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user reviews of the Merry Harriers, Hambledon

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The new people did not last more than a few weeks before walking out, having discovered that all that was not as it seemed. They had been intending to buy the lease, but never completed. So it is as it was, with original owners back in charge and a future uncertain.
waysider - 21 Jun 2016 17:22
Under new ownership as of last week. Only two real ales on but both Surrey Hills and Long Man were in good shape. Once the new people have settled in hopefully the range will be restored.
Steamer1 - 7 Jun 2016 16:12
We've been twice recently. prices have gone up and we were the only customers. Out of 6 handpulls 3 were turned round, soon to be 4 as my pint wasn't good. It was exchanged without question for another beer. The ploughmans is excellent. The landlord said he has had the beer from the new brewery in Wormley but so far I've been unlucky. Lovely place, just a bit pricey now which won't increase the profits if it's as empty as the day we went.
Steamer1 - 23 Jun 2014 11:54
Good choice of ales - Shere Drop was very good.
spoinge - 29 May 2014 12:39
Great pub with an interesting range of local micros. Excellent ploughmans with home made pork pie along with lots of other tempting cheeses. Went on to local national trust Oakhurst cottage which is well worth a visit but book first.
Rocky53 - 10 Jul 2013 11:16
Excellent food, excellent beer, fair prices, well appointed and clean...what more could one want? Oh yes, one other thing...the young, attractive and intelligent staff are attentive without being overbearing. They are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and well trained...all in all a joy. Curious parking arrangements from some staff...seemingly dependent on whether the car contains a dog or not!
Insearchofthebestpint - 18 Jan 2013 17:56
Great pub-- always made to feel welcome
Staffed by humans
Great ale and lager
Have yet to try food but burgers look pukka
Due again this week with my cheese eating chum
Vindy - 21 Aug 2012 08:48
We had a delicious roast Lamb Sunday lunch followed by a beautiful strawberry and champagne dessert. We sat in the sunshine in the delightful garden. We could not fault the service or the quality of the food. We will be back with friends and family.
HODGEPODGE - 31 Aug 2011 14:57
On a hot and sultry day and in the middle of a long walk we pitched up here on a Thursday in the middle of August at 1425 hours in anticipation of an ale, only to find the pub shut.

No wonder pubs are going to the wall if they are not open on hot days in the summer holidays. We were dead disappointed.

ramblethenlunch - 15 Aug 2011 10:07
Langham Halfway To Heaven, Shere Drop (£3.55), London Pride, Alton's Pride and keg Hepworth Conqueror Sussex Stout. Smart inside, room to sit outside. Pretty good pub.
GuideDogSaint - 23 Jul 2011 21:42
My husband and I have frequented this pub for many years now, using the camping facilities for quiet getaways and also for anniversaries. We have found the landlord/landlady very accommodating and welcoming.
We are celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary soon and plan to come back again. We have also eaten here and found the food delicious! A pub with these facilities and good English cooking is hard to find these days. Many thanks and looking forward to coming back.
JulieMampaeij - 7 Jul 2011 13:48
Ignore the review from MissAmerica - 25 Jun 2011 14:24 - I was at the campsite that night, and their group was rowdy, drunk and unacceptable - the landlady was well within her rights. We were kept up until the small hours due to this group (playing drums, singing and guitar). The landlady's firm stance should give reassurance that this is a friendly, family and lovely pub and campsite - I would thoroughly recommend. Great food in the pub and friendly service. Wish I lived remotely near this pub so I could return often. 10/10
stevereid795 - 2 Jul 2011 19:39
Lovely country pub with stunning beer garden, welcoming hosts and friendly staff. Well above average food and great range of well looked after ales. A must if in the area.
PondHouse - 2 Jul 2011 09:34
Popped in early Sunday evening for a beer and found this to be a great pub. A friendly welcome from the barman and the landlord, and an excellent selection of ales and ciders, was even offered a taster of Gales' Seafarer before buying. Didn't try the food, but the menu looked varied and interesting. The beer garden to the rear is large and well laid out with a boules area and plenty of "no smoking" tables too. Was a tad surprised to find all the bar stools upended on the bar when we walked through the pub to leave at 8:15pm! Told that it shuts at 8pm on a Sunday so beware. Will definitely be visiting again, regardless of the previous 4 comments which are from the same party. Perhaps they should have read the the entry on Aug 2010 to understand that the pub has had serious complaints about noise before!
triumph - 26 Jun 2011 23:21
I have been visiting a friend in England for the past week, during which we have camped all around different parts of the country and had a fabulous time. We were treated warmly by the landowners who came by, hung out, and made us feel welcome. On my last night in England, and also my friend's birthday, we went to the Merry Harriers with a small group of her closest friends for the evening. It is such a shame that a wonderful week was ended on such a sour note. From the moment we arrived we were warned and scolded about being thrown out if we made too much noise. Despite having booked our party of 15 (27-29 year old professionals) ahead of time, and spending a large amount of money in the pub, we were told that we were not wanted there by the landlady and that it was only because her husband had taken the reservation that we were there at all. They had many weeks where they could have called my friend back and said they were not able to accommodate our party. Instead they chose to let us come, take our money, serve us alcohol, and then threaten to call the police "if" we made too much noise. Meaning, we hadn't even done anything yet and we were already being tormented. It really put a horrible damper on our rainy night camping at the Merry Harriers, and I know without a doubt that nobody in our party will ever return, and will urge others to avoid going there as well.
MissAmerica - 25 Jun 2011 14:24
went for sunday lunch last weekend and had to send the beef roast back to the kitchen as was so fatty and touch i couldnt even cut through it, even after asking for a steak knife to attempt it. In fairness no qualms about changing over to the roast lamb, though veg portion between 2 was a bit stingy esp when charging £13.50 for sunday roast !

the pub is nice with a good range of propers 'beers' and a few lagers and ciders on tap also.
dougiem36 - 18 May 2011 15:54
Shere Drop and Crop Circle tasted like nectar. Lovely pleasant garden with resident llamas peering across the fields. Petanque court as well. Food looked nice but we were there for the beer - and it was very good - 8/10.
pkrp - 7 May 2011 16:43
I visited here recently and stayed at the campsite for a couple of nights. The Merry Harriers is a first rate pub that deserves it's entry in the Good Beer Guide. All the beers I tried were on form. It also succeeds in carrying off being a 'traditional pub' on the one hand, with being 'up to date' on the other which is something of a rarity these days. Whilst being a 'new face' amoung who I assumed were locals/regulars, I was always made to feel very welcome and at no point felt uncomfortable - always an encouraging sign. If ever back in the area, I'll definitley be popping back in.
SonOfCamra - 26 Jan 2011 22:06
This pub is still very much open and was quite busy on our Bank Holiday Monday visit. The interior has been modernised, but its character remains. There is a large fireplace in the main bar, whilst there are 2 smaller rooms either side, mainly for diners. Nevertheless, 4 beers were on - Palmers Dorset Gold, Triple fff Alton's Pride, Surrey Hills Shere Drop and Hopback Crop Circle. Ringwood Porter was promoted but not on. Langhams Hip Hop & Dark Star Old Chestnut were 'coming soon'. The cider was Addlestones. I would certainly give this pub another go.
blue_scrumpy - 7 Jan 2011 21:36
I paid a return visit to the ` harriers August bank holiday weekend using their campsite. My only regret is i cannot visit as often as i`d like . It`s a pity about the license review . In my opinion, Colin & Julie and their staff work very hard to make the pub as popular as it is. But i noticed as soon as i walked through the door that the walls were festooned with printed email messages of support. It`s the only pub i know where strangers are made to feel welcome.
Some may complain of high prices but, i think the price reflects the locality.
I live in the West Midlands where you can get a pint of bitter for £1.80 & lager for about £2.50 in some ` down market` establishments, but , you get what you pay for..
roythetrucker - 26 Sep 2010 20:23
I can't help thinking that susankings is on a bit of a destruction mission.

It's all about freedom of choice - the Clones gig was in the garden & the pub was open as usual - ticket purchase was entirely optional but attendance was good - nuff said!

I have not found Peroni at less that £4 a pint anywhere (though I wouldn't go into a wetherspoons, so i might be missing out..)

Even the Harriers' biggest fans wouldn't describe it as cheap it is, however friendly, lively and well run.

There are other pub in the area - try a few & decide for yourself....
binbagman - 25 Aug 2010 13:38
We visited this pub today as we do every 2 to 3 weeks. We were very sorry to find that the pub is to have its licence reviewed due to a single noise complaint. Pubs such as this provide a focus for the local community which is otherwise unavailable, as well as consistently serving good real ales and food. It is so important that pubs such as this one are encouraged to stay in business. The current landlord and his wife have turned this pub around and put so much effort into it that it would be a travesty if this were to be lost. It is great to see live music advertised and long may this continue. It is great to be able to turn up with a tent in the back of the car and not have to worry about driving home.
in1dryboy - 15 Aug 2010 19:37

As I am being directly criticised by 'exguvnor' I thought i would post a response.

Firstly, if you are going to literally quote somebody make sure you quote what the person wrote and not what fits in well with the point you are inarticulately trying to make.

Secondly, I haven't eaten in the pub for several months but i am aware there has been more than one change of chef so perhaps the quality of the food has improved but the food prices remain high as does the cost of the drinks relative to other local pubs. I don't agree that £4+ for a pint of lager, premium or otherwise, is justifiable. Although I don't have the exact prices to hand (slightly strange that you do?) bitter, cider, soft drinks, snacks etc are also comparably more expensive at the harriers than similar local pubs.

I also see you had a good time at the recent Rolling Stones tribute band. Did you think that £15 a ticket was good value to see a pub band ? Having visited 200+ pubs can you let me know which other pubs charge a similar amount so i can avoid them ?

susankings - 4 Aug 2010 15:09
Now on my 5th visit here and frankly I’ve been delaying comment, thinking they must fall down on something. But they haven’t, and I now ask ‘Is this the best run pub in Surrey? ‘(and I reckon I’ve visited 200+ since I retired ). Food (calves liver was the best of 4 superb meals), range of beer (served at the correct temperature – other landlords please note) and service have all been first class on every visit. Mrs X Guvnor agrees (a rarity). Friendly, chatty staff and a great atmosphere on every visit, day or night. This pub gets a 9 from me and that’s only because I don’t give 10’s. I see that it’s been a finalist in a couple of industry awards – well deserved.

A couple of general points on previous posts (the majority of which are positive):
Susan Kings writes ‘mediocre food’, ‘poor service’ and ‘very overpriced’ and then goes on to talk about loyal customers. Well, sorry but if you get product and price wrong AND add in bad service, it doesn’t matter if you’re a plumber, a pub or the Ford Motor Co, you simply don’t have any loyal customers. My only complaint about this place is that it’s SO popular, parking can be a bind.

Susan also moans that it’s £4 for a pint of larger (sic) – it isn’t, it’s £3.50 or £3.70 for two of the offerings according to the price list. It’s over £4 for a Peroni (where isn’t it? Over £5 at two Guildford pubs and £5.80 at one in Ripley). The point about this is that this isn’t something to moan about - it’s all about choice and it has long been some people’s choice to drink expensive lager – remember when Stella was advertised as ‘reassuringly expensive’? Two decades before that, we had Lowenbrau with ads carrying the strapline: ‘the most expensive lager in the world’. And a word from the trade which will surprise many – the mark-up on those premium lagers is less than on most ales, so the price is actually totally justifiable - it's horses for courses and the horses that like 5.5% lagers are happy to fork out £4 or £5 whereas your general ale drinkes baulk at much over £3 and a bit.

PS – Really nice garden too.

exguvnor - 22 Jul 2010 16:05
Nice to see how well this pub has come along in the last year or so. Very friendly staff and a great selection of ales and cider. The management at the White Horse in neighbouring Hascombe should take notice as this pub shows good attention to detail but most importantly it delivers consistently. Moreover, the beer garden catches plenty of evening sun in summer - a lovely place to visit with some terrific walks to be had just beyond the front door.
Mr_Q - 15 Jul 2010 22:06
Went here for the first time in years at the week-end and they had a Stones tribute band gig in the garden. Brilliant atmosphere and everyone seemed genuinely appreciative of the 'new' landlord and landlady's refurb (the gig apparently celebrated 2 years). Let's all be honest, it used to be awful!
exguvnor - 11 Jul 2010 22:31
Visited this pub tonight. Colin and his wife Julie are really making an effort to keep a country pub going. Support them, or lose them. Don't knock two hardworking people who are giving it a go, just because they don't crawl to CAMRA people. Leave them alone. Tried all beers and they were all in good condition. Would highly recommend them.
beerdyweirdy - 30 Jun 2010 23:49
ok it was never the best pub in the world, but it did use to have atmosphere, and it was still a pub, visited today, it was like the first pub on the moon, no atmosphere at all. food was overpriced and luke warm, unfortunatelly so was the beer!, i won't be going back to this "country restaurant"
littlecon - 22 Jun 2010 20:27

I normally stay quiet about this sort of stuff but the range of views from different ends of the spectrum are suspicious to say the least. Far too many superlatives, many of which supposedly relate to the pubs entire range of services posted by new joiners who then go on to document other pubs with lesser reviews within minutes of their initial post.

Distorted reviews by people with close affiliation to any pub are a shame and undermine the purpose of the site.

My own view of the pub is that is ok but expensive for both beer and food. No doubt someone will be along shortly to tell me how hard i am to please. P
onemorefortheditch - 22 Jun 2010 11:53
Can't believe the negative comments about the food. We ate here on June 2nd and had a smashing meal. Cheerful staff and good real ale. Great walk from Godalming, Witley or Chiddingfold. Special events on every week, quizzes, childrens films, music events, boules in garden, llamas in the paddock. Some people are never satisfied it seems!
m12 - 14 Jun 2010 19:54
i completely agree with moozer. More than £4 now for a pint of larger and £1.10 for a packet of crisps. Ridiculous and utterly unjustified !!!!
susankings - 24 May 2010 00:42
Good beer, mediocre food, poor service and very overpriced. Given the setting and the loyalty of their punters, you just wish they'd take it up a notch or knock their prices down into the sensible bracket.
moozer - 23 May 2010 17:48
Visited twice in March '10 (after initial visit in Sep09 on separate post). On offer were Crop Circle, Alton Pride, Hammer Mild and one from Hog's Back brewery (can't decipher my own notes). Food original and good, but priced due to local produce and you get no ping from a microwave which is all the better for it. The ham is very good and others in my group raved about the roast pork with beans. Veggie options intermittent. Plenty of tables, but Sunday booking advisable. Still highly rated by me especially after a hike up the nearby Hydon's Ball.
newtobeer - 23 Mar 2010 22:37
Moved nearby 6 months ago and as we didn't have a kitchen for 8 weeks, ate out a lot. Of all the pubs in the area, this is the one we use all the time. Very welcoming landlord and lady and in probably 20 meals only one has disappointed - son claims their burgers are the best anywhere, wife claims same about Sunday roast. Menu pricing is a bit all over the place though - £15 is a great price for a rib eye (and a tasty one too) with all the bits but other thins seem pricey. Beer is well kept. Last visited on a cold, windy January Tuesday and had to wait for a table, so something must be right.
onefortheditch - 26 Jan 2010 12:57
Having lived in the village for many years and experienced this pub both under the current and previous owners (i still drink there a couple of times a week) i can honestly say that most people who drink here, both locals and others, seem to appreciate the huge effort, particularly from the landlord, that has gone into the pub in the past year and a bit. However, the food has been at best inconsistant and at worst awful, small portions and overpriced. On more than one occassion the landlady has been rude to staff and customers within earshot of the rest of the punters. I'm amazed at some of the excessively positive comments re the food that ive read on here - very odd
susankings - 7 Jan 2010 16:00
A great country pub with a good atmosphere, but the dining area was cold. We had to wait 35 minutes for our food (without pre warning or apology the delay). The bacon on the bacon stilton & rockette salad was initially undercooked. £12 for 6oz burger is excessive even if it is from a top local butcher. The hot beef sandwich (on a baguette) was very good and reasonably priced at £5.
Woofs - 28 Dec 2009 15:27
Lovely buzzing country pub with five crystal clear ales, great food, friendly service and two fires. Couldn't ask for more.
justahalfthen - 22 Dec 2009 14:55
It's got better. Hadn't been since I lived in London, now moved into Chiddingfold down the road. Nearly a year ago I think I made my last trip. Ale choice has changed slightly, TEA is gone, replaced with the weaker HBB (3.7%), Alton's Pride from FFF remains and is excellent (3.8%), Crop Circle is still in (4.2%) and although i'm not a fan they seemed to sell a fair bit of it. Otherwise 2 guest beers on tap and a few bottled beers, including the 7.4% Kwak from Belgium...not for me.

Anyway, went to the beer festival a few weeks back and had a whale of a time, still a bit pokey inside, particularly when they have live music on, but otherwise top notch. A real pub, huzzah!
GoneFishing - 8 Oct 2009 19:16
Sat outside on a sunny day in Sep09. My group each had a delicious Ploughmans' with fantastic local ham ,salad leaves and plenty baguette bits. A modern take that included Stilton. Extra cheese (brie) kindly provided for our veggie member. All washed down with Alton. Took a while to arrive but worth it. Inside looked nice. Apparently, you can walk llamas from the pub. Def go back.
newtobeer - 4 Oct 2009 19:34
Went here on a gentleman's outing (stag do). Superb beer, especially the Crop Circle and Alton's Pride from FFF. Very welcoming, friendly and knowledgable staff. Food was OK - we had a set menu so probably not the a la carte experience but nice nonetheless, and very good value for the price we paid. Campsite in the beer garden was also a bonus. Too drunk to notice whether there was backgroung music or not.
anonymous - 15 Jun 2009 22:03
In response to Mr Difficult's comments

Background music is important in an empty pub as it reduces the hollowness and echoing of large empty rooms. As the pub fills up, the natural noise takes over so it is not necessary to turn it off.

Like most of my family and friends, I eat in a pub to have something slightly better than I would eat at home, so it is worth paying a bit extra for quality.

oldaccountant - 19 May 2009 17:19
Bit too grand? I always have ham, egg and chips here when I'm in the area. Can't think what caffs Mr Difficult might eat in. Never even noticed the music.
CaptainPicard - 17 Apr 2009 16:50
My God isn't Mr "Difficult" living up to his name? Yes mate, it's background music. If it's foreground music maybe you'd have grounds for complaint (no pun intended). As for the totally contradicted yourself pal. Go back and read your comments. Better still go drink in Weatherspoons from now on!
brightboy - 14 Apr 2009 17:39
This is a good pub. Very pleasant hepful staff. Good atmosphere apart from the inevitable AND COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY AND UNWANTED BACKGROUND MUSIC. Why do all pubs have to play music for the benefit of the bar staff? What are the chances of the bar staff having the same musical taste as each individual in the pub? Answer = no chance, so turn it off and please us all.
Food is good but a bit too grand for a pub and therefore it's a bit expensive; it's definitely worth the money, but a pub doesn't need the food to be too grand. A pub is a place where you want to be able to eat 2 or 3 times a week, not once a month.

Difficult - 9 Apr 2009 19:26
Don't believe the Haters ...we love this place.....

This is probably one of the best , friendliest, cosiest, and 'real' oldest pubs left in the country.

Has been lovingly restored / redecorated without any of the usual tackiness you can find in most pubs today.

We have been coming here for some months in our camper van, and the booze chopice is top notch, food is very satisfying and the atmosphere around the pub is always excellent.
Lovely Owners, Friendly Staff, Friendly Locals, Top Banana !!!

Mark_n_Caro - 13 Mar 2009 20:09
Honest to goodness village pub with impressive choice of ales... Hepworth Old, Alton's Pride, Crop Circle and Mother In Law. Soup and sandwiches were first rate. In fact the tomato soup was probably the best I've ever tasted.

The current set-up at the Harriers is a definitely improvement on the old days of 'warm beer, lousy food' and all those chamber pots hanging from the ceiling.

This links up nicely with the White Horse at Hascombe for a fine walk east along the Greensand Way. Going west, the same path takes you to Witley Station.

rentaquote - 1 Mar 2009 12:32
average (small) village pub but a bit pricey.
FAB1 - 17 Dec 2008 07:50
Lovely pint of Sober as a Judge, one of the best I've tried actually. Good to see (reasonablly) local ales in local pubs, didn't sample the food, but the atmosphere was good, and the fire was roaring. What more can you ask in early November!
GoneFishing - 18 Nov 2008 12:58
I couldn`t make the `Merryfest` due to family commitments, anyone tell mehow it went?
roythetrucker - 2 Oct 2008 21:52
Hang on Biker give us a lift mate.
stroller - 19 Sep 2008 20:24
... and without further ado, with the sound of a motorbike engine fading into the distant countryside, and the buzz of pub conversation resuming, I ordered another pint of ale... and a bowl of... mushroom soup <smile>.
mim - 19 Sep 2008 18:50
Good evening everyone, I am the landlord of the above pub and I have just logged on to see a battle has broken out. I don't want to get involved in it but I would like to state some facts:

1. Neither I nor my wife are marinaman, paulywossname, mrsalehouse or anybody else. I would suggest that a lot of people have logged on for the first time because the pub has invited a lot of interest, most favourable, some not, having changed hands for the first time in 41 years. The idea, however, that any landlord or landlady has the time (or will) to check what people may have written on here immediately they finish serving, is laughable.

2. It is inevitable that some people will like the pub/the food/the drinks on offer. Everyone has a choice. Most people seem to like it - we sell twice as much beer as when we took over; infinitely more wine and average 50 covers a day in 8 weeks from a standing start. We also have a lot of repeat business.

3. Gospel Green is a limited edition cider produced in a farm 4 miles from here and we sell a case of it every week to customers across the social spectrum. It is expensive for us to buy and therefore expensive to the customer but it's popular, local and made by a little farmer. In what way does that make it fancy crap?

4. My wife has a Food Hygiene certificate; the tables are wiped with kitchen cleaner after each customer; the mushroom soup was part of the menu that earned her a Distinction when she qualified as a chef and is certainly not cuppa soup. Most customers rave about it - one has it three times a week without fail. Some people obviously don't like it but that's life.

5. It's a mistake that the bar menu and full menu prices differ. It will be rectified. Apologies and thank-you for pointing it out.

6. The wiring under the bar has been checked by a professional and is perfectly safe. I agree it's not pretty but it pre-dates us and, like many things, will have to wait until we can afford to improve it. We are not a brewing giant, just a couple with a million pound mortgage.

7. I have never told anyone to F--- off out of my pub and never would. I would like the person who said I did to come in here and identify himself so we can discuss the matter.

I shan't be looging on again and have no wish to enter into further discussion. When we took over, we knew some people would like it, some not. Fortunately, business would suggest that we've gone some way to getting it right - still a long way to go though - in most people's eyes but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

Almurraysbrother - 16 Sep 2008 21:09
Visited this pub for the first time a week or so ago and had lunch there. I heard that it had fairly recently been taken over by a new owners and had been refurbished. The interior was nice: smart without being poncey. The staff seemed friendly enough as well. Food was fine but to be honest quite a bit overpriced for what it was.
FreeBornJack - 16 Sep 2008 18:49
Without wanting to get into the tedious squabbling that drags these reviews down, I would like to point out:

1. Biker, you are wrong. I am in no way associated with the Harriers; I live on the South Coast and visit Godalming every few weeks.

2. The beer quality in this pub is top notch (beerintheevening?)as noted in most reviews.

3. When travelling, it is a rare treat to find a country pub which you can enter alone without feeling like an alien. When you find one, stick with it! The Merry Harriers is one such pub hence my defence of it and my return visits

4. I have seen lots of people eating there and never heard a complaint; however if there is a problem with food, why not address that, rather than turning it into personal abuse of the owners and facile carping about bottled cider?
marinaman - 12 Sep 2008 16:36
Did paulryanonline visit the same Merry Harriers as me?

I have been in this pub 3 times under its new ownership and each time have been engaged in friendly conversation by a mix of locals, campers and llama treckers. The talk of abuse from the the landlord and 'nasty' conversations with locals certainly don't ring true to me.

Beer is good; I can't comment on the food, but those eating on my visits seemed happy.

Irt also had the best buzz of any country pub I know on a Monday night.
marinaman - 12 Sep 2008 11:06
MrsAlehouse (or is it the landlady herself) i have been to your pub on a number of occasions and always found the beer fine,the food however was not,the best i`ve ever had was a toastie.
So to find and come on this site within an hour of "ol" Bikers comment raises suspicion from us regulars.
ps Biker they certainly don`t sound like the magic ones ! Changed me rating 3/10
Beersupper - 11 Sep 2008 18:27
Just came on this site for the first time beacuse I also had the mushroom soup at lunchtime and felt I had to tell someone how delicious it was! Lovely pub, landladytold me she was on her own as husband's car had broken down. Don't personally have much need for table mats or fancy shaped spoons - it's a country pub - NOT (thank god) another gastro conversion.

MrsAlehouse - 11 Sep 2008 17:06
nice looking pub in a lovely part of Surrey but shockingly bad food and service

We went there a couple of weeks ago for lunch ...
got a minute portion of truly awful food for around a tenner. When we complained to the landlord, he told us if we didn't like it we could get the F out of his pub

I should have known better - the landlord and one of the regulars were having a fairly nasty conversation when I went to the bar

to be avoided at all costs
paulryanonline - 1 Sep 2008 18:22
Just paid another visit to the `harriers on the 23/24th, the gents toilets have improved and are open to us `merry campers` 24/7. Colin & Julie are working very hard and i wish them all the success in the world. I`m looking forward to forthcoming `Merryfest beer & cider festival on 12/13/14 september with over 30 ales and ciders promised. i`ve made one or two new friends there and the atmosphere seems to have lifted, no disrespect to the previous landlord intended.
roythetrucker - 25 Aug 2008 21:43
The old @warm beer, lousy food' pub has had a nice lick of paint and looks somehow bigger and definitely more welcoming. Both landlord and landlady are quite a laugh and the locals all seem much friendlier than in the past. Didn't eat but food looked very good and heard a lot of positive comments. Good selection of ales and landlord pours a slendid pint of Guinness.
peewit50 - 25 Aug 2008 13:14
Agree with the last comment. Excellent lunch (fishcakes were to die for), good choice of ales (landlord told me Alton's Pride is on the way) and vino for the laydees. Sympathetic refurb - modern but not like a wine bar. Not sure about the coffee machine though.
Bobbytheboozer - 19 Aug 2008 23:19
A refreshing change here after years of gloom. New landlord seems to know his ales (and wine) and his wife turns out extraordinary food at good prices - my wife's fishcakes were the best she'd ever had and my roast was pretty good (potatoes in duck fat was the key we were told). Service was a bit slow but this was only their third week in and the place was heaving for Sunday lunch. Will be back despite the hard to find location.
CaptainPicard - 19 Aug 2008 17:01
Great visit to The Merry Harriers 28/29 July. Excellent home cooked Food. Landlord & Landlady very friendly.Looking forward to returning with our daughter who will thoroughly enjoy the spacious Beer Garden at the rear of the pub,she will love the swings.
misshappy - 1 Aug 2008 21:20
The pub selling 'Warm beer and lousy food' has been known to the contrary for miles around, and for many years with walkers along the passing Greensand Way. New owners have arrived (welcome & good luck) ; I hope they don't change things too much here. It has long been a rare unspoilt country backroad pub. It is also currently a CAMRA rated Good Beer Guide 2008 pub.
mim - 30 Jul 2008 14:03
Stayed at the campsite when the pub reopened in July. Nice old place, good beers. Colin seems a good sort, but some of the young lads behind the bar had been working late the previous evening to get everything open on time. (Perhaps a bit too late as they seem to look right through a couple of people waiting to be served.) Tom and George seem to favour this chav fashion for wearing their jeans at half mast. You get a full on view of "Pants du Jour" each time they bend down for fruit juice ! (Is it just me !?)
watsonworld - 29 Jul 2008 23:47
At last its changed hands,sometimes it`s good to change landlords sometimes not,as this pub has been in the same family for so long i feel the latter.
On the positive side at least a bloody pub co`s not got it, so i wish the new owners all the best,but ask please don`t turn it into a gastro pub please please please.
Beersupper - 29 Jul 2008 09:42
Land lady very friendly.

Not sure about the whole layout though, bit odd standing out the front on the concrete and having a few benches on the opposite side of the road next to the car park and campsite. 3x real ales on tap, although two of them were summer varieties and were very similar.

Won't be making a special return trip at any point.
beergibbon - 28 Jul 2008 14:01
new licensee`s colin & julie have now taken over the `harriers from 17/7/2008 , and after sampling their hospitality over the weekend of 18th/19th july, i can say i was pleased with the outcome, Also, they are keeping the campsite going which is good news for me as i live two & a half hours drive away!
roythetrucker - 21 Jul 2008 00:50
I noticed that the old signs "Warm Beer - Lousy food" had disappeared from the A283 back in April. Phoned the pub to enquire if they were still doing food and was told the kitchen was than closed. Maybe to do with the proposed sale, not sure. Glad to hear still open - and isn't the current landlord the son of the one that was there 20yrs ago in the times mentioned by Beersupper. I agree with others who say its a fine traditional old pub, nice to sit outside in the summer and they used to have a boules pitch as well by the car park.
andy8 - 23 Jun 2008 06:51
My wife and i have just returned from a refreshing weekend break at this fine establishment, using their campsite, so i didn`t have far to stagger after sampling the Crop Circle!! The pub hasn`t been sold yet but the Landlord is considering it.
Long may the campsite remain so i can enjoy this pubs` fine hospitality!!
roythetrucker - 8 Jun 2008 23:58
i`ve been camping there a couple of times and i really enjoy the atmosphere, (it`s also handy for the farnborough airshow) i wish there were more pubs like it!!
roythetrucker - 23 Mar 2008 12:49
I here this lovely pub has been sold .Lets hope they don`t change it.
Beersupper - 13 Dec 2007 16:10
Called in the other day for a lunch time pint and it hasn`t changed since the last time i was here 20 odd years ago when Rick Parfit was a local.It`s great to find a pub like this and long may it last.
Take note Pub Co`s ( or should i say robbing gits) this is how a trad.English pub should be!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beersupper - 29 Nov 2007 17:47
i've been camping and drinking real ale here for years - a proper nice country pub
theglade - 3 Nov 2007 14:51
An excellent pub, I've spent many a great evening here.

The only problem was we had to find a driver to get us there and back.
petergoesrock - 12 Dec 2006 14:38
A Proper local pub. Great beer, a pool table, and (last time I went) one of those space invaders games tables, still 20p a game too! Ahh, brings back memories. Campsite is oposite pub and very reasonable.
one_for_the_road - 23 Aug 2006 00:05
This makes an excellent lunch time stop on a walk between Haslemere and Godalming/Farncombe (via Hydon's Ball and Winkworth Arboretum.
mactavish - 10 May 2005 13:33
Despite this pub advertising "Warm Beer and Lousy Food" this 16th Century Free House it is another good example of everything a good village local should be.

I have sampled the Addlestones Cloudy Hop Back Crop Circle on recent visits to this establishment and found them to be very palatable. I have never quite understood why the Merry Harriers seems to be overlooked by the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

The Pub also boasts a one-acre campsite.

mactavish - 10 Dec 2004 12:11

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