The Bat & Ball Freehouse
“A mid-Victorian free house well worth seeking out” - AA Inspector
Down a long cul-de-sac and tricky to locate, you'll be pleased you persevered. A real community pub with terracotta floors, oak beams, a warming fire and cricketing memorabilia. The garden has a patio with picnic tables, a vine-topped pergola and a children’s fort. Six frequently-changing real ales come from regional microbreweries, and ciders include local Hazy Hog. The menu is seasonal and local, with modern classics like espresso porter braised oxtail sitting alongside pub favourites such as the popular chicken and ham pie. A huge choice of ales and ciders is laid on during the beer, cider and music festival during the second weekend in June.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
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About the area
Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.
Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie.
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