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Harrow Inn, Caterham

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user reviews of the Harrow Inn, Caterham

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Another visit here with a big group of walkers. I think the place might have changed hands since my last visit. Six beers on handpumps including Ringwood best, Flying Scotsman Caledonian, Speckled hen, Hobgoblin. Food and beer both excellent, this has turned into a really nice pub.
alan_From_SAWW - 3 Oct 2012 16:44
Scores out of 5
Beers on offer 5 - Beer quality 4 - Full pint? 4 - Service 3 - Clientele 4
Garden & view 4 - Welcome & staff 4 - Parking 4 - Toilets 2 - Comfort 4
TOTAL 38 out of 50 OVERALL RATING 36 to 40 = 8

Comment: Nice country pub especially on a sunny day and the range of beers is excellent with some nice unusual ones. Beer always well kept and they run beer festivals a couple of times a year which rival the local CAMRA festival. Best Caterham pub? A bit far out to include in a crawl I think, but with their range just crawl their bar.

Thirstyworker - 18 Jun 2012 16:52
Great pub, drank here for a few years on & off.
Always 5-7 real ales on tap & a few lagers on tap as well.
London Pride, Flying Scotsman, Hob Goblin, Butcombe, Ringwood Best, Tribute. + more.
Friendly staff, landlord likes to keep noise in pub down, so family friendly.

Yes, the food is pricey, but would rather pay 10-12 for a fantastic main course as only pub in area with decent food.

They also throw a beer festival twice a year in April & Ocrober.
caterhambloke - 7 Jun 2012 18:05
Nice pub, good selection of ale and a symonds cider, rare on draft. Inside is lovely. Food a bit pricy.
clan4 - 4 Jan 2012 13:22
Smashing country pub with friendly service and good ale. It was lovely to see Thwaites Wainwright on the bar - what a great pint this is and how fabulous to have such fine beer associated with that brilliant writer of walking books.
slickslinger - 7 Dec 2011 15:01
just returned from north africa,still a good pub,good service and good ale,love this pub from my days at caterham,shame pat has left....
guv2 - 7 Sep 2011 15:27
Good choice of beers (Pride, Tribute, Crop Circle). Three of our group ordered soup which was served cold, but this was soon rectified with profuse apologies. All other food first rate.

rentaquote - 1 Feb 2011 22:52
bye the way where is pat,she is an icon of the harrow,i remember many times she would tell us off...........!
theguv1 - 18 Jan 2011 19:30
bye the way where is pat,she is an icon of the harrow,i remember many times she would tell us off...........!
theguv1 - 18 Jan 2011 19:30
great to be back in my old local,the ale was good and so was the food ! 5years living away makes you understand, what we miss, the good old fashioned pub.
theguv1 - 18 Jan 2011 19:18
I recently moved to the area and now visit The Harrow regularly. It is located right on the North Downs Way, so great for walking in the area. Very good, ever changing, selection of quality of beers - with beer festivals twice a year.
Recently they acquired a new Head Chef and changed the menu. Food very good. would recommend the burger.
robrule - 16 Jan 2011 16:49
A return visit to this nice pub. Walked in unannounced with 10 of us, a lot of reserved tables around but we managed to fit in OK. Deuchars, Adnams and Speckled hen on. Food was very good indeed, everyone enjoyed their meals. They do a special deal if you're over 60, 5 for a (slightly smaller) main meal + a coffee. There's a big marquee in the garden so you can sit outside even if it's raining.
alan_From_SAWW - 5 Sep 2010 17:34
I suspect what it tells you Brightboy is that there is a recession at the moment. Still the best pub for miles.
tony34081 - 18 Jul 2010 23:04
It's up for sale. Tells you a few things.
brightboy - 26 Jun 2010 08:14
Always quiet when I have visited, ales good but food expensive and they don't serve all day. Furnishings need updating and the gents toilet has a very strong smell of urine. All in all if you just want a quick pint it's fine but as it has no atmosphere I can't say that I will use it as my local.
Greenpilgrim - 26 May 2010 11:35
For over 25 years this was literally the closest local for us. We have seen it go up and down, as pubs do. Under current management it is definitely on the up.
Locals are there, regularly, and we also use it with walkers : nearly all of whom have enjoyed it over the last 3 years or so.
A huge improvement over the dreadful management in the days of Spirit Inns (the manager then seemed to like barring all the local and regular folk . . .!)
Now there is a good quiz night, run by Becks. We were really looked after for a special evening meal with a large group of friends > a first class event enjoyed by all
legs2x11 - 17 Jan 2010 23:35
a very nice pub , which aint to far from caterham station .haven't eaten there as yet ,but well kept beers.theres also a beer festival coming up in early october so bringing a few friends there so they can check it out too.
scunny58 - 16 Sep 2009 11:21
Went to the pub on 22nd taking with me three brothers who had arrived from Australia and USA. I must say I have been before and wanted to show my visitors some of their old haunts. The food was terrible, (one burger was not cooked through hence blood when bitten into, it was returned to the poor over worked barman and returned to my brother re cooked)I think an offer of another burger might have been prefered. The ham egg and chips was good but sandwiches were nothing to write home about and therefore not eaten. Apart from that the beer was good and the staff tried their best. It's a shame they had to keep telling us they were under staffed though. Nop I won't return for a while as it has put me off.
sackvillemum - 30 Aug 2008 17:05
Arrived early Saturday lunchtime as being only decent stop for miles while walking the North Downs Way (which passes within 100 yards). Were immediately followed by large group of ramblers, most of whom beat us to ordering food, but we did not have to wait unduly. 7.25 for decent ham egg and chips. Seemed to be few locals just walkers.
Had 4 ales on, I chose Ringwood (good), also Pedigree, Speckled Hen and Spitfire.
Decor inside a bit depressing though feeling like an open dance floor with pillars

lout_from_the_lane - 11 Feb 2008 14:21
Took a group of walkers there. Staff very helpful. Nice pints of Ringwood & Speckled hen, also had Spitfire on. Food pretty good and reasonably priced. Quite roomy and has a big garden too.
alan_From_SAWW - 9 Feb 2008 18:58
It's a reasonable pub. Nothing spectacular to commend it. The food is nothing special but not expensive; the beer garden is reasonably pleasant and roomy but the interior is a little poorly appointed and not very well kept. The staff look disinterested - not such much rude as just slightly dismissive. In good walking country so by the time you get there, you're not particularly discerning. Not the worst but could be better.
cohenfain - 14 Oct 2007 22:44
fantastic food and ale,agree about pat,best barperson ever
anonymous - 8 Jul 2007 22:49
best barmaid in the area {pat}worth going in just to have a chat with her
theguv1 - 29 Jun 2007 11:57
Took the good lady here for a Sunday Lunch last week. Good Food, Good Value, Good Service, Good Atmosphere, worth a trip
scooterroy - 4 Mar 2007 16:03
Very nice pub - clean, old fashioned and serves food without being too fussy. Well worth a visit.
anonymous - 19 Oct 2006 18:08
Now much improved, clean and tidy, warm welcome. Used to suffer from the white van disease but now too posh for them - truth be told that's not difficult to achieve but too many publicans seem content to cater for a few loud swearing shaven headed fat bastards at the expense of everyone else.

Anyway a nice mix in the Harrow now, young and old, reasonably priced food, good beer range, Ringwood in top condition. Worth a visit, great spot to base a walk from.
nickdavies - 3 Sep 2006 14:52
Took a friend for lunch today. What a smashing little pub. Friendly bar maid made us so welcome and even asked for the dogs name whom she made a fuss of. Will certainly visit again. Food nicely served and very reasonably priced. Only thing I didn't like was the little road from Bletchingly, went home via caterham. Well worth the trip though.
anonymous - 27 Jun 2006 20:37
Nice traditional pub, service was friendly, food and beer was good.
TheGP - 2 May 2006 22:13
Only been here once near Xmas time during the afternoon. Came in from a long walk having been lashed by rain. They let the dog in. Was greeted to a deserted pub and chose a nice spot right by the wood burner to dry out. Ale good and had local brews too. Charming pub all in all.
ARJH - 13 Apr 2006 13:31
new management 2005, slow to make improvements.will try again spring 06 could be worth visit
ickle_donkey - 15 Mar 2006 19:09
Lovely pub in the middle of nowhere. Good ales and good food. Probably the best in the area.
anonymous - 29 Nov 2005 17:12
Wow! What a difference. The owners have changed and the pub has gone a bit more up market. The beer is good and the food is superb ( what I tried anyway)
girly - 11 May 2005 22:04
Well suited for walkers and a nice range of beers. Strangely crummy.
Nick - 17 Aug 2004 13:16
Truly beautiful, from what I remember. I used to work there several years ago. It's quite literally in the middle of nowhere, perched between woods at the top of a steep hill, but surprisingly busy all the same. During the summer, there used to be a lot of gloriously mellow hippy types with guitars and joss-sticks in the pub garden. On the back of the old food menus, it claimed to be the "Highest Pub in Surrey". I'm saying nothing.

Love + the hills are alive,

Lady B xxx

ladybast25 - 2 Feb 2004 20:02

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