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The Bat & Ball Freehouse


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Your first time here you might find us a little difficult to find as the pub is down an un-adopted lane in the bottom of a valley, backing on to the Bourne stream. "The Bat" is a traditional country/village pub retaining the charm and atmosphere of what a pub should be. An open fire, panelled walls, nooks and crannies, hops hanging from the old oak beams, cricketing memorabilia and six shining brass hand pumps for ale. Outside there is a covered patio area with grape vines overhead and a large garden with flower borders, a children’s play structure and plenty of seating. There is also a large car park.We offer a good and wholesome selection of light snacks, main meals and a mouth watering selection
US$16 - US$39
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Bar, British, Pub
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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All reviews ox cheek mash liver chilli pudding whitebait salad fish pie cake sunday roast sea bass the pub great beer good selection of ales car park varied menu specials board
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I took a number of my engineers and clients (total of 18) here for a pre-christmas lunch. The pre-booking was efficient, the meal was hot and well cooked and the service was particularly good. Whilst my project team are local, this is the venue of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jon0408travel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely pub with friendly staff and always a warm welcome. Food was amazing. I had the Mac n Cheese with balsamic vinegar onions and my partner had the burger which looked great!! Lovely friendly atmosphere. Thank you and will be back !!!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Sara M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time we’ve eaten hear for sometime and in the past it’s always been good. But on this visit the food was bland and unappetising. Clam fritters only taste of batter and oil and dipping sauce added nothing. Chicken pie was OK but lacked taste...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 454jamesn
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with friends on a week night for a meal and a catch up. As always, it's a lovely pub inside with cosy surroundings. On this occasion I was a bit disappointed with my meal. I had lasagne from the specials board but it...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank MrsSelective
Reviewed 26 January 2019 via mobile

This place never disappoints, such a lovely pub where you always get a warm welcome. Amazing customer service, delicious food, great selection of drink, beautiful garden, always really clean and cosy. They also have THE best vegetarian food. Can not recommend enough.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank G9780CKracheld
Reviewed 20 January 2019 via mobile

Visited on Saturday 19th Jan, had a lovely walk down. Great range of beers very friendly staff. We had the beer burgers. Excellent homemade burgers with a delicious beer chutney and amazing hand cut chips. Have been coming to this pub for many years and...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 1965dave
Reviewed 1 January 2019

Whilst we have been to many events here, mainly Bat-Fest in June this is our first time on New Years Eve and what an event. On arrival the bar was busy but that did not stop the staff from giving us a very warm welcome....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 823ChrisC823
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

Not being from the area it is usually an exciting day for us when are nearby as we love to pop by for a pint or two of summer lightning. Unfortunately we made the mistake of eating here! Being kosher we cannot eat pig and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Savforrester
Reviewed 1 December 2018 via mobile

Popped by for dinner while in the area for work. They have a great menu. The Whitebait is probably best I've had, along with the homemade tartar sauce. For main I went for a pasta bake off the specials menu with leek, stilton and mushrooms...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Aidan K
Reviewed 26 November 2018

As we were a large party we had pre ordered our menu choices. The food was all very good and served quickly and hot. We liked the idea of going to the bar to get your own drinks as this speeds everything up. The pub...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Amy L
10 August 2018|
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11 April 2017|
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Response from Maffy-and-Liz | Property representative |
Hi there, Our menus are available online to look at but sadly trip advisor does not allow links to be used in answers. You will find us when you google The Bat and Ball Farnham. We look forward to seeing you!
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30 March 2017|
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Response from naomi d |
Yes it does, it's separate from the ladies too so the dad's have no excuse! ;-) There are also high chairs too.
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