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Bell, WALTON-ON-THE- HILL


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Recommended Pub Bell

Address: Withybed Corner
Post Code: KT20 7UJ
Location: WALTON-ON-THE- HILL
Bus Route(s): 460
OS Ref: TQ 226557 (Bing Maps)   (Google Maps)
Web Site: www.thebell-therat.co.uk
Phone No: (01737) 812132
Opening Hours: 5:30-11 Mon; 12-2:30, 5:30-11; 12-11 Sat & Sun
A CAMRA Recommended Pub

Brakspear Bitter
Fuller's London Pride
Guest Beer

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This is a real gem which is hidden away off the road and a certain determination is required from the first time visitor to discover it! Turn off by the pond and keep turning right – it really is there! The pub is down bumpy tracks so don’t rush. This ex-Charrington’s (previously Page & Overton’s) pub combines the far end of a short terrace of cottages together with a 1950s red brick-built extension into what presumably would have been the front garden. The cosy, low-ceilinged, welcoming interior still consists of separate parquet floored public and carpeted saloon bars; the former an upright piano (which is for sale!), and both furnished with genuine bric-a-brac which can be found above the bar area on on ledges on the walls, plus real fires. Darts is also played, but you need to bring your own darts as none are available from the bar. The former Charrington’s ownership is recalled by the leaded windows and illuminated wooden bar back. The pub dates back to around 1854 and remained an Ale House without a spirits licence until c.1950. No food is available apart from sandwiches at lunchtime (Tuesday to Saturday), although it may be possible for groups to pre book something. Known locally as "The Rat", from days gone by when stable lads from nearby Epsom Downs used to frequent it. A Brakspear pub, so the guest beer will be from their list. The pub is open all day on Monday Bank Holidays. Recommended on the Camra list of Historic Pub Interiors.

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Last Updated: 09 Sep 2013

 

 

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