Six Surrey pubs with brilliant gardens
The weather is going to be gorgeous (once these storms pass), the weekend is coming and unless you’re planning to hotfoot it down to the coast, you’ll want to find a watering hole with a wonderful garden to boot your kids into, while you chill out with some awesome food and a triple gin and tonic. Oh come on, it can’t just be me again!
I’ve been checking out dozens of pubs in Surrey on *cough* Muddy duty and have drawn together this scratch list, admittedly half cut late in the evening, but hopefully with a degree of knowledge and insight. Yeah yeah, I’ve probably left some goodies off, and if you think there has been a libellous omission, genuinely please let me know – I love to hear suggestions and as much as I bomb around trying out new places, you are the guys who live and breathe your local areas. I hope these suggestions help you have a wonderful weekend. Slap on the sunscreen and enjoy the view!
The Anchor, Pyrford Lock, Wisley
Plonked right on the banks of the River Wey, not far from the gorgeous RHS Wisley gardens, The Anchor and it’s garden is nothing short of delightful. You’ll need to be swift though – or lucky – to get a table outside on a sunny day, as you can’t book in advance. It’s a great place to park the car, take a wander along the river to work up an appetite, then kick back with your Pimms and watch the narrowboats go past. And reeeeeeelax!
The Abinger Hatch, Abinger Common
One of the Muddy Awards finalists, and a worthy one at that. The Abinger Hatch, at Abinger Common near Dorking, is tucked neatly down some of the prettiest country lanes you will find anywhere. There’s a large garden with picnic-sets and boules, and barbecues in the summer. There’s a pretty church across the road, and lovely walks nearby. What’s not to like?
Botley Hill Farmhouse, Warlingham
Just a few miles outside Warlingham village, with gorgeous views out over the Surrey Hills (it sits on the highest point of the North Downs), Botley Hill Farmhouse serves good quality nosh at down to earth prices. And while the inside of this 500-year -old inn has oodles of period charm, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world watching the sun set as you enjoy a pint in the garden. The pub is a favourite among cyclists and walkers, with routes for both nearby.
The Wiremill, near Lingfield
Winner of the Muddy Awards Best Boutique Stay, The Wiremill, is another pub tucked away down country lanes. You may even wonder where you’re going, but behold the site when you get there, of this beauty sitting on a gorgeous lake that’s a hive of wildlife activity in the summer. But who are we kidding, you’re not there for the birds and the dragonflies, it’s the view and the food. And if you can’t drag yourself away, you can always stay the night.
The Weyside Inn, Guildford
Not a garden, exactly, but a gloriously gorgeous outside terrace sitting right on the banks of the River Wey. There terrace is large and the seating is comfy, so you can sit back and take in the narrow boats and kayaks as they glide past, while you enjoy a pint from the outdoor bar and a burger from the newly opened Burger Shack. You can’t reserve tables on the terrace, and when the sun is shining it fills up quick – so get there early to grab the best spot.
The Bell Inn, Outwood
A lovely old pub with a largish garden for the bralets to run about, gorgeous National Trust walks nearby to wear them out before or after a fab lunch, great food – and local haunt of Dame Judi Dench. Says it all really. Sit back order lunch and enjoy the views out over the pretty fields.