We were in search of a pub with steak & Guinness pie. My sister, visiting from Canada, requires having at least one steak & Guinness pie in a pub each time she visits and time was running out. On the promise of quality homemade food, we decided to try The Seven Stars near Ripley.
Independently owned, The Seven Stars prides itself on being a traditional pub. A quiet traditional pub – background music is turned way down, tables are spaciously placed and there’s no fruit machines.
The inside is bright, airy and very clean.
Open fires and cosy curtained booths indicate this is a good place to be on a winter’s day.
The bar is a sort of mad dream bar, every inch seems to be covered in a bottle. Plus there’s wine on tap, how exciting.
We encountered the owner sitting at one end of the bar, a character that added interest to our lunch.
Service is relaxed and friendly.
There’s a garden area, including a unique row of outdoor booths, two of which are heated.
The menu is long and filled with pub classics, baguettes, sandwiches, a kid’s menu and daily specials, all made fresh on the premises.
I had the Carrot & coriander homemade soup £4.95. The cream came in its own little jug, to add to the soup to taste. The soup itself was lovely, not blended and thick with carrot matchsticks.
My husband had the 10″ baguette jumbo sausage & pan fried onion £6.95. It was excellent. The smell of fried onions was certainly divine.
We shared a side order of Cheesy chips £3.95.
My daughter had the Bacon & brie sandwich £6.95.
And finally the purpose of our visit, the Steak & Guinness pie prime beef cooked with mushrooms & Guinness with a puff pastry top served with chips & peas or seasonal vegetables £10.95
It was one of, if not the, best pie she’s ever had. The beef was beautiful, no filler, no gristle, just lots of perfectly cooked prime beef in a super tasty mushroom gravy.
We were all pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. The Seven Stars is perfect if you’re looking for a traditional pub that does great food. It exemplifies why we should cherish independently owned pubs.
Newark Lane, Ripley, Surrey, GU23 6DL
Dogs welcome in the garden