The Surrey Oaks has a well-earned reputation for its well-kept real ales which are enthusiastically sold by knowledgeable staff. One wall covered in Camra awards - including Local Pub of the Year 2011. But the Surrey Oaks doesn't just have good ales - the food is good too and Sunday lunches need to be booked to avoid disappointment; for amusement there's a pool table, a lovely garden with two petanque pistes and a skittle alley which can be booked for just £3 per hour.
The pub itself is a nice old building and dates from 1570 when it started life as a wheelwright's cottage, it didn't become a pub until the mid 19th century. The two main bars are cosy with low beams, the larger has an inglenook fireplace with a curious wood-burner inserted; the small dining room is charmingly old fashioned. The Surrey Oaks -
This is a terrific country pub rightly famous for its real ales, ciders and perries and fully justifying the accolades it has consistently received from Camra over the years. Food is good too - traditional, well-made pub fayre - with very good service. It's beer and cider festivals, with usually over 50 beers / ciders to sample and entertainment laid on, take place over most bank holiday weekends and are a must for real ale and cider afficianadoes. Not easy to get to, especially by public transport, so a nominated, sober driver is highly recommended. Go and enjoy.