The Albert Arms Pub with rooms in Esher, Surrey

Prices from:
£75 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Iconic Esher pub; revived by Fullers
  • Smartly revamped in 2018
  • Menu: classics & modern dishes
  • Cosy mews rooms; stroll away
  • No parking; use pay & display

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Overview

The Albert Arms Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QS

The personal touch

Fullers have spent money on this impressive, white-painted pub on the corner of Park Street and Esher’s busy High Street, restoring its fortunes following a two-year closure. Having enclosed the upstairs terrace, completely reworked and spruced up the bar and dining areas, and refurbished the six bedrooms in the mews cottage across the road, the new-look Albert Arms has been given the thumbs up by local residents and Sandown Park race-goers since the re-opening in August 2018. Swing open the doors to the pub and you are immediately hit by style, be it the gun metal fonts on the new mahogany bar, the tiled and panelled walls and cool lighting in the smart new bar, or the polished oak flooring and cosy green decor in the atrium-style dining room upstairs. Like the bedrooms, the décor (paintings, prints and photographs) in the pub pays tribute to Sandown Park racecourse, which is just a 10-minute walk away and has been integral part of Esher life for many years. Mews rooms make the Albert Arms a peaceful and great value urban bolthole within easy reach of London (Esher to Waterloo – 30 minutes) or for visiting nearby Hampton Court Palace, shopping in Kingston or Guildford, or escaping to the Surrey Hills (10 miles) for invigorating walks and cycle rides.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome throughout the pub; kids have their own menu and smaller portions are also available for older children. Rooms are geared to adults due to their size.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar area but not in the bedrooms.

 

What’s the damage?

6 doubles/twin: £75 – £100

What else?

All credit cards accepted

Private dining

Disabled access to bar & dining areas

Pay & display car park 100 yards; free street parking after 5pm

Sleep

The Albert Arms Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QS

Do not disturb

Fully refurbished in August 2018, the six rooms are just a short stroll away in a peaceful mews building (Heather Cottage), well away from the hustle and bustle of both the pub and the High Street. Although quite compact, all six rooms have been carefully designed and equipped and are named after Jockey colours with hats and photos on the wall above the bed, a nod to Sandown Park Racecourse which is just a 10 minute walk away and an integral part of Esher life. Expect superior beds with quality linen, freeview TV, Nespresso machines and neat en suite bathrooms with decent showers and Cole & Lewis toiletries. The mews house also has its own kitchenette where you can make tea and help yourself to a continental breakfast, including bread and pastries, cereals and juices, or you can head across to the pub for eggs Benedict or a full English breakfast from 8am.

What’s the damage?

6 doubles/twin: £75 – £100

What else?

All credit cards accepted

Private dining

Disabled access to bar & dining areas

Pay & display car park 100 yards; free street parking after 5pm

Eat & Drink

The Albert Arms Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QS

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5-£8; Main Courses: £9-£26; Desserts £6-£8)

Head chef Ojas Naware delivers an interesting and varied modern British pub menu, one that features well-cooked pub classics alongside more adventurous main dishes, and you may find some Indian/Middle Eastern inspired dishes on the Ojas’s chalkboard specials. Expect honest food prepared from seasonal ingredients, including meat from Owtons Butchers in Hampshire and New Forest venison. For light lunch, tuck into a posh fish finger sandwich or Cornish crab, avocado, dill and poached eggs on toasted sourdough. Linger over a sharing plate of hummus, baba ghanoush, flatbread, olives, feta and beans before a starter of seared pigeon breast with beetroot, wild mushrooms and blueberry. Main dishes range from coconut, chilli and lemongrass steamed mussels, served with fries, to harissa spiced chicken with couscous and roasted red pepper yoghurt, or classic Frontier battered haddock with hand-cut chips. Try one of the excellent 35-day aged steaks, served with triple-cooked chips and peppercorn sauce. Leave room for a chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream. To drink, expect the full range of Fullers and Dark Star real ales, craft beers and lagers, a top selection of premium bottled ciders, beers and soft drinks, a raft of boutique gins, Scottish malts and American whiskeys, great cocktails, and 20 wines by the glass.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 12 noon

Food all day: 12noon

Time at the bar

8am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the damage?

6 doubles/twin: £75 – £100

What else?

All credit cards accepted

Private dining

Disabled access to bar & dining areas

Pay & display car park 100 yards; free street parking after 5pm

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 – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Out & About

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Activities

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Box Hill

There is something unique and very special about Box Hill. This is the place to go for beautiful views, plenty of fresh air, guided walks and family activities.

Places to visit

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Denbies Wine Estate RH5 6AA

England’s largest single estate vineyard is only a five-minute drive from the Running Horses. There are tours around the 265-acre site, and the opportunity to enjoy al fresco dining in the popular conservatory restaurant.

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Norbury Park KT23 4RR

Deep in the Surrey countryside, you’ll discover a working landscape with farms and a commercial saw mill. Norbury Park is a reserve and wildlife haven, with a mix of woodland, chalk and grass habitats.

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Mercedes Benz World KT13 0SL

Close to junctions 10 and 11 of the M25, Mercedes Benz World is a fascinating visitor attraction based on the site of the old Brooklands racing circuit, made famous in the 1920s and ‘30s. Here, you can test drive the latest Mercedes models, putting your driving skills to the test on the renowned handling circuit.

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Chessington World of Adventures KT9 2NE

This renowned theme park and zoo is a great attraction for the whole family. Roller coasters and a varied range of resident animals add to the fun and enjoyment.

Walking

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Stroll the Thames Path towards the city or head south to the Surrey Hills and the North Downs to enjoy some of the best walks in the county. Try magnificent Box Hill or  Newlands Corner, east of Guildford, which is a walker’s paradise and a useful starting point for many scenic walks. Agatha Christie famously disappeared here in 1926, her car found abandoned in a remote spot on the downs. The landscape has changed little over the years.

Cycling

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Surrey is great for cycling. Though the county is only a short distance from London, there are many miles of tracks and quiet lanes that are perfect for two-wheel exercise.

Events

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There’s certainly no shortage of great days out in Surrey, with numerous events taking place right across the county throughout the year. Among the highlights are the Surrey County Show held in late May, the Hampton Court Flower Show in July and the William Hill Winter Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse in December.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Pub is located in the heart of Esher on the A307 just south of the junction with the A244

By Rail: Esher railway station is 1 mile away

Address:

82 High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QS

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