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The Blue Bell Inn, Dockenfield - pub details

Address: Dockenfield, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4EX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 18503) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bentley - Hants (2.4 miles), Farnham (4.1 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.1/10 (rated by 28 users)
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The Bluebell reopened at the beginning of March under new management and it is nice to see the place busy again. The pub is run by an experienced young couple Robin & Lucy Catchpole supported by his Chef Simon and many of his staff followed him from his previous pub. Robin is a kean Real Ale Fan and has aspirations to eventually brew his own beer. The once blanf pub has over the last few months been transformed with new wood panelling, and redecorations making it much more cosy. The pub has a large garden and I cannot wait for the summer when I new childrens play area is planned. Garden tables will appear soon. There are four real ales and being a freehouse do vary but regular beers include Tripple fff Moondance, Ringwood Boondoogle, Hoggs Back Tea, Adams Southwold. There is a preference for LocAle ales. The pub serves excellent reasobably priced food - most mains under £10. You must try the homemade Scotch Eggs which are runny in the middle. It is essential to book for Sunday Lunch, normally a choice of three meets at £9.95. If you like your beef pink, your prayers are answered. Pub gets busy weekends and I would recommend you book.
rayhagger - 10 Apr 2013 20:08
Reopened a few months ago. Agreed with 'Jkbayley' comment about bland decor on out first couple of visits but has improved greatly recently with some trinkets an paint bringing back a bit of character. Good selection of ale as freeholds become harder to find. A couple of knowledgable and passionate staff and good reasonably priced food make this a cracking place to eat or drink.

One of my favourite pubs in the area, I look forward to the summer and making the most of their large beer garden.
matthuds - 9 Apr 2013 19:47
A bit bland and empty inside. Some nice sofas but tucked away or torn between fire and draughty door.
Nice selection of beers that were well served. Cannot comment on the food.
We should try it again in the summer.
jkbayley - 23 Mar 2013 15:23
Having read their web site where they claim to be a walkers pub my wife and I set off on a 5 mile jaunt with a view to spending a pleasant hour enjoying their self proclaimed fine ales and splendid food. When we arrived we were told very abruptly and rudely that the entire pub had been booked out for a private function and that if we were not a part of the party could we please leave. Nothing I could do would persuade the nasty little youngster, who I believe is the joint owner, to sell me even a pint of beer to drink at the back of the garden. We were told in no uncertain terms that we would have to leave immediately. I think the owners have given in to short term greed and forgotten that they have long term customers to consider. I certainly will not be going back there again. I would suggest to others that, as it is a long way out, and as there is nothing on their web site to give a clue that it may not be open to the public on any particular day, they are taking a big risk in driving or walking all the way there just to be turned rudely away.
NickSharp - 10 Jun 2012 17:00
Great that we don't have to suffer youg kids in a 'pub'.
A pub is just that & we don't all want to endure this.!

I sugguest you go to a family friendly chain and use the childrens menu, and leave a proper pub to the grown ups........!!
If children are taken to pubs they have not chosen this but you as a parent have, so use your discretion and visit a watering hole that tolerates & indulges you.
As for the rest of your review, it is just negative & inaccurate.
This is a site for reviewing BEER.........in the main,which is served very well and in good condition, AGAIN.!
ladiesview - 6 Feb 2012 11:00

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