Buckland, Surrey

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Contact Details

Pheasant, Reigate Road, Buckland, Betchworth, Surrey, RH3 7BG

(01737) 221355

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 10am (9am Sat)-11pm

Saturday: Contact pub for details

Sunday: 9am-10.30pm


Reigate Road (A25 W of Reigate)

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Busy roadside pub with a thoughtful range of drinks and food served by friendly staff, character rooms and seats on terrace and lawn

Always full of cheerful customers, this carefully extended and attractive weatherboarded pub has various interconnected areas that are split up by timbering and painted standing pillars. A couple of dining rooms at one end, separated by a two-sided open fire, have captain's chairs and cushioned dining chairs around a mix of tables on bare boards or rugs ? and throughout there are wall-to-wall prints and pictures, gilt-edged mirrors, house plants, old stone bottles and elegant metal chandeliers. The busy bar has a long high table with equally high chairs, another two-way fireplace with button-back leather armchairs and sofas in front of it and stools against the counter where they keep Brunning & Price Phoenix Original plus guests such as Adnams Prop Hop, Dark Star Hophead, Hogs Back TEA, Tillingbourne The Source Spring Ale and Twickenham Redhead on handpump, 24 wines by the glass, 60 whiskies and 73 gins; background music and board games. One of the two other dining rooms has a big open fire pit in the middle. Out on the terrace is another open fire pit surrounded by built-in seats plus solid tables and chairs, while the lawn has plenty of picnic-sets and a play tractor for children.

Licensee Information

Bethany Wells

What the licensee says

The award winning Jolly Farmers Deli Pub & Restaurant is widely recognised as the UK's first deli-pub and offers a unique combination of pub, restaurant with an integrated delicatessen / farm shop, showcasing the very best of local and regional produce.Situated on the main A25 just outside Reigate, towards Dorking, the ease of access makes this site a must see on any visit to the area at any time of the day.We open at 9.15 every day making it perfect for breakfast (served Saturday and Sunday), morning coffee, lunch, cream teas, dinner or just to grab a few essentials from the shop to enjoy at home. Although modern in feel and style, the pub has beautiful wooden floors, real fires, comfy seating, delightful separate restaurant, and a terrace garden perfect for al-fresco dining.


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Beer Award

Beer Award

Wine Award

Wine Award


Accepts Credit Cards

Accepts Credit Cards

Meals & Snacks

Meals & Snacks



Cask Ales

Cask Ales

Background Music

Background Music

Dogs at the bar

Dogs at the bar

Dedicated children area

Dedicated children area

Ratings and Reviews

4 / 5 - 34 votes cast

Previous Reviews

Excellent Harveys and wide menu of very high standard food - not pub food - a much higher standars. Friendly staff and extensive wine list. Try it!

I had dinner in the Jolly Farmers pub last night. My sister ordered the homemade cottage pie which she thoroughly enjoyed until she found a hair in it. When we told the waiter he said in a very accusatory tone that it was very strange because the pie was home made and no one in their kitchen has that kind of hair! He was quite rudely implying we put the hair in the pie ourselves! Otherwise the food was good but overpriced. We will not be eating here again.

Having read reviews describing this Pub as having an 'eclectic' mix of attractions and its own boast of being the UK's first 'Deli-Pub' and a ‘Food Emporium’, we were looking forward to visiting. We were sorely disappointed. This is neither a deli or a pub ! and should taken to trading standards for calling itself a ‘Food Emporium’. It has a small unmanned 'deli' section stocked with unimaginative products ie pickles, jam, premium cured meats etc most of which were not locally sourced and all of which were expensive. It is also not a Pub. Yes from the outside it appears a Pub but its proliferance of leather sofas, tub chairs and a bar that is clearly designed to discourage anyone ( god forbid) standing and drinking at it, betray a desire to be its customers used by as a restaurant. Which in itself would be acceptable if it was a good restaurant and not as we found a very poor excuse for one. This is a below average restaurant with above average prices, below average food and well-below average service, and is indicative of the bastardisation and ruining of genuine country Pubs that were once friendly, welcoming community centres . Everything that is wrong with a modern Pub Neither friendly nor welcoming AVOID

We've been here a number of times because it's such a nice spot and you can catch the sun on the terrace until late. However, the past 3-4 times we left because the service was extremely slow. The food is OK but certainly not worth waiting an hour for. Wouldn't recommend.

I don't know quite how to phrase this review without sounding curmudgeonly. It won Surrey Life's Family Dining Award 2014 and on a recent Saturday, you could certainly tell. The bar was an obstacle course of oversized pushchairs and small children whose parents either could not or would not control them. The staff have infinite patience but it's a noisy and distinctly unrelaxing environment. I think they are also suffering from their popularity - we waited over 45 minutes for our food, which wasn't anything complicated or long cooking. My partner's fish and chips were distinctly average and none too warm, suggesting they had been hanging around on the pass. By contrast, my char-grilled burger was one of the best I've had, though my chips weren't piping hot either. Beer was OK but my white wine by the glass was too warm and it took 5 minutes at the bar just to get some ice. I'm afraid I can't recommend this to anyone without cast iron nerves, several small children and earplugs. The shop isn't a patch on what it used to be either.

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