If you want to venture away from the city and see a little English countryside, consider visiting The Inn on the Green at Ockley, which is just 35 miles from London, 15 miles from Gatwick and 40 miles from Heathrow.
The Inn on the Green is a pub, restaurant and inn all rolled into one, and if you’re there in the winter as I was, you’ll find it to be quite cozy. Once called The Red Lion, the inn dates back to the 15th Century, which is evidenced by the low ceiling at the bar.
While The Inn on Green serves wine, they pride themselves on providing award-winning draught and bottled beers, such as Kronenbourg 1664, Fosters and Strongbow. Real Ales are available, such as Specked Hen and Horsham Best, while bottled beers include Jaques Fruit Cider and Bulmers, to name just a few.
The menu offers a wide variety of dishes, from starters ( appetizers) to main menu items and dessert. The deep-fried breaded brie is great as a starter, if you’re really craving a burger, the Home-made Gourmet Beef Burger with chips (fries), coleslaw and relish, will take care of that. Cost for starters’ s begin at 4.95 pounds, while the burger was 11.95 pounds.
You can also dine on the Traditional Beer Battered Fish & Chips, served with peas and homemade tartare sauce, the Tender Rack of Ribs, or the Sesame Seed Crusted Tuna Steak. Follow up with desserts such as Plum Crumble with Custard or Eton Mess, a combination of meringue, strawberries, cream and strawberry coulis. All desserts are 5.95 pounds.
It was quite nice to be able to climb the stairs later to a nice, comfy room. Compared to a hotel, the Inn’s rooms are small, but they more than make up for it in charm and comfort. My companion and I slept quite well there, with the sounds of the bar and kitchen drifting up the stairs.
A single room is 45 pounds, while a double/twin room is 65 pounds and includes a continental breakfast of tea, coffee, toast, cereal, croissants, jam and marmalade. Unfortunately, sleep wouldn’t let us go so we missed out on the breakfast.
There are a few houses within walking distance of the inn, as well as a hairdresser shop and The Old Bakery and Post Office, which also sells groceries. A quick perusal showed tinned (canned) peaches, pineapples, raspberries and pears, Carnation condensed milk, free-range eggs and dog biscuits.
All in all, the visit to The Inn on the Green was enjoyable and relaxing, and I hope to go back again.
The Inn on the Green at Ockley
Stane Street (A29), Ockley near Dorking and Horsham, RH5 5TD