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The Stag on the River

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The Stag on the River in Eashing is an authentic and charming riverside pub and inn set in the beautiful Surrey countryside. Located just outside the town of Godalming and seconds off the A3, The Stag is nestled in the quaint and beautifully characterful village of Lower Eashing, just around the corner from Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick's business. Forming part of the award-winning Red Mist Leisure family of pubs, the pub offers 7 beautiful ensuite bedrooms enjoying relaxing, autumnal tones. All rooms provide en-suite facilities including showers (no baths), ESPA toiletries, a working area, WiFi, and much more. Please note, to access the bedrooms you will be required to climb stairs. Within the 7 rooms, The Stag features one family room and interconnecting room, ideal for families or those requiring more space, plus we have selected rooms ideal to bring your pup too. To book a pup-room, please call the pub directly for availability. Even more exciting, you can hire all 7 bedrooms exclusively for up to 14 guests, ideal for family and friend gatherings and celebrations. For the latest offers and information, please visit our website. During your stay, explore the Surrey Hills amidst a myriad of walking and bike trails, visit award-winning vineyards and distilleries, shop til you drop, see a theatrical performance and so much more. If you're staying for a few days, why not head to the theme parks and coastline too. When you're worn out and sunkissed, or windswept, return home to The Stag and enjoy the ultimate food and drink experience. We offer a large garden area (with and without cover/ heating) as well as our charming restaurant for days when it's simply best to be tucked in next to the fire. Enjoy inspiring, fresh, local, and seasonal menus including chef's Daily Specials, which use only the best ingredients our local land has to offer. You will always receive the warmest of welcomes at The Stag.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Highchairs available
Baggage storage
Concierge
Car park
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
Umbrella
Express check-in / check-out
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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Desk
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Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Telephone
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Radio
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HappiholzLancashire wrote a review Mar 2024
Lancashire158 contributions64 helpful votes
Lovely stay, with a very warm welcome, great food, spotless, comfortable bedroom, with everything you need, including fresh milk! The staff all go the extra mile and cannot be faulted. The setting is idyllic and the beer garden is the perfect place to sit and enjoy an al fresco moment, when the sun shines. I will be back!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: The phone signal is not good due to its location.
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Response from Ricardo Mimoso, General Manager at The Stag on the River
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us with your feedback following your visit. We are delighted to read that you had such a great experience with us. We pride ourselves on our caring and attentive service. Your lines are just the perfect reward for everyone's efforts and dedication. It will surely be my pleasure to share it with the team. I look forward to welcoming you again in the future Best regards, Ricardo
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SteamerPearl wrote a review Feb 2024
Sudbury, United Kingdom70 contributions23 helpful votes
We needed a central location to meet family, and this was ideal - what a find . Super friendly staff, a gorgeous quirky room and a lovely ambience to the Inn - and very quiet considering that it is not far from the main road. We will definitely come back again in the summer to enjoy the lovely walks along the river.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Ricardo Mimoso, General Manager at The Stag on the River
Responded 13 Feb 2024
Dear SteamerPearl Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are delighted to read that you had a pleasant stay with us. Thank you for your kind words towards our teams. It is the perfect reward for their efforts and hard work. I hope to welcome you again in the future with kind regards, Ricardo
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HG1961 wrote a review Jan 2024
Ses Salines, Spain40 contributions43 helpful votes
The Stag on the River is set in a beautiful location. However, the building in Jan is cold - we sat with coats on most of the time. The food was not great. The beef was really fatty; risotto was not how I've seen a risotto presented before. And overall the food lacked excitement. Will we go back - no. Staff were polite.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Response from Ricardo Mimoso, General Manager at The Stag on the River
Responded 15 Jan 2024
Dear HG1961 Thank you for taking the time to leave us with your feedback on your last visit. I am sorry to read it was not a positive one. I apologize for the disappointment on the day with both the food served and the cold room. We always strive to deliver the best service and food and it is frustrating when that's not possible. My sincere apologies. I hope to have the chance to look after you again in the future and make up for the disappointment of last visit Kindest regards, Ricardo
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Donna L wrote a review Dec 2023
54 contributions51 helpful votes
We visited this restaurant a few years ago and it was lovely however today on our way home from London on a family day out we decided to book a table to pop in as it's just off the A3 on the route home. When we arrived we were slightly early so we were happy to take a different table in the bar area as it was closer to the log fire also. After ordering all the food we waited when my two girls were bought starters from the adult menu, not children's as requested, they then had to remake them so they had to wait for a further 10 minutes. the rest of the family had eaten theres by the time the new starters arrived. Mains followed after and this was all ok apart from the meals are very small and not the best value for money. We then asked for the bill after we finished and we noticed we had been charged for two adult burgers instead of children which almost doubles the price of two mains at which point I was getting annoyed by the level of service and mistakes being made I then noticed that a service charge of 12.5% had been added on which equated to an extra £20 on the bill I asked for this to also be removed and the lady just grabbed the receipt huffed and walked off not happy by our request for the removal of service charge. Now my reasons for requesting the service charge to be removed are that our starters were mixed up our mains were small and were not a great meal and then our bill was mixed up again, oh and not to mention the lack of service at the table or check-ins, apart from dropping our meals off we didn't see any other the service so how did that justify £20 Overall a disappointing visit with very moody ignorant staff and we for sure will not be returning in future.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Ricardo Mimoso, General Manager at The Stag on the River
Responded 19 Dec 2023
Dear 980DonnaL Thank you for taking the time to leave us with your feedback on your last visit. I am sorry to read it was not a positive one. I apologize for the disappointment with the service provided on this occasion and also portion sizes. We always strive to deliver the best service and food and it is frustrating when that's not possible. My sincere apologies for the lack of service on the day. I hope to have the chance to look after you again in the future and make up for the disappointment of last visit Kindest regards, Ricardo
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peebee43 wrote a review Nov 2023
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom788 contributions374 helpful votes
A well presented picturesque pub beside the River Wey. Our room was comfortable with tea and coffee making facilities and all the essentials in the bathroom, which had a large shower, fresh towels and flannels supplied daily, nice touch. However, our stay was marred by shortcomings in the bar/restaurant. The blurb says the menus are “Best enjoyed next to a roaring fire on a crisp autumn day”. Our 3 night stay coincided with the first cold autumn days. There were no blazing fires or central heating in the public areas during our stay at breakfast or dinner, we had to dine wearing fleeces! On the food front, there was no mint sauce for the Sunday roast lamb, at our first breakfast there was one yoghurt left, we asked for more, there were no more. Neither did any appear at our next two breakfasts. Our Monday dinner had soup served in a cold dish and a burger that was tepid at best, both were reheated on request. This is a lovely pub to stay at, but let down by lack of organisation from the management on catering and building comfort. I have expressed my comments directly to the Stag, but as yet have had no response.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 9 Nov 2023
Dear peebee43 thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. I am sorry to read that it was not a positive experience. Sincere apologies for the issues experienced on the day. We always aim to deliver the best service and food to our guests and it is also frustrating to all of us when that is not achieved. Your feedback is important and will assist us in ironing out issues such as the ones you experienced. I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again at the Stag on the River make amendments and repair the lost trust. With that in mind if you could please be so kind as to drop me a line at ricardo.mimoso@grosvenorpubsandinns.co.uk so that we discuss the steps forward. I look forward to hearing from you. kindest regards, Ricardo
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keithmalin wrote a review Sept 2023
Guildford, United Kingdom344 contributions201 helpful votes
On the face of it, the Stag offers a good combination to visitors - a few, smartly furnished rooms over a restaurant by a river. I found the staff unfailingly welcoming and helpful, but rooms are too small, there is no air-con or room fridge, and no rooms have baths. This is essentially a restaurant which offers a few rooms, but they are not cheap. Car-parking is very poor at peak eating times, and you might find there are no spaces. The wi-fi is very slow and imperfect (2Mb), and the local mobile signal is very weak, oscillating between 3G (no good for anything) and a thin 4G signal. So hotspotting was really hit and miss. Clearly the mobile signal is not the hotel’s fault. There is not too much noise from the outside restaurant area except at peak departure times, when I felt behaviour tended towards being too noisy. There is, however, fairly constant background noise from the nearby A3. Breakfast is excellent and served in the restaurant downstairs with plenty of options. I slept well in the comfortable beds, but generally felt that the hotel did not deliver great value for money.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Ross M wrote a review Jul 2023
Sydney, Australia278 contributions87 helpful votes
We stayed here for a couple of nights while visiting relatives in Godalming. First impressions were excellent - a very warm welcome and a good introduction to our room. The room was on the small side, but very comfortable and well-appointed (the complimentary bottle of local beer an especially nice touch, along with bottled water). Despite being in a pub, night-time noise was not an issue. The surrounds are lovely by the river and there is ample parking. Breakfasts were excellent; made to order with a wide variety of choices. All the staff we met were friendly, kind and helpful Glad we stayed here!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 7 Aug 2023
Dear 195Ross M Thank you for leaving us with your feedback and review. I am delighted to read that you had a pleasant experience with us and happy to read the kind words. I look forward to welcoming you again in the future. best regards, Ricardo
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Diane P wrote a review Jul 2023
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Had lunch here with friends. First visit for us. Very disappointed. We wanted to eat in the marquee but all the heaters were on and it was too hot! Apparently they are on a timer that can't be altered?! In July?! Service very slow. Weren't impressed by the menu choices. Food took over an hour to arrive, despite the fact that they weren't really busy. One meal so disappointing that they knocked it off the bill. Other 3 meals were average. Coffees took so long to arrive that they also knocked them off the bill. Service charge was included and we should probably have deducted it. Shame, as it's a lovely setting and a nice-looking pub.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Response from Ricardo Mimoso, General Manager at The Stag on the River
Responded 17 Jul 2023
Dear Guest Thank you for your review of your experience. I am sorry to read that it was a negative one and I took notes of the points mentioned. With regards to the heaters in the marquee, yes it's indeed true that once they are switched on it does take time for them to switch off. we had other guests that pressed the button on the pillar, turning then on. Once they are on they will stay on for a period of time and then switch off. It is not possible for us to override that as the only solution was then to take the power out on that area and that would mean also the lights. I apologize also for the delays with the food service. Please do drop me a few lines at ricardo.mimoso@grosvenorpubsandinns.co.uk as I would like to discuss this further with you. kindest regards, Ricardo
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Gary C wrote a review May 2023
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Quick stop after a lovely walk..not busy.. £20 for a pint, medium wine and a packet of crisps!! I think it’s about time these guys get in tune with the current financial climate! Better local establishments for food and beverage..Try the Good Intent in Puttenham..great food, friendly atmosphere and priced respectively..
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Ricardo Mimoso, General Manager at The Stag on the River
Responded 22 May 2023
Dear Gary C Thank you for your constructive feedback. I am sorry you feel our prices are out of tune with the financial climate. In reality, our prices are in line with most local competition and in our opinion offer good value for money. Appreciate that you may not necessarily agree with this statement. I will be sure to try out your recommendation in Puttenham. Thanks you and kindest regards , ricardo
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NewAleRecoveryKid wrote a review Mar 2023
Northampton, United Kingdom146 contributions47 helpful votes
A lovely experience staying here with the staff I encountered all being warm and welcoming. The room was fairly small, but in it I had peace and quiet, it was cosy and quaint and in lovely surroundings too. Mixed feelings on the food, felt fairly limited on the menu but what I had was good, well located off the dual carriageway and connects to some routes to get out into the countryside. Got a good deal and was beneficial and felt good value as right close to my place of work.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Response from Ricardo Mimoso, General Manager at The Stag on the River
Responded 25 Mar 2023
Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to leave us with your feedback. We are happy to read that you enjoyed the moments spent at The Stag on the River. I took note of your comments on the food and will discuss it with our senior management. I look forward to welcome you again in the future Best regards, Ricardo.
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Which popular attractions are close to The Stag on the River?
Nearby attractions include Paradox Parlours - Guildford (4.9 miles), Watts Chapel (2.4 miles), and Watts Gallery - Artists' Village (2.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Stag on the River?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Stag on the River?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Stag on the River?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Stag on the River?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Stag on the River?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fresco DeliKafessen, The Charterhouse Pub, and Raviz.
Are there any historical sites close to The Stag on the River?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Guildford Castle (4.7 miles), Waverley Abbey (4.9 miles), and Loseley Park (2.8 miles).
Does The Stag on the River have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.