Hambledon Road, Hambledon, GU8 4DR
The Merry Harriers is a rural historical country inn with an unexpected surprise in the form of a few lovely llamas to keep you company as you peruse the menu of traditional pub favourites and seasonal specials. High-quality ingredients sourced within a 15-mile radius are the focus; locally foraged ingredients including Hambledon nettles, blackberries and wild garlic feature as favourites of head chef Sam Page. Bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the Merry Harriers’ kitchen, Sam’s menu could see you enjoying the ham and Cheddar croquette with pesto mayonnaise as a scrumptious starter. Main courses such as sausages with mashed potato, green vegetables and balsamic onion gravy provide a vibrant twist on a traditional favourite. Alternatively, for a nostalgic treat you can tuck into a basket full of chicken nuggets or scampi served with chips and dip. Don’t miss out on the dessert menu, which features a peach and mixed berry crumble – or for another sentimental treat, why not go for the Smarties parfait with chocolate sauce? On a Sunday, indulge in a long and lazy roast and opt for the likes of delicious slow-roasted pork belly and crackling or, for vegetarian diners, fresh baked figs served with goat’s cheese, beetroot emulsion, salad and new potatoes. To accompany this inventive offering, the bar is fully stocked with an interesting selection of local real ale, wine from Surrey vineyards and the Merry Harriers’ own garden cider home-pressed from Hambledon apples. The award-winning Bloody Mary is a very popular weekend choice. The dog-friendly Merry Harriers excels at bringing the outdoors in, and the pretty garden is perfect for al fresco drinks and dining, and boasts a children’s play area, garden boules and a view of the resident llamas. For the opportunity to enjoy one of the various activities such as llama trekking or llama yoga, book a stay in one of the peaceful en-suite accommodation suites. If a glamping getaway is more your style, the five luxury shepherd huts surrounding the tranquil pond boast views over the beautiful Surrey Hills.