The George Evelyn
“Suburban local with child-friendly garden” - AA Inspector
LONG DITTON, SURREY
Formerly The Ditton, this renamed community local close to Hampton Court makes the most of its large south-facing beer garden, whether it’s for children’s entertainment or summer barbecues. Beers from local breweries like Surrey Hills, Hogs Back and Big Smoke Brew dominate the handpumps at the bar and there’s a good choice of wines by the glass. A typical menu offers chilli and garlic king prawns, perhaps followed by a classic beef burger or creamy chicken pesto penne and vegetables. Make sure you leave a space for the sticky toffee pudding and warm toffee sauce or chocolate brownie. Live music backs a popular June beer and cider festival.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
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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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