The Mill at Elstead (Photo: Matthew Williams)
From riverside locations to magical, secluded gardens, Surrey is blessed with some fantastic summer pubs – whether you’re looking for a cheeky pint, a ploughman’s lunch or something more refined. Matthew Williams dons his sunnies for a quick tour
The Red Barn at Lingfield (Photo: Matthew Williams)
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2015
The Abinger Hatch, Abinger Common
Found down leafy lanes, near beauty spots such as Holmbury St Mary and Friday Street, The Abinger Hatch is a welcome retreat. You may get a little lost trying to find it, but the adventure is well worth the temporary discombobulation. Their garden bar and BBQ is open on Saturdays from June.
• Abinger Lane, Abinger Common, near Dorking RH5 6HZ. Tel: 37
The Anchor, Wisley
Quite possibly the best placed pub in Surrey – found right by a lock on the River Wey and just down the road from the RHS’s flagship garden at Wisley – The Anchor can get exceptionally busy on summer’s days, but its extensive riverside seating makes it well worth the trip for a refreshing pint or a bite to eat.
• Pyrford Lock, Wisley, near Woking GU23 6QW. Tel: 07
The Bear, Oxshott
It’s all change at The Bear! While there have been more hard hats and hi-vis jackets than a David Cameron rally this spring, the pub is set to boast a new conservatory, with glass chimney stack, to complement its lower level veranda decking. In the midst of celeb heartland, you never know who you might bump into…
• Leatherhead Road, Oxshott KT22 OJE. Tel: 47
Botley Hill Farmhouse, Warlingham
It may have been the end of an era for Botley Hill recently, as they were forced to remove their giant tent (which had hosted gigs for 20 years) but there are plenty of other reasons to visit. Not least the great food, drink and countryside views.
• Limpsfield Road, Warlingham CR6 9QH. Tel: 54
The Canbury Arms, Kingston
At the Canbury Arms, they’ve recently welcomed a new chef from Roux at Parliament Square. If that’s not a good enough reason to visit, sister pub Wych Elm, found just down the road, is almost as well known for its flower displays as beer!
• 49 Canbury Park Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6LQ. Tel: 0208 255 9129
The Cock Inn, Headley
Another magical mystery tour down Sat-Nav defeating country lanes, The Cock Inn is crowing once more following a refurbishment. It’s also blessed with an expansive outdoor terrace, which should help ensure it becomes a must-visit destination this summer.