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“What a gem!”

Leathern Bottle Public House
Ranked #38 of 74 Restaurants in Godalming
Price range: US$6 - US$19
Description: Small, friendly & charming We are a small but very friendly real traditional Ale house that welcomes all. We have darts teams and the local cricket club as valued customers. Jan's Kitchen serves up some amazing really hearty pub food, sensibly priced and always the freshest she can get. We have been around the area for some time, recently in Alton where we had two pubs ( one at a time ) and saw a great opportunity with the Leathern Bottle to make our home in Godalming a few months ago. The Pub is decorated in canal themed art work, which reflects its proximity to the nearby canal, and it serves tasty lunches to boatman winding through the countryside and locals alike. We have a few parking spaces on the front of the pub, but there is a large council car park next to us which is free in the evenings.
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Description: Small, friendly & charming We are a small but very friendly real traditional Ale house that welcomes all. We have darts teams and the local cricket club as valued customers. Jan's Kitchen serves up some amazing really hearty pub food, sensibly priced and always the freshest she can get. We have been around the area for some time, recently in Alton where we had two pubs ( one at a time ) and saw a great opportunity with the Leathern Bottle to make our home in Godalming a few months ago. The Pub is decorated in canal themed art work, which reflects its proximity to the nearby canal, and it serves tasty lunches to boatman winding through the countryside and locals alike. We have a few parking spaces on the front of the pub, but there is a large council car park next to us which is free in the evenings.
South East Qld
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10 reviews
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“What a gem!”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

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.

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank Christyloz
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English first
London
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good tasting food”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

Found this pub after searching on TripAdvisor - it had received very good reviews.

Good points
- friendly staff
- very good tasting food - left satisfied!
- varied selection
- clean throughout
- very cheap parking next door

Bad points
- dishes on menu were so random that it screamed at you that it was pre-prepared/frozen!
- very basic appearance (just a normal pub!), so not ideal for romance or special occasions
- came to £19 for two normal meals, one beer and one lemonade - maybe a touch too expensive for what it was

I'd definitely go back if I was in the area and passing. Though having said that, I'm sure Godalming has many more places that would feel more 'special' for the rare occasions that I'm actually passing through.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank smsfrancis
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Friendly, old school atmosphere”
Reviewed 7 June 2013

Little gem that must be checked out! Great food at seriously fair price... Best meal for £5 in the entire area! Great selection of wine - went with group of girls (25-30) and everyone loved it so much we stayed for a few more bottles & enjoyed the gorgeous garden!
Please notice this isn't like any modern pub - it's old school but that gives it charm..
Must see!

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Bertierob
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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great pub”
Reviewed 8 March 2013

Small pub, great atmosphere, friendly staff and landlord. Called in whilst staying at the Godalming Hotel, made very welcome, not forgetting to mention Alan, my partners saviour, my partner forgot his electronic cig and would have been climbing the walls but Alan stepped in and saved the day or should I say night. Thanks Alan.

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank anneisit
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good ale”
Reviewed 10 January 2013

Good selection of ales and food. I had the steak was very enjoyable
Cosy but basic pub with a warm atmosphere.

Visited December 2012
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3 Thank George W
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