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The Woolpack, Banstead Village, Banstead

High Street
Banstead
SM7 2NZ
Phone: 01737354560
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Woolpack

Positioned centrally in the heart of Banstead, this is a large Shepherd Neame pub with a reputation for supplying well kept guest ales. You enter via the decent sized car park, past a row of partly covered picnic benches and into the large, sprawling interior which has clearly been opened out from a previous multiple room format, but still retains a number of clearly defined different spaces thanks to the retention of some partitioning and structural support pillars. The dark wood servery is directly opposite the front entrance and to the left there is a mixed seating area which includes some formal restaurant space towards the rear. Most of the space is taken up by nicely upholstered chairs and tub chairs, which are available to diners and drinkers alike. Some partitioning keeps the formal dining space obscured from the main bar area and a few nice bits of glasswork have been retained in these panels. There is a large modern fireplace over to the right, dominating a space that perhaps is supposed to represent the lounge area. A fine patio garden with a large grass area beyond was an ideal spot to eat on a warm summer's day, although there were lot of energetic children running around, trying to spoil things. Boards throughout the pub advertised regular live jazz and an annual beer festival on the August Bank Holiday.
Three Shep's beers - Master Brew, Bishop's Finger and Spitfire - were supplemented by guests in the shape of Windsor and Eton Knight of the Garter and Tillingbourne Falls Gold. The latter was a bit of a mystery, starting off in seemingly excellent condition, but turning pretty flat by the time I got halfway through the pint. The food was a more qualified success, as my roast beef with all the trimmings was exactly what you want from a Sunday roast.
I can't say I found this pub to be too exciting, with a rather soulless interior full of diners not doing much for the atmosphere. However, the garden, food and guest ales are all bonus points and with little competition in the rest of Banstead, this is actually a bit of a lifesaver for the locals and worth a quick look in passing.

On 20th October 2015 - rating: 6
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Nick Davies left this review about The Woolpack

To update from 2010, it seems to have settled into its niche and is very popular locally now, particularly with the more mature customer: indeed sometimes at weekends you won't find a spot in the large car park. The guest beers tend to be local, which I guess helps keep the GBG entry. However it's still vaguely uncomfortable, and I wouldn't linger.
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It bills itself as a "traditional village pub" but that's over egging it somewhat. It's no more a tradtional village pub than Banstead is a traditional village - it's a suburban local in a very pleasant and prosperous stretch of stockbroker belt semi-rural suburbia. It's got a lot better since Shepherd Neame took it over but it still tries to have something for everyone, meaning that none of it is 100% right. So you've got some bits that seem quite pubby with traditional pub furniture, then you've got another bit with those horrid leather sofas, another area with those equally dreadful high tables and an ambiance-free restaurant area out the back. There's a pleasant terrace to the front and nice garden.

The beer is good. It's in the current GBG and as well as various Shep's brews there was Black Sheep and an example from Skinner's guesting the other day. Service is friendly as is the clientele - they had 'issues' in the past but they seems to have gone elsewhere.

Shep's need to decide where they're going with this pub. It still seems wedded to its Punch/Spirit/John Barras roots: indeed it remains devoid of Shep's signage. To further gastrify it would be a mistake, it would never complete with the celebrity chef emporium as well as any number of mid-range chain outlets down the road. A sympathetic refurbishment to turn it into an ale-led community local would be a perfect way forward in an area where decent pubs are few.

To conclude, it's the best bet by far if you're in Banstead after a pint, the other choices are the Vintage Inn and the awful place on the A217. But there are a couple of far superior destinations within a couple of miles if you are exploring the area.

On 14th January 2013 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Woolpack

A 1930's building in the same style as most other buildings in Banstead,part of an undistinguished urban sprawl which replaced the rural roots of this area in a policy to stimulate the economy after the Great Depression.These day it's a Shepherd Neame managed house with an emphasis on food.
The front entrance leads directly to the long,wood pannelled bar while to the right there is an wood floored area with a fireplace,sofas,high tables and stools and a gaming machine which leads to the impression that this is the drinking area.To the left and demarcated by a carpet is a lounge with an impressive bay window below which is a curved banquette and more dining tables and upright chairs.Another non functional fireplace here too,while through an opening flanked by etched glass dividers is a restaurant area,another faux fireplace and furniture arranged to maximise utilisation.There is a large garden with some upmarket wicker furniture on the patio.
Several daily specials are offered and these together with mains from the menu are generally pitched around £12.Pub grub staples are nearer £8 with jacket spuds at £6,mine was adequate but I've had better;it arrived very quickly.
The pub features in the 2012 GBG ,probably because of it's five handpumps and the problem that the local CAMRA branch has in filling it's quota of GBG entries given the paucity of really good pubs on their patch.On my trip there were three Shep's beers,Master Brew,Spitfire and Bishops Finger together with two guests Arundel Summer Daze and Itchen Valley Pure Gold,too cold and in poor nick with an inflated £3.40 price tag.
The pub is sadly dominated by a corporate feel,I found little to warrant a revisit and would question it's GBG listing.

On 17th August 2012 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Nick Davies
Banstead, 1.05 miles, 20 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for The Woolpack, Banstead
20th Oct 2015, 15:41
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
14th Jan 2013, 22:03
Review submitted by Nick Davies amended by Nick Davies

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - August B/H - last updated 24 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 20 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 20 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Jukebox : No last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Karaoke : No last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Real Cider : No last updated 20 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 20 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 20 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 10:30pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 11pm
Saturday11am - 11pm
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