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The North Star, Chessington

271 Hook Road
Hook
Postal town: Chessington
KT9 1EQ
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Ember Inns (Mitchells & Butlers)

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moby duck left this review about The North Star

A large roadside Ember Inns pub with an impressive 10 handpumps on the bar though not all were in use on my visit, beers on were Pride, Tongham TEA, Fullers/Yeastie Boys Double Summer, Titanic Plum Porter, Brakespear Bitter and the house beer Ember Bitter, tight sparklers were in place on all beers.Not really my kind of place.

On 1st August 2017 - rating: 5
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Roger Button left this review about The North Star

I suppose I will always hold a certain degree of affection for the North Star as it was the venue for my embryonic drinking and, having been born and brought up on what was once called the Hooklands estate, it was my first ever local. It has always had a reputation for reasonably civilized drinking even when it was swamped by us teenage youngsters in the 70’s but we were always kept in place by the staff who we fully respected.

Originally built in the 1840’s the North Star would have stood out for miles being situated on brow of a hill overlooking what was at the time commons land and the pub itself was the main meeting place in the area. These days it doesn’t really have any of its historic charm but has been refurbished into a fairly modern style pub that is probably aimed more towards pulling in family diners than appeal to a general drinkers market. At the rear is a decent sized patio garden with several covered benches.

The carpeted interior has been knocked through to a largish single room albeit various extensions and add ons do give it a bit of a rambling feel and there are several separated drinking areas. The décor is quite breezy and light with an almost African/Polynesian theme by way of various statuettes and trinkets. In the centre of the pub, part of an old wall remnant has been cleverly converted into a wine display cabinet. There was a flat screen TV but on the whole it is more of a chatting pub than a sports/games kind of place. In what must be a first on my pub travels, they have a cash machine that doesn’t charge for withdrawals.

The pub is part of the Ember Inns chain and it must be said that both the food and drinks during my recent visit were very good quality, value for money and served up by extremely welcoming staff. Of the 8 hand pumps, there were 5 mainly ubiquitous ales (Youngs Ordinary, Youngs Special, Doom Bar, Adnams and the slightly more redeeming guest pool ale Brains Milkwood). Prices are exteremely reasonable with the most expensive ale (Milkwood) a mere £2.70, a bargain by Surrey standards. The food is from a typical chain pub grub menu but there were sufficient choices to suit my needs and the food was far better than I had expected for the price.

Whilst the pub certainly isn’t how I remembered and I am not a fan of modernized interiors, I would have no qualms about popping in for a meal or a few drinks although the sentimental value of the place probably means that the pub is always going to have more of an appeal to me than most and the pub is probably still the pick of the pubs in the immediate vicinity.

On 14th April 2011 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The North Star

The North Star is a large Ember Inns pub that has the usual hotel lounge feel with orange lighting and group seating. Surprisingly there is no allowance for children under 14 due to lack of facilities, whatever they are. Food is served until 21:00 everyday and the prices seemed to be very cheap for what I witnessed being served. I visited a couple of days before Christmas and the ales available were Reverend James, Adnams, Nutty Black, Greene King IPA, Youngs Special, Christmas Gold Tale and two hand pumps were unused. Peroni was also available alongside a standard draught selection from which I was served a decent pint of Guinness after a long wait. The queue at the bar was bearable as whilst the staff were hacking their way through the hoards of youngsters ordering Red Bulls and vodkas with Smirnoff Ice chasers a young chap let me order before him as he had an order longer than my arm – and they say the yoof of today have no manners! There is a large beer garden out the back with plenty of covered seating and a smoking shelter. I spotted a plasma screen that was off and from what I could see there is no Sky Sports, but a quiz was advertised from 21:00 every Sunday.

I’m not sure why this pub is popular with the younger inhabitants of the area, but it is and I’d rather drink over the road as there is no queue at the bar and the music is better.

On 19th January 2011 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Chessington North, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Chessington South, 1.29 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Tolworth, 1.52 miles, 29 min walk (show)
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1st Aug 2017, 20:27
Review submitted by moby duck
 
19th Oct 2015, 18:59
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  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint - last updated 15 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
Opening Hours
Sunday11:30am - 11:30am - Midnight11am
Monday11:30am - 11:30am - 11pm11am
Tuesday11:30am - 11:30am - Midnight11am
Wednesday11:30am - 11:30am - Midnight11am
Thursday11:30am - 11:30am - Midnight11am
Friday11:30am - 11:30am - MidnightMidnight
Saturday11:30am - 11:30am - MidnightMidnight
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Last inspected: May 21st 2018
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