We had a night at the Richard Onslow in Cranleigh, Surrey last night. Even though it was less than an hour from our house we decided to stay overnight because the drive through dark country lanes late at night didn’t appeal. We met up with a group of 9 other friends for dinner. So what was it like…
The Richard Onslow has a prime location in the centre of the village of Cranleigh. There is some parking behind the pub but it looks like they have sold off most of the car park to a property developer so parking is restricted to overnight guests. There is no reception area as such but the staff behind the bar quickly found the manager to book us in. Everyone was extremely helpful and friendly. It has a laid-back atmosphere, with a young team at front of house.
Our room was at the front of the pub, overlooking the street. It was beautifully furnished with a comfortable bed and leather armchair. The layout was strange with a padded beam across the room’s hallway, before stairs led down into the room itself. This gave it a quirky feel but added a cosy atmosphere. The bathroom looked brand new, with a spacious shower cubicle. The bed was comfortable and the bed-linen clean and comfortable. One slight niggle was the lack of a usable wi-fi signal in our room. We could get the signal, and log on, in the bar area but not in the room.
Our meal that evening was good. I had a risotto, followed by a steak (cooked how I asked for it) with a pepper sauce, followed by a home-made Bakewell tart. The quality of all the food was high. All of our party were pleased with their food. The wine was good (Rioja – crianza rather than reserva) and the service was friendly and efficient.
We slept really well (even though some noise comes up from the pub for a while). Breakfast was also good with freshly cooked pastries, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a “full English” cooked to order.
All in all, I would thoroughly recommend staying at the Richard Onslow. The friendly staff and immaculate, newly-refurbished rooms make for an enjoyable stay.