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The Wagon & Horses is a community local tucked away down Simplemarsh Road and often overlooked. Worth popping in, as guest ale varies, and recently has included Portobello Star and Wickwar Falling Star amongst others. Food available Wednesday to Sunday.
The Thyme at the Tavern has again won Pub of the Year in 2017. A family run, dog-friendly free house. Alongside the regular cask beer, up to five guests, mostly sourced locally including Thames Side, Thurstons and Windsor & Eton. Regular beer festivals are held, usually on a Locale or regional theme. Extensive food menu available, excluding Sunday, Monday and Friday evenings. Regular Friday live music nights and comfortable marquee smoking refuge. The pub is heavily involved in fundraising for local good causes.
The Crown in the High Street next to Strodes College often has several ales on. On a recent visit these included Dorking Pilcrow and Pacific Gold, Hogsback TEA, St.Austell Tribute, Greene King Abbott and ubiquitous Doom Bar. Don’t forget, all ales are £2.75 on Mondays.
The historic Barley Mow overlooking Englefield Green is now food led as part of the White’s Brasserie gastro pub chain. The good news is a proper bar has been retained, and there are several real ales, which recently included Dorking DB One, Hogs Back Tea, Tim Taylor Landlord, Sharp’s Atlantic, and ubiquious Doom Bar. Patio at front and garden at rear, which is accessible via a side passage, as is the disabled toilet.
Great news is that having closed for several months, the Monkey’s Forehead on Egham Hill has been subject of a major refurbishment, reverted to the name it started with in 1855 the Packhorse and re-opened. It seves breakfast daily, which recently included when showing the All Blacks v British & Irish Lions games.
NEW (Oct’17) Thames Side have opened the Thames Side Brewery Tap at Caffe Gusto in Staines. It is open Thursday to Saturday evenings after 5pm, though cafe itself opens throughout the day. This our first micropub, and unusually for this kind of establishment, food, wine decent coffee and soft drinks also feature. Further details are on link to WhatPub above. Andy deserves our support in this venture, so let’s pop down and try it out.
The Beehive is a welcoming 19th century traditional two bar local tucked away off Laleham Road. Public bar has a pool table and darts, whilst Saloon Bar is wood panelled. In keeping with the historical theme the toilets are on an outside passage, but modern and warm. The regularly rotated guest beer is drawn mainly from local micros including award winning Thames Side ales. No food menu, but pickled eggs available.
The new management team at the Hare & Hounds in Vicarage Road are going to start having a non-Fuller’s guest ale on the bar from 12th May, be interesting to see what it is. They have also made some changes to food times and their event nights which have been updated on WhatPub.
And just down the road (5 stops on 235 bus) London Irish Rugby Club in Hazelwood Avenue are trialing Thames Side Heron Bitter. Having noticed this on Facebook, I popped in to try it on Saturday and it had just sold out, which was bad news for me, but good news for Thames Side brewer Andy Hayward. Hopefully his beers will become a regular fixture like the rugby.
Pub Clips updated: Jun’17
To many members, this is all a bit of a mystery. However, our list of pubs in the Good Beer Guide is based on it, so all contributions valuable. How does it work? Just go to WhatPub (click on logo above) and if you want to score beers, login using your CAMRA membership number and password. Beer scoring is on right hand side, just follow the drop down menus. Any problems, give us a shout. Talking of local pubs …..
Membership gives access to special offers and discounts at local pubs and clubs. For instance, you can use your Wetherspoons Vouchers at the George in Staines, and the newly refurbished Kings Fairway in Ashford runs various promotions from time to time. Members can also access the United Services Club, Egham (our Club of the Year) and the Hare Hill Social Club, and the RAOB Club Addlestone on production of their CAMRA cards. In some a nominal fee is payable. Oh, and don’t forget to squeeze in a visit to our Pub of the Year! Our CAMRA members are our eyes and ears, so if you have any information on local Pubs, Clubs and beers on offer, please let Spike know.