The Parrot Inn
“Watch the cricket from the front garden” - AA Inspector
FOREST GREEN, SURREY
Down in the Surrey Hills, overlooking the village green and cricket ground, stands this tile-hung village pub, with low-beamed ceilings, flagstone floors and huge brass fireplace. The bar, home to at least five real ales, some local, some regional, and more than 20 wines by the glass, leads to a sheltered, paved terrace. A tasty starter of parsnip and apple ginger soup could satisfyingly precede Sicilian fish stew of red mullet, king prawns and mussels; a seven-ounce fillet steak with Portobello mushrooms and peppercorn sauce; or, say, Massaman aubergine, potato and okra curry. Finally, it shouldn't be too hard to resist dark Belgian chocolate torte, hazelnut brittle and sour cherry sorbet.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Main course from: £10.95
- 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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