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The Grove, Surbiton

Pub added by Graham Coombs
9 Grove Road
Surbiton
KT6 4BX
Phone: 02083991662
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Metropolitan Pub Co (Greene King)

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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Grove

With the excellent Antelope just a little further along the road, I normally pass on by this Greene King pub. But before paying my latest visit to the Antelope, I spotted a guest beer in the Grove that I'd not had previously and decided to give it a try.

The interior is a fairly bright affair with seating curving around a central bar. Leaflets near the door were promoting Christmas lunch (it's that time of year again). The house beer here is Hardy & Hanson's Surbiton Best Bitter. Guests were Timothy Taylor Landlord, Hogs Back TEA & Southwark Routemaster Red, the latter being the beer that had drawn me in. At £2.75 for my half, it wasn't really worth it. There may well be a CAMRA discount that could have softened the blow, but I'd just arrived on a flight into Heathrow and wasn't carrying it with me!

As with the last review in 2016, I didn't really feel like lingering too long here. With the Antelope a stone's throw away, why would you?

On 31st October 2022 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Grove

Another pub along Maple Road, the Grove is a large Greene King house which has tried to enliven its beer range, perhaps to compete with the nearby Antelope, but still comes across as more of a food-led pub. The interior is laid out in a large L-shape with the main area running from front to back down the left side of the building, whilst a smaller space can be found to the front right. Walls throughout are painted various shades of grey or cream, with one notable bare brick section to the front providing a welcome alternative. There are sturdy floorboards around most of the room, with a nice checker board tile effect reserved for the servery area. Seating is almost exclusively made up of regular tables and chairs of the sort ideal for dining, with a few high stools thrown in for good measure. Pictures of the Thames and other such local scenes break up the wall space a bit and there was a large pull-down screen to the front, although this was out of action on a Sunday afternoon. The front section of the pub is on a lower level to the main bar area and has more of the same in terms of decor and seating and was empty with most customers favouring the beer garden with its raised decking space which gives way to a pleasant tree-lined lawn with lots of colourful plants. Those remaining inside were subjected to what I can only describe as an 'avant-garde' soundtrack and for a pub with such gastro stylings, I was surprised to find no-one eating - maybe the prices (Sunday roast beef - £15.50) had put them off.
The servery, like the room, is also L-shaped and has a dark wood counter supporting two sets of handpulls, each doubled up with the same four beers on this visit. These were Greene King IPA, London Beer Factory Chelsea Blonde, Bedlam Golden Ale and By The Horns Mick the Miller (£4.00). I had a pint of the latter, served by a barmaid who can best be described as economical with her words, and thought it was okay but a touch too warm to really savour on a hot afternoon.
This is quite a decent gastro-style pub which certainly benefits from offering a few local brews alongside the usual Greene King suspects. For me, the place was a bit characterless, but the garden was a definite plus and I can't say I was uncomfortable here, although things may have been different had I arrived in the middle of their Sunday lunch service. I'd say it's worth a quick look to see what they have on, but doesn't really suit an extended session, unless you're feeling rather flush and decide to splash out on some food.

On 3rd October 2016 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about The Grove

Massive,corner pub.Modern interior.Very busy rear garden and noisy pub quiz inside on my visit.GK -ipa,Sambrookes -wandle,Trumns -swift and the utterly delicious Darkstar -apa.Liked this pub a lot

On 20th August 2016 - rating: 7
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Surbiton, 0.36 miles, 7 min walk (show)
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31st Oct 2022, 19:31
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
 
30th Mar 2020, 18:36
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No - Discount withdrawn - last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Until 19:30 on Friday & Saturday - last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes - Not in dining area - last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesday - last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 31 October 2022 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 05 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 28 November 2019 by ROB Camra
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