January 2018 Branch Annual General Meeting

  • The Committee were re-elected with addition of Ray Wadey as an ordinary committee member
  • Dave Roberts, former proprietor of the Pilgrim Brewery, gave an entertaining talk  regarding his career as a brewer.  At its conclusion, a special certificate was presented to him to mark his 35 years of brewing in the Branch area – see our Awards page.

December 2017 Pubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Bull”, Limpsfield, appears to be under new ownership. Pub is now closed Mondays and Tuesdays, new opening hours are included on the Whatpub entry.
  • “Griffin Inn”, Crowhurst, appears to have reopened. Nothing about it has been noted in the local press.
  • “White Horse”, Dorking, has reopened, owned by Bespoke Hotels.
  • “Garland”, Redhill, will be closing for a short period in the New Year for refurbishment.
  • “Royal Oak”, Dormansland, reported as having erratic opening hours.
  • “Coach House”, Chelsham, has reverted back to its former name, “Bull Inn”.
  • Antoine’s:- Have re-brewed Leith Hill No Drill.
  • Dorking:- Have now moved to their new premises in Capel.
  • Felday Brewery:- “Willoughby Arms”, Kingston, is stocking Legacy as a regular beer, replacing Sharps Doom Bar.
  • Pilgrim:- The Tap Room at the brewery has now opened.
  • Surrey Hills:- Albury Ruby has been brewed.
  • Outside of Area: Nothing to report.
  • The Hop Stop in Oxted will be open on Sundays 11-4 throughout December to meet demand.

November 2017 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Haycutter”, Broadham Green, reopened on Thursday 26th October. Six ales and a cider available, sparklers are in use.
  • “Queens Head”, Nutfield, has reopened.
  • “Abbot”, Redhill, closed by Greene King 29th October, as ‘unviable’. Freehold available at £675k.
  • “Bull”, Limpsfield, for sale freehold at £850k.
  • Brockham Village Club may be closing.
  • Dorking:- ‘Home Cottage’, Redhill, has been stocking their beer.
  • Felday Brewery:- Their beers have been noted in a few Surrey pubs.
  • Godstone Brewery:- Held a Beer Festival at the brewery on Saturday 25th November.
  • Pilgrim:- Are hosting a Meet The Brewer session. They are also opening a Tap Room at the brewery.
  • Surrey Hills:- Hammer Mild was available in the ‘Garibaldi’, Redhill, recently.
  • Tillingbourne:- Dormouse Bitter (4.7%) has been launched.
  • Titsey Brewing Company:- Three beers are being brewed at the ‘Botley Hill Farmhouse’, Titsey.
  • Outside of Area: Ballard’s Brewery – update to last minutes. Greyhound Brewery in West Chiltington (West Sussex) are to brew some of their beers. The brewing kit has been sold in Croatia.
  • Outside of Area: Dark Star Brewery – hope to have two new pubs open in February 2018, one of which is in Hove.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – continue to be busy.
  • Four Hops in Reigate – Sunday Pensioners Day continues to prove popular.

October 2017 Pubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Haycutter”, Broadham Green, will be reopening on Thursday 26th October.
  • “Queens Head”, Nutfield, should reopen in November.
  • “Queens Head”, Dorking, is boarded-up.
  • “Garland”, Redhill, new licensees have moved in.
  • “Hatch”, Redhill, reopened in early October. Five mostly local ales are available, together with food at fairly reasonable prices.
  • “Garibaldi”, Redhill, official reopening day was 7th October, the pub is performing well and popular.
  • “Red Lion”, Redhill, was noted to be selling three Pilgrim beers when visited early in October.
  • “Plough & Furrow”, Smallfield, has been disposed of by the Time Well Spent Group. In new hands, the pub name has reverted to the “Plough”.
  • Dorking:- Local Young’s pubs will be stocking their beer shortly.
  • Felday Brewery:- The first beer has been brewed named Felday Legacy. We must not refer to the brewery building as a shed.
  • Pilgrim:- An IPA has been brewed, which will be available at Redhill BF. They have applied for a premise licence to be open six days a week.
  • Tillingbourne:- Summit (6.0%) has been brewed.
  • Titsey Brewing Company:- Are brewing in a ‘shed’ behind “Botley Hill Farmhouse”.
  • Outside of Area: Jolly Coopers in Epsom now has a brewery.
  • Outside of Area: Ballard’s Brewery in Nyewood, West Sussex, ceased brewing on 29th September, due to retirement. Attempts to sell the brewery as a going concern had failed and all the equipment is for sale.
  • Outside of Area: Kissingate Brewery are having an extension built, which will include a bar area.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – continue to be busy.
  • Ruby & Kind in Cranleigh – this grocers shop in the village sells an interesting range of bottled beers.

September 2017 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Old Surrey Hounds”, Caterham, has closed and then reopened as the “William Garland”, still owned by Greene King.
  • “Inn On The Green”, Ockley, has changed hands during the summer and stocks three local ales.
  • “Kings Head”, Holmbury St.Mary, has closed again for another refurbishment.
  • “Surrey Yeoman”, Dorking, planning permission has been granted for change of use to a restaurant.
  • “Chequers”, Horley, has been acquired by the Nine Group hotel chain, but there are plans to reopen the pub.
  • “Haycutter”, Broadham Green, reopening is planned for October and advertisements in local press mention seven cask ales available.
  • “Six Bells”, Newdigate, has new licensees.
  • “Fox & Hounds”, Tilburstow Hill (South Godstone), now has six handpumps in use.
  • “Blue At The George”, Old Oxted, now closed Mondays until December.
  • “Queens Head”, Nutfield, is closed again for further work inside the building.
  • “Garland”, Redhill, tenancy available.
  • The presentation of COTY to Kingswood Club took place on Wednesday 6th September and was well attended by branch members. The beers were in good condition.
  • Dorking:- The new brewery in Capel should be open by the end of October.
  • Felday Brewery:- The Felday Brewery has opened in a new small brewhouse in the car park of the Royal Oak at Holmbury St. Mary. The kit was delivered on Monday, 4th September, and the first brew was done on Wednesday, 6th September, by the brewer Dave Graham with the help of the organisation who supplied the kit. There are two 720 pint fermenters in the brewery, so it has a maximum capacity of 20 firkins.
  • Pilgrim:- The new owners have now taken over.
  • Surrey Hills:- Hammer Mild and Collusion No.9 have both been brewed and available in pubs.
  • Outside of Area: Dark Star Brewery will shortly be opening a pub in Hove. They continue to look for other sites.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – customers are now able to order on-line and they can do home deliveries. They continue to be busy and are building up towards a busy Christmas.
  • Four Hops in Reigate – the downstairs room will be open in the near future. Pensioners, as well as CAMRA members, get a discount.

August 2017 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Yew Tree”, Reigate, leasehold is available.
  • “Queens Head”, Nutfield, has been acquired by Greene King.
  • “Pilgrim”, Dorking, planning application has been submitted for change of use.
  • “Garibaldi”, Redhill, has reopened as a freehouse and had three mostly local cask ales available on opening night.
  • “Hatch”, Redhill, will reopen late September, as a gastropub.
  • “Three Horseshoes”, Sidlow Bridge, freehold is available for £975,000.
  • “Hare Bar & Grill”, Lingfield, has closed at some time during the past twelve months. It had been also renamed “La Frasca” Italian Restaurant prior to closure.
  • “William IV”, Albury Heath, for sale and may change hands soon.
  • “Four Hops”, Reigate, business is picking up.
  • Presentation of COTY to Kingswood Club will take place on Wednesday 6th September at 20.00, for presentation at or around 20.30.
  • Dorking:- There will be a Farewell open day at their old site in Dorking on Friday 15th September.
  • Godstone Brewery:- Are hosting a Micropub Beer Festival, Friday and Saturday, 8th & 9th September.
  • Pilgrim:- About to change owners, who are looking to produce consistent, quality beers and breathe some new life into the business. They hope to restart brewing fairly shortly.
  • Surrey Hills:- Shere Drop won a Bronze Award at the 2017 GBBF.
  • Outside of Area: Dark Star Brewery will be holding their Hop Fest at the brewery in Partridge Green, Saturday & Sunday, 30th September & 1st October.
  • Outside of Area: Kissingate Brewery are holding an Open Day at their brewery in Lower Beeding on Saturday 14th October.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – continues to perform well.

July 2017 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Three Compasses”, Alfold, tenancy is available.
  • “Scarlett Arms”, Walliswood, tenancy is available.
  • “Old House At Home”, Dormansland, has reopened after refurbishment.
  • “Garibaldi”, Redhill, sign outside says reopening soon. The pub is being refurbished and the cellar is being refitted, hopefully reopens in August.
  • “Hatch”, Redhill, pub should reopen in the near future under new ownership.
  • “Pendleton”, St.Johns (Redhill), has reopened as “Dexters Burgers At Pendleton”, with beers from Brew Dog available.
  • “Surrey Yeoman”, Dorking, planning application has been submitted for change of use to a restaurant. The branch will submit an objection.
  • “Airport Inn Hotel”, Povey Cross, Horley, is now selling Dark Star Hophead on hand pump.
  • “Wine Rack”, Tattenham Corner, has three key keg beers available, together with several bottled beers. Seating is available inside.
  • “Volunteer”, Sutton Abinger, reopened 23rd June, now run by the Marvellous Pub Company, but sadly still selling Badger beer.
  • “Surrey Oaks”, Newdigate, is performing well under new ownership and is now more customer focussed. The pub is now open all day, seven days a week.
  • “Black Horse”, Reigate, has been reopened by the White Brasserie Co, selling Pilgrim Surrey, Sharps Coaster & Doom Bar, and Taylors Landlord.
  • Presentation of COTY to Kingswood Club will take place on Wednesday 6th September at 20.00 for presentation at or around 20.30.
  • Antoine’s:- Has brewed a well-hopped 6.2% IPA named Hopshed.
  • Barrow Green Brewery:- Ceased brewing.
  • Dorking:- Currently preparing to move to their new site at Capel.
  • Godstone Brewery:- Have or are supplying beer to both Oxted and Ealing Beer Festivals. Their five barrel plant has been in use since May. Their latest beer is named Oishi.
  • Oxted Brewery:- Business as usual, they supplied several beers to Oxted Beer Festival.
  • Pilgrim:- Another Assistant Brewery has been employed, ex-Cottage Brewery.
  • Surrey Hills:- Hammer Mild will now be brewed in September. Collusion No.9 will be available towards the end of August.
  • Tillingbourne:- A new beer has been brewed named Whakahari. They have also brewed Surrey Sour, based on Falls Gold.
  • Titsey Brewing Company:- No further news.
  • Outside of Area: Hall & Woodhouse have closed both the “Queens Head” & “Rising Sun” in Horsham and put them up for sale.
  • Outside of Area: Dark Star Brewery has abandoned plans to proceed with the “General Store” in Crawley, due to ongoing difficulties with getting the council to agree a licence. They are still looking for a site in the town.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – continues to perform well and Oxted Beer Festival went very well. There was publicity for the event on BBC South East News.
  • Four Hops in Reigate – an article in the Surrey Mirror provided welcome publicity. Beers are available in thirds, halves & pints. Several bottled beers are available.

June 2017 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Surrey Oaks”, Newdigate, Change of ownership has taken place.
  • “White Hart”, Godstone, has been bought by Marstons.
  • “Coach House”, Chelsham, has changed its name back to the “Bull” and reopened after a six week refurbishment.
  • Presentation of COTY to Kingswood Club has still to be arranged.
  • Titsey Brewing Company:- A new start-up, one of their ales is on sale at “Botley Hill Farmhouse”, Titsey. More news awaited.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – no further news, but continues to perform well. There are still a few tickets left for Oxted Beer Festival.

May 2017 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Surrey Oaks”, Newdigate, confirmed that Spring Bank Holiday Beer Festival was still going ahead. Change of ownership was imminent.
  • “Haycutter”, Broadham Green, work to extend this currently closed pub started at the beginning of May.
  • “Queens Head”, Nutfield, has reopened.
  • “Barley Mow”, Tandridge, reopened on 20th May.
  • “Bertram B’s”, Westcott, has reopened.
  • “Garibaldi”, Redhill, is being refurbished and should reopen with a new licensee in a few weeks’ time.
  • “Surrey Yeoman”, Dorking, has not reopened as planned and is now available ‘To Let’.
  • “Limes”, Merstham, has had a two year reprieve.
  • Presentation of COTY to Kingswood Club has still to be arranged.
  • Godstone Brewers:- Still hosting open evenings at the brewery on Fridays 5-8.
  • Outside of Area: Cottage Brewery and RCH Brewery have both ceased brewing.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – continues to perform well. They will be running the bars at the Oxted Beer Festival in July, in addition to selecting the beers.
  • “Four Hops” in West Street, Reigate opened on Saturday 20th May, one week later than planned. Opening hours are 12-8 Tues-Thurs, 12-9 Friday, 10-9 Saturday and 12-4 Sunday.

April 2017 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Black Horse”, Reigate, has been sold by the Time Well Spent Group and is currently closed.
  • “Garibaldi”, Redhill, closed and boarded up.
  • “Volunteer”, Sutton Abinger, is currently closed.
  • “Radius Arms”, Whyteleafe, are holding a Beer Festival 5 to 7 May, celebrating 2nd Anniversary of opening, 10 beers available each day.
  • “Cricketers”, Dorking, held a beer festival, 29 April to 1 May.
  • Presentation for Club of the Year to Kingswood Club, still to be arranged.
  • Godstone Brewers:- Have bought a secondhand five barrel plant.
  • Dorking Brewery:- The brewery are holding an Open Day on Saturday 13th May. Finance is now in place for the construction of their new brewery site in Capel, which will be a 30 barrel plant.
  • Oxted Brewery:- Held their first tasting session of the year at the “Crown”, Old Oxted on Thursday 30th March.
  • Surrey Hills Brewery:- Gilt Complex has been brewed.
  • Building work has started at the “Royal Oak”, Holmbury St.Mary for the new brewery to be located there.
  • Outside of Area: Westerham Brewery:- Have now started brewing at their new site.
  • Outside of Area: Isfield Brewery:- Have ceased brewing.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – continues to perform well. Tickets for the evening sessions at Oxted Beer Festival have almost sold out.
  • “Four Hops” in Reigate will be opening on Saturday 13th May.

March 2017 Pubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Hatch”, Redhill, is now available to let, by the new owner.
  • “Jolly Farmer”, Horne, has reopened.
  • “Plough & Furrow”, Smallfield, is for sale.
  • “Queens Head”, Dorking, tenancy will be available shortly.
  • “Volunteer”, Sutton Abinger, tenancy is available.
  • “Surrey Yeoman”, Dorking, currently closed and being refurbished, planned to reopen 19th April. It seems to have been sold by Greene King.
  • “Cobbetts”, Dorking, is currently being refurbished and the casks are to be moved downstairs.
  • “Bertram B’s”, Westcott (formerly the “Crown”) has closed.
  • “Surrey Oaks”, Newdigate, confirmed that Spring Bank Holiday Beer Festival will be going ahead.
  • “Garland”, Redhill, beer festival on 1 & 2 July, will include some milds from the Midlands, plus some ciders.
  • Godstone Brewers:- Had two beers available at the Winter Ales Festival in Norwich. They are now supplying the “Royal Oak” (Grumpy Mole) in Staffhurst Wood and the “Crown” in Old Oxted.
  • Dorking Brewery:- The brewery held an Open Day recently. Two new beers are Pacific Gold (3.8%) and Lunar White (4.7%). They are hoping to open the brewery on Saturdays from May. Some more beers are being kegged as well as canned.
  • Surrey Hills Brewery:- Some new delivery vehicles have been acquired. Hammer Mild is to be brewed in August.
  • Tillingbourne:- A new beer to be brewed in April is Surrey Sour. Most of it will be bottled, but a small amount will be available in casks. AONB and Source are to be distributed unfined in the future.
  • Outside of Area: Dark Star:- Are planning to open a real ale off licence in the High Street in Crawley. It will be called the “General Store” and tasting sessions will be possible to groups.
  • Outside of Area: Hall & Woodhouse:- The final brew of King & Barnes Sussex Bitter has taken place. The strength of a couple of their beers is being reduced.
  • Outside of Area: A nano-brewery may be set up in Kirdford (West Sussex), if planning permission is granted. The Brolly Brewing Company will initially brew small amounts for supply to local pubs and farmers markets. They hope that within eighteen months, they will be able to increase production and expand to a microbrewery.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – Continued to be busy providing an eclectic selection of beers from far and wide. They have revamped their website and are now able to take orders on line to supply customers with the ‘finished product’.

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.


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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