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Flying Scud, Redhill

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What history? This wasn't a very old pub - just badly run, unhygienic and selling vile beer. Bound (and desereved) to fail - just like the Greyhound, New Inn and the Causeway, all nearby.
wealdman - 24 Jul 2011 15:44
What a shame it's gone, there was so much history about the place.
tommo5 - 24 Jul 2011 15:28
Yet another local pub boarded up for conversion or demolition for yet more apartments.

Puzzled why our councils subsidises places for the community to get together, while at the same time encouraging our locals to be destroyed.

Unless planners stop treating a pub and it's car park as a brown field development opportunity & give pubs some protection, few will be able to survive.

The Greyhound (next pub to the North) suffered an appalling bad conversion into flats & had all the character of the old building sucked out.

The Causeway (next pub to the South) destroyed to build 30+ apartments (how can profit from pints keep a pub going when it's car park is worth 7million as soon as planning permission is granted?)

The New Inn (the nearest pub opposite) The old landmark building that used to greet people entering Redhill from the North. is now a tatty plumbing shop
geofff - 20 May 2010 11:43
I can confirm that as reported, this pub CLOSED last Monday as expected. I have further been informed that the owner sold the building to a developer, which confirms my fear that there is no posibility of this being re-opened as a pub, and will probably face demolition rather than conversion.

Another one bites the dust.
TWG - 10 Sep 2009 10:56
It is with regret that I announce that according to local sources, the Scud is to close its doors on Monday 7 September.

Although it was never a personal favourite of mine, and sadly the potential improvements I had hoped were to materialise in 2007 never really did, I shall still morn the passing of a long-established community pub, which despite some shortcomings always appeared to try hard to hold on to its local custom. In today's market, I suppose that just isn't enough. Anyway, assuming what I hear is correct, you have 5 days to pay your respects if you feel so inclined.

No word yet as to whether it might be taken over with a view to re-opening as a pub, but experience in these matters suggests that conversion to a private dwelling, or worse still demolition to make way for a colourless block of utilitarian apartments, is a more likely fate. I hope I am wrong - as the predictions I made about this place 2 years ago on this site prove.

TWG - 2 Sep 2009 17:51
Is this place open? It looks closed every time I pass.
croydonpeer - 20 Jul 2009 23:13
cudd + surface to air missile = the flying scud
OllyMott - 2 Dec 2008 12:07
This pub has been known to me for 28 years but until recently I'd only ben in it twice. Heard it was under new management and that they intend to modernise the place. I'm all for traditional interiors but the 1970s lino bar and pseudo-trad horsebrass combo really does need some updating! Apparently this is to take place after the Smoking Ban for obvious reasons, so time will tell.
However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Scud now stocks some mmore diverse beers in addition to the bog standard Courage Best - Hook Norton Best, Wells-Youngs Bombardier and Hop Back GFB have all been noted recently. Granted, the quality of some of these was dubious, probably due to the lack of interest from the current regulars (mostly leather-clad biker types which Redhill still specialises in!), but that may change if their reputation and appeal broadens over time. Moreover, the lad bhind the bar was very keen to receive feedback and when told one of the ales was off, he immediately set about changing it and offered a free sample of the new beer by way of quality control!
Can't comment on food, and perhaps the wine needs attention in future too! However, I suspect the new licensee's heart is in the right place and the Scud may at last be going in a better direction.
Watch this space.
TWG - 30 May 2007 09:48
I'm looking forward 1 July as most of the customers appear to smoke and the air is very smokey. Very friendly bar staff but agree with the previous comment about the wine!
wendyk - 11 May 2007 14:05
Popped in here on a Saturday just before 3pm, more than pleasantly surprised by the service, the garden and the food!
lizad96 - 22 Aug 2006 09:04
Lovely pub with good beer. Pleasant atmosphere, nice relaxing beer garden. Regular live music events and an all new pub quiz on Thursdays. The quiz is varied, with photo and music questions and random spot prizes. Worth checking out.
anonymous - 7 Jul 2006 17:54
they need to keep the beer better than they do know but its not a bad little place to go.

ploppy - 16 Apr 2006 15:17
Agreed with Fergus. Went on a quiet wednesday. Good service, nice atmosphere, the wine was a bit rank though.
strangeone - 29 Jun 2005 01:12
Under new management from 6th September 2004.
Your host, Doug Ronaldson, will make you welcome and a new menu is on the way.
William - 11 Sep 2004 12:50
An intimidating pub from the outside, it wasn't until a mate and I went there on a 'let's go to a random pub' outing we discovered what an unexpectedly nice old fashioned genuine pub with friendly land lord and lady. Proper pub snacks like pork scratchings, a choice of 2 ciders and a few beers. A rare opportunity to play Bar Billiards!
goosegog - 22 Aug 2004 20:42

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