Tuesday, 18 March 2008

And she marched me down again...


Back to suburbia with a bump, myself and Mrs WP rather rashly pledged to start working off the non-stop three-course fine dining of the past week, with regular walks of an evening.

So off we strolled, up to the top of the hill and onwards. It was only as we passed the pyschological barrier of the North End tavern (Worcester Park, and therefore all of civilisation ends there) that I realised with a mixture of horror and shame that I had never walked that far from Worcester Park in all the years that I have lived here.

In fact, horror of horrors, I have never walked anywhere from Worcester Park - all of the walking I have done has involved driving off and then yomping around one of the many green spaces (Nonsuch or Richmond Park) or the surrounding Surrey countryside.

One of the stops en-route was to peer through the windows of the 'The Old Drill' pub which has never been the most inviting of establishments when I have driven past it over the years. The pub has just had a smart makeover under its new management, and looks well placed to put its past behind it and reposition itself as a respectable family-friendly local boozer.

I shall pop in soon and do some more in depth pub-based research on your behalf. Yes, I know, the things I do for this blog.

Must go - more walking and more exploring to do.

5 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Roy said...

It looks as if you are on the cusp of finding a semi respectable Worcester Park boozer.

Anonymous said...

Wait a cotton pickin moment... WP doesn't end at the North End !!.. i always assumed that it went as far as the Drill.. for it even used to have a sign saying " Worcester Parks Premier Pub".
I'm now thinking that this rather posh end of WP is not in WP at all and should be renamed as something else.. i refuse to call it North Cheam.
I know the WP sign is nearer to the North End than the Drill but please.. whats a few yards amongst friends.
I'm begining to get that depressive feeling now.. think i may have to try the new Drill.

Anonymous said...

Not too bad in the Drill. Staff very friendly, good range of ales but, the place has no heating - the boiler has broken down and it offers no food, as the kitchen is going to be refurbished. So, if you are after something a little more substantial that a pack of peanuts or crisps, hold fire till the refurb. Still, I found the locals to be very friendly and the new-look Drill seems to have banished the lager fuelled thugs to either the Huntsman or Tones in North Cheam.

DORKING Dan

Anonymous said...

Just thought I'd add that me and the hubby have been in the Drill twice in the last week. It is vastly improved on the last occasion that we were in there.

The manager Phil is very friendly and has plans to start serving food in about threee weeks.
As Roy said it does look as though we are about to get a decent local at last!

Chris

Anonymous said...

Whenever I come 'up home' from the coast, the Drill is the place I make for, staff are friendly, the food is nice and I love the re-furb job especially the comfy sofas. Plus as an added bonus the regulars are friendly and a great laugh. Well done to the new owners.

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