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user reviews of the Prince of Wales, Reigate

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Shepherd Neame beer is not a favourite of mine.

OK pub near the station. Convenient but not particularly memorable.
terenced - 13 Feb 2018 08:49
Nice refurb but still lacks something.

Owner quite rude sometimes.

Ales are mostly Sheperd Neame dribble... yucky.

No live music seen now either..

Bar snacks are tasty though!!!
pmusty - 18 Sep 2014 16:50
Nice selection of the more unusual shepherd neame ales on tap. The pub has recently been refurbished inside so it is very smart but still friendly. There is a beer garden overlooking the railway with a ping pong table. Right next to reigate station so very handy!
julesbaby - 2 Apr 2014 15:41
Great refurb. Beer good and the pub is really alive. Well done.
addlened - 28 Mar 2014 14:07
I would scrap any of the reviews below. When a pub has a complete refurb (which it has done, and looks great), it completely changes the atmosphere of the pub. Not only the customers that walked through the door, but also the enthusiasm of the bar staff.

I know this site mainly entertains the CAMRA crew, so you may not be able to please everyone. Just go in and check it out for yourselves. Great atmosphere now, new beers on tap, and wine available. Maybe you will change your opinion.
lottieh987 - 12 Sep 2013 12:04
Closed - for refurb; passed by the pub today.
tradervic - 14 Aug 2013 14:32
Live band the Velvet Undertones 13/07.Excellent band.Great atmosphere all round.Well done Prince of Wales for putting on live music.
hergest - 20 Jul 2013 03:29
Not strictly the pub, but outside, normally between it and the train station, there's the new 'pop up pizza' set up. You may have seen them around Reigate before at other pubs and public spaces? Couple of people tow their oven trailer to a spot and cook pizzas freshly to order normally on a friday night. Usually smells nice as you're passing, but haven't tried it myself.
Ryogasan - 4 Jun 2013 22:34
Thought I'd stick my nose in again after a year, mid- afternoon. Sadly, nothing changed. Its clean because the very pleasant lady serving was busy polishing mirrors. Old grumpy was living up to his title, but upon mentioning this to one of the 5 locals, was told "so would you be if you knew the Landlady !" The beer was well served but I wont be rushing back - not that they seem to care !
inowhatilike - 7 Oct 2012 20:18
Fair enough although the barmaid who was wearing tiny shorts may think about checking for customers a little more rather than chatting to her mates. The pub sells Shepherd Neame's three of their indistinguishable ales in OK condition.
anotherpintplease - 19 Sep 2012 07:58
Moderately above average......for a railway station pub. Table tennis in the garden is the best thing going for it.
filf - 7 May 2012 22:13
Dingy pub, grumpy landlord who always books tedious live bands. beer ok
FredWhispers - 4 Sep 2011 20:07
No, there's no bar billiards anymore, I know I played in the team. Landlord used to charge us over the odds for the team's sarnies and then eat most of them himself ! Pub was featured on TV's "60-minute Makeover".
tommo5 - 23 Jul 2011 23:57
Very clean, very relaxed pub with very good home cooked lunchtime menu.The beers are served in sparkling condition although restricted to Shepherd Neames own brews of Bitters and Lagers. Big screen Sky t.v. and nice beer garden great for Train spotters . Faults ? The Landlord is forever busy so getting served can sometimes result in a wait and the occasional cheery smile would be welcome,
inowhatilike - 7 Jul 2011 14:27
Stopped in here at the weekend, after narrowly missing my train to London.

I had picked this pub out intentionally, after reading some decent reviews below.

I must say, I was very dissappointed. Very average pub ... loud rugby being screened. No decent cider.

Mr Grumpy says "Amazing, a decent pub in Reigate" ... I would hate to see the rest of the pubs.
Pat_Bateman - 8 Feb 2010 09:42
Currently my local..... nice little pub, with garden. Great live music every other Saturday night, which always sees the place packed.
Bombay_and_tonic - 15 Sep 2009 09:44
Been somewhat amiss in that I forgot to drop a review in the box for this pub when I was last there - which is all of 5 months ago now. However, for what it's worth, assuming there have been no seismic shifts in its character in that time, I can report I was impressed by the PoW. To a degree that was a measure of my expectations, which were not high, as I've been here periodically over the years and always found it lively enough, but mediocre in most respects. Certainly not so in March; it was still a lively venue with a salt-of-the-earth clientele. Good range of Sheps' beer on including an excellent Kent's Best. Also the service was found to be pleasant despite it being a hectic period when staff were clearly under some pressure to keep customers topped up.
The pub was always known locally for its live music; there was none on when I went but I imagine it still has performing acts appearing and so for those who want an extra dimension to their evening might want to look into this.
Not an absolute stunner by any means, but worthy of an occasional visit. Furthermore, as there are relatively few other decent boozers in the area, and it is a merry joint, I would say it would be viable for a night out in it's own right at the weekend without the need to move on elsewhere.

TWG - 26 Aug 2009 12:57
Amazing, a decent pub in Reigate, a town full of very dodgy bald men.
mrgrumpy - 18 Jun 2009 18:41
Friendly sort of place, right by Reigate railway station. Very nice pint of Kent's Best.
rpadam - 19 May 2008 20:53
Excellent pub with a great pint of Spitfire.

Only used it on afternoons when it's not too busy, must go there during the evening. Very handy for Reigate station.
kevmac - 29 Apr 2008 12:56
Great pub. Staff always really friendly, always a nice atmosphere and a great place to watch the international rugby and football. Best pub in Reigate.
BigWill71 - 13 Feb 2008 19:13
Visited this pub for the first time last night. It's clean and nicely decorated in deep reds and creams, with a log fire and candles on the tables. The beers were well maintained and the coffee was a generous mug full, at a reasonable price. It's seems a really nice pub, albeit in a light industrial part of Reigate and my vivist was on a quiet night. I'll be back....
Adrian_S - 5 Feb 2008 16:36
A FANTASTIC establishment! A lovely welcoming log fire in the Winter, a large Garden for the summer. Large group of friendly 'regulars'. The biggest screen locally shows live sporting events (predominantly Rugby), Live bands some weekends.
***Well run & great fun***
FussyDrinker - 30 Nov 2007 14:10
This is the best pub in Reigate with a great Landlord & lady. Keith & Therese. Superb beers and wines served in a very friendly atmosphere. Great garden with own live railway track (only please don't try and play with the trains they are a little large). Garden has BBQ centre plenty of tables and table tennis for the more energetic customers..... Live bands and large screen for those international sports events. See you there
Alcopops10 - 27 Jun 2007 20:20
Up for one of the best in Reigate. Went in by accident thought I might get a kicking but was very thirsty - very surprised how it's changed - top boozer!
VKBarney - 21 Mar 2007 19:24
Bar billiards ? Not any more. Good friendly pub though with very pleasant management (Keith and Teresa).
Dorkingtom - 13 Mar 2007 15:34
It's still a 'quite good' visit if you're a local. Nice and dark inside, welcoming and consistently good beer quality and a fair choice available. I'm always happy to visit
goosegog - 15 Oct 2006 19:40
Worth missing a train for. Usually quiet and not full of the idiots who frequent the town centre pubs.
anotherpintplease - 24 Feb 2006 12:26
top marks for having bar billiards and a real log fire.
crispsandbeer - 2 Jan 2006 00:04
Great pub - Prince of Darkness image has long gone and current landlords had done an excellent job gutting the place and refurbishing it completely including the garden. Very friendly and professional - superb food at lunchtime and have Sky Sports - locals are a bit crazy!!
Spurschick - 6 Oct 2005 12:45
A nice place.

Reasonable friendly crowd, although they can be a little bit "clicky".

Good staff, nice atmosphere and generally a nice place to go.

They have a Big Screen thingy for big sports events, Darts, and a good selection of beers & wines. Oh, and occasional live music.

Well worth a visit.
RobW - 3 Aug 2005 12:37
The POW was previously called the "Prince of Darkness" by wary locals but since Bruno the dog departed it has taken on a much friendly guise. Hurlimann is a good tipple but can lead to pipe trouble the next morning. Worth a pint or two during midweek and right next to the Station for an easy getaway.

Arrows rating - Used to have a darts or pool not both policy but the board has since been moved. Not the best positioning but worth a throw.
anonymous - 11 Jul 2005 16:59
A rising star, Having been one of the best and worse pubs in Reigate over the last few years.

Décor has improved, beer is excellent. Staff are friendly, if only they could get rid of the hangers-on from the bad old days it would be almost perfect.

local_lad - 8 Jun 2005 14:12
They serve Hurlimann here which I had never even heard of previously! It's a bit like Stella. Quite a cosy atmosphere. Maybe the weather outside made it seem better but I quite like it here
Will2 - 8 Apr 2005 21:00
The pub seems to have become 'The Landlord's Favourite' with most of Landlords from Reigate pubs come. Quite busy now at weekends with some good music, all very friendly. I'm glad I came back, the pub has changed so much. Well done to K and T....
spitfire - 25 Jan 2005 15:39
The POW has seen terrific improvement and is now a genuinely warm and friendly place with a choice of ales and a log fire in the winter! Unfortunately the pool table has gone but it does have a Bar Billiards table. Whilst not a lively pub there's nothing much wrong with it. The landlord has made a very good job of making The POW a nice place to be again
goosegog - 7 Jan 2005 16:34
Much improved since new landlord and landlady installed. Now only one dog, cleaner, re-decorated and decent food. Plus that rarity, a bar billiards table ...
Peter - 1 Oct 2004 17:35
Good beer & music, well worth a visit, proximity to rail station a bonus, plenty of outdoor space for summer evenings as well...
Jfre - - 7 Jun 2004 21:23
picturesque (ahem) garden next to busy rail line - your head is at rail-level but not a bad pub. Has live music, used to go there at lunch times when at Reigate College. Dogs look scary but are soft as girls.
Tom - 4 Apr 2004 21:38
Stinks of dog. House whisky very cheap but very watered down. Very small and drab Didn't stay there long, shan't be going again.
Dan - 19 Sep 2003 16:08
Massive chip butties very good value.
Vindaloo - 13 Aug 2003 13:42
Sure there have been deaths in boxing but none of them have been serious
Alan Minter - 10 Apr 2003 14:26
As an occasional regular at this pub, I'd like to set a few things straight as far as the comments I've read here are concerned and give what I feel to be a fairer review of the place.

When my girlfriend and I first visited the Prince of Wales, I must confess that we were a little dubious. This was a personal bias based on my experiences of pubs near train stations in other towns (The POW backs onto the railway), not being the most welcoming of establishments.

I was pleased to find that the POW was the exception to my perceived rule and that we were made to feel welcome by the Landlord (who's name is Dave by the way).

It is a locals' pub and for the first few months that we were visiting, Helen and I kept ourselves to ourselves, favouring a particular corner and enjoying the privacy that the pub afforded a couple.

To the correspondent that merely viewed the locals from afar and saw fit to pass judgement on them as waiting for God, I would suggest that he might have got to know them as people and not curiousities to be able to offer an informed opinion.

Over time, Helen and I have got to talking to the locals, who accept and welcome us into their pub and they are without exception a nice group of people. This is a locals' pub and therefore to a degree it is theirs. It is their second home in many cases and a place where they feel comfortable among their peers. Surely that's the whole point of a "Public House"?

On the subject of the dogs, there are no Rottweilers. There is Cindy, a 15 year-old cross-breed, who is like a friendly old Aunt; then there's Bruno, who's a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the best example of that breed that I have ever encountered.

"Staffs" are normally regarded as being ferocious dogs and I certainly wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of Bruno if ever he were called to do his duty as a protector of his master and his home. In truth though, unless threatened or doing his job as a faithful dog, Bruno is the friendliest, most docile example of the breed that I have seen. And that is testament to the responsibility of his master, Dave the Landlord.

Yes, Dave, his wife sharon and the rest of the regulars have made Helen and I feel welcome and at home in their pub for a couple of years now and we will continue to enjoy the hospitality extended to us at the Prince of Wales for a long time I feel.

As far as rating the place is concerned, facilities-wise, the pub is well-specced. I rate the place for what it is though: a public house, and on that criterion I give it a 9.
ninthmagpie - 19 Feb 2003 12:25
You can either play pool or darts - not both.
Capt. James Tiberius Kirk - 29 May 2002 12:13
Excellent quiz on a wednesday night. Special offer of 2 seats for the price of 1.
Clive Jennings - 29 May 2002 12:01

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