The King's Arms & Royal is centrally located in the town of Godalming. This historic…
Located on the banks of the River Wey, this comfortable, well-appointed village inn takes full advantage, with a large garden and separate patio. Fixtures on hand pump in the bar are Hogs Back TEA (Traditional English Ale) and their own Red Mist Ale, other local beers rotate. A seasonal menu might begin with home-made black pudding and pork Scotch egg; or a charcuterie sharing plate. Main courses include chicken and chorizo pie with sweet potato mash; or braised beef shin in red wine sauce. For dessert try apple and toffee strudel with locally-made ice cream.
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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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