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“Such a wasted opportunity” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Withies Inn

The Withies Inn
Withies Lane, Guildford GU3 1JA, England
01483 421158
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Ranked #59 of 228 Restaurants in Guildford
Price range: $25 - $100
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Such a wasted opportunity”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

A gorgeous building, a leafy Surrey lane, lovely summer weather, easy access from London and in an area where there's enough discerning foodies to make this amazing. But, this place is over-priced and arrogant beyond belief - the food is at best mediocre, the waiters think they are above the guests and the bar staff are hot and cold in terms of their welcome. And just what is the problem with children? Get over it, you have a lovely garden with hiding places and guess what?.. it inspires adventure for well-behaved children while their parents can, well could, sit back and enjoy a delicious meal - a. if there was one on offer and b. if well-behaved families were made to feel welcome. Running around giggling doesn't mean they are feral! Many people would love to see this in the hands of a decent chef-owner - a cool out of London spot for Heston Blumenthal, Raymond Blanc, Monsieur Roux? For heaven's sake Frank Sinatra ate here once...Kylie had a party here .. that must say something about its potential. Someone please come, take it over and make it into the gem it should be!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Reading, Hampshire
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Like stepping back in time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Went to this pub for the first time on Saturday night, with friends that had been before. Really quaint old fashioned inn, roaring fire, really low beams. The staff serving the food were all probably over the age of 60 and wearing black bow ties and waistcoats!

The food was excellent. Lots of traditional items on the menu, prawn cocktail, steak Diane, knickerbocker glory. I had liver and bacon, which was delicious.

Only downside was that our table was a bit of a squeeze, but 2 large'ish men sat next to each other in a pew style seat, probably wasn't ideal!

Would recommend and would go again.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Old fashioned and a bit weird, but in a beautiful setting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

As others have said, a very olde worlde, traditional country pub. Staff were courteous and quick to serve and there were lots of people working there. We had drinks and then lunch from the bar menu. The ale didn't taste great. We ordered a mixed Ploughman's, a jacket potato, and sausage and mash. The food was ok, it seemed home-made and generally contained high-quality ingredients although the portions weren't massive and it was nothing special. The crockery and the menu seemed a bit stuck in the 1970s. The setting is beautiful and the garden a great place to sit in the sun. Much of the clientele seemed to be well-heeled, but some were not especially open-minded. Overall, a bit meh.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Shepperton, United Kingdom
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“A haven in the country gone to pot.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This used to be a lovely place to go for Sunday lunch, but I am afraid it has gone down hill in the past year. The setting and the pub itself are still lovely and olde world, and it is still a great place to go for a drink in summer when the gardens are lovely and in winter when it is cosy and warm. We went there for lunch on Saturday and were very disappointed with our food. We chose salt beef sandwiches and the beef was so tough that my wife could not eat hers. The salad on the side had seen better days and the menu in my opinion is well over priced. My advice is go there for the ambiance and drink or a glass of wine and leave the food alone.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Hunter Valley
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“The perfect 'Olde English' Pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

Quiet location down winding lanes, this place has everything. A real old pub with some great beers. A bar for drinking and chat, open fires, low beams. And then a separate restaurant - watch your head on the beams. Great food and good prices. Loved the duck and so good to find Arbroath Smokies. Perect. Thank you

Visited March 2014
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