The Stag on the River

UK England South East England Surrey Godalming

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Walking
Good food and stylish rooms at this classic Surrey riverside pub.

There's something special about a pub on the river. Whether it's a babbling brook or a majestic torrent, nothing enhances a pub quite as much, apart perhaps from a dozing dog or two, and The Stag on the River, is a perfect example, nestled beside the fast-running river Wey in the tiny Surrey village of Lower Eashing. Not only that: despite enjoying a peaceful rural location, it is literally just off the A3 on the outskirts of Godalming, so couldn't be easier to get to, or more of an alluring short break from London.

Part of the local 'Red Mist' group, The Stag has been here a while, since the 17th century in fact, and the interior is a maze of corridors, hidden corners, creaky floors and skewed ceilings. Its seven timber-framed bedrooms, each named after a nearby village, are furnished in a contemporary country style and very well-equipped, with tea-and coffee-making facilities, good wifi and flatscreen TVs, along with en-suite bathrooms with ESPA toiletries. Downstairs, the food is excellent across the board – from sandwiches and sharing platters to an excellent choice of main courses that hit the top end of the pub grub spectrum: local, seasonal and beautifully presented. You can eat in the airy and open main restaurant, or at a lovely outside arrangement of tables by the river, where of course you can just have a pint if that's all you want – they serve ales from the nearby Hog’s Back Brewery and also their own Tilbury microbrewery. Breakfast is included in overnight rates and is a generous continental buffet during the week, with hot options added at the weekend.

The service at The Stag is as top-notch as the food, and overall the pub makes an ideal base for touring the nearby Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you can not only walk and cycle to your heart's content but also visit the pleasant town of Godalming, nearby Guildford with its university and cathedral, or maybe even picturesque Haslemere and the Devil's Punchbowl, just a few miles down the A3. You could even use it as a stopover if you're taking your pet to see 'The Supervet' – Noel Fitzpatrick's practice is just around the corner!


Suitable For

Dogs welcome overnight in certain rooms but please call ahead to confirm when making a booking.  £15 per night surcharge for dogs. Dogs welcome in the restaurant too, but customers are requested to phone ahead so that tables can be allocated accordingly.

The Stag on the River is very family-friendly, with kids menus, toiletries and a pair of interconnecting rooms - please book over the phone.

Exclusive use is available for larger groups of family or friends. Costs (£1,100 per night for 14 people sharing 7 rooms) are inclusive of breakfast and dinner - please see website for more details.


Open all year.


Double rooms from £95 a night, including breakfast.


Seven en-suite bedrooms, with two sets of interconnecting rooms.


Contact Website  01483 421 568  The Stag on the River, Lower Eashing Lane, Eashing, Surrey GU7 2QG

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