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Skimmington Castle, Reigate

Reigate Heath
Reigate
RH2 8RL
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Punch Taverns

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Reviews of Skimmington Castle (Average Rating: 7 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

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Graham Coombs left this review about Skimmington Castle

Much as described below, this quaint pub is hidden away down a lane (mind the savage speed humps!) and has a strong emphasis on food, with tables packed in both inside and out. Can get very busy with families at peak times, but can also be very nice if quiet. Usual sort of brews available but often includes Harveys.

On 10th July 2017 - rating: 7
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Nick Davies left this review about Skimmington Castle

Splendidly situated down a rough road on Reigate Heath the Skim, a former farmhouse, has been providing refreshment for the best part of 200 years now. The main accommodation is to the front with a fascinating warren of smaller rooms continuing through to the rear and recently built smokers' quarters out the back. There's seating outdoors to the front and side providing lovely views to the North Downs and Reigate Park.

It's had some ups and downs over the years, and closed completely for a while recently causing much concern. It was thankfully rescued by two ladies who have made it rather too restauranty for my tastes - at weekends all available surfaces are laid up for eating meaning a vertical drink and dodging the waiters if it's too cold to go outside. It has yet to return to its glory days of the 80s and 90s when it was one of the top Surrey destination pubs and a GBG regular.

It is however well worth a visit, and makes an excellent first stop on the walk from Reigate to Betchworth, whence you can come back on the train, but be aware that it's shut weekday afternoons. If you're driving watch out for the turning into the lane, there's no sign.

Punch Taverns, so beer from their usual range - tend to be GK oriented but Harvey's Best to liven things up last time we went.

On 28th June 2010 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Nick Davies
Reigate, 1.55 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Betchworth, 2.59 miles, 49 min walk (show)
Earlswood (Surrey), 3.05 miles, 58 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Skimmington Castle, Reigate
9th Dec 2019, 17:18
Picture submitted by paulof horsham approved
 
9th Dec 2019, 17:18
Picture submitted by paulof horsham approved

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 July 2017 by Graham Coombs
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 July 2017 by Graham Coombs
  • Darts : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Live Music : No last updated 10 July 2017 by Graham Coombs
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 July 2017 by Graham Coombs
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Nick Davies
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