February 2017 Pubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Hatch”, Redhill, has closed having been sold, future TBC.
  • “Jolly Farmer”, Horne, closed just before Christmas. Licensees from the “Dog & Duck”, Outwood are taking over the pub and plan to reopen soon.
  • “Barley Mow”, Tandridge, new tenants are sought.
  • “Harvester”, Salfords, has closed, having been acquired by Miller & Carter, but will reopen soon.
  • “Roebuck”, Reigate, new tenants are sought.
  • “Star Inn”, Lingfield, a fifth handpump has been installed due to increased demand.
  • “Old House At Home”, Dormansland, changed hands on 22 January.
  • “Blacksmiths Arms”, Newchapel, has new licensees. Accommodation no longer available.
  • “Haycutter”, Broadham Green, planning permission to extend the pub has been granted.
  • “Limes”, Merstham, local group are actively campaigning to keep pub open.
  • “Fox Revived”, Norwood Hill, has reopened, selling five ales, some local, not cheap.
  • “Bulls Head”, Ewhurst, pub for sale freehold.
  • Godstone Brewers:- The brewery are hosting beer sampling evenings at Flower Farm on Friday nights, 5pm to 8pm until mid-March. On 17th March, there is a BBQ at the site.
  • Dorking Brewery:- The move to a site in Capel will not take place until possibly August. They are planning to expand production and are also canning some beer for the Royal Navy.
  • Surrey Hills Brewery:- Collusion No.8 will be brewed on 20th February.
  • Outside of Area: Crooked Brook:- Have ceased brewing.
  • Outside of Area: Fullers:- Head Brewer John Keeling has retired and been replaced by Georgina Young.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – Very busy leading up to Christmas and continue to be while the Six Nations Rugby is taking place. They will be producing the beer list for Oxted Beer Festival. They continue to stock an interesting and varied range of beers from the UK, Europe, USA and further afield. Canned beers are popular. Mead is available together with Valentine’s Day Gift Packs. Easter Beer Gift Packs will be available.
  • Four Hops is the name of a new craft beer shop, shortly to open in West Street in Reigate.

January 2017 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • Nothing to report due to AGM.

December 2016 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Hatch”, Redhill, sign displayed advertising pub for sale freehold.
  • “Royal Oak”, Staffhurst Wood, which reopened on 3rd November, still has original name. Two Greene King beers and a guest ale (Surrey Hlls and Westerham brews have been noted).
  • “White Lion”, Redhill, usually has one real ale available.
  • “Garibaldi”, Redhill, under threat of closure.
  • “Queens Head”, Nutfield, tenancy available, although pub is to be refurbished.
  • “Limes”, Merstham, an action group has been formed with regard to the uncertain future of this pub and an ACV has been submitted to Reigate & Banstead Council. Enterprise Inns have submitted an application to redevelop the site.
  • “Fox & Hounds”, Tilburstow Hill, Godstone, card-carrying CAMRA members get a 10% discount on food and drink bills at this pub.
  • “Pilgrim”, Caterham has reopened as the “Crown & Pepper”.
  • “Angel”, Woodhatch, planning application for conversion to residential use has been submitted.
  • Reigate Priory Cricket Club has three beers available in their clubhouse and the branch has been invited to hold a meeting there.
  • Oxted Brewery:- The brewery has organised a Christmas Beer Event at the Crown Inn, Old Oxted, on Wednesday 21st December.
  • Godstone Brewers:- The brewery has now moved to Flower Farm in Godstone.
  • Dorking Brewery:- The brewery are planning to move to a site in Capel in the near future, subject to the Planning Application being agreed.
  • Leith Hill Brewery:- Have offered to host a branch meeting
  • Outside of Area: Larkins:- Plans to acquire the Greyhound in Charcott (Kent), near Chiddingstone Causeway, appear to have fallen through. Their last evening at the pub will be on Saturday 21st January with a leaving party taking place.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – continues to perform well. More than 40 Advent Calendars were sold and they are attending many seasonal food and drink fairs in the area. There continues to be an interesting selection of bottled beers available, including Redchurch Brewery. Oxted Brewery products continue to be popular.

November 2016 Pubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Hatch”, Redhill, has reopened.
  • “Old Ship”, Tatsfield, has closed.
  • “Royal Oak”, Staffhurst Wood, reopened on 3rd November as the “Grumpy Mole”.
  • “White Lion”, Redhill, the new tenant mentioned in previous minutes has left, although pub reopened 3rd November by new tenants, no real ale available, although ‘there’s one in the cellar’.
  • “Fox Revived”, Norwood Hill, will be reopening in February 2017.
  • “Limes”, Merstham, article appeared in Surrey Mirror, with regard to the future of the pub.
  • Oxted Brewery:- Oxted Hopfathers sold out early at Redhill BF.
  • Godstone Brewers:- The brewery is in the process of moving to Flower Farm in Godstone and are holding an Open Evening on Friday 18th November starting from 6pm, tickets are £20. Check website for details.
  • Outside of Area: Dark Star – The “Lockhart Tavern” in Haywards Heath opened on the 1st November. Pub is open all day seven days a week.
  • Outside of Area: Crooked Brook – this Copthorne-based brewery has been sold.
  • Westerham Brewery – Open evenings are taking place Tuesday to Thursday, 13th to 15th December. See website for details.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – continues to perform well. New offers are a Monthly Mixture, which is a pack of assorted ales with tasting notes. They are also introducing an Advent Calendar. In the lead up to Christmas, they will be out and about at the various seasonal Food & Drink Fairs taking place in the area.

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.


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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