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Opening on June the 8th

peterd56 - 11 May 2017 08:39
Drove past the other day and their was a sign saying, opening soon as a grumpy mole !
peterd56 - 2 Mar 2017 14:18
The Pub itself was quite nice when we got there, the beer was good, the clients all seemed friendly and talkative.

This was a for a music gig in the evening on a Saturday, they had pre agreed a price up front, for a standard evenings music. The clients enjoyed it and the barman even asked us to stay on longer than planned. Then at the end, they would not pay the amount agreed, saying that not enough people had turned up (the pub hadn't advertised the music night), the barman then became both extremely rude and aggressive.

Will not be going back to this pub, and would not recommend it. - 23 Dec 2015 15:43
I have had two lovely evenings in this quaint little pub! Both times sat by the open fire (which was regularly tended to by the manager), good music on the surround sound and excellent service! The chef/owner advised us he would be starting up "specials evenings" in the future, a more extensive menu than their (already impressive) bar menu. We tryed the coq au vin and a starter of Ewes cheese puffs with fig jam! The food was incredible! Real top stuff! Not expected from this little oldy pub. Will definately be back! Highly reccomended for food parties!
Beckyjules - 29 Nov 2013 16:04
I too winced at the prices, and I seem to recall a similar experience of thinking I'd been short-changed for a tenner, and being told it was a five, though perhaps that was somewhere else...

That would be a pity really, given the genteel surroundings and garden.

Beware race meeting times though: the clientele can be surprisingly rough in the evenings, when the travelling entourage are in the locality.
eddybeer - 5 Feb 2013 12:45
Excellent quality, shame about the price. A very nice pub indeed just wish they would lower there prices because like the last comment stated 80p for a pack of crisps is over the top. It does repel the chavs though
publover35 - 5 Nov 2011 13:58
Lovely building and beer garden. However very over priced, also had bad experience there today as barman gave me change for 5 when I gave him 10 for a pint. It was not busy at the bar, in fact I was only one there to be served, and as soon as he served me tried to disappear. Possibly an honest mistake, but I doubt it. Sahme that staff can let down an otherwise resonable place.

PS 80p for a small bag of crisps is just greedy
CasualObserver - 22 Apr 2011 18:42
Really nice pretty pub with awesome garden. Nothing bad to say other than the interior is fairly small so I imagine in winter it gets very crowded. But this would only be because I imagine lots of people would want to come here on a regular basis. Very quiet and worth a visit in summer for sure.
thefourmusketeers - 3 Sep 2010 16:24
This is a great pub, we had a big garden BBQ / party here last year (wedding reception) and the staff couldn't do enough to help us.

As a pub its great, good selection of beers and food, and always friendly.

Well worth it.
JimO - 10 May 2010 12:43
After reading some of the reviews i was quite hesitant about going to this pub. I had heard some great reviews from friends but was slightly put off when reading some of these comments. Well say no more. This is a beautiful little pub and i really cannot understand about the cliquey regulars!??! I found it to be nothing but a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. The bar staff are really friendly. I had a meal with my family and i would certainly come back, they have changed the menu since the last time i was in there, much better choices. Overall a great, cosy pub with lovely log fire. I have since been coming back on a regular basis and will do as long as the management stay the same. Would recommend, do not listen to some of these comments, go and find out for yourself. They have an amazing garden and cover on the patio.
LouiseLord - 5 May 2010 10:27
Found this pub to be very friendly and sociable, the beer was excellent and so was the food, and as for the previous posts I found the landlady (barman's spouse) to be very accommodating.
billywiz - 18 Apr 2010 12:39
We have known Maureen , Joe and Steve for many years and this will be the third time that we are holding out charity event evening there. They have gone beyond being helpful and have help raised additional money for our charity.
Even when its not a charity night but a normal Monday evening or Sunday lunch the service and friendlyness of staff is exceptional.
We would recommend it to anyone
The fire is also lovely
asuseeit - 1 Apr 2010 19:15
This pub is very cliquey, if you are not amongst the select few you are not welcome. Boring selection of ales and rude service from staff, was made to feel unwelcome. It seems it was a real chore to get up and bother to serve you and the barman literally snatched the money from my hand. Will never go back whilst he and his unwelcoming spouse are there.
epsomaledrinker - 22 Mar 2010 01:29
I suspect this pub has got high ratings from the cabal of locals and "real ale" snobs- it's very much a locals pub so if you're not one of them then it can feel distinctly uncomfortable. Drinks were fine, and on the plus side they were showing the cricket when me and the missus went in. But still the sort of place where everyone turns their head round and "inspects" you the moment you walk in the door...
followedthrough - 19 Feb 2010 13:05
Pride, Harveys Best and Youngs Ordinary. Seems like a pretty decent pub. Real fire, dartboard, garden. Good local boozer.
GuideDogSaint - 31 Jan 2010 19:20
Well kept pint of Harveys, not much else going for it.
MrLloydEvans - 4 Aug 2008 17:08
I've been coming to this pub now for about 2 years and i've got to say that it is definitely one of the nicest pubs in Surrey and i have been to a few. The garden is amazing and i hear they are now catering for weddings/big parties. The owners and staff are extremely friendly and good fun.

We eat quite regularly at the Amato and i've got to say the food is delicious !!! The Sunday roasts are the best though, can't beat the price/quality anywhere.

We'd definitely recommend this pub to anyone, forget the stupid bad reviews that some people decide to write, as you are clearly spending to much time down the Ladas !!!
Diane36 - 6 Dec 2007 12:44
Went once, a locals pub with not a great to recommend it. There are better in the Epsom area. Will not be back.
epsomwinedrinker - 9 Nov 2007 08:52
Good lord no thanks
anonymous - 12 Jul 2007 19:55
Went for dinner last night, nice looking pub, decent choice of drinks but have to admit the menu is very limited, much more bar snacks than anything else, plus there is no seperate eating area as such, but then it is a pub first and eating comes second I suppose.

Food itself was ok, not exciting but equally not offensive, just didnt really take off as such.

Bottle of Pinot we had and a J20 was 15.50, a little expensive but not mega money. Certainly cheaper than other places and wine was perfectly chilled and wine bucket supplied to keep it cool.

Will poss pop back for a drink, but unlikely to return for the food I have to admit.

Gnomi - 23 Jun 2007 10:20
Popped in for a quickie and to check the name on the well for Derby Day. Good drink as ever but wrong name on the well!!!
hseal43 - 3 Jun 2007 16:37
Best sunday lunches in the world,with a warm welcome. If you support Arsenal or even maybe that team in blue this is the place to be in the afternoon.Great beer,Great food, and Great Sport what more can you ask for!
Thierry - 16 Mar 2007 11:59
Live football shown when available including saturday afternoons as well as the rugby ! very good atmosphere when a big game is on ... though thankfully not shown on a sunday lunchtime when I can bring the family and enjoy a superb roast with very generous portions ! then sit back with a fine beer and enjoy the match ! Lovely young bar maid very easy on the eye, shame she's getting married ! on the whole a very welcoming and enjoyable pub ticks all the right boxes.
aregulardrinker - 6 Feb 2007 17:07
A good local,shame about the abundance of smoke ,or I would be here more often.Harveys always on excellent form .A little too soccer orientated but hey-ho!!
jeffdaff - 1 Jan 2007 17:27
Tucked away near the Chalk Lane Hotel (signposted)a pleasant place for a pint and a bite, especially when the fire is going
RodneyReason - 8 Nov 2006 14:43
I'm an Epsom local and this is one of the best pubs around.
Not a chain / corporate pub.
Good old fashioned pub with good ales and beers and quite good food too.
Kids allowed in the large beer garden (they do childrens food portions) on Sat and Sun, but keep them entertained as the locals don't like your kids running too wild!
Famous Derby day pub - they do a champaigne breakfast on Derby day and the Gypsies have a tradition of placing the name of the predictided winning horse of the Derby over the Well outside.
kobyrne - 11 Aug 2006 12:07
This is the best pub in Epsom! As a 'twenty-something' I've tried most of them and this pub gives you everything that you'd want from a friendly local. Friendly staff, Joe the chef does lovely food, and plenty of draught choice. Large garden is brilliant in summer and there are two fireplaces to keep toasty in the winter. I've never had a 'local' before now but this one is it. Also check out The Olde King's Head which is run by the same people.
skinnifer - 9 Jun 2006 21:55
Old fashioned pub but modern standards of friendly service. You'd expect to see a grumpy old git behind the bar, but it's run by younger folk. Wednesday evenings are fun for the over 35's with a singles club meeting on the patio. Nicely hidden away from the brash High Street venues and well worth seeking out.
anonymous - 6 Jun 2006 14:46
Ate there today for Sunday luch, excellent value, great meal, the lamb shank is still superb and the kids roasts were also excellent value. We had to sit outside as kids are not allowed in the bar but the garden was spacious with plenty of tables and as the weather was good it wasn't a problem. Would definitely go again, staff very friendly, drinks competitively priced.
villagepublover - 7 May 2006 19:36
Ate here last night on my birthday and the shank of lamb was really good and not overpriced. Nice pub and pleasant atmosphere. We'll eat here again that's for sure
haroldovich - 11 Dec 2005 08:23
its ok although full of middle class wanabees from the woodcote estate. its a shame!
epsomisfullofpikeys - 27 Mar 2005 13:02
This is the only decent pub left in Epsom! I went there to try out their Sunday lunch and WOW, you couldn't get better in a top London restaurant - seriously! I then took my family there for dinner one evening and once again the service and food was 1st class. The garden in the summer is stunning and this pub is the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying great food and good bear!
Emily Thorne - 1 Oct 2004 17:20
Almost certainly the best pub remaining in Epsom after the ruination of the Marquis of Granby and The Ladas. The food is excellent, the service first rate, the atmosphere friendly and hospitable, the landlord an all round good bloke. Visit this pub and drink its excellent beers!
Mike Harding - 28 Sep 2004 17:14
A lovely beer garden, and the beer's fine, but in the last couple of months it's changed hands, and the quality of the cooked food has hit rock bottom.
They have a continuous problems cooking any kind of burger, and don't seem to take complaints seriously - I wouldn't advise eating hot food here, unless you don't mind raw meat.
Leigh - 11 Jun 2004 14:10
A charming "locals" pub close to Epsom Downs, home of The Derby. Has a wishing well at the front and each Sunday prior to Derby week, "someone", supposedly gypsies, chalk on the name of the Derby Winner. The pub got its name from the first time this happened back in 1898 when the winning horse was AMATO. Great cask ales and very good home cooked food is served lunchtime and evening 6 days a week with a Traditional Sunday Roast and full menu as well as daily specials.
Lovely open fires in the Winter and a spacious well kept garden including BBQ for the Summer. Give it a try!
Lorraine Cooper - 22 Mar 2004 14:44

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