October 2016 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Hatch”, Redhill, closed 8th October.
  • “Old Ship”, Tatsfield, is either closing shortly or may have already done so, as licensee has ‘given up trying to run a business’.
  • “Royal Oak”, Staffhurst Wood, will be reopening on 3rd November as the “Grumpy Mole”. A website has already been created giving details of food offerings, included Christmas Day and New Years Eve menus.
  • “White Lion”, Redhill, the new tenant has reinstated real ale, two Greene king beers plus two guest ales.
  • “Eagles Nest”, Redhill, has closed.
  • “Prince of Wales”, Dorking, has reopened.
  • “The Limes”, Merstham, under threat of closure again. ACV to be applied for. An action group has been set up. Support from Local Councillors and Susy Radio too.
  • “Stephan Langton”, Friday Street, recently won two awards from Surrey Life magazine.
  • AVIVA Friends Provident Club in Dorking has now closed.
  • Old Reigatians Rugby Club beer festival was very successful this year and hope to repeat the event next year.
  • Dorking Brewery:- At the recent Open Day, it was announced that they are looking at moving from the town to a site in Capel. They are brewing three days a week. They are canning their beer unfiltered.
  • Pilgrim Brewery:– Quench (3.6%) has sold very well during the summer. Off sales have doubled this year. Two more staff have been taken on, one to assist with brewing.
  • Oxted Brewery:– Have now moved from Flower Farm in Godstone, back to a site in Oxted.
  • Barrow Green Brewery:– not brewing at present, as owner is overseas.
  • Outside of Area: Westerham – their move to the new site has been delayed.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – Celebrated their First Anniversary of opening on Saturday 15th October. They continue to perform well and an interesting range of bottled beers are available. Some Norwegian beers have been noted recently.

Septemper 2016 Pubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Old House At Home”, Dormansland, current licensee will be leaving in January 2017, so new tenants are sought.
  • “Frankie & Benny’s”, Redhill, is closing very shortly.
  • “Eagles Nest”, Redhill, licensing problems could lead to closure in near future.
  • “White Lion”, Redhill, a new tenant may be appointed soon.
  • “Crown”, Capel, has recently been refurbished.
  • “Surrey Oaks”, Newdigate, is now served by improved bus services from Dorking and Crawley.
  • Surrey Hills:- Collusion No.7 has been brewed.
  • Dorking Brewery:- Are having an Open day on Saturday 1st October starting at Noon.
  • Outside of Area: Dark Star – hopefully, the “Lockhart” in Haywards Heath will be opening at the end of October.
  • Outside of Area: Larkins – this Chiddingstone (Kent) brewery has taken on the “Greyhound” at Charcott (15 minutes walk from Penshurst Railway Station).
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – continues to perform well

August 2016 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Haycutter”, Broadham Green. It seems that the necessary planning permission has not been granted yet, hence lack of work.
  • “Punchbowl”, Okewood Hill, has been acquired by the Time Well Spent group and have plans for a micro-brewery at the pub.
  • “Royal Oak”, Holmbury St.Mary, planning application for a microbrewery on site have been refused.
  • “Royal Oak”, Dormansland, new tenants are sought.
  • “Royal Oak”, Staffhurst Wood, closed early August and acquired by the Grumpy Mole group. Should re-open during September.
  • “Griffin”, Crowhurst, still closed but with a different agency sign displayed.
  • “White Lion”, Redhill, appears to have stopped selling cask beer.
  • “Pilgrim”, Dorking, future is uncertain.
  • Presentation for branch Club Of The Year took place at Brockham Village Club on Tuesday 23 August.
  • Surrey Hills:- Shere Drop was voted Best Bitter at the 2016 GBBF.
  • Godstone Brewers:- Are producing a lot of bottled beer at present. Sold a lot of beer at the Oxted Beer Festival.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – still performing well, especially during the recent rail dispute.

July 2016 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News News

  • “Pilgrim”, Caterham, has reopened as the “Harp Steakhouse & Grill”. Two unused handpumps have been noted, but is alleged to sell six ales.
  • “Griffin”, Crowhurst. At the end of June, For Sale sign had disappeared and there was some junk dumped in the car park, including a couple of casks.
  • “Haycutter”, Broadham Green. Little, if any, work has been done on this closed pub and it remains fenced off.
  • “Plough”, Leith Hill, has had a makeover. Just one bar and no separate dining area, but space seems to be limited now.
  • AVIVA Social Club in Dorking closes Friday 7th October.
  • Outside of Area: King Beer range has been dropped and replaced by Two Tribes Beers. Still brewed in Horsham.
  • Outside of Area: Hepworths Brewery will shortly be moving from Horsham to their new site near Adversane, south of Billingshurst.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – still performing well. The shop arranged the beer selection for the recent Oxted Beer Festival.

June 2016 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Old Surrey Hounds”, Caterham, is now a Greene King pub, selling IPA and one other beer.
  • “Royal Oak”, Holmbury St.Mary is now part of the Time Well Spent group and will reopen in mid-July. The planning application includes proposals for a microbrewery.
  • “Airfield Tavern” in Horley is now just called “Tavern”. Pub opens 4pm Mon-Wed.
  • “Royal Oak”, Staffhurst Wood has had a new manager in place for a few weeks. Two additional beers added – Adnams Bitter and Larkins Traditional.
  • “Old House At Home”, Dormansland held a beer festival in early June, featuring 20+ beers.
  • “Fox Revived”, Norwood Hill, work has started on the building.
  • “Surrey Oaks”, Newdigate is 2016 Surrey Pub Of The Year.
  • Egham USC is Surrey COTY for 2016.
  • Dorking – New owner is cutting back on the beer range, but will introduce a new ale. Plans to put some beer in cans.
  • Leith Hill – Invite from the new owner to visit.
  • Pilgrim – Brewery visit went well.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – still performing well.

May 2016 Pubs, Breweries and Off Licence News News

  • “Radius Arms”, Whyteleafe celebrated their 1st Anniversary of opening at the beginning of May. The Mini-BF over the weekend virtually sold out of beer by the end of the event.
  • “Three Horseshoes”, Sidlow Bridge, is selling all cask beers at £2.50 a pint, Mondays to Fridays.
  • “Pilgrim” in Caterham, which has been closed for some time, is likely to be converted to a steakhouse.
  • Rusper Golf Club has been taken over by the licensees of the “Royal Oak” (Friday Street). Four beers available, including Surrey Hills and Dark Star.
  • “Surrey Oaks” at Newdigate is for sale for £1.7 million.
  • “Tower” in Redhill has been renamed the “Eagles Nest”.
  • “Pilgrim” in Dorking has changed hands.
  • “Red Lion” in Betchworth has been noted as selling Tillingbourne beers.
  • “Bar 54” (micropub) has opened in Horley, selling Pilgrim beers directly from the cask.
  • Dorking – Brewery has new owners.
  • Leith Hill – Brewing again and a new hoppy beer has been produced.
  • Pilgrim – Brewery visit confirmed for Saturday 28th May. Vestalia has been brewed and Crusader will be available shortly.
  • Tillingbourne – Hope to brew two new beers this year.
  • Godstone Brewers Ltd – Are providing bottled beers to Priory Farm in Nutfield and Cropford Bridge in Addlestone.
  • Oxted Brewery – Bottled beers are now available in the shop at Flower Farm. They are brewing six regular beers and a few seasonal ales.
  • Outside of Area: Westerham Brewery hope to move to their new premises in September.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – continue to supply an interesting and regularly changing range of beers in the shop. Opening hours on Mondays are currently 4-8.

April 2016 Pubs, Breweries and Off Licence News News

  • “The Limes” in Merstham is threatened with closure and conversion to residential use. See October 2016 news for more details.
  • “Three Horseshoes” in Sidlow Bridge – licensee has left at very short notice.
  • “Radius Arms”, Whyteleafe will celebrate 1st Anniversary of opening on Sunday 8th May. A Mini-BF over the weekend will have up to 10 beers available.
  • The lease of the “Crown” in Capel is for sale.
  • Dorking – No further news on sale of brewery.
  • Pilgrim – Brewery visit confirmed for Saturday 28th May.
  • Godstone Brewers Ltd – Not So Black Stout has been brewed. The brewery are looking at outsourcing their bottling.
  • Oxted Brewery – Have applied for a licence to sell their beers in Flower Farm Shop.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – Ruth & Mike were both present and reported that they were getting busier all the time as new customers are discovering the shop. The local Love Oxted event, showcasing the produce available in the town was very successful and has hopefully gained more custom for the shop.

March 2016 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News News

  • “Diamond” in Hurst Green changed tenants last August 2015.
  • “Royal Oak”, Staffhurst Wood – Roger Khan has left and bar staff are running the pub and seeking guidance.
  • “Chestnut” in Earlswood are giving 30p off the price of a pint of cask beer on Tuesdays.
  • “Three Horseshoes” in Sidlow Bridge are selling cask beer at between £1.80 and £2 a pint on Fridays until the end of March (2016).
  • Licensees at the “Old Oak” in Meadvale have retired after 33 years in the pub.
  • “Stephan Langton” at Friday Street are selling Tillingbourne beers for £2.50 a pint on Tuesdays.
  • The National Club of the Year is the Albatross RAFA Club in Bexhill (East Sussex).
  • The clubhouse at Old Reigatians Rugby Club has re-opened with three ales available. CAMRA Branch members are invited to visit.
  • Dorking – Sale of the brewery is progressing and there will be news soon.
  • Godstone Brewers Ltd – Rusty’s Ale was launched at the “Hare & Hounds” in Godstone. Two of their beers featured at the National Winter Ales Festival in Derby
  • Oxted Brewery – There are some open evenings advertised on their website
  • Outside of Area: Turners Brewery in Ringmer (East Sussex) have ceased brewing.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted continues to perform well.

February 2016 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News News

  • “Red Lion” in Betchworth has a new manager and pub has been bought by the Time Well Spent group.
  • “Griffin” in Crowhurst closed just after Christmas and is now for sale, either freehold or leasehold.
  • “Ship” in Tatsfield has recently been sold.
  • “White Lion” in Redhill has re-opened and is now selling guest ales. A beer from Penpont Brewery in Cornwall has been noted.
  • “Queens Head” in Nutfield no longer sells local ales and will not be selling cider in the Summer.
  • “Woodman” in Woodmansterne is offering a 10% discount to card carrying CAMRA members on production of membership card.
  • “Airfield Tavern” in Horley wasn’t selling any Badger Beers when recently visited
  • “Plough” in Coldharbour is temporarily closed for refurbishment.
  • The Brockham Club is now LocAle and is also stocking Real Ale In Bottles
  • Dorking – Brewery is for sale.
  • Leith Hill – Pub is temporarily closed, but some beer is being brewed for distribution elsewhere.
  • Pilgrim – Suggested date for possible brewery visit is Saturday 28th May.
  • Surrey Hills – Will be brewing a further batch of Hammer Mild.
  • Tillingbourne – Bouncing Bomb is being brewed again.
  • Godstone Brewers Ltd – Has moved to the new location within Osney Lodge Farm.
  • Barrow Green Brewery – Has been brewing small batches of beer for sale in a few outlets.
  • Antoines – Looking to increase production.
  • Oxted Brewery – New brewery which is operating at Flower Farm in Godstone. Four brews have been produced so far and they have been noted in the “Crown” in Old Oxted.
  • Outside of Area: Dark Star Brewery – the “Anchor Tap”, in Horsham opened for business on Friday 12th February and is proving very popular.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted continues to perform well.

January 2016 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • Nothing to reporet due to AGM.


Surrey Hills Titanic Tour 2012 – This was our second ale trail and it ran from the beginning of April 2012 through to the end of July 2012. There were 32 participating establishments including four breweries, two clubs and one off license. We also ran a special bus trip to ensure people could get to the less accessible outlets. Special prizes of a Limited Edition Surrey Hills Titanic Tour Sweatshirt (30 or more signatures) or T Shirt (20 or more signatures) are available to anyone who collected the required number of signatures and returned their passport to the organisers. Full details of the pick-up points for the prizes are listed in the passport, on page 2. Although now officially finished, there is no reason why you can’t download the passport from our downloads page and try out a few of the establishments for yourselves. Our second Real Ale Trail has been a success and we hope you enjoyed it too.

Surrey Hills Really Bitter Tour 2011 – This was our first Real Ale Trail and it started on the 1st March 2011 and ran for four months through to 2nd July 2011. There were 34 participating establishments which included three breweries and one shop. A special T-Shirt will be available to everyone who managed to get their passport signed by all 34 participants. Details of the pick-up points for the T-Shirts are listed in the passport, on page 2. Although now officially finished, there is no reason why you can’t download the passport from our downloads page and continue to visit the pubs at your leisure. We hope you have enjoyed this, our first, Real Ale Trail.


Redhill Beer Festival 2010 – Wibblers Dengie Devil wins Beer of the Festival at Redhill Beer Festival and Broadoak Perry wins Cider/Perry of the Festival

The winner of this year’s Beer of the Festival was Wibblers Dengie Devil, a seasonal special brewed in Mayland, Essex. It is described by the brewery as ‘A deep red traditional ale with New Zealand hops and a blend of English Malts to make a refreshingly naughty beer’. The cider/perry of the festival was won by Broadoak for the second year running, this time for their Perry.

For details of this year’s festival, including provisional beer and cider/perry lists, see the Redhill Beer Festival page. Anyone wishing to get involved in the planning and organising of next year’s festival can contact Licensee Clive Jennings on 01737 778711 or

Redhill Beer Festival

Redhill Beer Festival

Photographs of the festival


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