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Ye Olde Windsor Castle, Leatherhead

25 Little Bookham Street
Postal town: Leatherhead
KT23 3AA
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Chef & Brewer (Spirit Pubs)

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Malden man left this review about Ye Olde Windsor Castle

Not much to add seeing as I appear to have shadowed Moby here, possibly the day after, same three beers on with a fourth unclipped, the Shere Drop was not great, not rejectable but didn't seem to taste as I know this beer should. The "Wait to be Seated" sign as you enter is just an irritation which I ignored, bearing in mind it was Sunday afternoon and a food led type of pub there were not that many in. The older part of the pub could be atmospheric with a bit of effort, the building pre-dates all around by at least 200years. You step up and down as you move around the connected areas, all kinds of seating including some barrel tables and all kinds of flooring. Outdoor seating front and back. The toilets were not great, irritating piped music for some reason and a smashed toilet seat. Service was best described as perfunctory.
One to tick if you need to but there are better options nearby, head the other way from Bookham Station or if walking on the common.

On 11th June 2017 - rating: 5
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Moby Duck left this review about Ye Olde Windsor Castle

A Chef & Brewer pub, so food led. It's quite spacious inside with a number of separate but walk through areas, the pub appears quite old and the wooden beams and uprights give it a reasonably authentic feel. Four handles on the bar provided a choice of Doom Bar, Greene King IPA and thankfully Surrey Hills Shere Drop, It's a Cask Marque accredited pub and as a result my beer was a couple of degrees too cold affecting negatively any flavour the beer may have had. It actually isn't a bad example of this type of pub, but it's not really my kind of thing.

On 11th June 2017 - rating: 5
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Steve of N21 left this review about Ye Olde Windsor Castle

Ye Olde Windsor Castle pub in Great Bookham, is part of the Chef & Brewer chain and therefore tries to be a traditional pub restaurant, but comes out more like an upmarket harvester, e.g. a comfortable place for a couple of pub meals but no real pub atmosphere..
The previous reviewer has described it pretty well, especially the large one room internal rambling space. It used to be a multi roomed public, lounge set up and the former public bar area which used to be the oldest part of the pub, is now a 'no children' area with a dart board and TV, and then the rest of the internal space is a series of areas mainly aligned for dining.
And the previous reviewer was correct for us, in that we drove to it for use as a restaurant and benefited from the large car park and the standard C&B menu.
No issues with the food and service levels were experienced, but then we were a bit late and arrived when most people were leaving from the lunchtime session, and our two meals came up promptly after ordering.
Four beers available on the assorted hand pumps which were the fairly uninspiring Courage Directors and the ubiquitous Doom Bar but these were complemented by Thwaites Wainwright and a rather excellent local Surry Hills Ranmore Ale. And between us we tried all but the Directors and they were well kept, albeit served a tad cold.
However I did witness a bit of lazy cellar work which is typical of these places. All three beers were on the go when we arrived. But when I went to pay the bill the two Thwaites pumps had “Coming Soon” plaques hung on them. In practice I guess this is a correct statement, but hanging this on a pump when it runs out because you don’t want to change it at that time still strikes me of being a bit “can’t be arsed” attitude.

On 15th April 2013 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
Bookham, 0.77 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Effingham Junction, 2.27 miles, 43 min walk (show)
Horsley, 2.95 miles, 56 min walk (show)
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11th Jun 2017, 17:44
Review submitted by Malden man amended by Malden man
11th Jun 2017, 17:40
Review submitted by Malden man

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  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 03 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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