3 Pubs in Surrey you Need to Visit this May Bank Holiday

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Over the years, I've visited a few of Surrey's finest pubs and I seem to be the 'go-to' person when my friends are looking for a recommendation. I'm originally from Kent but since my move to neighbouring Surrey some 12+ years ago, I live for the challenge of find the next best pub. So as the forecast for this Bank Holiday weekend is well just glorious I thought I'd share not just some of my favourite pubs, but those which I love for their gardens too.

1. The Black Swan, Ockham

This stunning pub which locals fondly refer to as the Mucky Duck is nestled down winding country lanes, not far from RHS Wisley and a stones throw from Cobham High Street. Once a bikers pub turned idilic country pub it's outdoor grill selection is one of the finest around serving both meat eaters and those who prefer a lighter salad. If you like to work up an appetite before you eat, you can take a stroll around the beautiful heath covered Ockham common. 

The interiors are ever changing here, but they're always on top of the latest country trends and you'll feel at ease from the moment you walk through the door. One of my favourite spots to sit is just inside the door by the big fireplace or just inside to the right tucked in the bar section. Or if it's sunny grab a spot outside under the vine covered pergolas, where you can sit and sip a prosecco and maybe even spot the odd local arriving by helicopter.

Old Lane, Ockham, Surrey KT11 1NG | 01932 862364

2. The Ramblers Rest, Coulsden

A hop skip and jump over to the other side of Surrey is the Ramblers Rest, I only discovered this pub a few weeks ago, but have heard nothing but good things from friends for ages, and now I know why. It was the anniversary of meeting the husband so one evening we skipped the kids bedtime routine and all decamped here. 

From the moment we pulled up we knew we were going to enjoy dinner. A beautiful white washed old coach house with barn attached and a smattering of courtyards thrown in too, all hidden in a valley of rolling hills covered in sheep. A massive bunch of flowers stands to welcome you in and a big smile from the staff. The restaurant is simple and understated and lets the period features speak for themselves, stunning beams, big fireplaces and crocked walls.

The menu was pleasant, a good choice of food, with a few summer salad mixed in. Four empty plates and the kids sent their compliments to the chef too. The service was attentive and friendly. We dinned inside to the left as you go in and had a lovely spot but I can't wait to go back and sit in the courtyard at the back, it's surrounded by trees and pretty shrubs. It's dog friendly too, and I hear it's good area for a stroll before dinner. 

Coulsdon, Greater London, CR5 3NP | 01737 552661

3. The Arkle Manor

Down the hill from the famous Box Hill is a pub which sometimes gets over looked due the road it sits on, what a big mistake.

I'm a real fan of this pub. It's not long had a big interiors overhaul, think navy walls against peach crush velvet chairs with just enough lux thrown in (although I was sad to see their copper fireplace go). No matter how busy it is never feels packed in here. The food is consistently good and their veggie roast is one of my favourites ever.

Again for those of you who like a stroll the fields over towards betchworth will be calling you, it's worth walking as far as the cows or even into the picturesque village of Brockham and playing pooh sticks on the bridge as you go. One of the best tables as far as I'm concerned is through the front door and to the right, but I can't wait to get back out into the garden this summer, as it's a real little haven.

Reigate Road, Betchworth, Surrey, RH3 7HB | 01737 842110

  • Pub guide
  • May Bank Holiday
  • Surrey
  • Surrey Pubs
  • Bank Holiday
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