The Inn at West End Pub with rooms in West End, Surrey

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£90 per night

David Hancock says:

  • New owners; new look October 2018
  • Good food, good wine, charming hosts
  • Impressive stable rooms
  • Handy pit-stop close to M3

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Overview

The Inn at West End West End, Surrey, GU24 9PW

THE PERSONAL TOUCH

Three miles from the M3 (junction 3) in a real desert when it come to decent pub food and comfortable rooms, the Inn at West End stands out and comes as a big surprise. Niche pub group Barons Pub Company, who own seven dining pubs across Surrey and Berkshire, bought the freehold in October 2019 and spruced up the bar and dining area, so expect a stylish, yet informal set up beyond the rather ordinary exterior. The inn has long been noted for its good wine list, great food and, since March 2015, the twelve smart bedrooms in a new-build stable block to the rear of the pub. Light, modern and airy throughout, expect wooden floors, a soothing contemporary decor, a warming open fire, and a relaxed, bustling atmosphere in the bar, and a smart dining extension with parquet floor, upholstered wall bench seating, deep green walls lined with prints, and an intimate private dining area (The Scullery).

STICKY FINGERS

Children are welcome in the pub until 8pm, where they have their own menu, plus there are highchairs, baby-changing facilities, and colouring books. Children can be accommodated overnight by prior arrangement.

MUDDY PAWS

No dogs in the bar or bedrooms.

ALFRESCO

With the addition of the rooms the outside space has been transformed into a courtyard seating area, which doubles as a boules terrain replete with deck chairs, picnic tables and barbecue. The vine covered pergola remains a beautiful area for alfresco dining. How the Hamburg Muscat survived the building works remains a mystery but it is clearly thriving and will provide a fine crop for homemade chutney in the Autumn as well as shade in the meantime for fortunate diners. It’s a peaceful, sheltered spot, well away from the busy main road.

 

What’s the damage?
12 doubles: £90 -£110

What Else?

  • All credit cards accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Parking
  • Disabled access to restaurant and one bedroom is equipped for the disabled

Gongs
AA 4 Star Inn

Sleep

The Inn at West End West End, Surrey, GU24 9PW

Do not disturb

The Inn finally became a true inn in March 2015 following the completion of twelve boutique-style bedrooms located to the rear of the pub in a very smart stable block-style building, replete with clock tower and ranch-style fencing. Money has been lavished on the excellent build, the interesting and clever design, the quality fixtures and fittings, including Hypnos beds and Italian painted tiles and Duck Island toiletries in the posh wet rooms, and the extra detail touches such as gun safes and brilliant wi-fi. Randomly named after events, local places and wine experienced during the previous owners time at The inn, they feature quirky statement wall coverings, super comfortable beds dressed in the best linen and down, oak furnishings and good storage, with larger rooms have space for armchairs. A comfortable place to lay your head if you’re spending a day shooting at nearby Bisley, or visiting Ascot Races, Windsor Castle, or Wisley Gardens, all just a short drive away.

 

What’s the damage?
12 doubles: £90 -£110

What Else?

  • All credit cards accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Parking
  • Disabled access to restaurant and one bedroom is equipped for the disabled

Gongs
AA 4 Star Inn

Eat & Drink

The Inn at West End West End, Surrey, GU24 9PW

Mastering the menu

An eclectic range of modern British dishes are listed on a printed seasonal menu, which is supplemented by a couple of daily chalkboard specials, and everything being freshly prepared in the kitchen using as much local produce as possible. There are hearty pub classics like freshly battered haddock and chips, home-cooked ham, egg and chips, chicken, leek and ham pie with colcannon mash, the West End burger with smoked streaky bacon, cheddar cheese, coleslaw and fries, or sirloin steak with garlic butter and rosemary salted fries. Why not start with salt and pepper squid with lime mayonnaise or potted pork and duck rilettes with fig relish, but do leave room for banana and honey bread and butter pudding served with lashings of custard. Look to the chalkboard on the bar for the daily specials, perhaps pan-fried scallops with chorizo and mango salsa, or a main dish of slow-cooked pork belly with caramelised apple, celeriac mash, spinach and pan jus. Lunchtime sandwiches include an open prawn sandwich and a Bookmaker’s sandwich – ciabatta with steak, crispy onions and mustard and horseradish ketchup. Roast sirloin of beef or loin of pork and served until 5pm on Sundays. To drink, there’s Thurston Brewery Horsell Gold and Shepherd Neame Spitfire on handpump, a good range of gin cocktails, and 14 wines by the glass.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7am – 10am (8am – 10.30am Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays)
Food all day: 12 noon – 10pm (9pm Sundays)

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the damage?
12 doubles: £90 -£110

What Else?

  • All credit cards accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Parking
  • Disabled access to restaurant and one bedroom is equipped for the disabled

Gongs
AA 4 Star Inn

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.

1 Inn Location - The Inn at West End

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The Crown, 104 High Street, Horsell GU21 4ST

A cracking and very traditional locals pub noted for its relaxing atmosphere and tip-top Thurston ales, which are brewed out the back in the pub's micro-brewery. Horsell Gold is hugely popular here and is also a favourite at The Inn.

3

Tenaker Farm Shop, Scotts Grove Road, Chobham GU24 8DT

Run by Barry & Linda Penhallow for over 9 years, the well-stocked farm shop is great for local produce including honey, chutneys, bread, pies and cakes from local bakers, free-range chicken, as well as more regular fruit and vegetables.

4

Primal Roost Cafe, 53 High Street, Bagshot GU19 5AH

A great new cafe opened in late 2014 by friends of Inn owner Gerry Price. The Roost Cafe and Pantry is a hub for primal nutrition and supplies providing an oasis for health conscious individuals. Totally gluten free….

5

Windsor Farm Shop, Datchet Road, Old Windsor SL4 2RQ

Situated on the edge of Home Park, this well-established farm shop sells a range of products from the Royal Farms on the Windsor Estate, including quality beef, pork, lamb and seasonal game from the estate shoots. Gerry at The Inn sources venison, pheasant, partridge and hare from the Estate. The farm shop also sells produce from small local specialist suppliers.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Inn at West End

Activities

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Racing at Ascot SL5 7JX

Dating back to the 18th century and one of the best-loved racecourses in the world, Ascot is renowned for its thoroughbred racing. Royal Ascot Week in June is one of the country's key sporting and social events, attended by Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

3

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.

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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.

Shopping

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Anthropologie, High Street, Guildford GU1 3AD

Head for Anthropologie in Guildford's cobbled High Street and you'll discover a unique world of gorgeous fashion, accessories and home decor. Trading on two floors, the shop is noted for its aspirational and arty ambience.

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Guitar Village, West Street, Farnham GU9 7EN

Established in 1977 and open every day, Guitar Village is where you'll find new, used and vintage guitars, basses, amps and effects. The shop is housed in one of the town's many handsome period buildings.

14

Genevieve's Gallery, Englefield Green TW20 0QY

Here, in the sizeable village of Englefield Green, you can create a gift for someone special, choosing an item from a wide range of mugs, bowls, vases and egg cups. In the gallery's workshop you can personalize your purchase with your own design. Studio assistants are always on hand to help.

15

Melita Boutique, Chobham GU24 8AF

Melita Boutique at Chobham prides itself on being Surrey's leading occasion wear specialists. Expect the largest selection of top designers for stylish and sophisticated wedding outfits under one roof.

16

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.

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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.

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Windsor Royal Shopping SL4 1RH

Splendidly located opposite Windsor Castle, in the striking Grade II-listed Victorian railway station, this is where you can visit up to 40 individual retail outlets and an array of continental-style restaurants, cafes and bars. There’s also an arts and craft market open daily.

Places to visit

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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.

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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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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.

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Windsor Great Park, Windsor SL4 2HT

Open all year, Windsor Great Park stretches for an incredible five miles and offers vast stretches of tranquil countryside and parkland in one of the busiest parts of the country. One of the park's best-known landmarks is the Savill Garden, consisting of 35 acres of woodland, magnolias, rhododendrons and herbaceous borders.

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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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Waverley Abbey, Farnham GU9 8EP

In the care of English Heritage and only a couple of miles to the south-east of Farnham, Waverley Abbey is a charming ruin consisting of fragments of the church and monastic buildings of the first Cistercian Abbey in England, founded in 1128 by the Bishop of Winchester.

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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.

Walking

www.walkinginsurrey.co.uk
www.nationaltrail.co.uk/north-downs-way
Looking at a map of south-east England, it seems impossible to believe that Surrey’s well-wooded acres lie so close to London. South of the M3 and the M25 you’ll find the North Downs spreading south to meet the more famous South Downs. From Woking as far as the English Channel is a seemingly endless choice of footpaths, byways and bridleways, allowing you to explore some of southern England’s finest and least spoilt scenery. Walking stretches of the 153-mile North Downs Way, which runs from Farnham to Canterbury via Dover, is the perfect way to appreciate this idyllic landscape. Alternatively, head north to Windsor Great Park where there is a multitude of rides, paths and drives to explore.

Cycling

www.visitsurrey.com
It may be a densely populated region of Britain but Surrey has many unspoilt swathes of countryside and large patches of woodland that are perfect for cycling.

Events

www.visitsurrey.com/events
Surrey has just about every kind of festival and event imaginable. As well as the arts, there are food festivals, farmers’ markets, beer tastings and wine tours. The summer is a busy time in the county and one of the highlights over the late-May Bank Holiday weekend is the Surrey County Show in Guildford. Between June and August is the Guildford Summer Festival, which has been running for over 30 years and includes cycle races, a craft fair, a cricket festival and a host of theatre, sport, art, music and walks. Wings and Wheels at the end of August is one of the UK’s most popular family days out. Staged at Dunsfold Aerodrome (home of the BBC’s Top Gear), the show offers a bewildering programme of dynamic aviation and motoring displays, iconic cars, and a variety of shopping and arena attractions.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Beside A322 Bagshot to Woking road, 2 miles east of M3 (J3); opposite Gordon’s School in the centre of West End village.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Woking, 6 miles or a 15 minute taxi ride away

Address:

42 Guildford Road,, West End, Surrey, GU24 9PW

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