Bel & the Dragon Churt Pub with rooms in Churt, Surrey

Prices from:
£150 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Restored former hunting lodge
  • Eclectic modern European menu
  • Relaxed vibe; fab summer garden
  • Stylish contemporary rooms
  • Great walking from the front door

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Overview

Bel & the Dragon Churt Churt, Surrey, GU10 2LD

The personal touch

The Bel & The Dragon group own six inns across Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire – all are feel-good country inns offering good food and wine and the perfect bolthole for the modern metropolitan. In 2014 they bravely took on the rambling and rather faded Pride of the Valley Hotel, which is set at a lonely crossroads deep in the wooded Surrey Hills, and transformed it into a smart and thriving pub with rooms. Once the hunting lodge of former Prime Minister David Lloyd George, the inn is popular with the walking fraternity for excellent breakfasts and light lunches, as it’s only a short stroll to the Devil’s Punchbowl and sweeping views of Surrey’s ‘Little Switzerland’. It also makes the ideal base for visiting nearby Guildford and Winchester, with easy access to London and the south coast. The roomy bar, replete with open fires and cosy corners, and the atmospheric dining room are kitted out with factory-style lights, chapel chairs and rustic wooden tables. Original features include a beautiful parquet floor and wood panelling painted in tasteful teal. The atmosphere is casual and very convivial and service is friendly and attentive from young, well-trained staff.

Sticky fingers

Children can expect a big welcome; fresh food listed on a special ‘puzzle’ menu (+ tabletops to scribble on) and £10 Sunday lunch; board games & toys; two excellent family rooms; and a great garden with play equipment

Muddy paws

Being a popular walking area dogs are very welcome in the bar

Alfresco

Sheltered rear terrace and large garden for summer alfresco imbibing

 

What’s the Damage?

14 doubles/twin; 2 family rooms; 2 singles: £150-£170. Special ‘Getaway Packages’

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to pub and bedrooms
  • Parking

 

Sleep

Bel & the Dragon Churt Churt, Surrey, GU10 2LD

Do not disturb

Stylish, individually decorated rooms ramble across two floors inn with five located in a newly renovated annexe, which can also be booked for families and groups. Names after Jane Austen characters (she lived nearby), all feature home-from-home comforts with king-size beds topped with White Company linen and colourful tartan throws, soothing pastel hues, classic books on shelves, retro radiators and phones, Roberts radios, Smart TVs, and fresh, tiled bathrooms with under-floor heating and Bramley Bathroom Products; larger bathrooms have a walk-in shower and freestanding bath. A nice touch is the complimentary bottle of Sipsmith Sloe Gin on windowsill. You’ll find the kettle, tea, fresh milk and Nespresso machine, and not to forget the decanter of malt whisky – do help yourself to a (free) nightcap – in a neat alcove on the landing. Linger over a great breakfast (homemade granola, poached duck egg and avocado with bacon chutney & hollandaise, or the full English) before striding out across the Surrey Hills.

 

 

 

What’s the Damage?

14 doubles/twin; 2 family rooms; 2 singles: £150-£170. Special ‘Getaway Packages’

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to pub and bedrooms
  • Parking

 

Eat & Drink

Bel & the Dragon Churt Churt, Surrey, GU10 2LD

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5-£11; Main Courses: £9-£26; Desserts £7; bar & lunch menu £4-£10)

Group head chef Ronnie Kimbugwe (ex-Gordon Ramsay) and the head chefs across the group deliver an eclectic choice of modern European dishes on exciting monthly-changing menus and there’s something for all tastes and appetites. Built around quality local and sustainable ingredients the choice includes pub classics (fish pie, sorrel, peas) and delicious meats dishes from the rotisserie (suckling pig, crispy crackling, spiced apple chutney) and the Josper grill (marinated flat iron steak, horseradish & mustard mayonnaise). Nibble on pink peppercorn squid with sweet chilli jam, follow with mussels in cider and bacon or tuna with mustard, wasabi and soy, then push the boat out and share the rib of beef, served with roast garlic, vine tomatoes & horseradish, and thyme and duck fat roast potatoes. Leave room for a refreshing caramelised lemon tart. The short bar and lunch menu may offer duck shepherd’s pie and devilled crab and avocado salad. The bar groans with local ales, craft beers and premium spirits but do delve into the excellent wine list, which includes some fabulous iconic wines by the glass, thanks to the revolutionary Corovin system.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10.30am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm (Food all day Sunday 12 noon – 9pm)
Dinner: 6pm – 10pm

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (10.30am – 11.30pm Saturday; 10.30am – 10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

14 doubles/twin; 2 family rooms; 2 singles: £150-£170. Special ‘Getaway Packages’

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to pub and bedrooms
  • Parking

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - Bel & the Dragon Churt

2

Cowdray Farm Shop and Cafe, Easebourne GU29 0AJ

The Cowdray Farm Shop and Cafe, is the hub of the 16,500 acre Cowdray Estate set in the South Downs. The shop is famous for its holistically reared lamb, beef and vension and sale of local produce. The cafe's outstanding food - from lunch to afternoon tea - is all homemade using traditional artisan techniques. The Farm Shop and cafe are open every day, 9am - 5pm (please check website)

3

West Dean Chilli Fiesta, West Dean, Chichester PO18 0QZ

The Chilli Fiesta is an annual event in which West Dean gardens dedicates itself to three days of chilli madness. Chilli enthusiasts can watch food demos, sample chilli-based grub, and purchase plants to take home. The glasshouses in the walled gardens are filled with over 250 varieties.

4

Coco Café and Sugar Lounge, Sadlers Row, Petworth GU28 0AN

The Coco Café Sugar Lounge is a traditional sweet shop with a modern twist, selling unusual and interesting chocolate and sweets you wouldn't find on the high street. Some of their chocolates are from really small chocolatiers including local company Chocolate Alchemist. The coffee shop and ice creams are good too!

5

The Duke of Cumberland, Henley, Fernhurst, West Sussex GU27 3HQ

Tricky to locate, this unspoilt 15th-century country pub, its brick and stone walls covered with roses and wisteria, is well worth the effort to find. Persevere for tiny rustic bars, local ales, a swish dining extension and decking, top-notch pub food cooked by chef-owner Simon Goodman, and a fantastic terraced garden with far-reaching views across the Sussex Weald.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - Bel & the Dragon Churt

Activities

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Goodwood – Horse Racing and 'Festival of Speed' & ‘Revival’ PO18 0PS

The famous racecourse rises and falls around a natural amphitheatre. For one week during the summer it becomes 'Glorious Goodwood', one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar. Close by is Goodwood Country Park, also the site of the 'Festival of Speed' and 'Revival' festivals - showcasing the world of cars ancient and modern.

3

Cowdray Park Polo, Midhurst GU29 0AQ

Cowdray Park is recognised worldwide as the Home of British Polo. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within Viscount Cowdray's 16,500 acre estate, the game of polo has been played at Cowdray for nearly a century. On summer afternoons it's a relaxed way to an enjoy an exciting game in a wonderful setting.

4

Bisley Shooting Ground, Bisley GU24 0NY

Founded in 1895 and situated near Brookwood, in 3,000 acres of Surrey heath and woodland, Bisley is Europe's largest sporting clay ground. Renowned for its expert tuition and excellent facilities, Bisley is just the place to try your hand at one of the country's fastest growing sports.

5

Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line), Alresford SO24 9JG

Saved from extinction in 1973, this preserved steam railway takes its name from the locally grown cress once transported from Hampshire to London by train. Services run for ten miles between Alton and Alresford and a trip on the line is a great way to recapture the atmosphere of a journey by steam train in the pre-Beeching age.

21

Hogs Back Brewery GU10 1DE

Surrey’s award-winning brewer of fine English ales and lagers has been in business since 1992. Take a tour, visit the hop garden and sample a generous range of beers.

Shopping

15

Petworth - Antique Shops GU28 0AB

Known as the 'Antiques Centre of the South', Petworth has a long history of being at the heart of antique dealing. This beautiful market town has probably more antique shops than any other in the south of England. Within half a mile radius there are 24 antique and interior design shops to make your mouth water.

17

Artichoke, Rumbolds Hill, Midhurst GU29 9DA

Artichoke is an independent rustic gift and hand-painted furniture shop based in Midhurst, on the South Downs. Expect an eclectic range of home accessories among many other items.

18

The Babylon Store, Tunsgate Square, Guildford GU1 3QZ

The Babylon Store is the place to go for lifestyle products for the home, all cherry picked to create a striking and highly individual style. Among many items, you'll find oak and reclaimed furniture, elegant wall art and a variety of home textiles.

19

Elphicks, West Street, Farnham GU9 7DN

This long-established department store specialises in ladies' and men's fashion, beauty products, toys and upscale homeware. Opened as a drapery business in 1881, Elphicks still trades from the same premises today. The store was founded on the principles of offering choice, quality, value, fun and something different to its customers.

Places to visit

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Uppark House, South HartingGU31 5QR

Looking at Uppark House today, it's hard to believe that this imposing Georgian building was badly damaged by fire in the 1980s. The restored National Trust house, near Petersfield, was the childhood home of HG Wells - his mother was in service here.

7

Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton PO18 0EU

North of Chichester, the museum, occupies a picturesque 40-acre site in rolling downland with 50 historic buildings which have been dismantled from around the country and rebuilt for preservation.Here you can learn all about building conservation and rural life in Britain down the centuries. Among many demonstrations there is cooking in the Tudor kitchen and flour milling in the working watermill. The buildings' gardens have been specially designed with plants, layouts and animal breeds from each period.

8

West Dean Gardens PO18 0QZ

These award-winning gardens feature a Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden, Sunken Garden, Orchards and circular walk set in beautiful parkland. Delicious homemade goodies can be eaten in the Garden's restaurant. Look out for courses and festivals including the summer Chilli Fiesta in August, celebrating over 250 chilli varieties!

9

Petworth House, Petworth GU28 0AE

This magnificent late 17th-century country house, set in a 700-acre deer park, is home to The National Trust's finest collection of pictures with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake. The servants' quarters contain fascinating kitchens and outside, the grounds which can be enjoyed by walkers, were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and immortalised in Turner's paintings.

10

The Museum of Farnham, West Street, Farnham GU9 7DX

Founded in 1961, the Museum of Farnham explains in impressive detail the history of this fine Georgian town. Expect fascinating archaeological artefacts, nationally important artworks by local artists and a striking costume collection.

11

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon GU4 7RT

Situated near Guildford, Hatchlands Park is an intimate Georgian country house with parkland comprising ancient woodland and picturesque wildflower meadows. The house itself includes Europe's largest collection of keyboard instruments, several of which inspired the likes of Bach, Elgar and Chopin. Only six ground-floor rooms are open to the public.

12

Royal Logistics Park, Camberley GU16 6RW

The Royal Logistics Corps Museum tells the story of how the British Army has been sustained in peace and war, explaining to the visitor how a typical soldier has been fed, transported and supplied with arms and equipment. The museum highlights various lesser-known aspects of army life.

13

RHS Garden, Wisley GU23 6QB

Tucked away in a busy corner of the south-east of England, close to a network of well-used roads and motorways, is a tranquil world of unusual plants and beautiful flowers. In the care of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley's mission is to share with its many visitors the best in gardening. Wisley may be a peaceful oasis but there's always plenty going on - from world-class flower shows to ground breaking, green-roof research.

14

Alice Holt Forest, Farnham GU10 4LS

The sound of birdsong is one of the great pleasures of a stroll in Alice Holt Forest, south of Farnham. During early summer the distinct songs of warblers can be heard here. Butterflies are prolific and there is a rich variety of flora and fauna. Look out for deer as you stroll between Norway spruce and Corsican pine deep in the heart of the forest, once part of a royal hunting ground.

20

Polesden Lacey RH5 6BD

This Edwardian house on the North Downs at Great Bookham near Dorking is owned and managed by the National Trust. Extensively remodelled in 1906 by the famous society hostess of the time, Margaret Greville, Polesden Lacey sits amid 1,000 glorious acres, including a walled rose garden.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: The inn is situated at a rural crossroads on Tilford Road between Farnham and Hindhead

By Rail: Nearest station is Farnham (6.8 miles)

Address:

Jumps Road, Churt, Surrey, GU10 2LD

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