There’s plenty to do on an evening in Surrey and here are some of the best venues for a traditional pint or cocktail. In the county town of Guildford. On the River Wey, which runs through the heart of the town, you’ll find a number of pubs for a relaxing pint overlooking the water, such as The White House and The Weyside. Although officially a ‘town’ pub, award-winning The Britannia, which sits just back from the river, harbours a country feel with chunky wooden tables.
Just down the road in Oxted, you can combine your cocktail with a hearty steak at Cattle & Cocktail while at Red, in Weybridge you can even try your hand at shaking up your own mix at one of its beginners’ cocktail training sessions. Clubbers meanwhile might want to head to Boogie Lounge in Epsom, Pryzm in Kingston, Casino in Guildford, which despite its name doesn’t actually have any tables for gambling, or Cinderella’s Lounge, which re-launched in Guildford following a 10-year hiatus.
For an evening guaranteed to give you some laughs, head to one of Surrey’s many comedy clubs. The Grey Horse, in Kingston, is home to Crack Comedy Club, while the Boileroom in Guildford hosts monthly Kick Back Comedy nights. Dorking Halls has a monthly Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club and Guildford’s G Live mixes its comedy offering with a bit of curry at its Hellfire Comedy Club, usually held on the last Thursday of every month. Surrey also has an extensive portfolio of theatres and community arts centres. The Yvonne Arnaud and G Live theatres in Guildford, Victoria Theatre in Woking, The Harlequin Theatre in Redhill and Rose Theatre in Kingston are all known for their local and national touring productions, while Farnham Maltings Creative Arts Centre has six resident theatre and dance companies, which put on shows, alongside offerings from visiting performers.
Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3XJ
The Weyside sits on the River Wey and has an outside burger shack, Swiss-style outdoor cabins and log burners for when the weather turns chilly. Visit website
13 Stoke Fields, Guildford GU1 4LS
The Boileroom is a Guildford venue which has picked up a number of local and national awards. This independent, alternative live music venue is where you’ll find Surrey’s ‘underground’ vibe. Visit website
Ye Olde Six Bells
Church Rd, Horley RH6 8AD
You can find Ye Olde Six Bells near the River Mole in the heart of Horley. The bar is always well stocked with cask ales, lagers, gins and fine wines to suit every taste. Discover some great pub grub too, including steak and mushroom pie and fish and chips alongside seasonal surprises. Visit website
Theatre in the Woods
West Horsley Place, Epsom Rd, West Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6AN
Head for a night at the opera at Theatre in the Woods, situated within the grounds of West Horsley Place, where Grange Park Opera hosts a summer season of spectacular operas, such as Tosca, Die Walküre and Don Carlo. Visit website
Dog & Pheasant
Haslemere Rd, Brook, Godalming GU8 5UJ
If you’re looking for a quintessential English pub, then Dog & Pheasant, in Brook, is exactly that – all black wood beams and timbers with warming winter fires. Every Wednesday is grill night, when the chefs cook from the heart of the pub, serving up speciality steaks and fish cooked in full view of patrons from the inglenook fireplace. Visit website
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