Armed with a slew of children and a hoard of dogs, the ladies and I engulfed the bar area of The William Bray in Shere after a dog walk in the Surrey hills. We’ve eaten in the restaurant of The William Bray and know it’s an appealing gastropub, but we wanted to test out how their casual lunches rate.
The beautiful Edwardian building is a dominant feature in the centre of my favourite Surrey village, Shere.
There’s a lovely outdoor lounge area overlooking the road filled with comfortable seating. There’s also a garden with backless picnic tables to the side of the building.
Inside is bright and airy thanks to those beautiful big windows.
The main restaurant area is modern yet retains some of the Edwardian features, including the beautiful hardwood floor. I love wood floors, it’s so nice to see one in a pub.
The bar area is on the right as you look at the building. It’s not huge but the high ceiling and those big windows make it feel larger than it is. Again they’ve kept those beautiful hardwood floors and there’s a woodburner to give it a cosy feel in winter.
They have a good assortment of sandwiches on the bar snacks menu. They also serve the regular menu in the bar area.
Our server was super friendly. We did have a slight issue, as a sandwich for a child was ordered on a baguette but when it showed up it came on cornbread as they’d run out of baguettes – something the child was unimpressed with. If given a choice we would have asked for white bread and he would have eaten his lunch. (Although Ann took the cornbread and loved it.)
Now, a problem – I’ve lost my descriptions and prices and only one thing we ordered is on the online menu! My humblest appoligies.
Liz had a chicken and Mediterranean vegetable sandwich on a baguette. Apart from the unusual interpretation of a baguette it was a rather tasty sandwich.
Ann needed thawing out so went for the winter vegetable soup of the day. It was a nice size for a starter but not filling enough for lunch. It did have nice flavours. Fortunately she had the unwanted corn bread to fill up on, wich was yummy.
I choose the smoked salmon and crème fraiche £6.95. More bread than filling but fortunately it was heavenly fresh granary bread. We especially loved that our sandwiches came with root vegetable crisps.
The William Bray is a really fabulous independent pub. I’d suggest it’s best for an evening meal with friends rather than a lunch spot. The front terrace is arguably the best place in Shere to watch village life go by and a perfect place to lounge after a ramble.
Shere Lane, Shere, Surrey, GU5 9HS
Dogs welcome in bar area