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The Griffin, Esher

58 Common Road
Postal town: Esher
KT10 0HW
Phone: 01372463799
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Griffin

Backstreet pub which was our first stop on a tour of Claygate's pubs and bars. The K3 bus stops pretty much outside.

We arrived before midday and there were already a number of punters present in the patio area at the front and also in an improvised area to the side of the pub.

As with the previous review, just Young's Ordinary & Sharp's Doom Bar are served on the real ale front.

This is easily the most traditional of the Claygate hostelries, with a nice, old interior, which can be briefly sampled with a trip to the toilet in these strange Covid times. But the outdoor area was pleasant in the sunshine and the area is fairly quiet apart from a passing bus every now and then.

On 23rd April 2021 - rating: 5
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Moby Duck left this review about The Griffin

A very nice two bar pub that seems to be hanging on to its traditional values. The pub interior is still very much as Malden man describes below, four handpumps remain but with only two in use on a post bank holiday early Tuesday lunchtime, Doom Bar and Young's bitter, neither are exciting beers but the Young's was well kept. It was understanderbly quiet at the time of my visit with just a couple of blokes in the saloon side but the pub dog was friendly and came to say hello, I can imagine this pub having a good atmosphere at a livelier time of day.

On 4th May 2016 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Griffin

This is an attractive and well looked after local which retains a two room Saloon and Public Bar format. I entered to the L-shaped Saloon which was a warm and comfortable looking room with the fire lit. There were a few framed prints and display plates in here however all the tables were set with knives and forks so I felt unsure about sitting down although I reckon I could have done. It was however deserted apart from two women with a child and what I took to be the pub dog, a large terrier, stretched out full length in front of the fire. So I chose to pass through the low door in a leaded glass and timber partition into the Public Bar where it was a bit livelier with a group of old boys chewing the fat at the bar. This room has a flagged floor, comfortable leather benches and stools along the side wall and contains a dartboard and large screen TV. It also contained a large terrier sized dog bowl, confirming my earlier suspicion. There are indications of a Spurs allegiance in here over the bar; a poster advertised a Thursday steak night (a change from curry) depending on the cut from £11-95 to £19-50. Football match deals for jugs of beer and sharing plates also advertised. I didn't see the general menus but it was clear that they do food.
The four handpumps are all in the saloon, three were on, Pride, Young's Bitter and Tribute. Sadly I seem to have missed the Oakham but I think it is a regular as there were Oakham beermats about. I opted for the Tribute which was in good nick.
I liked it here, if this was my local I'd be delighted, a proper old fashioned and well appointed pub with friendly service.

On 9th January 2013 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Old Blue
Claygate, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Hinchley Wood, 1.29 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Chessington South, 2.38 miles, 45 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Griffin, Claygate
23rd Apr 2021, 14:49
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
4th May 2016, 21:07
Review submitted by Moby Duck

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 September 2013 by Old Blue
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 September 2013 by Old Blue
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 15 September 2013 by Old Blue
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 15 September 2013 by Old Blue
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 15 September 2013 by Old Blue
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 15 September 2013 by Old Blue
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 September 2013 by Old Blue
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 September 2013 by Old Blue
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 February 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 September 2013 by Old Blue
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 August 2011 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 23 April 2021 by Blue Scrumpy
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