Godalming is one of the best towns in Surrey for an evening out. At one point, Godalming had over 50 pubs, not to mention 4 breweries! Nowadays that figure is closer to 12 pubs, but in a small town with only 21,000 inhabitants, that's not bad going!
Transport links are second to none with a main-line train station and plentiful buses and taxis. And the streets are littered with bars and restaurants, from the ubiquitous kebab shop right through to the critically acclaimed La Luna modern Italian restaurant.
Starting at the west end of town, the Inn on the Lake on the Ockford Road provides a wonderful setting for any occasion, be it a quick drink with friends or a full-blown social event. Great food, a lively bar and beautiful landscaped gardens provide a sanctuary for even the most discerning of drinkers and diners.
In Godalming town centre itself there are plenty of pubs; some Free houses, others brewery owned and operated, meaning that there really is something for everyone in Godalming.
A large JD Wetherspoons pub, the Jack Phillips (named after the wireless operator from the White Star Line's Titanic, who sank on her maiden voyage in 1912) sits right in the middle of town on the High Street. Typical of most Wetherspoons bars, it is bright, welcoming and offers good value for money.
The Star, in Church Street, Godalming, is a real old fashioned pub with a wide range of real ales and ciders, and they hold frequent beer festivals which are immensely popular with locals and visitors alike. They have a lovely function room for hire in the pretty walled garden to the rear.
Grills and Greens restaurant, near the Pepperpot on Godalming High Street , serves up delicious freshly prepared food all day every day, and the outside seating area is perfect to sip a glass of wine and watch the world go by.
The Red Lion, just around the corner, is another great real ale pub and a fantastic central place in which to meet up and sample some of the great beers Godalming has to offer. Whilst Godalming itself may have lost the majority of its breweries over the years, this region has a rich history of ale production and companies like the Hogs Back Brewery still make some of the finest ales in the land.
There are a couple of hotels in Godalming so if the trip home is too much to think about you can be guaranteed of a place to stay! The Kings Arms and Royal Hotel, built in the 17th Century, has recently been refurbished to the tune of £1,000,000 and now boasts beautifully decorated rooms upstairs and a bar and restaurant on the ground floor.
A very short walk from Godalming town centre there is a mainline train station with 2 trains to London every hour, and a taxi rank opposite the station caters for those with less far to go.
All in all Godalming is a fantastic place to go for an evening out, and if you choose to stay for longer there is plenty to see and do for the whole family. Godalming museum, for instance, gives a fascinating insight into the history of the town, and the Farncombe boathouse has boats for hire so you can explore the waterways of the river Wey which runs through Godalming.
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