Hidden gems once discovered can lose their sparkle, but not this super little Surrey Hills pub, popular with cyclists and walkers. Improvements, courtesy of the landlord's wife, have made the dining room and bar more comfortable; outside is a pretty garden and terrace. Monthly-changing menus offer contemporary and traditional favourites, such as pan-roasted duck breast with celeriac and potato purée, cavolo nero, cherry jus; salmon fillet with fennel and aubergine purée, herb oil; and Cumberland sausages with spring onion mash. The National Trust's Polesden Lacey and the Royal Horticultural Society's Wisley Gardens are nearby.
Closed: 25-26 December, 31 December evening
Open all week
Opening times: 11-3 5.30-11 (Sunday 12-5.30)
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-4.30
Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6.30-9.30, Friday to Saurday 6.30-10
Food and drink
Real ales available: Special, Twickenham Fine Ales, Redhead, Naked Ladies and Grandstand, Surrey Hills Shere Drop