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Requested be closed with reason - For sale: Now closed, JDW signage removed. To Let board outside, hmmm.

The Cap in Hand (JD Wetherspoon), Hook, Surbiton

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174 Hook Rise North
Surbiton
KT6 5DE
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Aqualung . left this review about The Cap in Hand (JD Wetherspoon)

Visit 16th October 2015
Despite being due to close at the end of August this place seems to be soldiering on. I came here this afternoon to find a fair crowd in and stayed for a Portobello Red and a festival beer. Both were excellent and were at the festival price of £1.99. The guest ale price on the menu was from £2.49.
I've no idea what the future of this place is as it was just too busy to pin down a member of staff.


Visit 20th December 2013

I returned here to find another decent selection of guest ales of which I tried four. Loddon's Hocus Pocus Old Ale, Ringwood Porter, Celt Experience Divine Yule Saison and Everard / Devil's Backbone IPA. Prices ranged from £2.20 to £2.50 and all were in very good condition. There was a Tillingbourne beer available soon on the “boring” bank of pumps.

Visit 26th July 2013

This is a fairly typical large 1930s suburban building that was originally a Watney's pub. In fact it appeared in early eighties GBGs as The Southborough Arms selling the delightful (NOT!) Watney's London and Stag Bitters. The building that it replaced can be seen around the corner (it's a fairly obvious pubby looking building).

The Cap In Hand name was not introduced by Wetherspoon. You can see "The Cap In Hand" lettering attached to the brickwork just beneath the roof, which I really didn't think looked like their handiwork. I found a SW London CAMRA beer guide that was compiled in the mid 90s and it describes the Cap In Hand as an Enterprise Inn selling Theakston's Best. It also says that it was known as The Academy before becoming the Cap In Hand.

I got a beer and sat in the pleasant conservatory watching the traffic go round and round the roundabout.

All twelve pumps were going, there was nothing doubled up and no unwanted intruders apart from the two GK usual suspects, just genuine guest or Locale ales. If only all the Spoons followed this example!

I had a pint of Dark Star Red Shift (£2.45) which was truly outstanding in quality and good value as Dark Star beers are frequently dearer than other brews of the same strength. This was doubly impressive as it was also before 10:30 in the morning and I doubt if any had already been sold.

This is definitely one of the better Spoons and well worth the bus ride from Surbiton Station.

On 18th October 2015 - rating: 9
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Cap in Hand (JD Wetherspoon)

As 'spoons go this one is pretty good. It's quite a large establishment like most 'spoons, but the drinking areas are wrapped around the central servery making it look not as large as it actually is. There's a conservatory at the front, which must be nice on a cool but sunny day, but even with some blinds it was too warm on a sunny and hot July day. There's some outside seating at the front, with stunning views of the traffic roaring past on the A3!

Inside it's typical 'spoons with booth seating, tall tables/tall stools and normal tables and chairs crammed in , and with walls decorated with old black and photographs including those of individuals having some association with the area. These include WWII ace Douglas Bader, and perhaps more surprisingly the American boxer Max Baer, who both seemingly knew the Ace of Spades.

Reports in local newspapers inform us that this is yet another pub on the A3 that is for the chop later in the year. A crying shame.

On 12th July 2015 - rating: 6
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john mcgraw left this review about The Cap in Hand (JD Wetherspoon)

Have been in here a few times and have always found a good selection of real ales in good form.The pub is open plan with a large conservatory and the staff have always been friendly.It more than likely works well as it was a pub in the past.

On 5th May 2012 - rating: 7
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Latest updates View all updates for The Cap in Hand (JD Wetherspoon), Surbiton
7th Jan 2016, 20:07
Request to mark pub as closed by Malden man approved
 
7th Jan 2016, 18:01
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by Malden man, with included notes: For sale: Now closed, JDW signage removed. To Let board outside, hmmm.

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 12 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 01 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Darts : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 01 July 2014 by john mcgraw
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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