Stephan Langton Friday Street
This is certainly not the oldest pub in Surrey but perhaps it will win the award for the most secluded. Tucked in the small hamlet of Friday Street, the Stephan Langton Friday Street is an open secret for walkers, bikers and those who like getting off the beaten track.
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.
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.
The current pub knows what it is, knows what it does, and does it very well.
Inside the Stephan Langton
The clean and modern decor inside works, in my opinion, very well. It’s not trying to be an olde worlde pub. What it is trying to be, and doing it very well, is be a great place to stop and have some food.
Also, local food at that. The Stephan Langton Friday Street prides itself on sourcing local ingredients for its menu, this is evident by the display on the wall showing where things are sourced from.
The bar is well-stocked with real ales, lagers and bitters. The spirit section shows a bit of a gin fest going on! On cold days the fire is lit and it makes for a very cosy environment.
There is a separate dining area which overlooks the trees at the back of the pub and is great for a sitdown meal. The bar area is great for socialising and snacks. In the nice weather, of course, there are picnic benches outside for walkers to use and anybody else who chooses to use them.
The menu changes seasonally, as you would expect, so check the pub’s website for details. I have included it in a link below, and I think, you will always find something that is to your taste.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been here over the years. I’ve seen landlords come and go. The current ones are doing it right. I like this pub so much that one day myself and Tam, my long-suffering other half came here for lunch and ended up staying all afternoon and having dinner here as well! The food, I have found, is consistently great. It won best local menu in the Surrey life Awards in 2016 as well as Surrey Life Pub of the Year!
In the summer the pub is also very popular with walkers. In fact, the Stephen Langton is worth a visit any time of the year. The Surrey Hills a beautiful whatever the season from the great golden colours of autumn, snow in winter and the vibrant greens of spring to the long hot days of summer.
As I say, it is very secluded and I will provide a map of how to get there at the bottom of this blog. And get there you should because it’s a great place to eat. Also if you are not familiar with the Surrey Hills they are a fab place to walk on. And after a big lunch, perhaps a walk to Leith Hill tower will work it off! Leith Hill is the highest point in South-East England thanks to its folly on top.
This is one of my favourite pubs and is a welcome inclusion in my Favourite Pubs of Surrey Series. If you’d like to see more of my favourite pubs in Surrey, click on the link and see if they yours too. Of course, If you’re a first-time visitor to Surrey use this as a guide to some of the nicest and historical pubs in the county. Most doing some good food and deserving of some love!
More in my Historic Pubs in Surrey series
If you are looking for some Sussex pubs, click the link for Historic Pubs of Sussex
Surrey Hills Area
Great for a walk after the pub! The photo below is taken at Friday Street, 100 Yards from the pub. Whatever the season, there are some very picturesque walks in the area. Also, an interesting fact, Friday Street is the title of a song by Paul Weller.
Its lake is a hammer pond, traditionally used in the iron making industry before the industrial revolution. These hammer ponds were used from the medieval age until the early 19th century. So there you go, every day is a school day, as my father says!
For more on the Surrey Hills click on the picture below. It has other pubs, a driving route and some of the sights to see in the Surrey hills
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