GUESS THE PUB GOES TO SURREY

I’ve given Surrey short shrift over the years, it was No. 93 in my Top 75 GBG counties, but there’s no doubt that it’s not all Brunning & Price and slow-moving Ranmore Ale.

Our mystery pub is in a small town which rotates its GBG entries based on the quality of the jukebox and CAMRA discount.

This one scored a (checks GBG spreadsheet) NBSS 3.5 when I visited in 2014, a year before the blog. Google maps makes it look rather charming, though I thing our Old Codgers would struggle with that open door so close to the bench seating.

7 years, but I have NO recollection of the modern art,

or the modern beer range (top), but it must have been good.

The most famous person born here as nicknamed after this fella;

and was very unpopular with Derby fans in 1976.

The other sporting clue to our location is more recent.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Ashdown

Oh, and here’s a bloke getting a good view of the pub.

As for the pub name, probably in the bottom 5% of pub names, I see it shares a classification with this bird.

Not one for the twitchers, though.

24 thoughts on “GUESS THE PUB GOES TO SURREY

  1. I recognised the racecourse and there is a pub nearby, with a terraced garden leading down to the river, and having the requisite art on the walls. I’ll leave it un-named for now so that others can have a go. Its name does feature on the Pubs Galore list of the 250 most common pub names.

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      1. Sorry, Mick. The Magpie doesn’t make it onto the PuG list – I make it just six of them, or 17 if you include closed ones (which of course PuG doesn’t). If “Magpie and AN Other” were included, it would be a different story.

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      1. I didn’t notice until after I’d got it anyway, but did Martin mean to leave the road map thumbnail bottom left in his second picture?

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    1. Merlin was the nickname for Gordon Hill, a footballer with Manchester United who scored two goals to defeat Derby County in the FA Cup in 1976. (So called because there was wizardry in his feet, I guess.) He was born in Sunbury on Thames.

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  2. “I’ve given Surrey short shrift over the years, it was No. 93 in my Top 75 GBG counties,”

    (slow golf clap)

    “though I thing our Old Codgers would struggle with that open door so close to the bench seating.”

    ‘Think’ dear boy!… at least before you type. 😉

    “7 years, but I have NO recollection of the modern art,”

    Blimey, some big names have been skilfully imitated on that wall.

    “The most famous person born here as nicknamed after this fella;”

    Aesop?

    “The other sporting clue to our location is more recent.”

    The annual Santa race?

    “Oh, and here’s a bloke getting a good view of the pub.”

    Does the ‘X’ on the water indicate the best place to stop for a view of the pub?

    “I see it shares a classification with this bird.”

    Bomber, so… Bombardier? 😉

    Cheers

    (yup, not even going to try and guess) 🙂

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  3. I’m intrigued by that aircraft picture, as the only ones I can think of with that general configuration like the B-29 and B-50 had single vertical tail fins. Do you have any more information?

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      1. “And can you link the B-32 to the pub ? Russ is in torment.”

        Please! All I can think of is bloody C-130 Hercs, since I’ve ridden in those, and they were 9 hours trips in mesh seats with horrendous decibel levels!

        Cheers

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