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  • Parrot, Shalford Thursday 4 February 2021

    The Parrot dates from the late 1800's and is a short distance from the Wey Navigation, near the site of the former Shalford munitions factory.

    It closed in September 2019 but has recently been purchased by Red Mist Leisure as their 11th pub locally. It is now undergoing an extensive refurbishment, with the aim of reopening in the Autumn.

  • Villagers, Blackheath Tuesday 19 January 2021

    A planning application has been submitted by Lux Homes Limited seeking permission to convert the existing public house into a two bedroom cottage. The Villagers has been closed since 2010 after which a village enterprise known as the Blackheath Village Pub Company was established with the express purpose of protecting and retaining the village pub. However in September 2018 the pub was purchased by Lux Homes Ltd, who are only interested in developing the site for residential use.

    Details of the Planning Application can be found here

    Waverley Borough Council received a large number of objections to the proposal and are now considering the application.

    You can download our Villagers, Blackheath Planning Permission Objection

  • Jolly Sailor, Farnham - Planning Application Thursday 31 December 2020

    Item in the Farnham Herald 31-12-2020.

  • Robin Hood, Guildford Saturday 31 October 2020

    The pub closed at the end of October when the licensee, Veru Melca, was unable to agree terms on a new lease. She has launched a Crowdfunding campaign to try and buy the freehold of the pub.

    The pub is currently on offer through Fleurets for £625,000.

  • Railway Club, Woking Sunday 18 October 2020

    A planning application for the redevelopment of this area of Woking that includes the demolition and relocation of the Club to a new building is being considered by Woking Borough Council. As the proposal guarantees that the Club will be rebuilt before the existing one is demolished, it is supported by CAMRA.

  • Wheatsheaf, Grayswood Sunday 27 September 2020

    The pub closed on 27th September following the retirement of landlord Ken Martin, who had run the pub for 22 years. Its future is unknown.

  • Ship, Ripley Tuesday 22 September 2020

    Ripley Parish Council has successfully secured an Asset of Community Value (ACV) listing for this pub.

  • Elm Tree, Weybourne Saturday 19 September 2020

    After an 18 months period of closure the pub reopened on 19th September.

  • Red Lion, Aldershot Friday 11 September 2020

    The pub has reopened with another new landlady, the 3rd this year. This time it is Rochelle Cotton, who previously worked at the White Lion. 4 real ales to start with, though this subsequently reduced to ensure quality is maintained.

  • Red Lion, Godalming Thursday 3 September 2020

    The pub reopened on 3rd September after an enforced closure on 13th July due to a serious fire.

  • Cricketers on the Green, Pirbright Monday 17 August 2020

    The pub partially reopened on 17th August following a serious at the pub on 6th August. This includes an outside bar with new alfresco terraces.

  • Sir Douglas Haig, Effingham Thursday 30 July 2020

    A planning application to retain the pub but convert the existing hotel rooms into residential accommodation and build additional housing in the car park is being considered by Guildford Borough Council. CAMRA has sought reassurance and evidence that the proposal won’t reduce the viability of the pub going forward.

  • Horse & Groom, Chobham - New Micro Pub Opens! Tuesday 14 July 2020

    The Branch’s first micropub has opened, selling 2 local beers and cider, The site used to be part of a pub called the Horse and Groom that closed in 1960.

  • Royal Staff, Aldershot Monday 15 June 2020

    The freehold of the pub is available for £600,000 which is substantially more than the £265,000 it sold for in 2017. The price seems to assume they can build two houses in the garden.

    There is an active ACV in place for the pub, but it was applied for by the Save Our Staff, community group, but that Group is no longer active.

  • Barley Mow, Winchfield Tuesday 12 May 2020

    The pub has been relisted as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) following a reapplication by Winchfield Parish Council after the initial listing had expired.

  • Grantley Arms, Wonersh Thursday 12 March 2020

    The pub has been sold by Pearmain Pubs to Youngs Pub Company.

  • Wheatsheaf, Heatherside Thursday 31 October 2019

    The pub, now leased by Blackrose Pubs, reopened at the end of October following a £400,000 refurbishment. The layout of the main bar has altered, the Sports Bar extended and a large mezzanine level introduced. There is also a greater commitment to real ale.

  • Four Horseshoes, Camberley Friday 26 July 2019

    Reopened at the end of July, after an extensive refurbishment. They now have 2 real ales Doom Bar and Marstons’ EPA.

  • July 2019 Monday 1 July 2019

    Admiral, Ash Vale
    Napiers closed in September 2017 but a major £500,000 refurbishment began in June 2019 with the pub scheduled to reopen in mid-August. It will be renamed The Admiral with food will be offered for the first time.

    Thatched Cottage, Cove
    Closed on 15th June 2019 as Greene King decided not to renew the lease.

    Hart House, Fleet
    Closed in mid June and sold to the Urban Village Pub Company who are refurbishing the pub and plan to reopen it in September, probably named the Fleet Village.

    Railway Arms, Frimley
    Closed in May, when the long standing landlord left, but has since reopened.

    Fox & Flowerpot, Goldsworth Park
    Sadly closed at the end of June and a new tenant is being sought.

    Star Inn, Guildford
    In a landmark judgement the noise abatement notice issued by Guildford Council has been overturned by a district judge.

    Crown & Anchor, Old Woking
    Closed and shuttered up a the end of May.

  • June 2019 Saturday 1 June 2019

    White Lion, Aldershot
    The freehold of the pub is currently up for sale and has been reported under offer. The pub is currently owned by a private owner and leased to Triple fff brewery. It has not yet been possible to establish anything concrete about future plans though it is understood there is a year left to run on the lease.

    Cambridge Hotel, Camberley
    Planning permission has been granted to convert this pub , which has been closed since July 2016 into 21 residential flats, including demolition of the existing ground floor rear extension, and conversion of the historic building. The ground floor is to become a “flexible space” with permission for retail, restaurant/cafe, and/or public house uses granted.

    Hoxon, Camberley
    This bar restaurant, that served a full range of Ascot Brewing Company bottled beers closed in March.

    Station Tap, Camberley
    The former Surrey Arms has been refurbished and is now named the Station Tap. Meet the Brewer evenings and craft beer from Siren are available.

    Castle Inn, Farnham
    Reopened in February as part of the Red Mist group of pub, for many years it has been a Belgian restaurant.

    Jolly Sailor, Farnham
    Sadly there has been a significant change at last years, Branch Pub of the Year. Landlord and landlady Ian and Sarahjane left the pub in March and since then the pub has been under temporary management. The beer range has reduced, though a recent visit discovered there were still 4 real ales available, including a couple of guest beers. Of greater concern is that the freehold of the pub is now also available at £395,000 which demonstrates that Greene King appear to have little interest in its long term future.

    Railway Arms, Frimley
    The pub closed in May, when the long standing landlord left. It is believed that a new tenant is being sought, but there is no information as to the timescale.

    Growlers & Cans, Guildford
    A new craft beer bar and bottle shop opened near the top of Guildford High Street in February. There is seating for approx 20 people. No draught real ale is served, but there is a selection of 6 keg beers available and a wide variety of beers in cans and bottles to sample both on the premises or to take away.

    Robin Hood, Knaphill
    The pub burnt down on Sunday 12th May, after being closed for the past year and there had been a recent attempt to demolish the pub last year that was stopped as it broke planning regulations. Within a week of the fire the remains of the pub had been demolished.

    Jolly Farmer, Puttenham
    This former Harvester has been reopened as an independent pub restaurant.

    Junction Tap, Woking
    The Ogilvy has been refurbished and is now named the Junction Tap.

    Pound Pub Company, Woking
    The pub closed in March after the Council revoked its licence following the sale of alcohol to a minor on two occasions.

  • September 2018 Saturday 1 September 2018

    La Fontaine, Aldershot
    The planning application to convert the pub to housing was approved and the pub closed at the end of July.

    Temptation (formerly Popworld), Aldershot
    Former pub/club is being reopened as a plush lounge, with a focus on cocktails. Opening date TBC.

    Truth, Aldershot
    This new cocktail bar opened on Friday 8th June, no real ale is available or planned.

    Star Inn, Guildford
    The music venue at the pub was under threat of closure, following a noise complaint by a property developer who has built flats behind the venue The pub is currently licensed to play live music until midnight between Sundays and Wednesdays, until 1am on Thursdays and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

    The pub, with the backing of Shepherd Neame, has started a petition asking the council to protect The Star as a music venue, which had been signed by more than 20,000 people. The Council have indicated that they support retaining the Star as a music venue.

    CobbStar at the Angel Hotel, Guildford
    New bar opened in May on the first floor of the Angel Hotel.

    Robin Hood, Knaphil
    Closed in early July and now being advertised as a development opportunity.

    Cricketers On The Green, Pirbright
    Closed on 8th July and reported that was to be refurbished and reopened as a gastropub.

  • May 2018 Tuesday 1 May 2018

    La Fontaine, Aldershot
    A planning application to convert the pub to housing was submitted to the local Council. This is yet to be decided and the pub remains open and trading in the meantime.

    Elephant & Castle (temporarily Sidewalks Bar), North Camp
    This pub has reverted back to its original name following a refurbishment. There remains a strong focus on televised sport and real ale is available in the form of Sharp’s Doom Bar and a changing guest, both competitively priced.

    Anchor, Knaphill
    A planning application has been approved to convert part of the pub building into residential use, whilst still retaining an area for a pub, cafe or restaurant. For the time being the pub continues to trade as usual, so hopefully some type of community pub will be retained.

    Duke Of Normandy, Normandy
    The planning application to demolish the pub and erect 3 houses on the site.has finally been approved by Guildford Borough Council. Although the pub closed in 2012, the community of Normandy is now left with little prospect of ever having a pub again.

    Old Ford, North Camp
    Reopened after a short period of closure with a new landlord. Reports on any changes welcome.

    Running Stream, Weybourne
    The long-standing landlord is looking to retire so the lease of this Good Beer Guide listed community pub is currently available.

    Bed Bar (fomerly Boston Experience), Woking
    Those who have been around a while will remember the Boston Experience, an American theme brew-pub which closed in 2003. It then became a night club but has now closed completely, as part of the redevelopment of the area into Woking One. A new bar/restaurant is planned for the area.

  • March 2018 Thursday 1 March 2018

    Alexandra, Aldershot
    After reopening in December with no real ale it has now been reported that Sharp’s Doom Bar is available.

    Truth, Aldershot
    Opening of this new cocktail bar has been delayed until May, not expecting any real ale.

    Cambridge Hotel, Camberley
    After closing last year a planning application was recently submitted to redevelop the pub as flats but also retain a commercial space downstairs, which could be shops, a pub or a restaurant.

    Waverley Arms, Farnham
    The planning application to convert the pub into a nursery has been rejected by Waverley Borough Council, however the pub remains closed with little prospect of it reopening.

    Hart House, Fleet
    Opened on 5th March 2018, as a pub restaurant, Two guest beers are available, one supplied by Marstons and one from a local brewery.

    Lobster Pot (formerly Cricketers), Upper Hale
    After closure in December 2015, the pub was finally demolished this week and housing built on the site.

  • January 2018 Monday 1 January 2018

    Alexandra, Aldershot
    Reopened on 21st December, as part of the EI Offshoot the Craft Union Pub Company which focuses on locals pub with sport and entertainment being the main drivers. Indeed the pub remains primarily focussed as a Sports Bar. Very cheap beer, no real ale.

    Napiers (now Admiral), Ash Vale
    the pub closed last September but the tenancy is mentioned on Punch’s Website as being available soon.

    Hart House, Fleet
    A new pub is planned for Fleet. The former Harwoods wine bar closed in 2004, being converted to Ask Italian Restaurant. However, plans are now well advanced for reopening as a pub in late February 2018, with 4 real ales available.

    Bel & The Dragon, Godalming
    This cafe bar restaurant situated in a converted seventeenth century Congregational church closed on 2nd January. The owners citing the inability to provide accommodation combined with a lack of car parking and a general downturn in trade over the previous 12 months.

    Anchor, Knaphill
    A planing application has been submitted to develop the Anchor as housing but retaining the pub on the ground floor.

    Cherry Tree, Rowledge
    Waverley BC have approved the planning application to convert the pub to housing, despite an outstanding Asset of Community Value application they considered this was not a material planning consideration. In terms of the loss of the pub they agreed there had been insufficient information provided to demonstrate it was was not viable but nevertheless concluded that as there were other pubs in the area, there was no loss in amenity.

    White Lyon & Dragon, Worplesdon
    the pub closed in early October and is now boarded up, though the tenancy is available on the EI Group Website.

  • September 2017 Friday 1 September 2017

    Beehive, Aldershot
    Planning permission to convert the pub into flats has been approved and work on the conversion has already commenced.

    Popworld, Aldershot
    No real ale. Closed at the end of August and has already vanished from the Popworld website, so little chance of it re-opening under the old ownership of Stonegate.

    Villagers, Blackheath
    A planning application has been submitted to develop the Villagers, Blackheath as a public house with two dwellings, which is being driven by the local community to try to bring forward a viable scheme to reopen the pub. A project we hope is successful.

    Villagers, Chiddingfold
    A planning application to convert the pub/club into a children’s gym has been approved by Waverley Borough Council.

    Red Lion, Chobham
    Identified as a pub for sale following the Heineken takeover of Punch.

    Anchor, Knaphill
    The Asset of Community Value award approved by Woking Borough Council in July is now being reviewed following an objection from a potential developer.

    Duke Of Normandy, Normandy
    A planning application has been submitted to demolish the pub, which has been closed for a number of years, and erect 3 houses on the site. There are no other potential community facilities in the village so CAMRA will be objecting.

    Birch & Pines, Sheerwater
    A planning application has been submitted demolish this pub which closed in April. This is part of a major housing and retail development on this are of Woking and it is anticipated that a replacement pub or similar facilities will be provided as part of the new development.

    Rat & Parrot, Woking
    A planning application has also been submitted to demolish the pub and build flats. The pub has been closed for many years and is in a poor state of repair.

  • August 2017 Tuesday 1 August 2017

    Royal Staff, Aldershot
    The pub has now been sold by Fuller’s to a private owner and remains open under new management.

    Spice Merchant (formerly Black Horse), Crookham Village
    After 6 months of closure the Black Horse reopened on 18th August as the Spice merchant. Four cask ales were available on the opening night; namely Hogs Back Tea, Twickenham Naked Ladies, Adnams Broadside and Flack Manor Double Drop.

  • July 2017 Saturday 1 July 2017

    Alexandra, Aldershot
    Closed due to a serious electrical fault, but shows no sign of reopening.

    Royal Staff, Aldershot
    The Asset of Community Value submitted by the Save Our Staff has been approved by Rushmoor BC. The pub remains open, trading and for sale.

    Sarsen Stones, Farnborough
    a brand new food-led pub has been opened by Marston’s in the western suburbs of Farnborough.

    Waverley Arms, Farnham
    A planning application to convert the pub into a nursery has been submitted. CAMRA has objected to this on the basis of a lack of evidence put forward by the applicant to substantiate their argument that the pub is unviable.

    Station, Fleet
    Reopened as an Ember Inns following a substantive refurbishment, and an increase in the range of beers available.

    Star Inn, Godalming
    Opened a new bar, called the Stable Bar, in the pub garden selling a range of ciders, differing from those in the main bar, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    Cricketers (temporarily Black Bison), Guildford
    The pub reopened on 23rd June.

    Cherry Tree, Rowledge
    The pub remains closed and a planning application seeking conversion to offices with withdrawn. The local community continue to see if they can put a realistic bid together to buy the pub and save it for the village.

    Dog & Partridge, Yateley
    the pub is now serving a local guest beer.