Hambledon Road, Hambledon, GU8 4DR
As its name suggests, you can’t help but be merry at The Merry Harriers in Surrey. Situated in the picturesque and quaint village of Hambledon in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with origins dating back to the 16th century, if this country inn’s historic charm, warm welcome, down-to-earth atmosphere, and mouth-watering menu isn’t enough to have you planning a trip here, the twelve lovely llamas that live in the paddocks just behind the inn might be enough to convince you.
Bursting with a unique, comforting character and boasting idyllic features that set this quintessential English inn apart from the rest, such as five luxurious shepherd huts that surround a tranquil pond and provide the perfect glamping experience, there’s just so much to discover at The Merry Harriers.
After breathing in the brisk autumn air on a reinvigorating bike ride through the area’s postcard-perfect setting, or a peaceful morning walk with the dogs, step into the warmth of The Merrier Harriers, order an award-winning local ale from the bar, and then peruse the enticing menu full of traditional pub favourites and seasonal specials that are sure to bring a merry smile to your face.
With a focus on locally foraged ingredients sourced within a 15-mile radius, including Hambledon nettles, blackberries, and wild garlic, head chef Sam Page really knows how to present Surrey on a plate, showcasing exceptional tastes and textures that are distinctly individual to the region. Start with the likes of the ham and cheddar croquette with pesto mayonnaise and Hallgate Farm egg or a meat-lover’s sharing platter with home-cooked ham, Serrano ham, chorizo, salami, olives, capers and bread, before diving into indulgent and hearty mains.
Whether you choose their vibrant twist on the classic sausages and mash, minted pea and wild mushroom risotto, or one of the finest fish and chips dishes you’ve ever tasted, you’re sure for a culinary treat. Their nostalgic chicken nuggets or scampi served in a basket with chips and dip also comes highly recommended. Warm chocolate brownie with chocolate chunk ice cream or sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and salted caramel ice cream provides the perfect finish to a traditional three-course pub feast that has been perfected by experienced head chef Sam Page and his team.
If you really want to make the most of it and truly experience everything this one-of-a-kind and quirky destination has to offer, we suggest booking one of their charming Llama treks. Offering an unforgettable experience that makes the perfect gift for a special anniversary, birthday, or wedding, allow The Merry Harrier’s friendly llamas, each with their own unique personalities, to guide you along the stunning local trails of The Greensand Way and even carry the picnic hampers for you. Trekking options include The English Picnic, Summer Evening, and Winter Morning treks, where you can soak up stunning vistas of the Surrey Hills in winter with your new llama friends before enjoying a traditional two-course English lunch for just £48. Throw in some champagne or upgrade to enjoy three-courses and a night in one of their Shepherd’s Huts with views of your new animal friends from your bedroom, and this is an experience you or a loved ones will treasure forever.
Look out for our review of The Merry Harriers in our recently released Surrey Food & Drink Guide 2019, and for more on this country pub, including the Llama Treks, be sure to check out their website here.