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The Red Lion, Kings Heath

Great choice of real ales, quality meals, good value, great atmosphere in a lovely building, friendly staff... What's not to love about the Red Lion?

Oh, and no screaming kids to ruin the evening. Perfect!

12 Sep 2013 23:23

Elizabeth Of York, Moseley

Attractive, busy and efficiently run Spoons with the usual choice of modestly priced ales and food. Pleasant upstairs dining area. Our sausage and mash was served piping hot, good portion size and great value.

Only downside was other customers' screaming children.

4 Sep 2013 00:23

The Golden Key, Snape

Traditional country pub with three Adnams bitters and very good reasonably priced food. Just enough pubby atmosphere to keep this on the right side of being a restaurant.

3 Sep 2013 23:21

The Case Is Altered, Eastcote

A surprising find in deepest suburbia... A charming country pub overlooking a cricket pitch. Five real ales, and two meals for £12 on weekdays. Warming log fire. A cosy rustic barn extension provides extra seating.

22 Feb 2013 22:03

Queens College Arms, Tadley

Spacious, clean, civilised country pub. Enjoyed a first rate Sunday roast and delicious pint of Badger ale. All the meals were served promptly and efficiently, despite our group of 15 walkers turning up with little notice. No complaints at all.

1 Oct 2012 15:25

The Sussex Arms, Twickenham

Fantastic beer choice, great food and relaxed atmosphere. This is as good as it gets for a suburban pub.

1 Oct 2012 15:18

The Cross Guns, Avoncliff

Outstanding selection of five ales from the Box Steam Brewery. Helpful bar staff offered us a taste of some of the beers before we ordered.

According to the newspaper cuttings on the wall, landlord Ken Roberts was such a fan of the Box Steam Brewery, he bought it! (He also owns the Inn at Freshford.)

The man himself kindly filled us on the history of the pub and showed us the remarkable Priest's Hole adjoining the dining room.

With its lovely terraced riverside garden, the Cross Guns makes an ideal pitstop on the lovely canal walk from Bath to Bradford-on-Avon.

7 Aug 2012 23:32

The Sun Inn, Waltham Abbey

Wot, no beer? All four handpumps out of action. A big disappointment.

6 Aug 2012 22:46

The Old Horn Inn, Spennithorne

Cosy off-the-beaten-track village local two miles from Leyburn, serving generous helpings of decent unpretentious food. Three ales including Jennings Cumberland. Small L-shaped bar with low beamed ceilings. Closed Mondays except Bank Hols.

21 Mar 2012 21:14

The Three Horseshoes, Leyburn

Cosy roadside pub on A684 outside Leyburn with low-beamed ceilings and whitewashed walls. Very good food with main courses around 10-12. Last orders 8pm. Choice of five well-kept local ales. Try the sample rack of three third-of-a-pint glasses of beer. Closed Mondays.

20 Mar 2012 22:25

The Dolphin, Betchworth

Avoid the lunchtime sandwiches. They have a nerve charging 4.50 for a couple of meagre slices of cheap supermarket bread.

Incidentally, no sign of the brawling drunken louts referred to in other reviews. It was all very peaceful. A bit disappointing after all we'd read, but one member of staff was sporting a black eye!

14 Jan 2012 19:21

The Four Horseshoes, Chobham

Two meals for 8.... Curry night 5.95 + free drink... Half price steak night....

These and more punter-friendly offerings are loudly trumpeted on big banners across the front of the pub - rather out of keeping with the quaint whitewashed exterior and picket fencing. Yes, it's cheap eats galore these days at the Four Horseshoes but, unsurprisingly, the food is pretty basic canteen grub.

The pub - now part of the Eldridge Pope family - nestles charmingly on the edge of Chobham Common, with the choice of a traditional bar and an attractive bistro-style dining room which doubles up as a free function room - plus pleasant outside seating at the front.

Decent choice of three real ales for around 3.10 a pint.

30 Dec 2011 19:00

The Blackwood Arms, Littleworth Common

Cosy little pub in secluded woodland location with good choice of real ales. Worth seeking out!

16 Nov 2011 22:28

Bucks Head, Church Stretton

Despite a limited menu we were well satisfied with our dinners. The steak pie was enormous and came with masses of chips, vegetables AND salad. Beers are from the Marstons stable.

The Bucks Head is a fine landmark on the high street, and apparently the oldest building in Church Stretton, but you wouldn't know it from the inside. It's pleasant enough, but the anonymous decor fails to make the most of its heritage.

26 Sep 2011 19:35

George and Falcon, Warnford

Spacious, tastefully refurbished pub with riverside garden. Beers: Ringwood Best and Fortyniner. Welcoming staff and thoughtfully prepared food. Nice accommodation too.

14 Aug 2011 22:39

The Bucks Head, Meonstoke

Standard Greene King pub in nice location with IPA and Speckled Hen the only two beers on offer. Unexciting meals. Pleasant garden.

14 Aug 2011 22:28

The Rose and Crown, Rickmansworth

Charming wisteria-covered country pub between Harefield and Rickmansworth, best enjoyed from the garden. Inside, we found the cramped bar area dominated by two TVs showing football. Beer selection was a bit of a disappointment, with only London Pride and Deuchars available.

6 Aug 2011 21:22

The Devonshire, Chiswick

Formerly a Gordon Ramsay pub, now spruced up and reopened by Nick Gibson, who also owns the Drapers Arms in Islington. With former Le Caprice chef David Philpot in the kitchen, there's still an emphasis on high end food - which, judging from the many empty tables we saw on a Friday lunchtime - may well be lost on the residents of the shabby flats surrounding the pub.

The decor is ruined by the hideous wallpaper, but what's definitely welcome is the choice of three fine cask ales, which included Woodeford's Wherry and Sambrook's Wandle. A pleasing alternative to the Fullers pubs which abound in this area.

15 Jul 2011 17:54

The Greyhound, Whitchurch on Thames

The rather drab bar area fails to live up to the promise of the nice traditional exterior. Brains Rev James and Jennings Cumberland made for a rather odd 'long distance' beer selection. Food looked OK from what we saw. Good toilets in new block at rear. Plain but adequate garden.

5 Jul 2011 22:47

The Queens Head, Burley

Considering Burley's popularity as a tourist mecca and the inevitable crowds on a sunny Saturday lunchtime, the staff were doing a good job coping with orders when we visited. Ringwood best was on as well as the standard Greene King beers. Food was reasonably good and surprisingly good value. No one in our group of 16 had any complaints.

The pub has a large patio garden backing onto the village car park.

5 Jul 2011 22:27

The Snakecatcher, Brockenhurst

Large pub close to station with plenty of outdoor seating and good range of Ringwood beers. Our party of ten was served with decent and reasonably priced meals promptly and efficiently.

5 Jul 2011 22:20

The Ship Inn, Wincle

Agree with previous review. The Ship is a gem. Good beer choice, good food and reasonable value. It's also a good base for walks up and down the Dane Valley.

2 Jun 2011 17:48

The Lord Nelson Inn, Topsham

Town centre pub with own car park. Beamed ceiling adds a bit of character to the dining area. Decent Sunday roast.

31 May 2011 00:13

Chapel an Gansblydhen, Bodmin

Five real ales from as little as 1.50 a pint, fantastic architecture, amazing value food... What's not to love about The Chapel?

30 May 2011 00:02

The Cornish Arms, Pendoggett

Pleasant dining area at the front, and a back bar for the locals. Three reals ales on and decent, if not cheap, Thai food. Pad thai noodles were excellent.

29 May 2011 22:35

The Big Lock Inn, Middlewich

Canalside pub failing to make the most of its attractive location. With a few tubs of flowers, a smarter restaurant and a more imaginitive selection of beers, this could be a real 'destination' venue. Didn't sample the food this time, but the 'two meals for a tenner' offer at lunchtimes and before 7.30pm was tempting.

26 Apr 2011 23:33

The Black Lion, Consall

Unimproved ale lover's pub in a lovely location on the Caldon Canal and Churnet Valley Railway. A good way to sample the great selection of beers is by ordering three thirds of a pint for 2.90 - and there's 10p off for Camra members. No nonsense food offering features huge lunchtime baguettes.

26 Apr 2011 23:24

The Bears Head, Sandbach

Former coaching inn in superb half-timbered building, now part of the Vintage Inns chain of dining pubs. Choice of three cask ales, decent food, efficient service.

22 Apr 2011 21:46

The Kings Arms, Sandford on Thames

Busy Chef and Brewer pub in great riverside location.

Clearly it's going to get packed on a busy day, and when our party of eight arrived at noon on a sunny Sunday the staff seemed fully prepared, with both indoor and outdoor bars up and running.

Our meals arrived without delay and everyone was well satisfied. Can thoroughly recommend the excellent meze sharing plate for two. Doom Bar was the guest ale.

This makes a good lunch stop on the Thames Path walk from Oxford to Abingdon.

11 Apr 2011 13:36

The Broad Face, Abingdon

The Broad Face has the feel of a light and airy cafe bar. In a town dominated by Greene King pubs with their predictable roster of beers, the interesting choice of cask ales here is an attraction in itself. On the night we visited, the offerings included delicious Cheshire Gold from Warrington and Leghorn Bitter from Knaresborough. The pub offers Camra members a 40p-a-pint discount and 20% off some meals.

For diners there's a good varied menu with all the usual pub classics for around a tenner, but the head-turning speciality is steak cooked at your table on a hot stone. Each time one of these 'black rock grills' is brought out, it sends a delicious waft of steak through the room.

Eight of us went for dinner on a Saturday evening, having booked just a couple of hours beforehand. Despite the complication of two of our party turning up late, the young waiting staff were very helpful. It was fairly busy, but we didn't have to wait too long for our meals and everyone was satisfied, although more vegetables would probably have been welcome. The chips accompanying several of the meals were piled into an extraordinary square 'pyre'... a bit over the top, but an interesting talking point!

11 Apr 2011 12:13

The Two Chairmen, St James's

Insanely busy on Friday evening with the pub besieged by office workers. Bar staff just about coping, but of the six real ales, four were off. And why on earth do they stop serving food at 6pm?

2 Apr 2011 08:50

The Fairmile, Cobham

On our latest visit all the cask ale had run out, leaving just the extra cold John Smiths. Long queues at the bar. Soft drinks overpriced. Hopeless!

31 Mar 2011 05:05

The Plough, Norwood Green

Brilliant! A totally unspoilt historic country pub in the heart of suburbia. Pride and a couple of other Fullers beers available, and reasonable food in a pleasant dining room. Sadly our Sunday afternoon visit was spoilt by unsupervised children running riot around the place.

31 Mar 2011 04:47

The Blue Boar, Longworth

Thriving traditional village local with good beer and great food - especially the fantastic pizzas. Ales were Brakspear Bitter, Ringwood Bitter and London Pride. The Blue Boar is everything a country pub should be!

6 Mar 2011 23:28

The Talbot Inn, Eynsham

Arkells beers served straight from the barrel, good value food and friendly staff. Piped music in the bar area was unnecessarily loud.

6 Mar 2011 23:22

Blubeckers at Gomshall Mill, Gomshall

It's not often that a restaurant (this was formerly a Bluebecker's Eating House) gets converted back into a pub, but that's what's happened here - and we love it. This is a fabulously atmospheric place for a meal in one of the dining areas nestled around the old mill, or just a drink by the fire in the cosy bar area.

When we visited on a Sunday evening, all four pumps were in action, dispensing Dark Star Pale Ale, Hammerpot Woodcote, Rebellion Mutiny and Hop Back Odyssey. The menu is fairly pricey. We didn't eat on this occasion, but the meals we saw looked quite appetising.

20 Feb 2011 23:30

The Greyhound, Kew Green

Laid back neighbourhood pub with signature big breakfasts, excellent 5 weekday lunch deal, well-kept Doom Bar, Pride and Youngs bitter, pleasant first-floor dining room overlooking Kew Green and attractive patio garden. So what a shame that The Greyhound doubles up as a playroom for screaming hyperactive toddlers and insouciant yummy mummies.

18 Feb 2011 18:41

The Skimmington Castle, Reigate Heath

Check your bill when paying for food. We were overcharged and one of our friends was undercharged! Despite the muddle, good lunchtime sandwiches and baguettes, plus nice pint of Tribute in this off-the-beaten-track but deservedly popular country pub.

18 Feb 2011 18:34

The Bree Louise, Euston

Sidestreet pub a stone's throw from Euston Station with no great charm, but redeemed by choice of well-kept ales and decent pies.

13 Feb 2011 17:57

The Harrow Inn, Caterham

Good choice of beers (Pride, Tribute, Crop Circle). Three of our group ordered soup which was served cold, but this was soon rectified with profuse apologies. All other food first rate.

1 Feb 2011 22:52

Cricketers Arms, Ockley

Traditional and unpretentious roadside pub with low beamed ceilings. Well kept Ringwood bitter and London Pride. Unimaginitive but adequate food.

29 Jan 2011 22:52

The Fox and Goose, Ealing

An agreeable Fuller's pub, despite being in the shadow of the grimy Hanger Lane Gyratory.

If you're coming by car, don't be put off by the barrier at the car park entrance. The car park is free. The staff will give you the exit code when you order drinks or food at the bar.

22 Jan 2011 14:26

The Red Lion, Cricklade

With a choice of nine decent beers on handpump, the Red Lion is real ale heaven. The 'tipple board' of three third-of-a-pint glasses is a great way to sample the line-up, and the traditional, low-ceilinged main bar is a lively social hub.

We stayed here three nights and were very impressed by the accommodation in a simply furnished but spacious room with an excellent bathroom. Breakfast was good, but the service was painfully slow. Similarly, the evening meal service in the restaurant was conducted at a snail's pace and the food - although thoughtfully prepared with local ingredients - was not especially good value for money, with lilliput-sized starters and mean portions of vegetables.

3 Jan 2011 19:57

Swan Hotel, Radcot

Riverside pub by 12th century bridge, handy for Thames Path and serving perfectly adequate food and standard Greene King beers. Despite misgivings caused by reading the previous review, our group of seven had no complaints about our lunches - and usefully, they serve food through till 3pm.

3 Jan 2011 19:40

The Marlow Donkey, Marlow

The location ten minutes from the high street makes this spacious ivy clad pub a good place to escape the crowds. Standard Greene King ales and menu, efficiently served. The bar staff told us a refurb is due next month (Nov 2010).

21 Oct 2010 14:26

The Bottle House, Penshurst

Country pub perfection! Very good ploughman's and Larkins bitter.

3 Oct 2010 12:46

The Swan, Hammersmith

Excellent choice of reasonably priced real ales... and deservedly packed!

24 Sep 2010 10:50

Selborne Arms, Selborne

Can recommend the Selborne Arms 'beer bat' - consisting of three third of a pint glasses mounted on a long wooden board. A great way of sampling the excellent selection of real ales, which included Crop Circle, Old Dick and 49er. Why don't more UK pubs do these sampler racks, which we've enjoyed in a number of US brew pubs?

21 Jul 2010 23:12

The Red Lion, Alnmouth

On Wednesdays from 5-8pm they do a selection of tasty pies for around 8. It's great value for a classy product. Both the farmhouse-style restaurant and traditional bar are very pleasant. The garden is also another big draw on a nice day, boasting estuary views for those lucky enough to find a place on the raised deck at the far end. Beers: Farne and Black Sheep, both well kept.

21 Jul 2010 22:58

The Queens Head, Rothbury

Traditional town pub serving above average food and decent choice of beers.

On the night we visited, they were doing a special on house wine, with the price of a bottle reduced from 12.95 to 7.95 for two people having a two-course meal. So we were 'forced' to have a pudding... Against our will, obviously!

21 Jul 2010 22:52

Hermitage Inn, Morpeth

Traditional town pub serving full range of Jennings ales. Generous helpings of pub grub. Fish'n'chips and sausage'n'mash both top notch. They also do a great selection of scones at teatime.

For me the whole experience was spoiled by the 60s and 70s oldies relentlessly blasting out of the loudspeakers. "Silence is golden," as The Tremeloes once crooned.

21 Jul 2010 22:47

The Queens Head Inn, Great Whittington

Immaculate upmarket 17th century village pub serving gastro-style meals plus Timothy Taylor's Landlord and local brew Matfen Magic. A welcome rest stop for walkers on St Oswald's Way. They don't serve food on Mondays and Tuesdays.

21 Jul 2010 22:36

The Dirty Habit, Hollingbourne

By discouraging people from congregating round the bar and insisting on taking orders at the table (yes, even for drinks), they've effectively turned this into a posh restaurant and snuffed out yet another village pub.

3 Apr 2010 21:58

The Castle Inn, Ealing

Can recommend the excellent Thai noodles. They're great value too. Beers are the standard Fullers selection. Sky Sports available on three screens around the pub.

7 Sep 2009 21:31

The Mulberry Bush, Amersham

This pub is now the Harte & Magpies

31 Aug 2009 22:18

The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield

What's not to like about this hidden gem of a pub with a stunning selection of ales... We counted about 20. The Cotswold Wheat Beer was delicious. Very good food too. Fish and chips (12) was huge. Penne pasta special (8) was generous and well flavoured. Over the top 'olde worlde' ambiance adds to the interest.

The owners of this pub now also run the Harte & Magpies on the A355 near Coleshill (formerly The Mulberry Bush).

31 Aug 2009 22:04

The Cock, Pavenham

The words 'Greene King' have been painted out on the pub sign. The bar area seemed to have been freshly painted inside. Pleasant garden with nice view of the Ouse valley.

31 Aug 2009 21:55

The Swan, Bromham

This seems to be the only pub in the area doing food on Sunday nights, and it was certainly pulling the crowds when we visited. Even better, they were offering two meals for 9.95. The food was fantastic value and, despite the pub being busy, the service was excellent. Would recommend the 'Trio of Puddings' dessert. The 'LBW' beer was good too.

31 Aug 2009 21:50

Red Lion, Ealing

Attractive Fullers pub five mins walk south of the town centre. The old front bar is decorated with many black and white photos of stars from 1950s films made across the road at Ealing Studios. The shady back garden is a pleasant place to relax.

Even though its beers are the standard Fullers selection and a bit more expensive than the brewery's other nearby locals, the Red Lion has once again been voted pub of the year by West Middlesex CAMRA members.

It's well worth popping in on Sunday evenings when they do a good selection of gourmet pies, served with mushy peas and mash, and reasonable value at 8.95.

17 Aug 2009 18:45

The Hawkley Inn, Hawkley

Attractive village free house with outstanding selection of six real ales - many from the West Country. Decent unpretentious food served in generous portions. Pub makes an ideal stop for walks on the Hangers Way footpath.

17 Aug 2009 18:27

The George & Dragon, Westerham

The huge lunchtime triple sandwiches served with chips and salad are a blow-out. But we found the enforced 'table service' a bit of a pain. Why won't they let you order both food and drink at the bar?

28 Jul 2009 23:34

The Blue Ball Inn, Triscombe

Idyllic thatched pub in the heart of the Quantocks, with a lovely garden and an intimate 'tree house' feel to the interior. Food, drink and service all top notch.

22 Jul 2009 13:09

Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn, Wetton

Only two beers on offer: Abbot Ale and Gordon Bennett bitter. Dull food: chips with everything. Irritating piped music. Smoke wafting in from locals having a fag out front. Noisy children from pub campsite running around.

It's good to have a pub in a small place like Wetton, but it's not a patch on The George at Alstonefield.

20 Jul 2009 18:58

The Quay, Minehead

Large seafront pub in good location serving well kept Doom Bar and Tribute, plus decent portions of reasonable food. There's a skittle alley available for groups to book.

21 Jun 2009 23:40

The Hunter's Inn, Parracombe

The Hunter's Inn was gleaming in the sunshine when we visited on a weekday lunchtime, and looking smart after a recent exterior re-paint . Although we didn't eat, the food looked fine. Doom Bar and Bay's Gold were on offer along with the usual Exmoor ales. Great location for coast walks.

6 Jun 2009 23:56

The Mayfly, Chilbolton

Beer prices at The Mayfly are daylight robbery. A half pint of Dorset Gold and a half of Summer Lightning came to 3.56 Ouch!

6 Jun 2009 23:13

The Vinols Cross, West Hoathly

Feels more like a wine bar than a pub. Only beer on offer was Harvey's. If you don't want a full meal at lunchtime, the only option is a small panini with a few lettuce leaves. It's very expensive for what you get. There's a small patio garden around the back of the building with nice views.

The pub is actually in Sharpthorne, although it seems to have a West Hoathly postal address.

6 Jun 2009 20:40

The Royal Oak, Withypool

Welcoming pub in quiet Exmoor village. Sadly it lacks a garden. Outside seating is limited and unattractive. Sandwiches were OK but pricey.

6 Jun 2009 20:29

The Blue Anchor, Blue Anchor

Downmarket family pub with nice garden overlooking the sea. There's also a pirate ship for kids to play on. Inside, it's pretty spartan and lacking atmosphere.

6 Jun 2009 20:19

The Cricketers, Duncton

Charming traditional roadside pub with low beamed ceilings and nice garden. Great beer selection featuring Horsham bitter, Betty Stogs and Yellow Hammer. Decent food too (served weekday lunchtimes and evenings, and right through from 12-9pm on Saturdays and Sundays). This lovely pub deserves to be a lot busier.

The Cricketers was once owned by John Wisden, founder of the Wisdens cricketing almanac.

25 May 2009 00:15

The Star, Witley

Tastefully refurbished pub offering Ringwood Best and Greene King IPA.

24 May 2009 23:50

The Bull and Butcher, Turville

Sadly this traditional pub is a victim of the village's popularity as home to the Vicar of Dibley. Fine if you can get there for a pint of Brakspear on a weekday, but avoid the scrum at the bar on sunny weekends when the place is besieged by visitors.

10 May 2009 18:04

The Cat Inn, West Hoathly

Charming, civilised 16th century freehouse in quiet Sussex village serving Harveys plus Dark Star Best and Dark Star Hophead. The food is thoughtfully prepared but by no means cheap. Be sure to see the old WELL in one of the side rooms.

Note that the Cat is closed on Mondays, including Bank Holidays.

10 May 2009 17:46

Rutland Arms, Hammersmith

Riverside pub in prime location by Hammersmith Bridge, often v busy. Decent beer selection includes Spitfire, Old Speckled Hen, Ruddles County, London Pride. Food is standard pub fayre.

29 Apr 2009 21:19

The Sloop Inn, Scaynes Hill

Charming rural Greene King pub with pleasant garden and interesting choice of ales: Gem and Olde Trip were on when we visited. Great to see a pub doing so well in this remote location, and full marks to the team for attaching 'Sloop' signs to public footpath fingerposts along the walk from Sheffield Park.

15 Apr 2009 12:08

The White Horse, Hascombe

Upmarket pub in charming village serving decent but not cheap food. Our group of eight were served promptly and efficiently on a Saturday lunchtime. Beers: Tribute, Hook Norton, Harveys.

11 Apr 2009 23:30

The Duke of Cumberland, Henley

Can't fault the excellent beer at this charming but tiny rural pub. The Hip Hop ale from Langham Brewery in Lodsworth went down a treat. But the food here is ridiculously overpriced. (Sunday roast costs 17.95 and you need to book a week in advance.) Which no doubt explains why the clientele are confined to the polo-playing sloane Range Rover set.

23 Mar 2009 00:04

The Kings Head, Earls Court

Thought I'd found a pleasant neighbourhood pub, but the relaxed atmosphere was ruined at 6pm when for no apparent reason the bar staff decided to turn up the music very loud - no doubt for their own amusement. I finished my Paulaner beer and left - never to return.

22 Mar 2009 23:57

The Merry Harriers, Hambledon

Honest to goodness village pub with impressive choice of ales... Hepworth Old, Alton's Pride, Crop Circle and Mother In Law. Soup and sandwiches were first rate. In fact the tomato soup was probably the best I've ever tasted.

The current set-up at the Harriers is a definitely improvement on the old days of 'warm beer, lousy food' and all those chamber pots hanging from the ceiling.

This links up nicely with the White Horse at Hascombe for a fine walk east along the Greensand Way. Going west, the same path takes you to Witley Station.

1 Mar 2009 12:32

The Harrow Inn, Compton

Good to see The Harrow thriving... It was packed on a Saturday lunchtime, with pretty much all the tables occupied inside and plenty sitting outside too. But the staff kept the food coming. The giant doorstep sandwiches went down a treat with our posse of hungry hikers. All washed down with a nice pint of TEA.

24 Feb 2009 12:57

The General Wolfe, Westerham

It's a pleasantly cosy traditional pub on the western edge of Westerham. But I was expecting a bit more to justify the high ratings given by previous reviewers. The 4.75 'credit munch' lunch deal is cheaper than than the other pubs in town, but the food was pretty average and the beer selection (Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale) was hardly overwhelming. Disappointing to find no local ales, eg. from the Westerham Brewery.

24 Feb 2009 12:35

The Fairmile, Cobham

Poor ventilation... Strong smell of microwaved food... 'Arcade' in centre of pub lined with fruit machines... Clueless foreign staff... It all reminds me of a 1980s motorway service station.

12 Feb 2009 13:00

The Malt Shovel, Uxbridge

The usual dependable offering from Vintage Inns with the added bonus of a pleasant canalside setting. Beers: London Pride, John Smith, Timothy Taylor.

17 Jan 2009 09:45

The Abinger Hatch, Abinger Common

Charming pub in a great location for walks, but the food is overpriced. Nice pint of Ringwood 49er, though.

15 Jan 2009 05:21

The Keepers Arms, Trotton

This upmarket gastropub, with its starchy and formal dining area, is OK for a special occasion. But by failing to offer any snacks or sandwiches at lunchtime they're turning their back on a lot of customers - eg. walkers - who don't want to sit down for a 15 main course.

For lunchtime sustenance don't count on the 7 plate of cheese and biscuits (which is really intended as a dessert). It features mouse-like portions and is incredibly bad value.

Ballards Best and Horsham Best head up a decent list of local beers, but my pint of Dark Star Hophead tasted horribly musty.

15 Jan 2009 05:15

The Hamilton Arms, Stedham

Enjoyed the Sunday lunchtime buffet. As well as a decent selection of Thai dishes (some quite spicy), the buffet included roast lamb and veg, plus apple pie and fruit. A very good deal for 10.

Nice pint of Triple FFF Alton's Pride.

23 Nov 2008 20:04

The Drift Inn, Lamlash

Dull and soulless with all the character of a Little Chef. Pathetic choice of beer. And yet this is said to be the best pub in Lamlash.

21 Sep 2008 22:28

The Grouse and Ale, Lane End

Intelligently refurbished pub with choice of smart dining area, traditional sideroom or informal football 'den' with floppy sofas and Sky Sports.

Chrizo seems to feature prominently in the food offer. Faced with a choice of Chrizo soup or Chrizo sandwiches, we ordered sarnies - but were disappointed not to have the option of brown bread. "We've never served it," said the waitress unapologetically.

18 Aug 2008 17:52

The Drummond Arms, Albury

The riverside garden is a delightfully relaxing spot. Good value unpretentious food.

18 Aug 2008 17:44

The Half Moon Inn, Plumpton

Despite poncey Gastro-ish decor, this pub delivers the goods on beer and food. The Dark Star Hophead was a delight. Harveys also available.

The ploughman's (7.95) is a very classy affair -beautifully presented with three types of cheese, pickled cucumber, pickled olives, delicious tomato relish, salad with mint dressing and two thick slices of fresh bread. Delicious!

Sunday roast (9.95) is also a substantial affair, piled high with big Yorkshire pudding.

Although the place wasn't exactly heaving, the kitchen was struggling when we visited at 1pm on a Sunday, with no new orders being taken until 2.30pm.

Strongly disliked loud 'new age' music being played in bar, but gardens were pleasant.

Great South Downs ridge walks on the doorstep.

18 Aug 2008 17:41

The Well House Inn, Mugswell

Get there early for mountainous helpings of good value food. But be warned: you need to go and collect your meal from the bar when they call out your order number. If you miss your shout, your meal sits there going cold and you'll get no sympathy from the staff. It's that kind of 'down to earth' pub. (Oh, and steer clear of the ploughman's if you don't like onions.)

Nice garden and decent choice of guest beers. Good walks nearby.

30 Jun 2008 11:18

The Plough, Lower Cadsden

The Plough underwent a major refurbishment in March 2008. The bar is now like a farmhouse kitchen, with pine tables and exposed brickwork. A big improvement, in my opinion. B&B accommodation is being added at the time of writing.

23 Mar 2008 16:52

The Stag and Huntsman, Hambleden

Classic pub in a quintessentially English village surrounded by great Chilterns walking country. Thoughtfully prepared food. The garden is a delight in summer, but you need to get there early at weekends. Rustic outside gents loo.

22 Feb 2008 20:43

The Frog, Skirmett

While other pubs around the area have morphed into snooty upscale restaurants, The Frog remains a genuine local which also happens to serve very good food. The Rebellion bitter is a treat. In the heart of great Chilterns walking country.

22 Feb 2008 20:39

The Woodman, Ashtead

Tastefully refurbished and efficiently managed chain pub. Cheap if unexciting food is an even better deal on Tuesdays and Thursdays when they have 5.99 grill and curry promotions. They serve food daily till 9pm.

Ember Inns' blurb says they try to create an atmosphere for adult socialising - and that those seeking a "family pub" are advised to go elsewhere! It may lack genuine rustic pubby atmosphere, but at least it's a civilised oasis free of screaming hyperactive kids.

Beers: Bombadier, Greene King IPA, Spitfire.

22 Feb 2008 20:21

The Waterwitch, Odiham

Pleasant welcoming waterside pub. Went early on a Saturday lunchtime and everything was just perfect. Beers: T.E.A and Marstons Ugly Sisters.

14 Jan 2008 19:01

The Anchor Inn, Hartfield

Very disappointing sandwiches - definitely not worth 5.90

7 Jan 2008 17:22

Three Horseshoes, East Worldham

Our group of walkers were virtually the only customers on a Sunday lunchtime... Times must be hard. Good food and Fullers beers.

7 Dec 2007 22:30

The Blackwood Arms, Littleworth Common

A delightfully secluded little pub with a nice garden. Brakespear Oxford Gold went down a treat, but the food was dull and overpriced.

4 Nov 2007 15:14

The Noahs Ark Inn, Lurgashall

Civilised upmarket pub on a lovely village green. Get there early!

1 Jun 2007 15:51

The Mayfly, Chilbolton

The setting by the river is, of course, the pub's great selling point. Yes, the notices about salad servings and minimum credit card spend might seem unfriendly, but the system works and we found the food good value.

For anyone confused by the lunchtime offering, this is how it works. You take a plate, help yourself to salad (90p per spoonful), hand the plate to the bar staff who then add your choice of dish (eg. ham, quiche, trout) plus accompaniment of either bread or new potatoes. They then hand the plate back to you and you pay at the till. It might seem bureaucratic but it's an efficient way of serving people on busy lunchtimes.

1 Jun 2007 15:27

The Barrel of Beer, Beer

We enjoyed the local beers but found the food and general ambiance pretty average.

1 Jun 2007 15:16

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