Situated in a leafy part of West Wimbledon, Thalia makes an ideal launchpad for London…
“Stylish pub with excellent real ales and good food”
This imposing corner-plot pub stands close to the heart of Carshalton village. The enclosed walled garden area houses a wood-fired pizza oven, while a private dining room is ideal for group gatherings. Both wet and food sides of the business are increasingly popular; six real ales, such as Wimbledon, Surrey Hills and Dark Star attract beer lovers – there's a summer beer festival, too. The tempting menu encourages diners to tarry a while in the modish interior. Commence with warm crab tart with avocado purée, pink grapefruit and spring onion; or roasted cauliflower soup with truffle oil and Welsh rarebit; leaving room for mains such as beer-battered haloumi (or cod) with minted peas and chips; or chargrilled lamb chop with garlic and olive mash, asparagus, peas and broad beans. Raspberry Bakewell tart with raspberry ripple ice cream or lemon and ginger posset with cardamom crumble will finish things off nicely,
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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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