December 2018 Pubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Radius Arms”, Whyteleafe, the Loud Shirt & Kilt Day held on Sunday 2nd December was successful and a suitably-clad branch member braved the elements to attend.
  • “Lagham”, South Godstone closed, but reopened after a couple of weeks as “Spice Yard” Chinese & Indian Restaurant.
  • “Parrot”, Forest Green, has reopened. Three regular beers plus up to four guests available.
  • “Kings Head”, Holmbury St.Mary, may have reopened by now.
  • “Royal Oak”, Holmbury St.Mary is no longer part of the Time Well Spent chain.
  • “William IV”, Little London (Albury Heath) has reopened.
  • “Stephan Langton”, Friday Street, lease for sale.
  • Godstone Brewery:- Hosted an event at the “White Hart” in Godstone recently. “Horse & Carter” has been brewed.
  • Leith Hill Brewery:- Are rebrewing Beautiful South and their bitter is now available in bottle-conditioned form.
  • Oxted Brewery:- Have produced three single-hopped beers in bottled form.
  • Pilgrim:- Bottles of Saracen 1065 are available. At the brewery, the Tap Room will be open until 10.30pm each night up to and including Christmas Eve.
    They are expecting to produce more beers next year. They are also sponsoring the Ride Reigate Cycling Event next year.
    They have also been attending Christmas Fairs.
  • Surrey Hills:- Gilt Trip is running out, but Collusion has been rebrewed. A presentation needs to be arranged for various awards from Beer Festivals.
  • Titsey Brewing Company:- Managed to raise £25,000 through their crowd-funding campaign towards their equipment required for the new brewing site.
  • Outside of area: Rockin’ Robin Brewery have acquired a pub from Shepherd Neame, the “Duke of Edinburgh” at Barming, just outside Maidstone.
  • News from Hop Stop, they have been given the go-ahead for their pub in Reigate. They now have the keys to the premises and work will start in the New Year.
    They continue to be very busy attending fairs and will do so up until Christmas. The shop has been opening longer hours during the day, also open on Sundays.
    Some rather interesting Christmas bottled beers are available, including some rather strong ones among them, some from European countries.

November 2018 Pubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Bull Inn”, Limpsfield, reopened on 1st November. Initially two beers are sold, Surrey Hills Shere Drop and Westerham British Bulldog.
  • “Wheatsheaf”, Old Oxted, lease for sale.
  • “Radius Arms”, Whyteleafe, will be hosting a Loud Shirt & Kilt Day on Sunday 2nd December. Anybody turning up wearing either one or both of these garments, might get a free beer.
  • “Lagham”, South Godstone closed, but reopened after a couple of weeks.
  • “New Griffin”, Merstham, proposed new pub to replace the “Limes”. They are seeking people who might be prepared to buy shares in the new venture.
  • “Parrot”, Forest Green, should be reopening in early December.
  • “Kings Head”, Holmbury St.Mary, has been closed for a while and is being refurbished.
  • Faultline Brewing:- Have brewed a Coconut Porter.
  • Felday Brewery:- Are brewing a Christmas Ale.
  • Surrey Hills:- Gilt Trip was Beer Of The Festival at the 2018 Redhill BF.
  • Tillingbourne:- Have been presented with a certificate for Hop Troll (Champion Beer Of Britain Regional).
  • Outside of area: It is reported that Harvey’s Brewery are considering reviving the Ale Trail.
  • From Hop Stop, hopefully good news is imminent with regard to their pub in Reigate. They have been very busy attending fairs and will continue to do so up until Christmas.

October 2018 Pubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Limes”, Merstham, a planning application has been submitted for the construction of a new pub on the site of the “Limes”.
  • “Six Bells”, Newdigate, has been sold and will become a Grumpy Mole.
  • The long-closed pub, the “Villagers” at Blackheath, has now been sold.
  • “Little Park Hatch”, Cranleigh, freehold available for £995,000.
  • “Peacock Lodge”, Newchapel, was closed by Greene King in July 2018 and site has now been sold for redevelopment.
  • “Abbot”, Redhill, planning application has been submitted for this closed pub to be extended and/or possible change of use.
  • “Parrot”, Forest Green, pub is currently closed and has been sold to Brunning & Price.
  • Approval has been given for a Wetherspoons pub to open in Dorking.
  • Antoine’s:- Has recently brewed a couple of one-off key-keg beers, one of which was for “Cobbetts” in Dorking.
  • Dorking:- Are brewing a Winter Ruby Ale.
  • Faultline Brewing:- Have put one of their beers in a cask.
  • Felday Brewery:- Hope to be brewing an anniversary beer.
  • Godstone Brewery:- Nothing to report.
  • Leith Hill Brewery:-There has been a change of head brewer.
  • Oxted Brewery:- Nothing to report.
  • Pilgrim:- Saracen 1065 has been brewed and it will be available at Redhill BF.
  • Surrey Hills:- Gilt Trip has been brewed.
  • Tillingbourne:- Have supplied beers to Ascot BF.
  • Titsey Brewing Company:- Are crowdfunding for their extension.
  • Outside of area: Besten’s Brewery are brewing keg and canned beers at their site in Lower Beeding (West Sussex), which is adjacent to Kissingate Brewery.
  • All being well, there will shortly be good news from Hop Stop with regard to their pub in Reigate.
    In Oxted, they will be setting up a Pop-up Pub at their premises in Station Approach on
    Friday & Saturday, 19th & 20th October, a selection of beers will be available for on-sales.
    They hope to be able to stay open a bit later each day (contact shop for details or check website).
  • A photograph of Hop Stop in Oxted is required for Whatpub. (ACTION: Anyone with a camera!)

September 2018 Pubs and Breweries News

  • “William IV”, Bletchingley has closed, a photo in the Surrey Mirror shows it boarded up and most of the signage removed.
  • “Limes”, Merstham, has a temporary reprieve and will now be closing on 14th October.
  • “Railway Inn”, Merstham is to be converted to residential use.
  • “Prince of Wales”, Dorking, is currently closed.
  • “William IV”, Albury Heath, has reopened after refurbishment.
  • “White Lion”, Redhill, closed on 12th September and has been sold by Greene King. All stock and furniture had been removed by 14th September. Licensees are now at the “Garland”, Redhill.
  • “Six Bells”, Newdigate, for sale freehold.
  • “Bell Inn”, Outwood, new tenants are sought.
  • “Blacksmiths Arms”, Caterham, has reopened.
  • The former pub, the “Cricketers” at Westcott, is now closed and boarded up.
  • Godstone Brewery:- Oktoberryfest will be taking place at Flower Farm, Godstone, a ticket only event, 5 to 7 October. For details see
  • Pilgrim:- Redstone has been brewed and is available in various local outlets.

August 2018 Pubs, Clubs and Breweries News

  • “White Hart”, Godstone (Marstons) is stocking a guest ale from Godstone Brewers.
  • “Lakeside View”, Henfold Lakes, Beare Green, is a new pub and has two handpumps.
  • “George”, Old Oxted, has reopened as a free house, four ales are available.
  • “William IV”, Bletchingley has closed, but there is the possibility of a community buyout.
  • “Limes”, Merstham, will be closing on 16th September. There is the possibility of a smaller pub being constructed on the site.
  • “Crown”, Westcott, planning application for change of use has been submitted to Mole Valley DC.
  • The presentation Kingswood Village Club took place on Monday 30th July.
  • Antoine’s:- An American style porter is being brewed.
  • Dorking:- Washington Gold (3.8%) has been brewed.
  • Felday Brewery:- A hoppy IPA was recently produced, at 5.8%.
  • Godstone Brewery:- The Godstone Berry Festival at Flower Farm, Godstone attracted over 3000 people. The Friday evening events are performing well.
  • Oxted Brewery:- Nothing to report.
  • Pilgrim:- Pilgrim Craft Lager (4.7%) has been brewed. In October Saracen 1065 Stout (6.7%) will be available. Redstone will also be brewed.
  • Surrey Hills:- Collusion No.11 has been brewed.
  • Titsey Brewing Company:- Their beers are available in the “Crown” in Old Oxted. They should be moving to a new five barrel site in September.

July 2018 Pubs, Clubs and Breweries News

  • “Scarlett Arms”, Walliswood, tenancy advertised on McCoys website.
  • Brockham Club has reopened as a pub named the “Village Bar”. Fullers London Pride and Surrey Hills Shere Drop are available.
  • “Dukes Head”, Beare Green is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • “Garland”, Redhill under new management with a temporary team in place.
  • Time Well Spent are downsizing and have disposed of the “Punchbowl Inn” at Okewood Hill, “Well House Inn” at Mugswell and “Royal Oak” at Brockham.
  • “George”, Old Oxted, should be reopening as a free house very shortly.
  • The presentation date for Kingswood Club is Monday 30th July.
  • Meadowbank, Dorking Football Club, bar has reopened, no real ale.
  • Dorking:- The Tap Room at the brewery is open every Saturday 10-5.
  • Felday Brewery:- A hoppy IPA was recently produced, at 5.8%.
  • Godstone Brewery:- Several of their beers will be available at the Godstone Berry Festival, 27 to 29 July, at Flower Farm, Godstone.
  • Oxted Brewery:- A dark bitter, Double Dave (4.1%) has been brewed.
  • Pilgrim:- Pilgrim Lager is being brewed.
  • Outside of area: Hildenborough Brewery are brewing in a garage at a house in this Kent village. Initially bottled beers only, of which there are three different.
    At present, they will deliver as required to anyone who wishes to purchase their products.
  • Work continues in Edenbridge on the micropub and microbrewery in the former florists shop, at 91 High Street.
    It will be named the “Secret Cask” when it opens.

June 2018 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Blacksmiths Arms”, Caterham, a licence application has been submitted by a company wishing to reopen the pub.
  • “Volunteer”, Sutton Abinger, tenacy advertised on McCoys website.
  • “Radius Arms”, Whyteleafe, is planning to hold 14 Beer Fridays (10 x cask, 4 x key-keg).
  • Brockham Club should be reopening end of June as a pub. Opening hours are planned to be 5-11 Mon,Tues, Thurs & Fri, 12-11 Sat & Sun.
  • Dorking:- Hosted a successful Open Day on 9th June. They are planning to brew Black Noise this month.
  • Felday Brewery:- Have brewed another beer.
  • Surrey Hills:- Are looking into the possibility of another collaboration brew.
  • Tillingbourne:- Have received some large orders to supply beer to sporting events.
  • Hop Stop have been successful in securing a licence to open a pub in Reigate. More news awaited!

May 2018 Pubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Bull”, Limpsfield. The community buy-out has been successful, the pub will be closed for a few months for refurbishment.
  • “Eagles Nest”, Redhill, has been closed for a while and is unlikely to reopen as a pub.
  • Godstone Brewery:- Have produced Redgate which is available in the “Hatch”, Redhill.
  • Pilgrim:- The brewery is supplying Surrey County Cricket Club with Surrey and also Hobbs Bitter (4.0%). They are available in bottles and also in casks in bars around the ground.
    Squire’s Garden Centre, between Reigate and Betchworth, are selling Pilgrim bottled beers.
    They are also brewing some beers using old Mellersh & Neale Brewery recipes and putting it in wooden casks, to be aged in Reigate caves, before being bottled.
  • Surrey Hills:- Shere Drop was voted Joint 3rd for Beer of the Festival at the recent Kingston Beer Festival.
  • Hop Stop are still waiting to hear if they’ve been successful, regarding their licence application, for a pub in Reigate.

April 2018 Pubs, Clubs and Breweries News

  • “Bull”, Limpsfield, has been subject to a community buy-out.
  • “Queens Head”, Dorking, has reopened.
  • “Kings Head”, Horley, has reopened.
  • “Hopstop” in Oxted, are hoping to open a pub in Reigate. A licensing application has been submitted, the decision is still awaited.
  • Brockham Village Club has closed.
  • Faultline Brewing:- Antoine has started a new brewery, Faultline Brewing Co. Don’t Frack (key keg) has been delivered to Cobbetts.
  • Dorking:- Are holding an open day on Saturday 9th June. Admission is by ticket only and available on line.
  • Pilgrim:- The pub trail that the brewery organised was successful. They are planning to bottle some of their beers.
  • Outside of area: In Lower Beeding (West Sussex), a new brewery is being set up on the same industrial estate as Kissingate.
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – the Oxted Beer & Music Festival is definitely going ahead, Friday to Sunday, 20th to 22nd July. Tickets are available, although some sessions have sold out. The beer list is being put together for the event. Some cask beer and bottled beers from Chapeau Brewery in Horsham have been available recently.

March 2018 Pubs and Breweries News

  • “Bertram Bee’s”, Westcott, has reopened as the “Crown”.
  • “Whyte Harte”, Bletchingley, has new managers.
  • “William IV”, Bletchingley, may be changing licensees shortly.
  • “Griffin Inn”, Crowhurst, name will be changing back to the “Brickmakers Arms”.
  • “Kings Head”, Horley, currently closed for refurbishment by Stonegate Inns.
  • “Tavern”, Horley, currently selling two Dorking Brewery beers.
  • “Admiral”, Reigate, has reopened after refurbishment, with new licensees.
  • Pilgrim:- The brewery have organised a pub trail to locations stocking their beers.
  • Surrey Hills:- Collusion X has been brewed.
  • Outside of Area: Dark Star Brewery has been acquired by Fullers.
  • Outside of Area: A licence application has been submitted for a microbrewery in Edenbridge (Kent). The premises were previously a florists shop.

February 2018 Pubs, Clubs, Breweries and Off Licence News

  • “Blacksmiths Arms”, Caterham, closed on 21st January.
  • “Inn On The Pond”, Nutfield Marsh, new tenants are sought.
  • “White Horse”, Dorking, has reopened, owned by Bespoke Hotels.
  • “Bulls Head”, Dorking, new tenants are sought.
  • “Barley Mow”, South Park, Pub may have closed? Future is uncertain.
  • “Castle”, Outwood, was briefly closed for refurbishment, but has reopened.
  • “Lagham”, South Godstone, change of licensee took place last August.
  • “Blue At The George”, Old Oxted, closed on 27th January. Hall & Woodhouse do not intend to renew the lease.
  • “Railway Arms”, Merstham has been closed and licence is being reviewed.
  • “Feathers”, Merstham, was closed for refurbishment, but has reopened.
  • “Bertram Bee’s”, Westcott, has closed.
  • Brockham Village Club is about to close.
  • Dorking:- Brewing has commenced at the new site and the bottling line has arrived.
  • Godstone Brewery:- Fresh Beer Fridays continue every Friday with two beers available each night in the tea rooms. The next larger event in the Tythe Barn, where more beers will be available, will be on Friday 2nd March.
  • Oxted Brewery:- Two specials have been brewed one as yet unnamed dark ale and ‘Double Dave’ a traditional Fuggles based bitter. Two casks of the latter, are about to go to the Warlingham Rugby Club. With 98 brews completed there is the possibility of a double IPA for the 100th.
  • Pilgrim:- All work in the brewery and taproom is complete, the first brew in the newly arranged brewery was an APA (4.5% with American hops) on February 6th. The new owners wish to thank everyone for the support and feedback since they took over from Dave Roberts.
  • Surrey Hills:- Collusion X is being brewed in conjunction with Cobbetts.
  • Titsey Brewing Company:- Have been visited by AWRS officials so hoping for license quite soon, although they are still able to sell to their two related pubs – the Botley Hill Farmhouse and the White Bear, Fickleshole.
  • Outside of Area: Someone is planning to open a micropub with microbrewery in Edenbridge (Kent).
  • Hop Stop in Oxted – continues to perform well.

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.


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