The Withies Inn
“Eclectically furnished old village inn” - AA Inspector
This low-beamed inn has slumbered beside the wooded common for five centuries, maturing into a popular, cosy village local enhanced by an intimate restaurant area, where seasonal specials tumble from the menu. Start off with seafood crêpe mornay; mushrooms in garlic butter; or paw paw with fresh crab; then move on to mains like escalope of veal Marsala; mushroom Stroganoff; grilled calves' liver with bacon and onions; or poached halibut with prawns and brandy sauce. After you've finished you could take a stroll in the lovely surrounding countryside, or relax in the garden with a pint of TEA (Traditional English Ale) from the local Hogs Back Brewery.
- 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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