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Friendly, pleasant service. I like Fullers beer so I was happy with the beer. Tidy pub inside and pleasant outdoor space.

Nothing not to like.
terenced - 14 Sep 2020 08:27
Closed for refurbishment.
wealdman - 20 Mar 2017 14:14
Been a while since I have been here.

Pub does not change much at all.
Ok for a few jars, London Pride, Chiswick & EDB on tap.
7/10 for all three.

They usually have a guest ale on but quite pricey at £3.80-£4.20 a pint.

Overall 6/10

Typical Fullers establishment.
whatgoesaround - 25 Aug 2015 22:21
An excellent Fullers pub with the usual selection of ales on tap and friendly staff. The insides of the pub are excellent, being split into 4 separate rooms that lead of one another. It has a real homely traditional feel about it which I like. Without a doubt probably the best pub in Caterham and definitely the best pub in Caterham On The Hill.
Masterpint47 - 7 Jan 2014 23:56
This has to be the best pub in Caterham IF YOU CAN GET A SEAT IN THE SMOKING AREA!
The lager is great but I always have to wait while other people get served! IT'S NOT FAIR!
Since I drink here so much, I want 2 Golden Thrones built in the smoking area.
One for me & one for my queen & smoking partner who I shall not name.
KNEEL TO MICK
Mickthemoaner - 26 Sep 2012 09:27
What a great pub, have drank here for many years.
A few months ago a new land lady took the reigns & is doing a great job of turning things around.
The beer is a lot better than what it used to be & guest ales are great + the food is fantastic.
You have your regulars who think they own the place, but you'll get that at every pub you go to. Ignorance is bliss.

There seems to be someone posting as a regular of this pub 'nigelsue'
I can confirm that this is an alias & an attack on a couple of very decent people.
It seems they have a grudge & no life.

Great Boozer 8/10
whatgoesaround - 22 Sep 2012 20:49
What a great pub, have drank here for many years.
A few months ago a new land lady took the reigns & is doing a great job of turning things around.
The beer is a lot better than what it used to be & guest ales are great.
There seems to be someone posting as a regular of this pub 'nigelsue'
I can confirm that thi is an alias & an attack on a cou
whatgoesaround - 22 Sep 2012 20:45
Fully agree with Thirsty Worker.
This pub has definitely improved over the last few months.
Good to see it going in the right direction.

As for the person posting as nigelsue, obviously a local with no brain cells.

caterhambloke - 22 Sep 2012 19:15
Scores out of 5
Beers on offer 4 - Beer quality 4 - Full pint? 5 - Service 4 - Clientele 5
Garden & view 1 - Welcome & staff 5 - Parking 3 - Toilets 3 - Comfort 3
TOTAL 37 out of 50 OVERALL RATING 36 to 40 = 8

Comment: Time for a well deserved update. Fullers now putting guest ales on (some not from their own brewery) and the toilets have been refurbished. New staff at the bar make sure you get a good pint but the only thing holding the score back is the small garden at the rear but that canít be helped.
Still the best pub in Caterham
Returnability: 5

Thirstyworker - 22 Sep 2012 18:44
THIS PUB IS GOING DOWN /GONE DOWN THE PAN, THE BEER IS WATERERED DOWN PLUS PEOPLE ARE GIVEN SHORT MEASURES...........CHEERS FULLERS KEEP MAKING A PROFIT THATS ALL THAT COUNTS ISNT IT

MOST PEOPLE SIT OUTSIDE EVEN THO SOME DONT SMOKE WHICH IS BASICALLY JUST TO GET A SEAT !!!!!!

RATING IS ZERO


nigelsue - 12 Sep 2012 13:47
Gone down hill. Even the dart team don't practice or play here.
Is it still a training pub? There was a time when landlords only lasted about 6 months
The music is louder than that in the Blacksmiths Arms or the Royal Oak - and they are never crowded either.
Don't agree with the beer quality comments Beer normally OK on my visits - which are becoming less frequent.
They will top up the short measures when asked
rtbi - 26 Jun 2012 23:23
I have been drinking here for a while. I find the beer up to a good standard.
It is very sad the people running the place are being spoken about so poorly,i think they are doing a good job.i did hear something about the cook and one of the local nutters having words that was ages ago,but i have not seen him in the pub since.The food is alot better and the young lady who is in charge seems to be doing a better job then the
previous lady..i have no problems going there at all

croydonmassive - 20 Jun 2012 20:53
Scores out of 5
Beers on offer 3 - Beer quality 3 - Full pint? 3 - Service 3 - Clientele 5
Garden & view 1 - Welcome & staff 5 - Parking 2 - Toilets 2 - Comfort 2
TOTAL 29 out of 50 OVERALL RATING 26 to 30 = 6

Comment: Despite a low score this is a nice pub for locals. The trick is how the hell you get to be one.

Thirstyworker - 18 Jun 2012 15:45
Is TWG a brewery rep or sommat. I have never seen a cellarman in this place nor is this a standard Fullers "boozer" except for the rising prices and reduction of facilities (who has nicked all the stools at the bar). The beer is not the best of quality in comparison to say, the Blacksmiths (opposite) or the Golden Lion (5 minutes down the Road or even the Harrow (5 minutes drive) and personally I wouldn't use an over 55's days centre such as the Douglas Brunton as a point of reference in a review. By the way the garden is a concreted smoking area that leads to the car park (not opposite). PR from head office with no knowledge of the actual pub?

Generally agree with Lagerboy2 and Caterhamblokes comments and would add that Fullers are responsible for my main complaint which is the short pints now offered as standard. Fullers have instructed their staff here that all pints should be served with a 5% head. presumably to increase their 16.5% proffits.

Sadly the beer could be better but the regulars that have not jumped ship due to Fullers prices make this the best pub on the Hill to drink in but really not a hard given the competition.
Baal - 16 Jun 2012 23:13
What an amazing pub.
You never catch the landlady working (wish I had a job like that) and the bar staff seem to change constantly.
Having said that, the bar staff try their best, but when the pubs busy and no help is offered, or expected ! the waiting times get longer and longer, especially if they are working solo.
The head chef, who is partial to a Stella has become a local talking point, about who he is going to threaten or abuse next.
I can confirm what the last reviewer stated about the Jubilee weekend. How to alienate your locals.
Still as long as the money is coming in Fullers wont do a thing.
lagerboy2 - 13 Jun 2012 11:02
The Douglas Brunton Centre is an old peoples home.
I have drank at the K&Q for over 20 years & I have never known the beer to be so bad. Is there a Landlord/lady that can take this pub back to what it was a few years ago?
As for the clientele, it's full of mostly regulars who drink lager.
The real ale drinkers left for the blacksmiths, surrey hounds, the harrow & the ladybird a few months ago.
The bar staff are always changing & the cook likes to pick a fight (or 5).

Shame this drinking hole has gone down - hill.
As for TWG's comments, that must be a member of staff posting.
We had an event on The Jubilee weekend where the organisers always go for a beer after the event in the King & Queen.
This year the cook took it upon himself to turn everyone away.
I hope Fullers read this review.

All in all - 2/10 for the beer - 8/10 for the regulars.
caterhambloke - 7 Jun 2012 17:14
Been popping in here very infrequently for quite some years owing to having a couple of chums stashed away in Caterham (on the Hill, of course!). Last swung by on Saturday in between a wedding ceremony and reception, knowing the nearby Douglas Brunton Centre does no real ale. As per, nobody was disappointed: I only had a half on account of a slow recovery from food poisoning (no, not a bad pint amazingly) but it was quite simply in the best condition one could expect to find Chiswick ale. I gathered likewise for my friend's pint of ESB; fresh as a beer from a barrel that had just left the brewery. It looks like the K & Q's cellarman has really mastered the art and is richly deserving of the Fullers cellaring certificate which is ubiquitous in all their pubs but actual evidence of the craft can sometimes be hard to find. Not so here.

I should say that all drinks were served by a very amenable and chatty barmaid who was very efficient all round. She should be keenly-retained as sociable bar staff are not always easy to come by.

Have never eaten here so can't comment on grub, though if it's Fuller's it's usually fairly reliable within certain expected margins.

The pub appears demure from its exterior but actually heralds several different drinking/eating areas once inside, and all are comfortable - choose whatever space suits your primary purpose best (or if it's busy as it can be of an evening just pitch up where you can). The small garden at the rear is a sun-trap at the right time of a sunny day, albeit that it seems to be dwarfed by the generous car park opposite. I would surmise that both these features are envied by certain other pubs in the vicinity which lack the benefits of either.

Chalk this up as a good standard local Fuller's boozer - quite possibly now the best in Caterham, though alas it has little in the way of solid competition.
TWG - 25 Apr 2012 17:35
Very nice pub on the high street of Caterham on the hill. A Fullers house, we tried the Pride & the "Jack frost", both in excellent condition. Food was good and amazingly cheap: all cooked meals, including Sunday roast, were £5. Nothing on the menu for veggies except sarnies though.
alan_From_SAWW - 5 Feb 2012 15:47
Best pub in Caterham. Cosy and comfortable, with some interesting historical decor. Excellent.
clan4 - 4 Jan 2012 13:25
Really excellent pub. Cosy old building with a lot of character. Dog friendly. Nice selection of Fullers beers. Efficient and friendly staff. Never had a bad experience in here.
ianlazyboy - 2 Jan 2012 18:34
Came in here last night with a friend. I had a pint of Jack Frost and a Pride both of which were very good. It's a lovely looking pub with very friendly patrons, will be back again when in the area.
Miles007 - 12 Jan 2011 10:37
Best pub in the area. Well kept ale. Nice atmosphere. A traditional old drinkers pub rather than a kiddie paradise.
brightboy - 26 Jun 2010 08:18
Well I donít know where to start! cantstandelvis, everyone is entitled to there opinion! But I do think you have been a bit too personal, and in my opinion you are 100% wrong in what you say. IV drank in this pub for years and will be the first to admit at first when the new manager was appointed I was very sceptical about the pubs future. The manager and her partner are both young and have done wonders for the place. Looking for a personality you say! Very personal and completely untrue very nice chap and possibly misunderstood by some. Maybe this is due to his military background. Complaints about the beer! Well that is just a load of old tosh! The pub has just been awarded master cellerman and has the cask marque and the only pub in caterham to be entered into the good beer guide 2010/2011. and to my sadness the manager that has only been in charge for a year is now moving on to another fullers public house because of her and her partners hard work and some bloody good events very sad to hear lets just hope we get a manager that knows what they are doing. Great pub best in town however has not got much competition
john.56 - 6 Feb 2010 06:45
Nice pub. Good locals and nice staff. I don't know what has prompted the personal digs at the management but I think they are cool and keep a great bar given the wide range of punters they have to deal with every night and I include myself in that crowd. Come in, ask a local you will only hear good things about the pub.
Shagnasty666 - 27 Jan 2010 22:57
Well the answer is yes on the food front but has to be said is pretty basic and not cheap. The pub seems to have changed a litte now and not so many of the old faces seem to be around and thats a shame, however i`m told the new Manager`s partner is no longer a bar fly stumbling around bumping into people in there so much since he got an outside job. Or maybe he is just out a lot looking for a personality who knows! Anyway there are more complaints about the beer than there used to be but then the Manager seems to be the wrong side of the bar to notice. There has been live music and themed events of late to try to generate business but in my experience they are no substitute for keeping the regulars happy. This pub is still the best of of a poor bunch though.
Cantstandelvis - 16 Nov 2009 10:29
the best pub in caterham by far,great fullers beers,and although not a big pub still nice,not been there for a while as its a long way up that hill..wondering if there doing food yet
scunny58 - 16 Sep 2009 15:43
i would like to inform you that the king and queen will start serving food in late june at the latest.

So come on down and Enjoy the food from the Kinky Kitchen :)
richard4120 - 29 May 2009 05:00
This has been the best pub in Caterham for years and still is, having said that i have to say the rest are very poor and rough indeed. Recent new management and the pub seems to be in good hands, much cleaner and better staffed at busy times than it used to be. The staff and locals are friendly and the Fullers beer well kept. This is not a youngsters pub but is all the better for it having no juke box or pool table. There is a well used dart board in a side room with its own serving hatch off the main bar. Its an old pub with open fires and lots of history. Not the cheapest pub in the area but easily the best.
Cantstandelvis - 13 Mar 2009 09:03
This is one of my regular pubs and its a great proper locals boozer, probably the only decent pub in caterham, No food at the moment which is a bit of a shame, and gets really really busy on a Friday night.
Well worth a pint or two..

nicnocs1 - 24 Jul 2008 10:35
I've used this pub on and off for over 20 years. It always was the best pub in Caterham and still is. The Fullers beers are always in excellent nick and the staff and locals are friendly. It is your archetypal village boozer and if you can grab a table by one of the open fires in the Winter, even better.
Old_Caterhamian - 21 Jan 2008 16:24
No idea why I've managed to avoid the King and Queen for all these years: maybe the reputation of some of the other pubs round here hasn't helped, but finally found my way here this lunchtime while seeking refuge from the still dreadful Tudor Rose in Coulsdon. Anyway my eyes have been opened, it really is spot on, nothing else to add to the perfectly accurate comments below.
nickdavies - 1 Dec 2007 16:55
Although the public bar at the front is a bit narrow the people found around it are really nice folks. If you don't like being that sociable there is plenty of seating in the back rooms. The beer (London Pride and the rest of the Fullers catalogue) is usually well kept and on those rare occasions of poor quality there is no hesitation in correcting the problem. Friendly bar staff and managers just put the icing on the cake and make drinking there a real pleasure.
ratskeller - 29 Aug 2007 15:16
All previous comments regarding the friendly staff and pleasant atmosphere are spot on. The pub is used by a real cross-section of punters, and is none the worse for that. The London Pride was in good condition, and even though the four separate bar areas are quite small, there was loads of space to spread out. Historically interesting, good beer, friendly staff and customers, a perfect local for those who appreciate such things.
CountryBoy - 15 Jul 2007 10:07
Consistently one of the best pubs in Caterham-on-the-Hill. Very friendly staff and always a pleasant atmosphere, whichever part of the pub you choose to plonk yourself down.

As a previous contributor noted - the less desirable elements that inhabit this town (sadly there are many!) avoid the King & Queen, which makes it one of only two pubs regularly worth visiting on the "Hill" - (the other being the Clifton).

All the Fullers ales (usually 4) are extremely well kept. A well run pub.
coulsdoncrawler - 25 Feb 2007 18:20
This is a Fuller's pub, 'tis a village local and one can ask no more than that. Considering what else is in a short drive or a walk away, this is a good village boozer.
blobsplatt - 29 Jan 2007 19:02
Nice but dull pub. Beer OK - wuold help if the pipes were kept a bit cleaner.
anonymous - 19 Oct 2006 18:05
A very cosy four roomed pub selling excellent Fuller's beers. Very friendly staff which makes a visit worthwhile.If you go by train beware of the very steep hill from the station. If you do climb it you will really be ready for a drink.
apa - 20 Apr 2006 12:35
A real old fashioned pub. Good pint of Fullers. Boring but reliable.
The local yobs and chavs frequent the Blacksmiths opposite.
brightboy - 13 Dec 2005 16:48
Nice pub serving a decent pint of London Pride. I liked the small front bar, only downside was a group of rather annoying middleaged regulars clogging up the area around the doorway and bar but hopefully they aren't always there! I meant to have a look around the corner in the other bar which seemed a bit posher but forgot.
Rich66 - 18 Sep 2005 20:46
Small Fullers' pub. Pleasant inside and served fine ales.
pubcollector - 15 Jun 2005 20:53
The service was very friendly, excellent beer and good food.
trimalchio - 16 Jan 2005 11:06
A great pub serving great food specialising in 'sizzling dishes'. Also has a dart board with league games 2 nights a week (Mon(Men)& Tue(ladies)). Plus always someone around most days for a game or two.
kevin - 8 Oct 2004 08:22

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