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  • @Catogrande yep, there is a Cricketers arms in Ockley. Might need to check it out.

    While I have diverted to pub talk, found an absolute cracker in the High Weald near where I was riding in that event. Bit of a fluke, just selected closest nearby with a good rating on the GPG app. Coach and Horses near Danehill. If ever in that area it is well worth a detour.



  • @Crucial Ha! It suddenly struck me. The irony. A thread on fitness descending into which pub is best.



  • @Catogrande said in Why am I here?:

    @Crucial Ha! It suddenly struck me. The irony. A thread on fitness descending into which pub is best.

    probably why I'm not very good at this fitness lark



  • I have just realised that maybe I have misunderstood the meaning of bodybuilding



  • @Crucial said in Why am I here?:

    @Catogrande said in Why am I here?:

    @Crucial said in Why am I here?:

    @pakman said in Why am I here?:

    @Crucial Watch out for my dog when you're madly cycling!

    If your dog doesn't have the smarts to get out of the way....

    Big talk when you don't know the size of the dog...

    What was the name of the pub BTW?

    The Abinger Hatch. Wasn't that impressed to be honest. Set up to cater more for the Sunday Lunch crowd and lost the local pub aspect. It was just one in the vicinity that we hadn't checked out. Beer was well kept though and looked like it could be worth another look in the winter.
    Our usuals in the area are
    The Plough - Coldharbour: This where we park the car for our rides so usually gets the reciprocal drink or two. Gets a lot of business from passing lycra clad roadies. Has been tarted up a bit much for my liking but still attracts the locals and has a decent bar zone away from the food with a nice vibe. Have even stayed the night there which was quite good.
    The Parrot - Forest Green: A rambling place with loads of outdoor area as well. Again has a decent bar area away from the restaurant. Some tables right out front overlook the local cricket ground. Some decent cask ales. Seems to get a fair bit of business from car enthusiasts on a weekend drive and has a good butchers/farm shop in the car park.
    The Surrey oaks- Newdigate: I really like this one. Has kept the old pub half as is with massive fireplace etc. Great selection of beers and ales. Has a huge garden area and does really good food in a wood fired oven. Shys away from the standard 'Roast Beef and Yorkshire' toward things like twice cooked woodfired short-rib. seems to be run by a younger hipster management but they have got the balance of trendying things up while keeping the traditional parts the same right.
    The Dolphin - Betchworth: This is probably our regular (as the missus really likes it). For a chain (Youngs) pub it is surprisingly more like a free house and usually has local ales on cask. Food is excellent but mainly it's the vibe of the place that we like. Well used by the locals and we usually mix in with them at the front of the pub away from the family restaurant types. Great dog pub too. The dogs often seem to outnumber the people and our two enjoy the socialising and attention.

    Always keen to try out other places on recommendation....

    My dog is 13 and can't be expected to avoid ballistic Counties types!

    Know most of those pubs. I knew the former landlord at The Parrot, a guy who used also to run The Alma in Wandsworth. Killed in a tragic accident involving a tractor about seven years ago.

    Slightly further away but good food in The Red Lion in Shamley Green.

    The Windmill Inn in Ewhurst used to be quite good, with great views. Have heard mixed reports since. Eric Clapton lives just down the road.



  • I have heard that the Windmill is terrible now.



  • @Crucial Looks like the training is stepping up a notch. Thank God for @pakman



  • @Catogrande said in Why am I here?:

    @Crucial Looks like the training is stepping up a notch. Thank God for @pakman

    God's work is a serious matter!



  • @Crucial said in Why am I here?:

    @Catogrande yep, there is a Cricketers arms in Ockley. Might need to check it out.

    While I have diverted to pub talk, found an absolute cracker in the High Weald near where I was riding in that event. Bit of a fluke, just selected closest nearby with a good rating on the GPG app. Coach and Horses near Danehill. If ever in that area it is well worth a detour.

    Danehill? That's getting dangerously close to Royal Tunbridge Wells chap. Be sure to be on your best behaviour.



  • @Bones said in Why am I here?:

    @Crucial said in Why am I here?:

    @Catogrande yep, there is a Cricketers arms in Ockley. Might need to check it out.

    While I have diverted to pub talk, found an absolute cracker in the High Weald near where I was riding in that event. Bit of a fluke, just selected closest nearby with a good rating on the GPG app. Coach and Horses near Danehill. If ever in that area it is well worth a detour.

    Danehill? That's getting dangerously close to Royal Tunbridge Wells chap. Be sure to be on your best behaviour.

    I am careful to stay on the peasants side of the city walls.



  • @Crucial If you do make it this far, appears there might be some decent tracks.

    A few good spots for a drink too. Compasses is my local, good pub actually with a large outside area, pretty decent food and a great chippy across the road.

    The Tap in The Pantiles would be a good spot to check out if you want to get all jazzy with your beer.

    The Black Horse in Pembury is a great spot for food (Sunday Carvery) and a drink.

    Don't bother with Sankeys unless you have a real hankering for Seafood, it's well overpriced - as is The Black Pig which would be a decent spot otherwise.

    Cassidy's is a crappy, cheap pub and it's great for watching rugby - cheep booze and can bring your own food in from anywhere as they don't serve any.



  • Any other good reason to visit?

    TBH as the wife and I both work in London we use our weekends as much as possible to get away from large numbers of people and therefore avoid towns of any size.
    A village pub with a few village idiots is more appealing than a town full of them.



  • @Crucial Yeah probably not eh? Without coming into town there is still The Beacon and The Mount Edgecumbe you could visit - both good for food and drink.



  • @Bones said in Why am I here?:

    @Crucial If you do make it this far, appears there might be some decent tracks.

    A few good spots for a drink too. Compasses is my local, good pub actually with a large outside area, pretty decent food and a great chippy across the road.

    The Tap in The Pantiles would be a good spot to check out if you want to get all jazzy with your beer.

    The Black Horse in Pembury is a great spot for food (Sunday Carvery) and a drink.

    Don't bother with Sankeys unless you have a real hankering for Seafood, it's well overpriced - as is The Black Pig which would be a decent spot otherwise.

    Cassidy's is a crappy, cheap pub and it's great for watching rugby - cheep booze and can bring your own food in from anywhere as they don't serve any.

    Was my old local many years ago. I still pop in whenever visiting friends in Pembury. Glad you didn't mention the Camden....



  • @Catogrande I spend far too much time in Pitcher & Piano and Bar & Grill to make it the Camden.



  • @Bones I was at a friend's birthday party in Pembury and one of my old mates had gone out to lunch in TW and went into the P&P and came back telling us tales of people getting very loudly pissed at 1.30 in the arvo. Mine host said that we may well see some of these guys again and sure enough at about 10pm a bunch of them came in absolutely arseholed and my mate just said "Yep. This was that lot".

    You're not about 6'2", significantly overweight with ginger hair and beard and swear a lot are you?



  • @Catogrande 3 out of 5 ain't bad?



  • That P&P looks more like a Wetherspoons crossed with a Gay Bar than a pub. FFS its promotional pictures are of ghastly coloured cocktails

    Not that there is anything wrong with that if that's your thing.



  • @Crucial tacky, Friday night meat markets are all the rage.



  • @Bones said in Why am I here?:

    @Crucial tacky, Friday night meat markets are all the rage.

    Gotta have some method of keeping the inbreeding going I suppose.


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