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Bank holiday things to do

VIEW GALLERY1 Bank Holiday Things To Do

If you’re spending the weekend with friends and family, what better way to relax than enjoying some of the area’s top beer gardens2?

Here’s a selection of some of the best around Surrey and north-east Hampshire – email [email protected]3 with your suggestions.

The Abinger Hatch4
Abinger Lane, Abinger Common, nr. Dorking RH5 6HZ Tel: 01306 730 737

The Abinger Hatch not only has oodles of outdoor seating, but also boasts an outside bar and kitchen, with wood-burning oven and barbecue. Saturday is also Croquet day at the 17th century coaching inn, for those who want to have a go on the pub’s groomed lower lawn.

It also has a boules pitch.

The Anglers5
Thames Riverside, Manor Road, Walton, KT12 2PF. Tel: 01932 223996

A gastro pub with a view. This riverside establishment has deckchairs for the summer months, for guests to enjoy it’s Thames-side location.

The Anglers dates back to 1864, and remains a mainstay for locals who are attracted by both its location, menu and drinks.

The Anchor6
Pyrford Lock, Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QW Tel: 01932 342507

The long pub garden stretches along the waterway at Pyford Lock.

A picture perfect setting for a spring day. Inside the pub features old furniture, blackboards and books, flagstones and fires.

White Hart7
White Hart Lane, Wood Street Village, Guildford, GU3 3DZ Tel: 01483 235939

Although the original buildings date back further, to the 15th century, The White Hart is known to have been a pub for at least 150 years. The pub has a peaceful beer garden, which is enjoyed by villagers but it is the quality of the food that has established its reputation.

Bank Holiday Things To Do The White Hart, Wood Street Village, Guildford

The Black Swan8
Old Lane, Ockham, KT11 1NG Tel: 01932 862364

If you’re looking for the opportunity for some al fresco dining, then The Black Swan is a good bet.

It has a large green outdoor area as well as seating on decking ideal for a drink in the sunshine.

The Stag on the River9
Lower Eashing Lane, Eashing, GU7 2QG Tel: 01483 421 568

This charming historic inn has long been a resting point for weary travellers and hunters and we aim to continue this welcoming, relaxing atmosphere with the help of a professional and friendly team and decor that truly compliments our beautiful riverside setting.

Bank Holiday Things To Do Stag on the River, Godalming

The Anchor & Horseshoes10
194 London Road, Guildford, GU1 1XR Tel: 01483 504677

The community-focused pub in Burpham, is a good spot. The ‘wet-led pup’ serves pull pump ales including Bombardier, Doom Bar, London Pride and Shere Drop.

The Bull’s Head11
The Street, Ewhurst, GU6 7QD Tel: 01483 277447

The pub garden at The Bull’s Head is a well maintained garden, which overlooks the green. There is also separate children’s activity play area

The Bailiwick12
Wick Rd, Englefield Green, Windsor, TW20 0HN Tel: 01784 477877

Situated on the edge of Windsor Great Park, The Bailiwick serves good honest pints and fresh food.

For those wanting to stretch their legs a bit further than the bar, a circular walk from the pub around the park has been designed and can be downloaded.

The Donkey13
Charles Hill, Tilford, GU10 2UA Tel: 01252 702124

The only pub on our list that offers punters the chance of petting a donkey while enjoying the tipple of your choice. Pip and Dusty have been living in the garden of the Donkey Inn since year 2000 and now have their own paddock and a purpose built stable.

The Cricketers14
Horsell Birch, Woking, GU21 4XB Tel: 01483 762363

The family friendly pub boasts outside bar huts, selling chilled bottle beers and wine. You can also order snacks and food from there for outside dining, and weather permitting the bar will be open this weekend.

It’s family friendly too, with a kids menu and play area in the rear garden.

Deputy manager Lucie Lomberska said: “We have about 80 table outside and are family friendly with a playground that the children can enjoy while their parents are watching.”

Bank Holiday Things To Do The traditional pub is located in Horsell Birch

The Cricketers15
The Green, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8QB Tel: 01252 842166

Situated on the edge of the oldest, continually played on cricket pitch in the world, The Cricketers has a prime location. Apparently visited by Johnny Depp and Prince Harry. Well if it’s good enough for them…

Frog and Wicket16
The Green, Eversley Cross, Hook, RG27 0NS Tel: 0118 973 1126

The Frog and Wicket, is just over the boundary rope from the oldest cricket pitch in England.

The traditional village pub in Eversley Cross, offers an cask ales and food plus the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon s cricket.

Bank Holiday Things To Do The Frog and Wicket pub in Eversley Cross.

Hand & Spear17
Old Heath Road, Weybridge, KT13 8TX Tel: 01932 828063

Following a recent refurbishment, the Hand & Spear has taken on a stylish new look and a new layout, with a large outdoor area at the back of the pub. As well as loads of seating there’s an outdoor bar, and a conservatory, just in case the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Hampshire Arms18
Crondall, Farnham, GU10 5QU Tel: 01252 850418

The Hampshire Arms in the picturesque village of Crondall is home to a large garden which will surely lure in the crowds on sunny summer days.

Heron on the Lake19
14 Old Cove Rd, Fleet GU51 2RY Tel: 01252 812522

A waterside retreat for people wanting a drink with a view. Visitors will be surrounded by lit oil-drum fires, yacht paint pots and antique tools.

Heron on the Lake pub, Fleet

The Half Moon20
Church Road, Windlesham GU20 6BN Tel: 01276 473 329

A well manicured patio terrace and children’s playground are two popular feature of the Half Moon.

The pub also serves Fuller s, London Pride from the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick as well as extensive cask beers, T.E.A. (Traditional English Ale) from the Hoggs Back Brewery in Tongham, Surrey and Doom Bar from Sharps Brewery in Cornwall and other independent family brewers such as Theakstons, along with cask scrumpy cider, Old Rosie.

The Magpie21
64 Thames Street, Sunbury, TW16 6AF Tel: 01932 782024

During the summer months The Magpie is an excellent spot to spend an afternoon in the sunshine. The garden terrace is so close to the river you can moor your boat up.

The Mill22
Farnham Road, Elstead, GU8 6LE Tel: 01252 703333

The original mill burned down in 1647 the same year it had been occupied by Oliver Cromwell s roundheads. The new mill was built a year later and still stands today.

A place of real history, the Mill was used as a hospital during World War II.

Visit the mezzanine level and you can see for yourself the graffiti scribblings left by recovering soldiers.

The Old Wheatsheaf23
205 Frimley Green Rd, Frimley, GU16 6LA Tel: 01252 835074

The Aldershot News & Mail’s pub of the year winner The Old Wheatsheaf, boasts an outdoor patio for drinkers and diners to spend a sunny afternoon on.

The Greene King partnered pub serves six draught ales, three of which are on rotation, and four draught ciders including the latest from the nearby Hogs Back brewery Hazy Hog.

The Refectory24
Portsmouth Road, Milford, Godalming, GU8 5HJ Tel: 01483 413820

The Refectory was originally a cattle barn belonging to Milford House, and features open fires and ancient wooden beams. But outside the extensive grounds and terrace garden are great for enjoying the sunshine.

The Stoke25
103 Stoke Rd, Guildford, GU1 4JN Tel: 01483 504296

The popular pub serves up stone baked pizzas, regular dance classes. live music and quiz, comedy and poker night.

Blessed with a sizeable pub garden on the side, it’s great for a cheeky pint.

Bank Holiday Things To Do The Stoke, Guildford

The Swan Hotel26
The Hythe, Staines, TW18 3JB Tel: 01784 452494

Situated on the banks of the River Thames, The Swan is the ideal spot for some bank holiday leisure time with a number of outdoor tables on the water’s edge.

The Tally Ho27
The Tally Ho, Fleet Hill, Eversley, RG27 0RR Tel: 01189 732 134

This characterful pub is a fully fledged freehouse, and we have four different cask ales on tap at any one time. The children’s playground area, complete with it’s own tractor, will keep the kids entertained too.

The Thames Court28
Towpath, Shepperton, TW17 9LJ Tel: 01932 221957

Overlooking the Thames, the pub is a former ambassador’s residence. The pub gardens face onto the river and so make a perfect spot to while away the afternoon, or a great stop off for passing walkers.

The Three Lions29
Meadrow, Farncombe, GU7 3HR Tel: 01483 417605

Records show that there has been an ale house on this site for over 300 years.

The pub used to be known as ‘Worlds End’.

The Waterwitch30
Colt Hill, Odiham, Hook, RG29 1AL Tel: 01256 702778

Another waterside venue, The Waterwitch backs on to the picturesque Basingstoke Canal.

Perfect for those who want to take a trundle there to work up and appetite.


  1. ^ Pub gardens perfect for sunny weather (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  2. ^ beer gardens (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  3. ^ [email protected] (trinitymirror.com)
  4. ^ The Abinger Hatch (theabingerhatch.com)
  5. ^ The Anglers (www.anglerswalton.com)
  6. ^ The Anchor (anchorpyrford.co.uk)
  7. ^ White Hart (www.thewhitehartpub.com)
  8. ^ The Black Swan (www.blackswanockham.com)
  9. ^ The Stag on the River (www.stagontherivereashing.co.uk)
  10. ^ The Anchor & Horseshoes (www.johnbarras.com)
  11. ^ The Bull’s Head (www.thebullsheadhotel.com)
  12. ^ The Bailiwick (www.homecountiespubs.co.uk)
  13. ^ The Donkey (www.donkeytilford.co.uk)
  14. ^ The Cricketers (www.baronspubs.com)
  15. ^ The Cricketers (thecricketers-hartleywintney.co.uk)
  16. ^ Frog and Wicket (www.thefrogandwicket.co.uk)
  17. ^ Hand & Spear (www.handandspear.co.uk)
  18. ^ Hampshire Arms (www.thehampshirearmscrondall.co.uk)
  19. ^ Heron on the Lake (mcmullens.co.uk)
  20. ^ The Half Moon (thehalfmoonwindlesham.com)
  21. ^ The Magpie (www.metropolitanpubcompany.com)
  22. ^ The Mill (www.millelstead.co.uk)
  23. ^ The Old Wheatsheaf (www.theoldwheatsheaf.co.uk)
  24. ^ The Refectory (www.brunningandprice.co.uk)
  25. ^ The Stoke (www.thestoke.co.uk)
  26. ^ The Swan Hotel (swanstaines.co.uk)
  27. ^ The Tally Ho (www.homecountiespubs.co.uk)
  28. ^ The Thames Court (www.vintageinn.co.uk)
  29. ^ The Three Lions (www.thethreelionsfarncombe.co.uk)
  30. ^ The Waterwitch (www.chefandbrewer.com)

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