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The Rubbing House- Epsom

Last night I went out for a lovely family meal in aid of my Brother’s birthday. When going out with the family we tend to go to gastropub style restaurants and we haven’t found one better than the Rubbing House in Epsom, Surrey which we have returned to on more occasions than not due to their fantastic food, varied menu and reasonable prices.

Located right on Epsom race course the restaurant has a fantastic history attached to it dating back to the 1800’s where they used to rub down the horses after a race, hence the name. This place is a haven in the summer for a drink at the Epsom downs, so if you’re going on a hot day prepare for it to be busy- but for very good reason!

The staff were very pleasant and polite and are very attentive without being intrusive. The restaurant was very busy for a Tuesday night at 7pm, however it wasn’t so busy that you couldn’t enjoy your meal, we were seated straight away and it just added to the atmosphere. One thing to note is that they don’t take bookings so if you’ve got your heart set on eating here be prepared to wait if coming at peak times.

The menu is quite traditional, with my parents opting for liver and bacon and steak and ale pie for their main courses. My brother and I opted for the American style baby back ribs and chicken which was smothered in barbeque sauce and served with chunky chips, salad and coleslaw and was brought up in such scale I challenge anyone to eat all of it! The portions were so large in size I’m very glad I opted not to have a starter and was way too full to manage a dessert (even though they did look delicious!).

The prices are very reasonable here with dinner for the four of us working out to be about £10 per head plus drinks- it was certainly worth every penny and I’m very sure we will be returning here again in future!

The rubbing house is the perfect place for a laid back meal with family and friends who like to eat wholesome food and enjoy each other’s company in countryside surroundings.


The Bishop and The Rising Sun- One Weekend, Two Pubs, Four Birthdays!

This weekend was packed with birthday parties, Friday night I went to a triple 21st and Saturday I went to a surprise 21st birthday party, both of which I really enjoyed.

Friday’s party took place at a pub along the river in Kingston called the Bishop out of residence, which is tucked away underneath Kingston Bridge and McClusky’s. The pub had a function room upstairs which was perfect as it had its own bar, a space for the DJ, a smoking area and plenty of seating if you weren’t up for dancing and wanted to chat. Drinks were pretty standard prices for Kingston at the weekend, with a vodka cranberry costing about £3.90.

I haven’t been to this pub in a while, as it’s a little out of the way of the main drag, however I’m definitely going to go back. Downstairs in the main bar they had a live band who sounded really good and were a lifesaver at the beginning of the night when the music wasn’t working upstairs at the party; luckily the music filtered through up the stairs so we weren’t all sat in silence until it was fixed!

Saturday’s surprise party took place at The Rising Sun pub in Epsom, which is a really cute and old fashioned pub with a small function room upstairs. This looked like the perfect local for a quiet Saturday evening in the main bar. Upstairs was the perfect size for the party of approximately 50 people, again with its own small bar, we were able to go in early during the day to set up so that everything was sorted prior to the birthday boy’s arrival!

However, the drinks were quite pricey here so after we’d hit the £400 minimum spend at the bar we left to continue the evening in Epsom.

I had a great time at the parties this weekend, seeing lots of old faces and meeting lots of new ones too. The venues were great choices for the kinds of birthday parties wanted and I would recommend both locations for something similar.