The Stag on the River Pub with rooms in Eashing, Surrey

Prices from:
£85 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Best A3 pit-stop for miles
  • Peaceful riverside setting; great terrace
  • Bedrooms ooze period charm
  • Good menus; locally sourced food
  • Surrey Hills walking on doorstep

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The Stag on the River Eashing, Surrey, GU7 2QG

The personal touch

Just seconds from the A3 south of Guildford, yet a world away from the hub-bub, the 18th-century Stag on the River certainly lives up to its name and provides the perfect pit-stop for weary travellers. It’s a peaceful spot, so shun the roadside services in favour of an alfresco coffee or lunch on the terrace beside the idly flowing River Wey, or stay over in one of the smart, contemporary rooms – it’s an ideal base for exploring the North Downs and the Surrey Hills (walking or cycling) or some retail therapy in nearby Guildford. Inside, open fires warm the bar and rambling dining rooms, which feature wood and brick floors, themed wallpaper and old photos of the village on the walls, and a comfortable mix of relaxing armchairs, fresh flowers on modern tables, stools at the bar, and the daily papers to peruse with a pint. Pretty Godalming with its niche independent shops is only two miles away.

Sticky fingers

Kids can expect their own ‘Little Stags’ menu and a box of toys in the room if staying overnight (£5 per child; extra beds & cots available) and two rooms interconnect to create a family room

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcomed in the bar but not overnight in the rooms


There’s a fabulous riverside terrace – perfect for supping a pint of Hogs Back TEA on a sunny day


What’s the Damage?

7 doubles/twin: £85-£140

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking


Best Premium Food Offer – Publican Awards 2018


The Stag on the River Eashing, Surrey, GU7 2QG

Do not disturb

Rooms above the original 18th-century pub feature ancient beams and wall timbers and wonky walls and floors, so book one these for period character and charm. Named after local villages, all are tastefully kitted out in contemporary style with striking floral print wallpaper, big, smartly dressed beds (crisp linen, cosy down, tartan bed throws), fresh flowers, modern lightwood furnishings, Birchall teas and fresh Mozzo coffee, and a complimentary bottle of local Hogs Back TEA beer. You’ll find bathrobes, luxury ESPA toiletries and spacious walk-in showers in the fresh tiled bathrooms. During the week a Continental breakfast is served but at weekends you can relax with the papers over a full English breakfast.




What’s the Damage?

7 doubles/twin: £85-£140

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking


Best Premium Food Offer – Publican Awards 2018

Eat & Drink

The Stag on the River Eashing, Surrey, GU7 2QG

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £4.50-£7.95; Main Courses: £13.95-£22.95; Desserts £6.50)

Seasonal menus and the daily chalkboard specials champion locally sourced ingredients and the excellent drinks menu features interesting beers, spirits and coffee from local producers – Hogs Back ales, Silent Pool gin (Albury), Mozzo Coffee (Southampton), and Albury Vineyard. Food is freshly prepared and well cooked – you’ll find hearty pub classics (with a twist) alongside more adventurous modern dishes. Kick off with a sharing board (whole baked camembert, red onion jam, toasted sourdough), or whitebait with chilli mayonnaise, then tuck into duck leg, pancetta, tomato and butter bean cassoulet, steak and St Peter’s dark ale pie, served with kale, chips and red wine jus, Hampshire chalk stream trout with beetroot and tarragon salsa, or pan-fried hake with potato rösti and warm tartare sauce. For lunch, try the delicious sirloin steak sandwich (Sussex nutty bread) with onion jam and wild rocket and accompany with some fat chips. Leave room for Meadow Cottage Farm (Headley) ice creams, glazed lemon tart, or a plate of Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire cheeses. Expect meats from Surrey Farms and the best salads, vegetables and herbs from Secretts Farm in nearby Milford.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7am – 9am (Continental) (8am – 10am Saturday & Sunday – full English)
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm (Food all day Saturday 12 noon – 9.30pm & Sunday 12 noon – 8.30pm)
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm (9.30pm Friday)

Time at the bar

11.30am – 11pm (12 noon – 10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

7 doubles/twin: £85-£140

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking


Best Premium Food Offer – Publican Awards 2018

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know –

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Cowdray Farm Shop and Cafe, Easebourne GU29 0AJ

The Cowdray Farm Shop and Cafe, is the hub of the 16,500 acre Cowdray Estate set in the South Downs. The shop is famous for its holistically reared lamb, beef and vension and sale of local produce. The cafe's outstanding food - from lunch to afternoon tea - is all homemade using traditional artisan techniques. The Farm Shop and cafe are open every day, 9am - 5pm (please check website)


Upperton Vineyard, Tillington GU28 0RD

This family run vineyard is dedicated to making magnificent English sparkling wine, using traditional methods. Tours and tastings run May to September on Fridays and Saturdays at 2pm (please check website). Guests are treated to spectacular views of the South Downs from the vineyard's viewing platform as well as sampling some of the finest British sparkling wine.


Lurgashall Vineyard Shop & Tea Room, Lurgashall GU28 9HA

Nestled beneath Blackdown Hill, this quirky little shop stocks a full range of Lurgashall Vineyard's traditional English country wines, meads, liqueurs and other goodies too. In the winery's 17th century barn local products are for sale and visitors can sample wines with the help of knowledgeable staff. The barn's cafe serves coffees, teas and cakes including delicious cream teas, which can be enjoyed inside or outside on benches in the courtyard.


West Dean Chilli Fiesta, West Dean, Chichester PO18 0QZ

The Chilli Fiesta is an annual event in which West Dean gardens dedicates itself to three days of chilli madness. Chilli enthusiasts can watch food demos, sample chilli-based grub, and purchase plants to take home. The glasshouses in the walled gardens are filled with over 250 varieties.


Coco Café and Sugar Lounge, Sadlers Row, Petworth GU28 0AN

The Coco Café Sugar Lounge is a traditional sweet shop with a modern twist, selling unusual and interesting chocolate and sweets you wouldn't find on the high street. Some of their chocolates are from really small chocolatiers including local company Chocolate Alchemist. The coffee shop and ice creams are good too!


The Lickfold Inn, Lickfold, Petworth GU28 9EY

Michelin starred chef Tom Sellers (Restaurant Story) and head chef Graham Squire reopened this glorious 15th-century rural pub in 2014 following extensive refurbishment. Now very much a destination dining pub, the informal and huge characterful bar is the place to relax with a pint and some great bar snacks. Head upstairs for delicious seasonal dishes from an innovative modern menu.


The Duke of Cumberland, Henley, Fernhurst, West Sussex GU27 3HQ

Tricky to locate, this unspoilt 15th-century country pub, its brick and stone walls covered with roses and wisteria, is well worth the effort to find. Persevere for tiny rustic bars, local ales, a swish dining extension and decking, top-notch pub food cooked by chef-owner Simon Goodman, and a fantastic terraced garden with far-reaching views across the Sussex Weald.


Secretts Farm Shop, Chapel Lane, Milford, Surrey GU8 5HU

Secrett’s at Hurst Farm in Milford is a premier gourmet food destination in Surrey. With over a century of horticultural excellence, they are one of top growers of vegetables and salad crops in the county. High quality home-grown produce from our 150 acre farm and quality artisan food products are the focus of the excellent farm shop. Monthly farmers market - 3rd Sunday.

Out & About

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Goodwood – Horse Racing and 'Festival of Speed' & ‘Revival’ PO18 0PS

The famous racecourse rises and falls around a natural amphitheatre. For one week during the summer it becomes 'Glorious Goodwood', one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar. Close by is Goodwood Country Park, also the site of the 'Festival of Speed' and 'Revival' festivals - showcasing the world of cars ancient and modern.


Cowdray Park Polo, Midhurst GU29 0AQ

Cowdray Park is recognised worldwide as the Home of British Polo. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within Viscount Cowdray's 16,500 acre estate, the game of polo has been played at Cowdray for nearly a century. On summer afternoons it's a relaxed way to an enjoy an exciting game in a wonderful setting.


Bisley Shooting Ground, Bisley GU24 0NY

Founded in 1895 and situated near Brookwood, in 3,000 acres of Surrey heath and woodland, Bisley is Europe's largest sporting clay ground. Renowned for its expert tuition and excellent facilities, Bisley is just the place to try your hand at one of the country's fastest growing sports.


Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line), Alresford SO24 9JG

Saved from extinction in 1973, this preserved steam railway takes its name from the locally grown cress once transported from Hampshire to London by train. Services run for ten miles between Alton and Alresford and a trip on the line is a great way to recapture the atmosphere of a journey by steam train in the pre-Beeching age.


Hogs Back Brewery GU10 1DE

Surrey’s award-winning brewer of fine English ales and lagers has been in business since 1992. Take a tour, visit the hop garden and sample a generous range of beers.



Petworth - Antique Shops GU28 0AB

Known as the 'Antiques Centre of the South', Petworth has a long history of being at the heart of antique dealing. This beautiful market town has probably more antique shops than any other in the south of England. Within half a mile radius there are 24 antique and interior design shops to make your mouth water.


Artichoke, Rumbolds Hill, Midhurst GU29 9DA

Artichoke is an independent rustic gift and hand-painted furniture shop based in Midhurst, on the South Downs. Expect an eclectic range of home accessories among many other items.


The Babylon Store, Tunsgate Square, Guildford GU1 3QZ

The Babylon Store is the place to go for lifestyle products for the home, all cherry picked to create a striking and highly individual style. Among many items, you'll find oak and reclaimed furniture, elegant wall art and a variety of home textiles.


Elphicks, West Street, Farnham GU9 7DN

This long-established department store specialises in ladies' and men's fashion, beauty products, toys and upscale homeware. Opened as a drapery business in 1881, Elphicks still trades from the same premises today. The store was founded on the principles of offering choice, quality, value, fun and something different to its customers.

Places to visit


Uppark House, South HartingGU31 5QR

Looking at Uppark House today, it's hard to believe that this imposing Georgian building was badly damaged by fire in the 1980s. The restored National Trust house, near Petersfield, was the childhood home of HG Wells - his mother was in service here.


Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton PO18 0EU

North of Chichester, the museum, occupies a picturesque 40-acre site in rolling downland with 50 historic buildings which have been dismantled from around the country and rebuilt for preservation.Here you can learn all about building conservation and rural life in Britain down the centuries. Among many demonstrations there is cooking in the Tudor kitchen and flour milling in the working watermill. The buildings' gardens have been specially designed with plants, layouts and animal breeds from each period.


West Dean Gardens PO18 0QZ

These award-winning gardens feature a Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden, Sunken Garden, Orchards and circular walk set in beautiful parkland. Delicious homemade goodies can be eaten in the Garden's restaurant. Look out for courses and festivals including the summer Chilli Fiesta in August, celebrating over 250 chilli varieties!


Petworth House, Petworth GU28 0AE

This magnificent late 17th-century country house, set in a 700-acre deer park, is home to The National Trust's finest collection of pictures with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake. The servants' quarters contain fascinating kitchens and outside, the grounds which can be enjoyed by walkers, were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and immortalised in Turner's paintings.


The Museum of Farnham, West Street, Farnham GU9 7DX

Founded in 1961, the Museum of Farnham explains in impressive detail the history of this fine Georgian town. Expect fascinating archaeological artefacts, nationally important artworks by local artists and a striking costume collection.


Hatchlands Park, East Clandon GU4 7RT

Situated near Guildford, Hatchlands Park is an intimate Georgian country house with parkland comprising ancient woodland and picturesque wildflower meadows. The house itself includes Europe's largest collection of keyboard instruments, several of which inspired the likes of Bach, Elgar and Chopin. Only six ground-floor rooms are open to the public.


Royal Logistics Park, Camberley GU16 6RW

The Royal Logistics Corps Museum tells the story of how the British Army has been sustained in peace and war, explaining to the visitor how a typical soldier has been fed, transported and supplied with arms and equipment. The museum highlights various lesser-known aspects of army life.


RHS Garden, Wisley GU23 6QB

Tucked away in a busy corner of the south-east of England, close to a network of well-used roads and motorways, is a tranquil world of unusual plants and beautiful flowers. In the care of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley's mission is to share with its many visitors the best in gardening. Wisley may be a peaceful oasis but there's always plenty going on - from world-class flower shows to ground breaking, green-roof research.


Alice Holt Forest, Farnham GU10 4LS

The sound of birdsong is one of the great pleasures of a stroll in Alice Holt Forest, south of Farnham. During early summer the distinct songs of warblers can be heard here. Butterflies are prolific and there is a rich variety of flora and fauna. Look out for deer as you stroll between Norway spruce and Corsican pine deep in the heart of the forest, once part of a royal hunting ground.


Polesden Lacey RH5 6BD

This Edwardian house on the North Downs at Great Bookham near Dorking is owned and managed by the National Trust. Extensively remodelled in 1906 by the famous society hostess of the time, Margaret Greville, Polesden Lacey sits amid 1,000 glorious acres, including a walled rose garden.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Eashing is signed left at Services on A3 south, 5 miles after Guildford. Cross bridge and pub on right

By Rail: Nearest station is Godalming (2 miles)


, Eashing, Surrey, GU7 2QG

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