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Quinno _ left this review about Surrey Oaks
Well-described by others below, this is a classic semi-isolated country pub. Traditional ambience - low beamed ceiling with a warren of rooms and drinking areas. Inglenook fireplace (stove) and dried hops strung above the bar. Perhaps a little oddly there is a pool room (would have thought bar billiards would be a better bet myself). An extra bonus is the impressive grassed beer garden with pentanque piste and a large BBQ. Seven ales including Surrey Hills Ranmore, Hastings Best, Dark Star APA (very good), Firebird Heritage XX (good), Dark Star Art of Darkness. Also a diverse selection of ciders and perries. For drivers, there are a good selection of Wobblegate softies. I also spotted a curious brew keg from Vineyard in Tenterdon which dispensed a quite enjoyable English lager. As noted elsewhere, there is an Indian restaurant across the road. As is to be expected from such a well-renowned pub, there are CAMRA awards aplenty dotted round. Elsewhere I see that there has been a recent change of ownership after a long period of stewardship so I can’t comment on what/if anything has changed but I was certainly happy with my visit and would love to go again.
On 20th July 2014
- rating: 9
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Malden man left this review about Surrey Oaks
This is a pub I have wished to visit for quite some time, today I finally made it. A rather isolated tile hung old building that started out life as a cottage before becoming a bakery cum beer shop and then a public house. The original tile hung building in the centre is flanked by two later additions. Inside are four interconnected rooms in series, the largest room to the left is the restaurant with set tables but certainly not too formal and stuffy and retaining pub character. There are then two middle rooms, one larger and L-shaped containing a large inglenook with a wood burner. Finally a small room to the right houses unusually for the pub, a pool table, this room is away from the bar which runs through the other three.
We favoured the L-shaped space with the fire, there are stacks of framed awards on display here as well as various pictures of the pub, an interesting old advert from original brewery Mellarsh and Neale of Reigate, tankards hang from the low beamed ceiling, a glass fronted corner unit contains scores of old beer bottles and has toby jugs, old glasses and mugs on top. A small table had a row of beer, pub and whisky related books including a fascinating 1960s book of Surrey pubs. The smaller middle room has an ordinary sized fireplace, the walls have a collection of prints of domestic animals including several of the local Dorking Red chicken.
The pub is generally carpeted but the inglenook area has a stone flagged floor of clear age. Seating at benches, chairs and settles.
Beer is very important here, the pub website handily lists the current and coming soon brews, today had Surrey Hills Ranmore Ale plus Greensand IPA, Blue Monkey BG Sips, Adur Ropetackle, Dark Star Art of Darkness with house regular Harveys Sussex Best being reverse clipped. I also spotted a cider from Black Cat. I tried the Ranmore and the BG Sips, both in tip-top shape.
The food is good and reasonably priced too, especially for Surrey, there is a bar menu plus a good list of specials on a chalkboard. Rib-eye steak with pepper sauce, chips and a huge fresh salad was £13.50, and good too, staples like scampi around £8 or so.
Outside is a small seating area plus two petanque (boules) pitches and a kids' play area.
This really is a pub worth making an effort to get to, even if public transport is scarce and distant, the service, beer, food, welcome and ambience were all good, made better by a friendly long haired cat wandering around and a no mobiles policy which resulted in a rather irritating woman with a typically boorish well-to-do-and-we-know-it family group getting a reprimand when her's rang, much to our amusement and satisfaction. A solid 9.
On 29th March 2013
- rating: 9
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John Bonser left this review about Surrey Oaks
Visited in May 2010
Splendidly traditional and welcoming 16th Century rural roadhouse pub which features stone flagged floors, oak beams, low ceilings and a large inglenook.
There's a restaurant area on the left and several interconnecting drinking areas on the right, which includes one room with what is possibly the largest collection of framed CAMRA certificates that I can recollect seeing for some time. There's also a fine collection of pump clips indicating the large number of ales that have been sold over the years. Unusually, and looking slightly out of place, is a separate billiards room.
There's a largish garden at the side which includes 2 petanque pitches and some rather rusty and weathered childrens play equipment.
Note also the different pictures on either side of the pub sign and a Friary Meux horseshoe lamp outside, indicative of the pub's former ownership. Unusually, for such a rural location, there's an unconnected curry house directly opposite.
The pub is a keen supporter of local microbreweries and, on my recent lunchtime visit, was serving Weltons Lionheart and Ossett Dazzler, amongst others. I didn't think either of these two beers tasted particularly distinctive, but a subsequent pint of Harveys was superb. All beers were priced at £ 3. A Surrey Hills beer had just run out.
The pub is a CAMRA Good Beer Guide regular - note the large collection of stickers on the door as you go in. A large banner outside, tied up between two trees, advertised a forthcoming beer festival over the late May Day Bank Holiday weekend ( 28-31 May )
Being a rural pub, it's not particularly easy to get to without the car and it doesn't seem to be on a bus route. My recent lunchtime visit was via Holmwood Station ( on the Dorking - Horsham line ) and then a pleasant 40 minute walk across fields and through bluebell woods. Do note that the pub is in Parkgate, and not Newdigate, as the address would indicate.
Local residents are fortunate in having two such splendid pubs as The Surrey Oaks and The Royal Oak within a few miles of each other. Do make the effort of seeking them out - I don't think you'll be disappointed.
On 14th July 2011
- rating: 9
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- Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _
- Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _
- Beer Garden : Yes last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _
- CAMRA Discount : No last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _
- Car Park : Yes last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _
- Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 13 May 2014 by hondo .
- Jukebox : No last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _
- Karaoke : No last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _
- Live Music : Yes last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _
- Pinball : No last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _
- Pool Table : Yes last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _
- Real Cider : Yes last updated 15 July 2014 by Quinno _