The Historic Pubs of Surrey
Below is a list of my favourite Historic Pubs of Surrey, with a clickable link that tells you a bit about them, a review and with maps of where they are. If you are a visitor to the UK, London , of course, is the main place to see in the south of England but there is a lot more to the south than London. To get a real experience of England and absorb some of its history head out of London to the Historic Pubs of Surrey!
Some of these pubs are in the picturesque Surrey Hills. If you are looking for some great countryside and a driving route to these pubs with maps and directions, see my Surrey Hills.
Britain is famous for its history and nowhere is that more in evidence than the village pub. A meeting place and, in fact, the centre of the village for centuries, the village pub is steeped in history. If you like ‘olde-worlde’, ‘Harry Potter-esque’ places, this list is for you. Below is the list of my favourite Historic Pubs of Surrey.
Local Knowledge of the Historic Pubs of Surrey
Living in Surrey, I certainly know the pubs of Surrey well! I have chosen the ones on my list for several reasons. Sometimes they are old or quirky and some have great food and drink. Some, of course, have all of these features. In this case, I have been to every single pub on this list multiple times to check the quality.
Aahhh, don’t thank me, it’s a dirty job but somebody’s got to do it! A lot of the Historic Pubs of Surrey listed here are regular favourites where I happily go and spend my time and money, who knows, I might see you there! The list is in no particular order, but if you click on the title, it will take you to my review page where I give a full review of them and photos.
To find out more about the pub just click on its picture or name and its review will open in a new tab. And it’s worth mentioning as I do on every page;
‘As usual, on these reviews, we were not paid to do it, we paid for our own food and drink out of our own pockets and the staff had no idea we were reviewing! Therefore, I feel our review is exactly as you would experience when visiting the pub.’
This way the review offers myhonest opinion of the pub, not influenced by anything except the quality of the food and service.
Lots of historic pubs of Surrey were shortlisted but the ones that made the list are, in my opinion, really special. Each review comes with contact info for the pub and a map courtesy of Google Maps. Just click on the map to get directions via Google. I have tried to include prices, but of course, they are subject to change. Menus are also subject to change and are available on all the pubs’ websites. A link is included at the bottom of each page along with opening times.
To reiterate, I don’t do paid reviews and I only include pubs that have something notable about them. However, If you know a pub that you think would make a good addition to this list, for historical or quirky reasons, leave a comment below in the ‘Post a Comment‘ section right at the bottom of the page. If it looks interesting, I will do one of my stealth visits and the review will be posted here. Not every pub makes the cut – perhaps three quarters do for various reasons. And the various reasons for a pub not making the cut are; bad service, bad food, bad experience and just plain boring..!
Click here if you are looking for Historic Pubs of Sussex
Historic Pubs of Surrey
I ate a proper Steak and Kidney pudding here, I haven’t had one for ages and it was everything I remembered! And with a homemade scotch egg for both starter and dessert, it made it a meal to remember. Yay for nostalgia!
First off, booking is important! Indeed, we were there on a Sunday afternoon and it was heaving! Just inside the door as we entered was a Maitre d’ / receptionist. Also. the backdrop here is of the turning waterwheel. Also, it’s a striking reminder of the history of the building. See the video further on, for the waterwheel. We found the staff to be very friendly and attentive when they were at the table…
As soon as you look at the menu you can tell the Dog and Pheasant is a pub that takes its food extremely seriously, and it does it very well!
The wine list alone has nearly 40 different wines! Also, there are smaller craft-type ales on offer from the likes of the Dorking Brewery, Hammerpot from Sussex and Sharps from Cornwall.
Allegedly established in 1285, records, of course, are a bit sketchy at this time, so no one knows when it was actually built.
The earliest mention of the building, however, is from around 1383, so we have to call it 14th Century.
It is said to have one of the oldest continuous licences of any pub in England. In fact, for those who like old pubs with plenty of history, this place is perfect! If you are looking for a country pub to visit in Surrey, you could do a lot worse! It must be said, the smoked BBQ food here is just amazing!
Coldharbour is near the hills highest point, Leith Hill, at 294 metres (965ft) above sea level. Also, it is the highest community in the South of England has a population of about 240 residents.
It’s not a big place but the pub has a warm enough welcome for everyone!
I suspect there has been a pub in the hamlet forever but this one was built I think in the 30s after the previous one had burnt down, however, it’s very difficult to find any written records for the small villages.
Also, The Red Lion Betchworth has a cricket pitch at the back which is used during the season.
It doesn’t get much more Eccentrically English than that.
So sit back, enjoy a drink and some food and watch the cricket.
Why Visit the Historic Pubs of Surrey.
While being a very personal list, I have tried to only put Historic Pubs with only good food and atmosphere on this list. The range of dates of these pubs is huge, some of the oldest on this list are 900 years old.
It used to be the case that food in Britain was terrible! That has been changing over the last 20 years. While keeping some of the more traditional items on pub menus, fish and chips anyone? There has been a move towards a more worldwide menu.
As mentioned before, my Surrey Hills driving route covers The White Horse at Shere, The Gomshall Mill at Gomshall, The Stephen Langton at Friday Street and the Plough at Coldharbour. Just make sure you have a dedicated driver!
Drink has always been important to the British and, of course, we have always had great beer. Real Ales are a real prize, and it’s always worth trying some of the local brews. One of the pubs on this list has its own brewery on-site, such as the Plough at Coldharbour. If that is not to your taste, wines are made in the UK with some promising vineyards. Of course, wines from all over the world are also available!
Artisan spirits are also available, with Gin making a resurgence in the UK, there are some interesting local concoctions to try!
If you are looking for some Sussex Pubs to visit, see my Historic Pubs of Sussex
All prices mentioned are correct at time of writing
Historic Pubs of Surrey
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