Marney’s Village Inn is the kind of proper English country pub that oozes old-fashioned charm, low-beamed ceilings, wooden farmhouse tables and cosy fireplaces – and the setting is lovely too.
Overlooking a pond with an attractive church on its far bank and the public golf course beyond, the pub does indeed have a village feel, but it’s also easily accessible from central London with fast trains from Waterloo to Esher taking only 20 minutes.
If you are planning a day trip to Hampton Court, it’s worth the five-minute drive down the road. Our home-made food is tasty and tempting; the type you just want to get stuck into on a winter’s day – soup of the day, deep-fried camembert, hot baguettes, steak and ale pie, chilli, not to mention our popular Sunday roast – but summer weekends are also filled with barbecues and jugs of Pimm’s in our pretty garden with its outside bar.
There’s a wonderful selection of wines and, as the nights draw in, fireworks and the festive season provide lots of opportunities to warm up over a glass of the mulled stuff.