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Hand in Hand, Boxhill

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We went for a Sunday carvery with our 5 month old baby (and two grandparents) and had a lovely time.

Plus points:

The carvery was stupidly good value at £9.95. I've paid more and got less, no complaints about this.

If you've got kids, it's perfect. We got in at opening time and nabbed a corner table in the bar area, loads of room for pram. There was a large separate restaurant area and another space for adults which was showing football, but it was well enough away not to distract us.

Toilets were clean and modern.

Inside was clean and spacious with an open fire. Outside area looked brilliant for better weather.

Service was excellent, staff friendly.

Parking was easy.

Gripes:

Restaurant area looked nice but we decided not to book it as there we would've had to leave the table after a set time (I think it was 90mins). We stayed at our bar table (no time limit) for two hours, which was perfect for a long lazy lunch.

The choice of three ales (one of which was Harveys) quickly became a choice of one as the other two were off. Dissapointed by this but the ale that was on tasted lovely.

Though the inside is clean and modern in a 'Farrow and Ball' style, some may find it a bit soulless. I personally don't mind too much as it worked really well for a relaxing family lunch (especially for my wife who's having to deal with being mum 24/7). I love more traditional pubs, but they're not always as pram-friendly.

Overall:
Perfect pub for a Sunday roast, especially if you've got youngsters (the oldies enjoyed it too). Food, beer and atmosphere were great. Will be returning.
Plastique_Bertrand - 2 Jan 2013 15:51
A large pub on the top of Box Hill. There is a large lounge with the bar on the left which had 4 hand pumps though only 3 had beers on. The lounge is very comfortably laid out with leather sofas and chairs and a real log fire. The far end of the lounge is laid out for food and there is another large room behind the bar. It has bare flagstones throughout which gives it a bit of a country kitchen look. There is a large garden on the right which I couldn't try because it was pissing with rain when I was there. Wee worth a visit.
boozers_knows - 17 Nov 2012 14:46
The Tree is a large place, seems to be heavily food based with a huge dining area at the back. Visited after my disappointing beer at The Arkle, place was full of friendly locals who were enjoying a friday beer. Found a quiet corner and enjoyed a decent pint, faith somewhat restored in our country pubs.
fetchman - 15 Jul 2012 17:00
Third name in about six months! And, there's talk of a fourth - after the Olympic Games which will stage a major cycling event on nearby Boxhill. Olympic Arms?
randolf7 - 3 Apr 2012 11:56
No, beerlager is right. This pub is now called The Box Tree (I checked on its website). The box tree grows on Boxhill, very near where this pub is located. Now a fine pub, by any standards; please change to correct name.
wealdman - 15 Sep 2011 16:14
Completely refurbed and now renamed as the "Box tree inn". Bright airy place with wooden or stone floors. Big garden. Brakespears, Doombar, Spitfire & Black horse on pump. Tried all but the Brakespears and they were fine. Menu promised a lot but delivered rather less, food was bland and disappointing. Sandwiches were by far the best option. Service was painfully slow for a couple of people.
alan_From_SAWW - 15 Sep 2011 15:44
Now called The Box Tree, after a major refurb. Might be the best pub in East Surrey - everything excellent; food, beer and service. Olympic cycle racing nearby, next year. 10/10
beerlager - 4 Sep 2011 17:03
Avoid this place like the plague if you value good service and good food.
warrenpark - 4 Jul 2010 16:10
MY fav pub in surrey - it got it all. A little 18's side with a pool table and awsome food, good fruties and a wide selection of food (very good chips). Perfect after a cycle ride up there. Bar staff always smiling and happy, the daughter is unbelievblely hot....! Will continue to travel there! Good stuff, keep up the good work! ...(we all miss jon!)
thelads - 23 Jan 2008 16:37
OMG!! walked in to find the landlady?? swearing and shouting at some young regulars. The food: when did homemade food mean microwave curry for 7.50 disgusting. and you get some smelly dirty dog watching you eat. Never again.
baalaa - 2 Jan 2008 12:55
Stopped off at this pub as part of a hike and, whilst it wasn't partcularly welcoming, it does deserve better than its current abysmal rating of 3.2. Beer was OK, they let us park until evening, they let the kids eat sandwiches in the pub, it wasn't that bad at all. I'm going to have to vote here...
arkaye - 13 Apr 2007 04:44
great pub great food , the only dog i saw was the little westie that is as friendly as if she was your own lovley,cant wait to return great atmosphere and i would say a great place to work as they all seemed to be haveing fun with the customers , including myself , no smell at all only of lovely cooking
shannon12 - 17 Oct 2006 10:42
well has changed managment and i must say they have been there from march 2006, rob and mary have really turned this pub around, the food is great and all home cooked and no frozen whatsoever! sunday roast is a must i havent seen this pub as busy as it is now in years , they are a great crowd that use it and i was very impressed with how friendly the staff all were been in there on my own and was spoken to like i had been a regular for years will def reccomend and also will be visiting on regular occasions now . well done you 2!!
anonymous - 17 Oct 2006 10:39
It use to be a great pub to work in. I have a lot of fond memories of it. I popped in a while ago to see if an old friend of mine was still there, but he wasnt. It had changed management and it just wasnt the same. It has lost the warm friendly atmosphere and the guy behind the bar was nowhere near as friendly as the last one.
The food was ok.
xbarmaid - 20 May 2006 00:07
Was a lovely pub untill the new landlord and landlady turned up, he is rude, arrogant and as said previously, very unwelcoming. Don't know what has happened to this once very popular village pub. NEEDS NEW MANAGEMENT, QUICK!!
anonymous - 25 Aug 2005 12:27
To add, none of us were anywhere near under age.
mr_stupot - 7 Jan 2005 12:11
Went for a walk one cold night and then drove to a nearby pub for a drink. We found the guy who served us (apparently the landlord) very abrupt and rude. To be fair though, he was sticking to their ID principle but was very rude about it. After joking that we could stay for a coke, we left - probably never to return.

We all left the pub feeling offended and unwelcome. It's a spacious pub in a pretty location, didn't get to try the food or beer so I can't comment.
mr_stupot - 7 Jan 2005 12:09
One of those pubs that you don't mind driving to, because you know you are going to get great beer and food.
dave - 1 May 2003 07:57

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