I’ve decided I want to find Surrey’s oldest pub. The Crown & Cushion in Minley seems like a good candidate. At least a good place to start my search, with a family Sunday lunch.
The pub was built in 1512 and became an alehouse is 1596.
As you would expect, there’s low ceilings, beams, open fires and, of course, rumours of ghosts. It’s teensy and very cute. A more modern atribute, there’s free wifi .
Rambling, laid back outdoor seating is on both ‘sides’ of the pub. The parking lot side is stuffed with flowers, and the backside overlooks a cricket green. There is a bit of noise, as the pub is on a busy road, but it’s not too bad.
Meade Hall located right beside the main pub and is quite cool. It’s an amalgamation of two 16th century barns – including timbers from the Spanish Armada. It is a huge medieval banquet hall and is largely used for events. I think it would be a perfect venue for a party. It’s old, it’s dim and there’s loads of flickering candles. I wish we had been there the previoius Sunday.
On Sundays Meade Hall is open to regular diners. Meade Hall will also be open to regular diners daily during some renovation work in the main building this autumn.
The atmosphere in Meade Hall is perfect for a rainy day or winter. We happened to be there the day the weather changed. It was beautiful outside, at long last. Yet through one of those weird reasons of momentum we ate inside, in the dark Meade Hall. Don’t get me wrong, we liked it, it’s just that after weeks of bad weather, we really should have sat outside.
It was busy went we went, outside was bustling and both buildings had plenty of full tables, including a party of 14. As a result there was a bit of a wait for our food, which was understandable but it’s good policy to inform people of the time when the order is placed.
S went for the roast topside of beef, Yorkshire puding, roast potatoes & parsnips, homemade gravy, horseradish sauce served with fresh vegetables £12.95. That’s a familiar looking plate. It was a solid roast and as a nice touch, this one came with a cauliflower cheese (in the little white pot.)
My daughters also went for the roast beef, kid sized £6.50. They reported that it was very good, and finished the plate clean.
I had the roasted vegetables &goat’s cheese salad with honey & walnuts £10.95. When it initially came there weren’t a whole lot of roasted vegetables in it, but the friendly server quickly got me a little dish of them. It was tasty, the honey and cheese went well together.
The Crown and Cushion has lots of charm, as you would expect from a 502 year old building that’s been a pub 420 years. Now, to find out if there are pubs in Surrey that are even older…
The Crown and Cushion is a part of a small Surrey chain of pubs, Baron Pubs. They have four other pubs, in Thorpe, Leatherhead, Horsell and Warlingham.
The Crown and Cushion, Minley Road, Minley, Blackwater, Surrey, GU17 9UA
Dogs welcome on the patio