Arrived in Godalming seriously jetlagged and just wanting a quick inexpensive meal before heading to bed. Our landlord suggested we walk the 50 metre to the Leathern Bottle as he said other customers had been very pleased with it. We arrived early up there for dinner, and were able to sit quietly enjoying the old world atmosphere and the friendly banter between the local regulars whilst reading today's papers ( also supplied) and drinking a cider. We ordered early, and within 10 minutes of the kitchen opening, our food was on the table: the best homemade tomato soup we've had in ages. Having missed lunch and used to much smaller plate sizes, we had ordered a mains as well and a shared dessert, and the servings were so generous, we literally staggered out afterwards: but wouldn't have missed a bite! Our host is also the cook, and is clearly a man who takes pride in his work. The generously large beef and ale pie was made from scratch ( best shortcrust pastry I've had since my mothers) and the vegetables simple but plentiful and perfectly cooked.. as were the chips with my gammon. The small side salad with the gammon was again simple but fresh. Spotted dick dessert was steaming hot, light and fluffy and again, generous with custard, which my elderly Dad just loved. And all great prices, too. If you like inexpensive home- cooked food in a friendly cosy atmosphere, the Leathern Bottle is not to be missed.
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