As the sunshine makes a welcome return, there’s still plenty of weeks ahead to enjoy some of the area’s best pubs and eateries with great outdoor spaces. And in Woking, we know that when the sun shines, we’ll definitely make the most of it! Here’s our favourite summer hospitality spots for you, your family and friends to safely enjoy. And if you visit some of these venues from Monday 3 August, you have a full month to take advantage of the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme which could cut your food bill in half from Monday to Wednesday– up to a maximum allowance of £10 a head – not including alcoholic drinks. Now, where’s the menu?
Drumming Snipe, Mayford
With top reviews on TripAdvisor, this stylish pub and restaurant on Guildford Road in Mayford is the perfect spot to ramp up your entertaining credentials, with its glorious, spacious interior and stunning outdoor garden with tables. Open every day from 11am until late, this top venue is well-known for its traditional Sunday Roast but also boasts an eye-popping set and a la carte menu. Great for traditional ciders, beers and ales, we’re so glad that its owners James and Jamie upped sticks and left London’s famous Ivy restaurant behind and made Woking their home. For information and online reservations, visit www.thedrummingsnipe.co.uk.
Bird in Hand, Mayford
Another Woking culinary great with top visitor reviews, Bird in Hand in Mayford on Egley Road is a local institution and a beautiful place to enjoy company with the best food and drink in a warm and welcoming environment. Safely reopened with new measures in place, it’s currently open for pre-bookings only so that you have all the space you need to relax and enjoy whether inside or out. Completely renovated in 2015, this gorgeous pub and restaurant is definitely up there on our list of favourites. Open every day from midday until late and serving a great Sunday lunch, check the tempting menu out and book your spot by visiting www.birdinhandmayford.co.uk.
The Cricketers, Horsell
A Horsell stalwart and steeped in history dating back to the 16th Century, this multi-award-winning pub is a masterpiece in hospitality with great food and drink served every day in a safe, welcoming environment. Boasting a sprawling garden and decked area perfect for alfresco entertaining, you would be mad not to book ahead and reserve your spot for a perfect sunny afternoon and evening. See all the safety measures in place and peruse the menu and scrumptious desserts available by visiting www.baronspubs.com/cricketers.
The Red Lion, Horsell
Another big name in Horsell, The Red Lion has been entertaining locals and visitors alike for centuries and is warmly and safely welcoming everyone back again this summer. Serving up quality food and drink with its new table service inside and out with bookings made in advance, there’s also tables available for those who just want to pop in for a few sneaky pints. Open from 10am every day and serving food from 12 noon until late, the friendly team take the quality of their freshly-prepared food, and your enjoyment, seriously. One for your list this summer, visit www.redlionhorsell.co.uk to find out more and to get yourself booked in.
The Nags Head, Knaphill
Bringing together elements of rural charm and modern flair, The Nag’s Head in Knaphill is a stylish pub, bar, and restaurant and is the ultimate destination for lunch, dinner, or drinks. Boasting a delicious and carefully thought out menu of seasonal favourites and classic pub food dishes, as well as a great selection of real ales, lagers, and wines, you’re sure to find a dish on the menu that will satisfy your appetite. And, on a sunny day, it’s also a great place for a spot of al fresco dining. With a lovely outdoor space, you’ll be able to enjoy a sun-drenched drink and a light bite whilst soaking up the sunshine. Visit www.thenagsheadinnwoking.co.uk to see the menu and book in.
The Royal Oak, Knaphill
A traditional 17th Century village pub serving fresh homemade food and famous for its traditional cask ales and fine wines, The Royal Oak on Anchor Hill opens daily from 11am. With superb food and a great team of staff in a safe and welcoming environment, the time is now to enjoy its beautiful garden and outdoor spaces. A really great addition to a vibrant village, check this one out as soon as you can. Phone 01483 473330 for more details.
The Maybury Inn, Maybury
Step inside and discover stylish yet comfortable seating, a unique dining area, a chic bar space, and a lovely outdoor area that’s perfect dining out on a summer’s day. This picturesque spot oozes charm and has an outstanding menu, including healthy weekday plates and offers to keep you going to the weekend. You’ll need to book your place though to sample what this top eating destination has to offer, which you can do online by visiting www.themayburyinn.co.uk.
The Anchor, Pyrford
We may have saved the best for last! Just realising that the best places are on your doorstop? The Anchor on Pyford Lock in Wisley is a perfect case in point. We want to stay here for our holidays! Adjacent to Pyrford Lock and situated on the banks of the Wey Navigation Canal, a short distance from West Byfleet, as well as the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley, the Anchor is a perfect example of the traditional quintessential English country pub. With a beautiful terrace that runs along the riverside, the pub is glorious in the summer months. With a wide menu to suit every taste, don’t let the summer go by without visiting here. For more information and to book, visit www.anchorpyrford.co.uk.