from any where! Staff are generally good, and the landlord, Steve, runs the place very well and keeps the unruliness to a very low level.
Caterhamite - 7 Jun 2007 13:25
actually, this pub is the best in caterham!!if you want to see sum chavs...go to the caterham arms, you get live boxing there!! ive been drinking in the surrey for over two years now and ive only ever seen 2 fights(which lasted 2mins!) its a great pub with a friendly atmosphere and a quality landlord! oh and so what about the decor, we are only going to spill beer and drop ash everywhere!!
nikki85 - 20 Apr 2007 21:41
Full of chavs!
anonymous - 6 Feb 2007 15:12
MissSpooky you cant be a regular drinker in the surrey. ive been drinking there about 4/5 times a week for the past two years and in that time ive only ever seen about 3 fights, all of which have been dealt with quickly.

The inside is a bit dingy but the garden is a real plus point, nice to look at and peaceful
123456abc - 2 Aug 2006 18:29
A solitary drink but only if you are an ex-boxer or martial arts expert as you may need to fight your way out. This pub has a make-over but the crowd just keeps getting rougher and rougher. Makes the local 'working man's club' seem posh. I agree about the tatty town centre but I think it owes this to all the 'down and out housing'. Was a beautiful area at one time but all the cheap new housing is turning it into a ghetto. Shame because Caterham really needs a decent pub.
MissSpooky - 27 Jun 2006 15:46
Caterham is an odd place, it is a commuter belt but the town centre is quite tatty. As with this pub, it is an old fashioned boozer, quite tatty, with some hardened drinkers - I don't mind it though, I had a decent pint of Guinness. Somewhere to go if you want a solitary drink or 2 to get legless
TheGP - 25 Jan 2006 19:52

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