The Merry Harriers

Hambledon Surrey GU8 4DR

Hold your horses, we'll get to the llamas in a minute – first up, the pub. Dating back to the 16th century, this charismatic place feels like a local, even to the people who travel to the beautiful Surrey village of Hambledon from miles away to enjoy the ambience of a proper country boozer that knows how to extend a warm welcome. The food and beer are legendary, with everything (except the seafood) sourced from local suppliers within a 25-mile radius. Landlords Colin and Julie Stoneley have created something special here since taking over in 2008, and there are community events a-plenty, including a book club, quiz nights, live music on the last Saturday of each month and various festivals and celebrations. If you do have to travel to get here and you like trying the local ales, you'll also be relieved to hear that there are a couple of accommodation options, including a campsite across the road and three fully equipped en-suite B&B rooms located in a converted barn in the pub garden. Breakfast is served in the pub or garden, or they will delivered it to your room in a hamper if you prefer - allowing for an early start if you want to go exploring. And then there's the llama trekking – a unique, er, way to experience the wonderful trails that spiral off into the Surrey Hills from all directions.   

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