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Clifton Arms, Caterham

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user reviews of the Clifton Arms, Caterham

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This is now a hole in the ground. You can join the family that ran this madhouse for real ale and the local (illegal) grafitti artist (their grandson) at the Golden Clifton oops that's the Golden Lion.
Thirstyworker - 7 Aug 2012 18:19
It's gone. Would love to know what happened to the wonderful bar back that was there since the pub was built
rtbi - 26 Jun 2012 23:08
Demolished - flats on the way.
tradervic - 19 May 2012 22:36
This pub has now shut down and the people running it have taken over and re-opened the Golden Lion. All the interesting military and local history paraphernalia has apparently moved with them.
Old_Caterhamian - 13 Jul 2009 12:09
I understand this pub is closing soon and the odd couple that run it are said to be taking another pub in the area. I have used this pub for years and it used to be one of the best pubs in the area but sadly as stated before a lot of people barred on the whim of the owners for anything from questioning the quality of the beer or food to having dirty footware etc. Every pub has its loudmouths and big heads i suppose but in this pub they get to stay while normal punters ejected, maybe they are related! The landlady is nice enough when she is sober and the beer and food ok and not a rough house like some not far away so to sum up nice pub but could be so much better.
Cantstandelvis - 13 Mar 2009 08:06
Considering the lack of decent pubs in Caterham, or even within a few miles, The Clifton really stands out. Clean, friendly and with the added bonus of lots of history. A great place for a simple pint.
timlloyd - 11 Jan 2009 17:27
hi
Was wondering if anyone knows the history of this pub please. Ive just found out - whilst doing family history research that a family member ran this pub in 1871 - he was called William Wilson, just wondered if i could find out if this was correct and any other history.
thanks ever so much
Maz
maz66 - 13 May 2008 13:40
Good to see that they sell Old Rosie cider (even if they had run out whwn we visited).

Still open now (April 08) but the planning application to turn it into flats is advertised on the wall.
jgurney1 - 11 Apr 2008 00:47
After my first visit in the summer I realised I had been missing out on the best pub in the area.
The only down side on that occasion was the childish big head sitting at the bar. He was a late middle aged man drinking something green out of a pint jug and boring everyone with his opinions.
Been back many times since without seeing this character, but he was talking about building bridges so guess he is over seas on an engineering job.

Great Pub!
ratskiller - 25 Oct 2007 17:29
The last two comments have made me chuckle, one clerly written by an angry (and possibly flatulent,)punter (it's picnic by the way,) and one by the owner landlord, the clue being in the phrase 'THE BEER AND WINE IS VERY GOOD I HAVE NOT HAD A COMPLAINT,'

But on to more serious things, whats with the proliferation of pop ups?????? I want to know about beer and not Pepsi or Gambling sites. The linls established (for money?) currently render the site so annoying that it's virtually unusable. Everytime you skim through a review you get another pop up, its madness!
Norealaleinorpington - 24 Oct 2007 14:36
I HAVE READ THE COMMENTS REGARDING THE CLIFTON ARMS AND I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT A FEW THINGS THAT ARNT QUITE RIGHT.

THE LAND LADY IS A VERY NICE SHE IS VERY GENEROUS. SHE ALSO RUNS A GOOD CLEAN PUB AND SHE IS VERY SOCIABLE SHE DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE BAR FOR BURPING AS STATED IN A PREVIOUS COMMENT.

SHE IS A FAIR LADY AND SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEM'S AT ALL SHE WOULD GO OUT OF HER WAY TO TRY AND RESOLVE IT

CAN I JUST SAY THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN A FEW REGULARS IN THE CLIFTON THE PLACE IS JAMMED PACKED MOST OF THE TIME.

THE PUB HOSTS ROCK AND ROLL BANDS ON WEEKENDS WHICH IS GOOD AND VERY ENTERTAINING

THE FOOD IS ALSO VERY GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY AND LOTS OF IT

THE BEER AND WINE IS VERY GOOD I HAVE NOT HAD A COMPLAINT SO I DONT AGREE WITH THE PREVIOUS COMMENTS, SOME OF THESE PEOPLE WERE BARRED FOR A REASON ITS A PITY THEY DIDNT STATE THAT ON THEIR REVIEW AS ONE OF THEM BARRED HIMSELF

THE PUB IS A NATIONAL TREASURE COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES
iloveelvis - 24 Oct 2007 13:28
Where do I start? As a long term drinker in Caterham who has just discovered the use of the internet, let me enlighten you about this particular pub.... The couple that own are a few sandwiches short of picknick! I have personally been barred for questioning whether the gas needed changing! And I have heard tales of people getting barred for such things as burping, asking how long the (average food) would be, whether it is indeed being knocked down for flats! etc etc. Go there at your peril!!!
anonymous - 24 Aug 2007 21:36
Went there last night, the Fullers London Pride was great. There was good live music in the back bar, and whole atmosphere meant that I was sorry to have to leave in order to catch the late bus home. The previous post dated 9th July mentions an application to demolish the site - I hope that never happens, as this pub is a local gem.
CountryBoy - 15 Jul 2007 09:52
Although the surroundings are nice the landlady never got her money back from the charm school. The landlord used to keep a good cellar but is now semi retired and the quality has dropped noticeably. DON'T question the smell or look of the beer or you will be shouted at and barred. Very few "regulars" are left now which is a shame. Recently sold Planning application was filed with Tandridge Council, earlier in the year, for the demolition of these premises.
ratskeller - 9 Jul 2007 10:03
Very friendly and relaxed place on my quick Bank Holiday lunchtime visit. Great pint of Westerham British Bulldog (2.70) while viewing some of the hundreds of interesting old pictures and artefacts that adorn the walls. Hope to be back again one day.
cestrian - 8 May 2007 11:30
This quirky and eccentric pub is one that can be a delight to visit - if only to wonder at all the bric-a-brac, militaria, photos, the back bar which is a homage to Rock & Roll and the 50's. As the local CAMRA pub guide states "...the place rivals Caterham's East Surrey Museum". That's true - in fact it's better because you can enjoy a well kept pint here whilst browsing through the artefacts.

Saturday evenings are always worth a visit to see the ageing "Ted's" and Rock and Rollers - or even to take part in the fun yourself!

Beer range recently improved with the addition of the admirable Westerham Brewery's British Bulldog, which was superb on my visit.
coulsdoncrawler - 25 Feb 2007 18:54
Called in last evening, first time, was pleased. Beer (Fuller LP) in good nick. No shouting or screaming. Very friendly and a new (15 min away) local for me.
blobsplatt - 25 Jan 2007 11:45
Having recently moved to Surrey after some protests I was delighted to find that my local was The Clifton Arms. Although I work overseas so can not visit as often as I like I was made to feel at home immediately.
The place is crammed with so much memerobilia it is almost museum like. You can spend a good few hours reading / viewing the walls / ceilings etc.
A limited range of good home made food and for those who like to jive a Rock and Roll disco or Live Rock and Roll band every Saturday
STOKEYMARK - 20 Oct 2006 23:10
Don't worry about the dull suburban exterior, there's an Aladdin's Cave of mainly military memorabilia inside - until recently there was a big Guards barracks nearby. Worth a trip just for that. Nice if bog standard Pride, Adams etc and real cider. Very comfortable old fashioned pub, thankfully untouched by the refurbishment brigade.
nickdavies - 5 Feb 2006 12:03

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