I’d heard rumours of The Stephan Langton on the fabled Friday Street in Abinger Common and had been saving it to take a Canadian houseguest to. Finally my first guest of the year arrived and so off we went.
Our drive became more and more rural until we finally turned onto Friday Street, a beautiful single lane track constrained by impossibly growing trees. A little way along and you reach a tiny hamlet with a pretty mill pond. About as middle of nowhere that Surrey gets, The Stephan Langton is on the lane that runs alongside the pond.
There are a few outdoor tables in front of the pub.
Inside is a different vibe to most Surrey pubs, neither gastropub nor old man’s pub, the Stephan Langton is still and welcoming, seemingly without notice of the outside world.
There’s a pleasant dining room. I suspect reservations are necessary on weekends, my tip is to request one of the two tables in the little alcove room with nice views to the outside.
There’s a small bar area full of rural charm and dog walkers. You can also reserve a table in this area, wise even on weekdays.
Service is informal, chatty and welcoming. We had a great laugh with our server, who was keen to help my carsick daughter’s mood.
The menu changes constantly and promises the use of fresh and local ingredients, sometimes even including pheasant shot on the estate. There were many interesting items on the menu, including tuna lasagna and venison sausages. Prices were fair.
We both elected to have two courses from the starters menu, beginning with the pea and mint Homemade soup of the day (V) £4.95 Fresh bread & butter This was so yummy that my daughter, who had previously rejected any lunch on the basis of having a sore tummy, took one taste of mine and then demanded her own bowl – which she gobbled up.
For the next course, Canadian Vikki selected the Smooth chicken liver & whiskey pate £6.95 homemade chutney and toast. It was highly enjoyable and the chutney was very tasty.
For my second dish, I went for the Roast beetroot, chorizo & pancetta salad £7.25 Roasted with local honey as I can’t resist beetroot on a menu. It was very nice, a larger portion than I had expected, it alone would have been filling enough for lunch.
Friday Street in Abinger Common is a perfect spot for a walk in the countryside and the Stephan Langdon is the perfect spot to relax in afterwards. This is one of the finest pub locations Surrey has to offer and the journey to it is as satisfying as the pub itself.
I love the setting. I love the atmosphere. I love the food. I love that their website still has a title page. I love this pub and will definitely be bringing all my Canadian visitors here.
Friday Street, Abinger Common, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6JR
Small car park, there’s also a car park just before the hamlet
Dogs welcomed with biscuits in the bar area