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An absolute must being the tap for next door Thurstons brewery. It's a couple of miles from Woking station but a walk along the canal towpath can account for most of that and can be a pleasant outing. Other brewery beers are available but being a punch tavern are not as adventurous as we would have liked. But the Thurstons is excellent.
Steamer1 - 20 Aug 2016 07:33
The Thurstons 'Horsell Hooker' was a drinkable pint but the staring 'straw dogs' locals put me off having a second.
Snarling_Mallard - 25 Nov 2015 21:44
A proper pub with a great atmosphere and great beer.
nastyned - 31 Aug 2015 09:39
Good decent pub, with thurstons brewery next door! 4 handpulls offering good well kept real ales
neil19 - 30 Apr 2015 20:43
After a couple of pints in the Woking Railway club a very kind local offered us a lift up to Horsell so that we could tick this well respected community pub

We entered the larger bar area and was greeted by 4 pumps serving 3 ales. The Bingham's Brickworks Bitter @ 4.2% & Marston's Pedigree New World Pale Ale @ 3.8% were both very good.

Apparently in this pub pizzas on sale but I didn't see anyone order or eating them so I cannot confirm whether this is true or not.

A friendly landlord but a sour faced looking bar maid tended the bar that was busy mainly with locals. Interesting to note that there was a phone in from a regular at the pub who is sailing from Africa to the Caribbean in a team of 4. There is a map on the bar that is charting their progress and all guesses for how far they have travelled that week are donated to charity, I hasten to say we were well out with our guesses!

After almost an hour here a musical performance was about to start so we finished our pints and went across to the Red Lion.

A decent tick from the 2014 GBG and certainly needed the assistance of a car to get here as I didn’t realise it wasn’t walkable from Woking station!

lezford - 27 Nov 2014 13:35
Had something of the Royston Vaysey quality you find all too infrequently these days. The beer quality was not as great as one might expect from the GBG listing - the OId Dairy Gold Top served through a sparkler was interesting on the basis that it was clearly not brewed to be pulled through that way.

This reminded me of my earliest pub visits in the 1980s when the decor might not have been tired, the local clientele wondering whether people not from round their way are tasty would have been quaint and straight out of the "Wicker Man", and the feeling that one has stumbled into a parallel universe somewhere between Stephen King and Jeremy Clarkson.

Should be studied by all anthropologists of the boozer.
meurglys_iv - 13 May 2012 15:59
I visited this pub on the basis that it was in the Good Beer Guide so should be able to provide a good pint. Unfortunately, for some reason they decided to use a sparkler. If I wanted something bland and tasteless I'd ask for Budweiser. Really, the minimum you expect from a GBG pub is that they don't remove all the flavour from your beer without asking you first. If it's quality beer you want, try the Cricketers just down the road - had an excellent beer there earlier in the day.
BarrySW19 - 11 Mar 2012 19:39
Friendly old fashioned local which felt and looked a little tired on Saturday just past, but it was a proper pub! Doom Bar was good with Otter Ale and a third ale which escapes me now also available. Friendly service but perhaps worryingly quiet for a Saturday night...
beer_monster_smudge - 5 Dec 2011 15:58
Great pub with well kept beers, good to see it's got in the Good Beer Guide at last.
eadweard - 17 Oct 2011 13:10
Having visited for the first time immediately after lunch and a pint in the red lion it's quite a contrast. This is a boozer, and the interior is appropriately old and a little stale.
That said, the place was friendly and the beer well kept. There is a nice garden if you can find your way out.
fallingleaf - 19 Jun 2010 15:28
Unpretentious, friendly old local close to the centre of the village. It's nice to sit in a pub where you can hear the clock tick (and yourself think)!
An everchanging range of guest sles with forthcoming attractions on a blackboard behind the bar, along with scores of previous pump clips.
Have tried one of the Saturday night bands and had a great time.
flashharry1965 - 28 May 2009 14:48
Good Crack. Quiet atmosphere until the jolly pub quiz gets going.
BestBeerBoffin - 19 Mar 2009 13:43
Good Crack. Quiet atmosphere until the jolly pub quiz gets going.
BestBeerBoffin - 19 Mar 2009 13:43
Surprisingly empty compared to the Red Lion. Interesting as the beer is actually cheaper here. Nice friendly feel to it and also the good old pub quiz.
aleman - 6 Mar 2009 16:35
Much improvd in recent years. Regular beers are well served along with an interesting range of guest ales (unfortunately only one guest ale pump but they buy in small quantities and change the guest ale frequently). Food range comprises crisps and pork scatchings, lively quiz on Wednesday nights and occasional band nights on Saturdays
srendall - 15 Dec 2008 23:41
nice friendly old fashioned boozer beers always good and live music is a bonus
groggy - 1 Apr 2008 16:57
Two room pub with 4 handpumps housed in one bar only. Just 2 of the 4 in operation at 15:00 ystdy. Titanic Iceberg turned out to be a wheat beer � good thing because if it had been a golden ale, as the barman suggested, it would have been very off. The other on offer was Bombardier but they did have 40 or so old pumpclips on display so, although none were too radical (eg Archers,Sharps), they at least suggested that maybe I was unluckly in the limited choice that day. The staff left me be in the main bar and returned to the other side, which was also empty, to listen to the radio. It may be quite good with a busy bar & serving all 4 pumps but I couldn�t recommend the walk here in the afternoon, & there was a slight wiff of drains in the air.
trainman - 7 Nov 2007 12:16
True thing about the musicians grundy. The ones last Saturday were kareizy baby ;-) Had a great time and the same goes for all my friends that came along. We enjoyed ourselves.
Beer6 - 29 Aug 2006 10:35
Proper friendly local, with a fantastic choice of well kept real ale. Occasional beer festivals are great too, with a few barrels kept in the lock up garage outside! One for the session rather than to impress a new girl or take the parents for a nice meal to. Which is a good thing - there are too many foody pubs in Slurrey!
malgrey - 5 Apr 2006 14:49
A very friendly boozer although I only use the public bar.Full of musicians,all of whom are barking mad but harmless enough.
grundy - 25 Jan 2006 10:54
As an overnight visitor to Horsell I was delighted to "drop" on the Crown.Warm,welcoming and proper local
pub with a good choice of reasonably priced real ales.
Recommended to those drinkers that value a traditional
comfortable pub without flashy gimmicks and indifferent staff.Cheers!
BAZZO - 14 Mar 2005 21:26
Lovely pub with a wide range of real ales served in perfect condition. The landlord takes his ale seriously and regularly changes his stock and has plenty of guest beers in
cgosgerby - 23 Feb 2005 18:14
Hugely improved over the last couple of years, and well deserved 2005 G.B.G. listing. Easily the best beer drinkers' pub in Horsell. Unpretentious with no nasty chip-frying smells to put you off. Continual stream of guest ales guzzle well alongside regulars including a good quality pint of Adnams. Friendly bar staff, lively quiz nights on Wednesdays, live music occasionally.
Harry J - 12 Nov 2004 00:05
The best pint of Adnams best bitter outside Southwold
Dave H - 10 Oct 2004 17:55

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