The Red Barn, Blindley Heath
When you're out and about in the countryside there often seems to be only two real choices for a pint - an old fashioned, oak-beamed, half-timbered sort of place or a formula, laminated menu, gas-propelled beer, "family" pub - complete with play areas and notices about CCTV (you know the kind we're thinking of). And there's precious little alternative. Well the people at Geronimo Inns appear to have noticed this too and have ventured out into the country, opening one of their newest pubs here. The Red Barn was once a pretty average family country pub, but now it has a quite a bit of style and substance. There's a good selection of mostly local ales on the hand pumps and if you're not in the mood for a traditional tipple there's a good choice of other beers, wine and cider on pumps and in bottles. There's a pretty decent modern menu too, offering local produce, which can be had both in the restaurant and bar. And there's the added novelty of the Pantry buffet - which serves food such as pies and the like. The buildings may be old, but the decor is fresh, modern, yet sympathetic to the old place - the restaurant is in the cavernous barn and in the pub part there's a giant fireplace, wonderfully aged floor tiles and everywhere there's plenty of exposed timber. With a bar billiards, a large garden, a duck pond and sometimes a farmers market there's plenty to keep everyone amused. If this is the future of the country pub, we might just dust off our wellies, don our Barbours, get out the motor and head off for another jaunt jolly soon.
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Tandridge Lane, Blindley Heath, Blindley Heath, Surrey, RH7 6LL
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