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(Surrey) The Surrey Oaks

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 16.14.49Parkgate Road, Parkgate, Newdigate, RH5 5DZ


The Soaks is a great supporter of micro-breweries from both near and far. Three guest beers are available and these are constantly changing. On average a new beer comes on sale every day with hoppy ales always popular. A dark beer is always available plus around four ciders and a perry are sold direct from the cellar. The building itself dates in part from the 16th century, but only became a pub in 1850 having previously been a wheelwright’s cottage. Internally there are a number of distinct drinking areas. The main drinking area is a low-beamed flagstone bar which has a large inglenook fireplace complete with wood burning stove, and low beams covered in pumpclips. There is also a piano in this bar which is in tune and may get played during the acoustic music night on Tuesday. Another room is to be found near the car park entrance and this contains a genuine 1958 wall-mounted Rockola jukebox, still playing original 7′ vinyl records. This room can be curtained off for meetings. This bar leads to the Georgian restaurant where excellent food is served. A variety of food is served from an open kitchen. A choice of two roasts are available on Sundays. There is also a children’s play area and a covered patio.

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