The Kings Head, Holmbury St. Mary

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FAP Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
This is another of the Surrey Hill's super pubs. Located in the sweet little village of Holmbury St. Mary, this place is everything that a village local should be. There's the open fire, the wooden floorboards, welcoming bar staff and a great range of local ales. None of the big brewers here. The pub also has a good choice of pub games including bar billiards and shove ha'penny. If you're wanting to eat, the pub also does a good line in food although the prices are a little steep, but then that's how these places remain open, we guess. There's plenty of seating outside too. Weekends can get busy with walkers adn cyclists but the that's not usually a problem. When we left here we gave the houses opposite a jealous glare. We'd love to live across the road from this place.
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28 May 2012
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Fantastic little rambling gem of a pub away from the main road, it has a little for everyone. The beer garden has plenty of space and some shade for those occasional hot summer days. Inside the pub is equal parts cheer & charm with open fires for the winter walkers.

The new owners (Mike and Jane) are as relaxed and cheerful as the pub itself, and really hitting their stride. Behind the bar you can find a truly excellent selection of ales and, when we were there, a wonderful draft cider that completed a sunny Saturday's walk.

We had visited this pub while it was managed by the previous owners and had and enjoyed an excellent winters meal. But I think the new chief is even better. Initially tempted by the tradition pub servings of Lasagne and Fish&Chips being joyfully devoured at the table next to us. The hot day had saw us choosing the Cajun Gumbo (think kedgeree if it was made in New Orleans) and spicy chickpea cakes. Two fresh/delicious meals that had us scraping the plates and me begging Jane for the recipe (no luck, there I'm afraid).

So if you're looking for character, good ale and better food in the Surrey Hills put the Kings Head on the top of you list.

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Pitland Street, Holmbury St. Mary, Surrey, RH5 6NP
01306 730282
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