28 August, 2014
The Brewery Inn | Ashtead
Despite living in the UK for so many years, I still struggle with pubs. A selection of beers on tap doesn’t tempt me and the only time I’ve actually visited pubs lately is for Thai food (Walmer Castle/Churchill Arms in Notting Hill – Yum!) or if I’m on holiday in the country!
Pubs are unavoidable here in Surrey and thankfully, there seem to be some lovely, scenic ones around. We decided to begin our Surrey pub crawl with a visit to our local gastro-pub on a stormy bank holiday Monday afternoon.
The Brewery Inn is one of 2 pubs on ‘The Street’ in Ashtead. The other pub is called ‘The Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower’ – definitely worth visiting for their name alone, don’t you think?
The Brewery Inn is quite large with a separate outdoor dining area that also includes a playhouse and entertainment for young children. The pub seems dog-friendly as well and we saw the cutest little English bulldog puppy lounging around when we went.
The menu includes traditional British pub fare as well as pasta, sandwiches, flatbreads and a special healthy menu featuring superfood salads and bakes all under 500 calories. They also have a separate children’s menu for the little ones.
Little A and I went for the fish and chips which were perfectly crisp and absolute rainy day comfort food.
Mr. A ordered the Chicken Karahi curry which was obviously not the most authentic but surprisingly good for a pub in Ashtead, Surrey! 😉
I had just completed a challenge that involved living without sugar for a week. So, how did I celebrate? By devouring most of this marvellous, warm sticky toffee pudding, served with warm custard and caramel sauce – YUM!
The Brewery Inn was a great introduction to the Surrey pub scene and I’m sure we will be back again soon.
I’m starting from scratch in Surrey and would love any food recommendations – I’ve got The Bear (Oxshott), The Old Plough (Cobham) and of course, The Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower (Ashtead) on my list – any others we need to check out?