Activities & Days Out / 26 April, 2022 / Ellie Thompson
Are you looking for the best child friendly pubs in Surrey? With summer on its way, what better way to spend a weekend afternoon or an early summer evening than enjoying a fabulous pub lunch in a beautiful setting with all the family?
Here’s my round-up of the best child-friendly pubs in Surrey to head to this summer.
The Queen Stage is a new pub that’s just opened in the heart of Effingham. An independent drinkery providing great round the clock food with a delicious kids’ menu (you must try the meatballs), they’re the champions of the Surrey Hills, two wheels and the great outdoors.
Open to all, The Queen Stage is a completely independent pub, dishing out only the best produce and drinks on the market. They focus on supplying the best locally sourced produce. From single roast coffee roasted in Ranmore, gelato from Polesden Lacey, to a fabulous Surrey Gin menu and sparkling wine from Puttenham, you’re in for a treat.
Children’s menus are available in the form of a ‘Little Trikes Menu’ with a colouring sheet of their amazing mural which is featured on the outside wall. High chairs are on hand, and you’ll find a spacious baby change area in the ladies’ toilet (but remember to bring your own mat). Opening soon are three one-bedroom suites with sofa beds which will be perfect for a family stay!
The menu flows with the clock, providing great pastries and fresh coffee, brekky and brunch, to lunch, dinner and of course, dessert!
Based in the heart of Fetcham village, The Bell is a staple part of family life for many of its residents. A welcoming and friendly pub, they cater brilliantly for children – both in terms of food and facilities. I’m a regular in there myself, it’s my go-to venue to socialise my daughter most weekends 🙂
Shere is an idyllic quintessential English village, and family-run pub The William Bray is set in the middle of this quaint oldy-worldy village. The kitchen uses locally sourced products and the kids’ menu is always a little more varied than usual. It’s a great child friendly pub set in a beautiful location for a countryside trip with the kids. I love that the garden overlooks the tiny village, great for people watching.
The food at the Plough Inn is absolutely delicious. If you’re looking for an excellent steak, this is definitely the place to come. The Plough Inn is a Grade II listed treasure, its interiors are beautiful and its outside garden is small but child friendly so you can enjoy a decent family meal.
Also known more commonly to us locals as ‘The Mucky Duck’, The Black Swan is located in the picturesque countryside near Cobham and is the perfect venue for a Sunday afternoon with the kids. The Swan describes itself as ‘the local culinary hotspot’, and in summer, they often hold an outdoor BBQ, with a variety of entertainment for kids. Be warned – it’s always super-busy, so get down there early to bag your best spot.
Based on the outskirts of Windsor Great Park, you can combine a morning’s walk with a delicious hearty lunch in this child friendly pub. The Fox and Hounds is a family pub with a focus on fresh and delicious food for both adults and kids. I love their restaurant area at the back of the pub – or the sunny garden out front.
As child friendly pubs in Surrey go, The Cricketers is ticks a lot of boxes. This pub brasserie is based on Downside’s village green, which is really handy for parents wanting a quiet drink while the kids play. The green comes complete with a zip-line and a playground, while the adults can watch on from the front beer garden. They’ve just launched their spring menu – the pub grub for juniors and kids looks delicious and makes such a refreshing change to the usual suspects you’d expect to see on a kids’ menu.
A favourite of my husband, The Old Plough in Stoke D’Abernon is always busy. An ideal spot for a lively Saturday or Sunday afternoon, The Old Plough hosts a great outdoor setting with gastropub menu. They do believe that ‘pubs are really for adults’ but welcome children during the day, and up until 8pm in the restaurant.
The Duke of Wellington is a brilliant child friendly pub based in Surrey just inside of Guildford. It’s the cosiest place to while away those winter afternoons, sat by one of their open fires admiring the beautiful brickwork. Now a Peach pub, The Duke was taken over a year ago, and ever since, the food has been even more delicious. The staff are very friendly, the fries are delicious, and the atmosphere is always really relaxed and chilled.
The Cock Inn is a great location for a family lunch, inside or out. Situated within easy reach of the M25, the pub is nestled amongst the stunning Surrey Hills. Its child friendly surrey pub credentials include a large outdoor seating area over looking beautiful fields, fantastic for families lunching in the sun.
Situated 15 minutes from the M25 the Rose and Crown used to be an old haunt of mine during my Royal Holloway university days. A beautiful “chocolate box” pub set in the lush, green countryside of Thorpe providing a traditional pub experience. With great food, friendly service and some pretty funky outdoor seating in the form of tents and Dining Pods, the kids are going to live eating here. Their garden and patio area is perfect for summer alfresco dining and there’s a play area for the kids. What more could you want?
Perfectly picturesque, The Wotton Hatch overlooks the Surrey Hills and is the first pub I’ve come across in Surrey that offers a dedicated vegan menu in addition to its main offerings. We took a trip here in the Easter holidays, and I can confirm first hand, the vegan tart is absolutely beautiful, my 10 month old adored it! (As did we!) In fact, all of the menu is incredible, they do great deals on courses during lunchtime in the week. It’s a perfect destination for a truly special occasion. Unfortunately when we went, the weather was abysmal, another reason to go back when the sun shines.
An AA four star pub with a two rosette restaurant, The Swan Inn is situated in the beautiful Surrey countryside. Voted The Best Pub in Surrey by The National Pub and Bar Awards 2016, this pub is a fabulous location for a Sunday lunch outdoors, you can tell by the photo that they’re keen gardeners with their beautifully manicured lush-green plants.
The Queen’s Head pub garden is a much sought after sun trap during the summer months, and what better place to eat lunch than in the shade underneath one of their giant parasols? I love this pub as when it does get chilly, there’s always blankets on hand if you’re keen to stay outdoors. The Queen’s Head is nestled in the picturesque village of East Clandon, a quick five minutes drive from Guildford, and offers quality British food from locally sourced ingredients. One of my favourites.
The Swan has recently been refurbished, and is practically unrecognisable from the pub I used to know. Now a truly beautiful riverside pub, its large garden overlooking the Thames is perfect for families looking to lunch, offering children a little space to run around. My best friend had her baby shower here in January, and with lots of little ones running around, it proved to be a fantastic place for family fun.
I take a trip to The Albany at least once every summer, it’s a little out of my way, but it’s always worth the visit. The Albany is a riverside pub very close to Hampton Court. It’s the perfect location for al fresco dining, and having fun by the water. You can hire motor boats at Taggs Boatyard very nearby and park up outside the pub for lunch. A fantastic way to spend a summer’s day.
Gastropub The Brickmakers is a traditional red brick pub, with a big emphasis on great British food. The beautifully looked after garden offers families a great spot to lunch al fresco, and scores very highly on Trip Advisor. It’s on my list to check out this summer.
The Dog and Pheasant is a roadside inn very popular with local families and visitors from further afield. The inside of the pub is very cosy, but it’s large back garden and front terrace are ideal for a delicious meal for all the family outdoors.
A traditional English pub with a heated barn, large patio, garden and kids’ playground… need I say more?! A great child friendly Surrey pub, this place is perfect for a long lunch with the kids – it’s completely geared towards keeping the little ones entertained.
My quest to find the perfect family-friendly pubs in Surrey bought my attention to The White Hart, in Witley. I’ve never been, but make no mistake, I will be there at that bar very, very soon. This pub actually made me look up house prices in the area. It’s a pub a village would be lucky to have, and perhaps on the face of it, most of its appeal is more adult – whisk(e)y, smoked meats and craft beers, but its outdoor area means it caters for all.
Botley Hill Farmhouse is a beautifully picturesque pub based on the Titsey Estate in the Surrey Hills. It was voted one of the best pubs in last year’s Surrey Life awards – high praise indeed. They’re passionate about providing locally sourced food and drink, and they’ve even established their own microbrewery! A child friendly pub, they happily welcome children of all ages.
The Three Horseshoes is a traditional, old fashioned pub in the heart of Cranleigh – England’s biggest village. Specialising in good old pub grub, they’ve got a fantastic pub garden perfect for families.
The King Billy is a brilliant venue for al fresco summer dining with the family. Located at the foot of the Surrey Hills, it’s a pub where children are always welcome, there’s lots for them to do. Check our their large selection of toys and board games and their purpose built kids’ playground area. It’s located in a fantastic spot with access to lots of lovely walks.
I spent my late teens and early twenties propping up the saloon bar with Roger, Mike (or was it Mick?) and their British Bulldog Winston at the helm. It’s long since been refurbished, (gone are the days with Wham!’s greatest hits on repeat) and is a newly polished restaurant and brasserie courtesy of Whites Brasseries. The Vic has always had a superb pub garden and terrace, great to enjoy all-day dining. The menu consists of traditional British pub grub, with a few fancy French options thrown in. I’ve yet to pop back in since the refurb, but it looks stunning, and will always be one of my favourite pubs.
Based near Godalming, this historic riverside pub overlooking the River Way is a fantastic family friendly pub ideal for a summer’s afternoon, with a brilliant kids’ menu that supports the Rainbow Trust charity, donating 50p from every kids’ meal ordered. What I love about their kids’ menu is that they look after children with allergies – I have two of those!
Another riverside pub further up the River Wey is The Anchor at Pyrford Lock. I have memories of going there with my friend’s family as a kid in the summer holidays. Serving traditional pub grub, the children’s menu takes into account dairy allergies, with burger options without cheese. It’s a fantastic venue for young ones to explore, and the riverside path just outside takes you all the way to Byfleet Tip, so why not park at Byfleet and hire a rowing boat to row the whole family to the pub? Boats can be hired at Byfleet Boat Club.
The Barley Mow is a traditional riverside pub nestled in the Surrey Hills, overlooking the picturesque Tilford Green. Reported to be the most photographed pub in the UK, this place is a brilliant destination for families – oh, and dogs! This child friendly Surrey pub is definitely on my to-visit list this summer!
The Bel & Dragon is a gorgeous and newly restored Country Inn situated between the historic town of Farnham and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, nestled within the beautiful Surrey Hills. Offering fantastic food for all the family, its huge garden and brilliant all-year-round play area for kids makes it a really desirable destination for Sunday lunch.
Located in a picturesque village in the North Downs of Surrey, and local to Box Hill, Polesdon Lacey and Headley Heath, The Dolphin is a great location for a family lunch. A traditional 17th century pub welcoming cyclists, dog walkers and families – there’s room for everybody!
The Donkey describes itself as Surrey’s ‘best kept secret’, so it may be now that the secret is out! (Sorry guys). The kids will love lunch in the garden of The Donkey on a warm summer’s day, as they may be lucky enough to dine near its two friendly resident donkeys, Pip and Dusty. A reasonably priced gastro grub pub situated close to the village of Elstead, it’s a venue packed with charm and character.
The Fourhorse Shoes is located on a village green in the lovely village of Chobham (not Cobham, take note!). An independent pub and dining room with a fairly large outdoor seating area, all in all it’s a pretty funky establishment. It’s a quintessential English pub welcoming families and dog walkers alike. With excellent reviews on the food and the decor, it’s definitely one to check out this summer!
Billed as one of Epsom’s oldest pubs serving traditional home-cooked British pub classics, using locally sourced seasonal products. They have a gorgeous sheltered and sunny beer garden perfect for all the family.
I have a real fondness for The Talbot as I got married there in May 2016, and it was most definitely the party of the year. They have a beautiful courtyard for drinks in the sun, and a large grassy garden for kids to run around in. The food is delicious, and the staff are always incredibly attentive. A must-go!
A stunning Surrey pub set in two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking its very own swan lake, Worplesdon Place is a brilliant choice for a family meal out in the summer.
There’s an awesome play area for the kids and lots of space for them to run around safely. With a diverse, seasonal British menus for kids and adults and 29 country hotel style bedrooms, this is a great place to stop if you’re from out of town.
Chilworth is a picturesque village in the Surrey Hills and home to country pub and grill house The Percy Arms. What’s on offer? British cuisine with a South African twist – sounds tasty! The gardens are perfect for children, and families are met with a warm welcome. There’s lots to do nearby, so a fantastic location for a day out, especially if you’re visiting from further afield.
The Volunteer is located in a beautiful little hamlet with outdoor seating outside the front – perfect for catching the last of the evening sun, and a beautiful green garden to the side of the pub. I haven’t been back to visit in a couple years, and the pub is now under new management, so I’m excited to take a trip there this summer to see what’s new. It’s a beautiful place to visit.
Feeling left out? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org if we’ve missed out your fabulous pub, and we’ll pop down and check you out!