Bustling pub in the Surrey Hills with plenty of space, a thoughtful choice of food and drinks, lots to look at and seats in the garden
The good pub guide review
A bit of a Tardis, this one: it seems bigger on the inside than its cottagey exterior suggests. Overlooking the village green and with its own lawn dotted with picnic sets, the Parrot is a very popular local pub. The vibe is welcoming, as is the fire pit ' perfect for when you come in from a winter walk. The cosy bar area by the main door has a woodburning stove in an inglenook fireplace (plus a smaller two-way one in another knocked-through wall), leather button-back armchairs, small stools and rugs on flagstones. From the heavy panelled counter, helpful, friendly staff serve St Austell Brunning & Price Traditional Bitter plus guests such as Dark Star American Pale Ale, Hogs Back TEA, Odyssey Nirvana and Surrey Hills Gilt Complex and Shere Drop on handpump, 22 wines by the glass, 73 gins, more than 60 whiskies and a farm cider; background radio. The spreading eating areas are separated by open doorways and standing timbers, with a mix of cushioned wooden or leather dining chairs around polished tables on more rugs and floorboards. Throughout there are country prints and photographs on walls above oak dados, house plants large and small, shelves of books and old bottles, and elegant metal chandeliers. One room (just right for a private party) is lined with lovely parrot prints. French windows lead to a large terrace with plenty of chairs and tables.
The good pub guide food review
The pleasing, regularly changing menu includes gluten-free and vegan choices and a couple of sandwiches. Typical dishes are halloumi fries with salsa, barbecue chicken wings, roast pork tenderloin with colcannon potatoes and apple purée, crispy buttermilk chicken burger and fries, wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil, braised shoulder of lamb with crushed new potatoes and rosemary gravy, and puddings such as summer pudding with clotted cream and Cheshire Farm ice-creams and sorbets.