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The Garland, Redhill - pub details

Garland
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Address: 5, Brighton Rd, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6PP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1993) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Redhill (0.3 miles), Earlswood - Surrey (0.6 miles), Reigate (1.6 miles)

Brewery: Harveys

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Although only seven weeks since Lynx's last post, it's all-change yet-again at The Garland, which frustratingly continues to find no takers as long-term tenants, and remains in the uncertain and sadly often indifferent hands of a caretaker holding company. Harvey's are apparently insisting that they're simply holding out for suitable newbies to take the reins, although even if the present approach is not a deliberate strategy to wear it down with a view to a flash sale as a residential prospect, it is without doubt having an attritional effect, as many locals begin to desert in favour of more welcoming and stable alternatives.

For now, the latest incumbents are Tina and Dave, who have experience in the industry over 25 years and if they seem familiar, you're most likely to have last seen them at The White Lion at the other end of the road in the last three months. Greene King have closed that pub and sold it on, although it remains unclear as to whether the new owners are to reopen it as a going concern, or convert it to other use. In any event, for the interim it has at least given the G a default boost in custom beyond the die-hard regulars wishing to keep the faith while it's in the doldrums, as it has inherited several refugees from the WL, which is no bad thing. At least they've got somewhere they can use as an alternative.

While the cosmetic state of the place inside and out is clearly evident, there have been some moves to make changes - not all appropriate or necessary but that's the nature of holding companies who apply a catch-all template to pubs with no nuances. The overarching observation in my (albeit restricted) experience of late has been consistency in cask ale quality - the Lewes Castle Brown I enjoyed last Friday was on cracking form, and so at least whoever is doing the cellaring seems to know what's needed. If the G loses its beer quality reputation, it really could be the road to ruin as it's primarily traded on this for 26 years.

I can't help but harbour doubts and worries, but so far, all is not lost, and it's still a decent watering hole, just without the heart it had and so sorely needs back. We can but hope.
Gamboozler - 20 Sep 2018 16:30
Jon gone; and with him the management company that let the place run down so badly.

We'll see what happens next, and whether Harveys are really interested in restoring the Garland as one of their flagship ale houses. There is a lot of work to be done.

In the meantime don't expect any food, and do expect frankly hit-and-miss ale quality. Steve is running the show for now, and things are starting to look promising again.
lynx - 31 Jul 2018 15:53
After a decidedly thin period of two weeks during which the management company Harvey's have drafted-in to run The Garland (and who are in fact now the signed tenants) initially employed someone entirely unsuited to managing pubs and who threatened to lose it what modest custom remained, things have been rectified considerably. This is mostly thanks to the appointment of Jon, who was known and liked prior to his arrival, and seems to have a far-better notion of how to run this kind of venue, and is receptive specifically to what 'Garlanders' prefer.

Drinks-wise, things remain as they were, although with a broader - and I am bound to say more-consistently-kept - range of Harvey's cask beers available. Usually one will find at least five served, rising to six plus a real cider (Cheddar Valley at present). I believe this will help to gradually lure back some of those who were disillusioned and restore the pub to one of its key strengths - provision of sound beer. For non-cask lovers, Jon has also reinstated Guinness, alongside a couple of lager options, which may well please some folk.

Food is being catered-for nicely and what looks to be a suitably-pitched menu is now operating - i.e. hearty and accessible pub meals offered at what I'd judge as competitive prices. I've yet to sample the solid wares myself, but it can't help but lend a hand to bringing back a more healthy balance sheet.

D├ęcor is as it ever was - by that I mean suited to the Victorian shell it sits in, but in need of some tender loving care! The brewery have agreed to a refurbishment, apparently scheduled for April, so watch this space. The musty and virtually shagpile-free carpet may only have to be endured for another couple of months!

Jon and Co seem to be taking the best of the past while tweaking things to ensure a more sustainable future. The management company seem to allow him a reasonable degree of autonomy, and he is free to introduce ideas that customer feedback indicates may be popular - meat raffles, sporting events etc. It's a long road yet to travel if it is to return fully to its finest hour, especially in today's restrictive climate. But I have more faith that it'll come closer now than in its darkest days of October. Best of luck folks.
Gamboozler - 16 Feb 2018 15:41
Alas, Pete and Anca have decided to call it a day early and hang up their beer towels. While I fully-appreciate they have reasons for this and they shall be much-missed, we must now hope that in a few months'' time, whoever is found to take over will be at least as good a custodian of this classic pub as its predecessors have in their different ways.

The difficulty is that from most sources I hear from, the direction that Harvey''s Brewery seem to be taking is far from one which most would like to see, and increasingly they are marginalising tenanted arrangements in favour of managed houses, which does not in my book bode well for the future. It will take someone very tolerant and in love with the industry to want to work with them now. As always, only time will tell.

Gamboozler - 1 Sep 2017 16:04
The Garland is this year's recipient of the coveted East & Mid Surrey CamRA 'Pub of the Year' Award, which is arguably a long-overdue recognition of its primacy as a local hostelry built on decent cask beer. Well done Pete for securing this accolade.

I should just add for anyone still using this site for information on pubs is that food-wise things are developing too; Anca is utilising her heritage to provide a range of Romanian dishes, served tapas-style, on the first Thursday of every month.
Gamboozler - 21 Mar 2017 12:50

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