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The Withies Inn, Compton - pub details

Address: Withies Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1JA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 21071) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Farncombe (1.3 miles), Godalming (1.9 miles), Shalford (2.6 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.3/10 (rated by 34 users)
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Not really a pub - more a restaurant with a bit of a bar. Dogs NOT welcome. Four ales on - Greene King IPA, Hog's Back TEA, Adnam's and Sharp's Doombar (standard fare, but deeply unimaginative - and there are several good craft breweries in this area). Decent pint of Hog's Back "Hazy Hog" cider (made by Thatchers). Middle-aged landlady with a bizarre 2000s emo asymmetric long fringe and shaved short at the back, and more orange fake tan than Donald Trump visiting Essex. All other staff were Eastern European - pubs wonder why locals won't support them when they won't employ locals! Service was glacially slow and largely unhelpful. Portions stingy - lamb arrived cold and had to be sent back for reheating twice, and my "10oz" steak (little more than half that) arrived charred. I'd asked for it to be moderately well done, not blackened. It was largely flavourless, rescued only by a rather good pepper sauce. A request to obtain a beef wellington without chicken liver paté was rejected as apparently it's all pre-prepared. Variations on the menu are impossible here. The veal was skipped as it's Dutch veal. My brother's summer fruits meringue proved to be just a plate of fruit with a 1-inch-diameter wafer-thin disc of meringue, more ornamental than part of the food. The prices are eye-wateringly expensive too. As for the building - it certainly has character, and it is mercifully devoid of dove-grey paint, but the windows are small and it's really dark and dingy - not helped by drapes being hung on all the dining room windows (presumably for diners' privacy). The tables and chairs are child-sized and really crammed in - it made for a most uncomfortable experience, with no elbow room whatsoever. Noise levels were high, and the inanity of the bellowed conversation at other tables was truly depressing. Ceilings are VERY low - I'm only 5ft 10ins tall and had to duck through the room between the bar and dining room - to be expected with such an old pub, I suppose. However, on the basis of my experience, I will neither return nor recommend the Withies to anyone else.
EccentricRichard - 31 Jul 2016 01:57
A very good find. It is "old fashioned" in the best sense of the word. The drink is good and the food is excellent; the location is out-of-the-way, but is very pleasant. Yes, the people waiting on table are "mature" but that is no bad thing, when you consider how an inexperienced waiter can mangle an order. This will be worth coming back to when I am in the area again. 8/10
HenPen - 27 Jan 2013 17:59
Big pub but much of the inside is set aside for restaurant type tables. Huge garden. Green King and Adnams on, only tried the Adnams which was fine. Restaurant food is at the top end of the price range but bar type meals are much more reasonable. Staff are all "older types" who actually seem to know how to run a pub, so service is fast and faultless.
alan_From_SAWW - 15 Apr 2012 17:06
Large pub, L shaped inside. Packed solid Tuesday lunch time with diners. Must be good, to be so popular - seeing how it's stuck up a rough country lane in the outback. Difficult to get served with a drink at the bar so we left without ordering.
redbarrel - 11 Nov 2011 21:08
I liked it but the overall impression was Fawlty Towers!

Nice garden for a drink on a summer evening with plenty of seating in a peaceful setting.

Decent food heavily biased towards seafood and a good selection of steaks. Priced towards the upper end of the range.

Bizarre waiters who all look like they have been working there for 40 years and everything comes on doillies! But polite and efficient.

Three ales on, unfortunately Green King and an Adnams which are not the most exciting but at least there was the local TEA.
beergibbon - 14 Jun 2011 07:20

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