Foxhills is a welcome retreat, set on a 400-acre Surrey estate just 25 minutes from Waterloo and…
Less than a mile from Woking, this smart village pub is very much at the heart of the community, but it attracts diners from all over Surrey. The beautiful garden is a major draw in the summer, but real fires and sumptuous sofas and armchairs make it a cosy place in winter. A heated barn can be hired. Enjoy one of the 14 wines served by the glass or a pint of well-kept real ale before heading to the restaurant. Crispy fried sesame king prawns, wasabi and lime mayonnaise might be followed by pork belly, creamy mash, spiced plums, buttered kale and red wine jus.
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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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