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peterd56 - 30 Aug 2019 12:03
Closed it is!!!
toad_of_toad_hall - 14 May 2017 17:17
Told yesterday that it was closed !
peterd56 - 2 Mar 2017 14:20
Just popped in for a pint, no real ale, all barrels being changed !
peterd56 - 21 Oct 2016 14:15
sad day for an old pub poor beer all restraunt food awafull ale undrinkable needs a total rethink maybe a proper real ale pub.
ruxley - 2 Feb 2015 07:45
£5 a pint really !!!!!!!!!!!!
helen31 - 25 Jun 2014 12:18
Took my elderly mother here for lunch several times before the latest refurb and it was ok.

Called in last week as it has a good garden. Did not notice any difference from 3 year ago, except the price. Quiet outragious. Bar is very downbeat and I would not drink there,Ggarden or resturant only nice areas.

Oh, and bar staff offhand and not friendly.

Wont go there again. Better places in Epsom - almost anywhere else, in fact.
surrey_sailor - 9 May 2014 23:09
I went to the Kings Arms today knowing that Wells& Youngs had a Beer Festival on AND that the pub had had a refurbishment , A magnificent , sympathetic refurbishment that took my breath away, In over forty years of enjoying pubs I discovered the best refurbishment I've ever seen.
slerpy - 18 Nov 2012 17:18
Not eaten here since latest refurb. Be careful with the (good range of ) guest ales. If they've been on more than a couple of days they taste very vinegary. Happened on 4 or 5 occasions. Wish they'd sort it out as otherwise it's an ok place.
Spaino - 29 Oct 2012 16:45
cockneypaul - 18 Jun 2012 15:08
They have done a nice job doing the place up although filling the windows with junk is a strange idea. Eventually I got a mediocre pint of Youngs after being ignored by the staff for a while. They seem to think they are far too important, or attractive, to fraternise with the punters. I did fare better though than a woman at the bar who was being harangued for not knowing her table number when trying to spend 30 on food!
Toller_Rant - 12 Jun 2012 10:57
Went for Sunday lunch on 12/2. Two of us had mushroom & celeriac soup (we had to Google celeriac) I had kidney & mushroom on toast, other son had Brie & spinach parcel. 2 x roast beef, 2 x burger, 1 haddock & chips. For dessert we had sticky toffee pudding & Death By Pear. I don't like pear, Amaretto, chocolate or ice-cream so a weird choice, but yum yum yum.

Only faults; room a bit chilly, service a bit amateur.
Walkers1 - 16 Feb 2012 04:51
I have just popped in for a quick pint. Good to report that they still serve Youngs. B&B must sort out the website link.
Jennings1234 - 2 Feb 2012 14:27
Simply wanted to find out what was happening with this pub, being a local i haven't visited for a while due to previous bad experiences and though about maybe giving it another shot so i decided to look at the Butcher & Barrel website.
Why when i click The Kings Arms link do i get redirected to the KINGSWOOD ARMS ?
Not a great start but will give it a chance when it reopens.
sallyfromthevalley - 29 Jan 2012 10:23
No closed for refurbishment until early February when it will officially re-launch as a Butcher and Barrel pub. I hope they will stick serve Youngs.
Jennings1234 - 15 Jan 2012 13:19
Seeing the last review, I know what bago5 stands for - the 5 letter word begins with s and ends in e. The whole review is an almighty roland from the landlord.
thepubvisitor - 27 Dec 2011 17:36
What a find in Epsom! To be honest, when we walked up to the pub I thought it would just be an average boozer... To our suprise as we opened the door, we were greeted by a friendly member of staff. There were candles lit with the lights dimmed and a log fire burning in the front bar, the atmosphere was fantastic!

We had a couple of drinks at the bar with some friendly banter with a south African fella that served us. This is an unpretentious pub with great staff, very relaxed yet attentive to all your needs. We were so impressed that we asked if they had room for us in the restaurant...

The menu looked amazing, catering for all your needs, starters, fish, steaks and a vegetarian option. I had the beef roast and my partner the salmon supreme, our meal was fabulous! Home cooked! Definitely not your average pub grub.

Had a chat to the manager, they part of the butcher & barrel group and has been under new management since October. You can definitely see it!!! What a well run pub that gives great value. Highly reccomended
bago5 - 27 Dec 2011 17:26
first time back to this pub since it is under new management in september and what a difference!!! first up though i have to say that i loved the decor before and thankfully they havent changed it yet but from what the staff told me it is going to be rennovated in january/ february time so fingers crossed they dont do to much to it. last time here was august i think and the service and food was terrible. all meals that were ordered took ages to come out and when they did arrived the quality was very poor. the waitress looked like she had just woke up and couldnt be bothered to even greet us with a smile!
so...... having heard from our friends me and the missus decided to give this place another shot, and we are so happy we did. we were greeted by smiles and a warm friendly atmoshpere. The new menu was really good and looked like all the ingredients were not bought in!! our waiter was very helpfull and very intentive. the food was gorgeous and reasonably priced. the drinks were good value and around the normal price of the area, i think the spirits were cheaper but i was driving so didnt risk it! after our meal we decided to have one for the road and headed down to the bar area and sat next to a fire which was really cosy and the atmosphere in the pub was excellent. we enjoyed it so much that we ended up buying tickets to the new years party. so we will let you know how it goes after that!!
johnsmith1234 - 21 Dec 2011 15:13
just back from a lunch here, seems to be under new management from comments overheard! Place was clean and looked nice, food was lovely, plentiful and presented really nice. beer good,1 problem with wrong order taken for a starter but rectified and apologised for within minutes. Will be returning.
nbj49 - 8 Oct 2011 16:56
This review will encompass our last two visits.
Nice looking Youngs pub from the outside and in East Street and on inspection couldn't fault the inside. Clean, well laid out and attractive for the " new Youngs look ".
The first visit was for a work meal, as a group we preordered, what could go wrong.
Well.... the service was poor, our meals came disjointed and for those who chose the chicken ... never seen anything like it, might have been ok with a hammer and chisel !
When it came to paying the bill we were accused of a number of misdeamours regarding the ordering which was funny in itself .. not as funny though as the " lady " (loose term) providing the final bill who was clearly drunk !!!
Tonight we decided to give this lovely looking pub another shot ...
Greeted by a barman we ordered a couple of drinks and enquired about food to be told we had just missed it, understandable as we were only two of the six customers they had and were told they had been dead since half four.
We set up a bar tab with a debit card anyway as we had no cash.
The barman then disappeared and we had to ask on the whereabouts of our card ? He told us he was keeping it because they have had customers do a runner without paying their bills .. hmmm
We sat, finished our drinks and then left ... but not before enduring the three inexperienced staff watching " ERAGON " on tv at loud volume and texting on their phones, (whilst the other gent appeared to stocktake) and then being charged 50p yes 50p for 2 drinks because we hadn't spent over 10.00 in the pub.
We are willing to give any pub a try but certainly won't be back in a hurry to this car crash, this will also be a letter to HO, YOUNGS you must do better this is poor, very poor sort it out.

sallyfromthevalley - 7 Aug 2011 20:12
Located on the road going out of Epsom towards Ewell. It has a large car park at the side. The front lounge is for drinkers while the upper part is primarily for food. There is also a large decking area in the garden. It has the usual range of Young's beers plus 1 guest ale, St Austell Tribute when I was there. Seating the front lounge is very comfortable.
boozers_knows - 6 Jul 2011 15:46
Went there about a month ago, nice clean place with a good restaurant area. Beer was fine, food was good. Shame about it being in the drab East Street area but if you're nearby I'd definitely recommend popping in.
followedthrough - 5 Jun 2011 12:56
No Improvement
jeffdaff - 16 Jan 2011 22:03
Lacks a bit of atmosphere, Guiness is terrible there
ichelski - 10 Jan 2011 14:02
Back by popular demand - Local covers band Atlantis are back here this coming Friday night 26th Feb come down and support them and the pub.
fenderbassman - 23 Feb 2010 18:39
Goodish beer maybe,but at the prices we were charged our group left after a couple of pints ! too expensive and not worth the walk from the centre of Epsom .Youngs seem to be determined to loose ale sales by pricing too high in their own pubs,bought a similar Youngs pint locally for 91p cheaper ! that's a lot of difference when buying a rounds,and I'm a Youngs shareholder !
jeffdaff - 5 Feb 2010 12:32
Good beer...Good food...Great atmosphere. You don't get that in a lot of Surrey's pubs but you certainly do in this one. The recent refurb has been done well and I would imagine that the new garden will be popular in the summer, which with this freezing weather at the moment seems a long way away, but here's hoping.
Oakman100 - 5 Jan 2010 10:46
Now reopened. Been done up but I hadn't been in here before so can't say what's changed. Public style bar at the front with tables on a raised area at the back. Dark outside but looks like there is a veranda on two sides. Piped music playing fairly loudly. Ordinary, Bombardier, Courage Best and Tribute. Latter is pretty good. Typical modernised pub, visit while you can still smell the paint!
GuideDogSaint - 26 Nov 2009 21:06
mickthemuncher - 20 Oct 2009 12:12
Closed at moment
internetman - 30 Sep 2009 14:58
made to feel welcome - invited to play for pub dart team :o)

very good beer, nice friendly staff and punters

went the last night the current tennants were there so experienced their send off, will be going back to see if it keeps the momentum
doobydooby - 8 Jul 2008 14:19
Well what can i say.I have been abroad for a few months and few pubs have changed for the worse in epsom while ive been away.
however on my return to the only real pub left in epsom.the food is really great,must have a new chef,also the garden is looking lovly...a must for a nice pint and great company.
well done....
LOVEIT - 25 Jul 2007 13:44
lovly garden ....good beers but on the down side ...some relgious nutter very annoying...
and a bit scary had to leave
anonymous - 13 Jul 2007 16:25
Thank heaven that we now have someone in the kitchen that can cook! Very friendly staff and Landlord/lady. Further to someone else's comment about unfortunates etc, at least such as these are welcome to the shame of certain other establishments.Tony does the best value Sunday roasts in town.
EnglishBob - 27 Jun 2007 10:12
The new menu is wonderfull its really worth a try very reasonably priced. All in all I would have to say that this is by far the best pub in Epsom, visit you must.
played - 26 Jun 2007 16:19
average place to be honest, good service and friendly chat, older crowd usually.
not the best food, but the sunday roasts are well above par.
if your passing, stop off for lunch and a pint.
harrynotlarryfool - 13 Feb 2007 11:45
A comfortable homely pub with the usual range of Youngs beers which are well kept and served. Useful sized car park. Just outside main town centre.
boozers_knows - 13 Jan 2007 15:08
what a great pub the locals are suppurb lovly atmosphere traditional pub why cant all pubs be like this one
anonymous - 5 Sep 2006 13:47
A great local, with good Bar staff, food and ales. Not to be missed if you are in Epsom.
frankbrown1 - 26 Aug 2006 18:57
LOVEIT - 25 Aug 2006 14:50
Ok so you do get some of epsom's more unfortunate souls in there, but that is more than compensated for - the beer is always spot on, good food, the staff friendly (something of a rarity in epsom) and a top landlord who really know his stuff.
epsomlocal - 21 Jun 2006 12:10
Looks massive from the outside, but as you walk through the front door you almost collide straight into the bar.

A tired looking, shabby round the edges local with tired looking, shabby round the edges regulars sparsely populating both the bar and the larger back room.

Almost completely devoid of atmosphere, which at least means in doesn't have the threatening feel of some of Epsom's town-centre establishments. I wouldn't bother returning unless I found myself directly outside with an unquenching thirst on. You can do better.
parkhillian - 28 Apr 2006 14:31
What a truly wonderful pub.I would rate this as one of the finest drinking establishments ever visited.There is a fine selection of beverages and also a fine selection of home made food available(Sunday lunch served 12.00-16.00 is not to be missed)Friendly bar staff,with probably the best landlord in Epsom,if not the world.
The Arm`s also has a lovely beer garden,which is ideal for those lost summer weekends spent supping in the sun.The occasional barbq sometimes on offer through the summer months,and this is definately one pub landlord who know`s what colour mustard is.
Well worth a visit.
whatcoloursmustardguv - 4 Apr 2005 14:32
An excellent, friendly pub. Beer is good and there's a nice selection of decent food. There's an excellent Sunday pub quiz and a monthly music quiz. Also, there's a well-presented beer garden.
Jack_Carter - 29 Mar 2005 13:14

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