That’s a genuine question, not an invitation to a duel on Woking High Street, or whatever is the epicentre of Surrey culture.
I just can’t see it as a proper county. There’s no League teams (the support is all for Chelsea), their cricket team plays in South London, their breweries are tiny, all the big hotels style themselves as London, and no-one to my knowledge has ever described themselves as a proud man of Surrey.
At least Middlesex has Russell Grant as a champion.
The only purpose for Surrey I can see is making London beer prices look cheap.
I had a look at the pubs that make up my newly-pinked Surrey GBG chapter to see what might go in a Top 100.
And came up with a couple. The basic boozer Royal Oak from last years’ trip to Knaphill, and the rural gem that is Newdigate’s Surrey Oaks, on the edge of the hills. I might pop back to that one on the way down to Horsham.
More typical of Surrey is The Victoria, a “Pub Brasserie” in Oxshott, whatever that is. At least in
South London Surrey you get a train station every couple of miles, even if it isn’t included on your London Travelcard.
As is the norm, one photo tells you all you need.
Plush chairs, pleasing fire, historical touches, no beer mats, thin glass !!!
And that’s the bar area; the rest is pure gastro dining.
The beer range is equally revealing.
At least there’s no jam jars. And there was Hogs Back TEA down the line. And despite the thin glass atrocity, it was perfectly decent (NBSS 3).
And that’s the thing. Beer quality in Surrey is nearly always good enough for the GBG, but rarely brilliant. And you won’t see many mobility scooters, or drinkers, outside the M25 towns.
Tell me what I’ve missed*
*UPDATE : Well done Paul Bailey