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Abinger Hatch, Abinger Hammer

Description: The fact that this venue is pretty much in the middle of nowhere is both a plus and a minus. On the positive it gives it a quiet and rural atmosphere, on the negative it can be hard to find and takes a while to get there. On the right hand side is a long L-shaped brick fronted bar, with a thick wooden top, still with the tree curves. The ceiling has stained oak beams and uprights and there are plenty of old-fashioned kitchen type tables and chairs. It has small windows with dark red curtains, which can make it dark inside, though this can be cosy too. The walls are decorated with art prints, maps, mirrors, and photos of bygone sporting heroes. The floors in the front part of the bar are bare boards, there is a step down on the corner to a flagstone area with a large real fireplace. On the other side is a large dining room, complete with fake gas fire, almost real climbing plants, high chairs for young diners, and a piano. Beers on offer include Fosters, Kronenbourg 1664, San Miquel, Strongbow, Guinness, London Pride, and a selection of Ringwood real ales.

Address: Abinger Lane, Abinger Common, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6HZ

Tel: 01306 730737

Map: Find the Abinger Hatch on Google maps

Bands: Certified : Fluke : Manti : Mustangs : Prognosis : Shark Dentists, The :
Sharpees, The : Shooter : Usual Suspects, The

Acoustic Couch, Bracknell

Description: A very quirky venue in the basement level of a Town Centre Car Park.

Address: The Ring, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1JG

Tel: 01306 730737


Map: Find the Acoustic Couch on Google maps

Bands: JOHNSON, Zach : Mantic Muddlers

Albany, Guildford

Description: This venue has a continental feel, with a long bar and high stools. The floor right in front of the bar is covered with stone tiles, on either side it is bare floorboards. The live music is on Tuesday nights, and they have just started a Tapes night on Wednesday's (but you need to book).

Address: 80 Sydenham Rd, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3SA

Tel: 01483 572410


Map: Find The Albany, Guildford on Google maps

Bands: Flat Pack Panda : Gavin and his Guitar : JAMES, Warrick (Jimmy) :

Albion, East Molesey

Description: First opened in 1830, this was one of the first beerhouses to open under the terms of a new law. It is a one room venue, set in the narrow streets across the road from Hampton Court railway station, and is a little oasis. It underwent a major refit in April 2006, so its hard to tell what it was like before, but the current decor is very homely. Though it has the all too familiar magnolia ceilings and black beams, the walls have a number of different styles that all seem to work together. There are two large fireplaces, one at either end, and backlit alcoves with some objet d'art in one corner, and even an old grandfather clock. The U-shaped wooden bar has a few stools and there's a couple of high continental style tables. The rest of the seating is provided by a multitude of leather armchairs and sofas, and upholstered benches. Entertainment is provided by 2 large screen LCD TVs and a fruit machine. Sadly this venue no longer has live music.

Address: 34-36 Bridge Rd, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9HA

Tel: 0208 9419421

Map: Find The Albion, East Molesey on Google maps

Bands: Elderly Brothers : Open Mic Night

Albion, Farnham


Address: 2 Hale Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 9QH

Tel: 01252 716602

Map: Find The Albion, Farnham on Google maps

Bands: CRACKNELL, Vic : Dolomites, The

Alley Bar, Guildford

Description: Formerly Fahrenheit55, this pint-sized venue is in the centre of Guildford, but up a narrow alley. The name, for those of you who either failed your "O" level chemistry, or have been on the wagon, refers to the perfect temperature to serve wine. It has multi-coloured walls and ceilings, with painted glass and print artworks. The small square terracota tiles on the floor in the main bar area, give it a mediteranian feel. Ground floor seating is provided by a couple of large sofas and poofs and high stools at the bar. There are more tables and and high stools on half of the mezzanine floor, reached by a bare pinewood staircase, with a green and red art installation made from padded bar stool seats. Beers on offer include Fosters, John Smith's, Kronenbourg Blanc, San Miguel and Guinness. Bottled beers such as Corona and Strongbow cider. They have nuts and some very tasty if expensive gourmet crisps. The only other entertainment apart from the wonderful live music is a computerised quiz/games machine. Theres a ciguarette machine too, but its life expectancy is hopefully limited. Most of the clientelle seem to be under 40.

Anchor Inn, Godalming

Description: This venue is currently closed, waiting fro a new landlord. See PunchPubs.
Address: 110 Ockford Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1RG
Tel: 01483 424543
Map: Find the Anchor, Godalming on Google maps


Anchor, Knaphill

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Description: Friendly and casual atmosphere. Selection of Lagers (Fosters, Stella Artois, Kronenbourg 1664), bitters, wines and spirits. Has been taken over by Fullers, the beer may change, but hopefully not the too much else. Large screen TVs for watching sports. Sadly this venue has ceased doing live music.

Address: High Street, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey, GU21 2PE

Tel: 01483 472677

Map: Find The Anchor on Google maps

Anchor and Horseshoes, Burpham

Description: This medium-sized venue has plenty of parking, both at the front and side. It has some black oak beams, and off-white walls apart from the one at the rear, which is dark red. They are decorated with art prints and advertising blackboards. Beers on offer include Stella Artois, kronenbourg 1664, Fosters, John Smith's, Guinness, and Strongbow cider. Real ales include Abbot, Greene King, T.E.A., and the usual selection of wines and spirits. It has pine tables, low stools and some upholstered wooden chairs. The bands play at the back by the french doors, leading to the beer garden. There is a large old fireplace, with a wood burner, but it doesn't seem to be used. Live music on Saturday nights, other entertainment is provided by fruit machines, and a small CRT TV screen. 

Address: 194 London Road, Burpham, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1XR

Tel: 01483 504677

Map: Find the Anchors and Horseshoes, Burpham on Google maps

Bands: Another New Ending : Big Dog and the Bite : Fluke : Frayed Not : Kindred Spirit : Mad Wolf : Whatever

Archee's Bar and Restaurant, Woking

Description: Sadly this venue no longer has live music.

Address: 69-71 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6LJ

Tel: 01483 888533

Map: Find Archee's Bar and Restaurant on Google maps

Bands: Two Plus Company

Astolat, Guildford

Description: The name comes from the town in Arthurian legend, home of Elaine, and often associated with Guildford. This medium-sized venue has recently been refurbished and is now run by Mike. It has plain wooden tables and chairs. These are decorated with art prints, old photos, and posters advertising forthcoming events. The ceiling in the main bar is painted wood cut with inch and a half parallel grooves and the large air-conditioning units, now found in many pubs. The large number of picture windows at the front where there's a patio and along one side would let in vast amounts of sunshine when the venetian blinds are opened. Beers on offer include Carling, Coors, Stella Artois as well as Guinness, John Smith's and traditional Butcombe bitter. The bottled beers include Peroni and Corona. Also the usual selection of alcopops, mixers and spirits. Entertainment is provided by a jukebox, fruit and quiz machines, a pool table, a fuseball table, dart board and board games. Live music is currently on some Saturday nights.

Address: 9 Old Palace Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7TU

Tel: 01483 455560

Map: Find the Astolat on Google Maps

Bands: Dave Raphael Band, The : Debbie Giles Band, The : Fluke : Frayed Not : Nigel Bagge band, The : Rik Martin Trio, The : Rhythm Pigs, The

Auberge, Guildford

Description: As far as I know, there is currently no live music at this venue. I have only left the listing on the site, in case they start up again.

Address: 274 High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3JL

Tel: 01483 506202

Map: Find Auberge, Guildford on Google maps

Bands: Vic Cracknell