The Sandrock - Real Ale Pub & Restaurant, Farnham

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The Morning Advertiser - 6th December 2010

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The Morning Advertiser - 19th July 2010

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Countryside Alliance Website - March 2010

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Game-to-Eat is rolling out catering workshops to inspire young chefs and caterers, for details of how to apply visit www.gametoeat.co.uk.

http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/.

Camra Good Beer Guide 2010

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Small, semi-rural and tucked away in the Farnham suburbs, this legendary free house is known by real ale enthusiasts for miles around. This cottage style building is entered via a narrow door, with a choice of drinking areas. Eight handpumps vie for attention, concentrating on local micros with beers from Bowman usually available. Friendly and unpretentious, excellent food (not available Sunday Evening) complements, rather than dominates, the beer.

Waverley Borough Council Press Release - October 2009

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Farnham Herald - October 2009

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The Morning Advertiser - October 2009

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Camra Good Beer Guide 2009

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Originally a quarry master's house where the miners were paid, this is now a delightful retreat famed for it's emphasis on Black Country beers. Batham's is often available and you may find holden's or Enville's beers, as well as ales from local breweries, occasionaly including mild. The atmosphere is relaxing and unpretentious with a choice of drinking areas and a roaring fire. Award-winning food concentrates on traditional British classics (not Sun evening). Children are welcome in the restaurant and side bar and there is occasional live music.

Farnham Herald - March 2008

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Camra Good Beer Guide 2008

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A guide entry for many years, The Sandrock offers a little bit of the Black Country in Farnham Suburbia. Committed to beer variety and quality, there are eight changing real ales to choose from. This simple and unpretentious pub has three drinking areas, one dominated by a roaring fire. Award winning home cooked food is served daily (not Sunday evening). Live music plays occasionally.

Camra News and Ale Spring 2008

Exmoor Gold and Bathams were both a semi-religious experience on my last visit. Why can't this pub be closer to where I live?! Boo Hoo! The bar menu is being changed in the New Year (this piece was written Christmas 2007) to include more and a wider variety of traditional pub food options.

The Surrey Advertiser - January 2008

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The Sandrock, which served as a traditional Alehouse for more than a century
has recently won a national award.

The bar and restaurant in Farnham was taken over by Carol Haime and her partner David Walton about five and a half years ago. About 18 months ago they converted the old garage at the pub into a modern kitchen.

The drinkers establishment was consequently made more female friendly, focusing on good quality food as well as continuing to serve at eight traditional ales.

Carol said: "We do a lot of specials and we tend to change the menu quite a lot. Doing the same thing all the time could get quite boring. We also change it depending on seasonal availablity."

Favourite dishes at The Sandrock include the Sunday roasts, of which there are normally seven to choose from. These have included pheasant, when it's in season, beef, lamb, roast salmon or cod and a vegetarian option such as Wellingtons made with carrot and parsnip pate topped with mushrooms and spinach encased in puff pastry. Each dish comes with seven different vegetables and gravy.

Chef and co-owner Carol said: "The good thing about having all those roasts is that when we don't sell all of it we can make large sandwiches during the week. What a lot of pubs don't seem to realise is that when people go to the pub at lunchtime, especially men, they want a pint of beer and a big, fresh homemade sandwich.

Carol and David are particulary keen on locally sourced, organic food and, when they can get it, serve game provided by the customers who go shooting in the countryside.

Dishes have included vension kebabs and pigeon and garlic pate. The desire to involve the customers resulted in The Sandrock being awarded first prize in The Publican Pub Food Awards Ceremony in November 2007.

Carol said: "It was fantastic, especially as we don't get out much, it was great to go to a posh dinner in London. We won that award for involving customers in the cooking."

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The Sandrock has also been recognised as a finalist in a beer with food competition for which the owners held an event where they served eight courses, each with a different beer.

The restaurant serves 26 people and at full capacity, the bar and dining area could seat approximately 50, more if not everyone is eating. There is also a paio garden which can be used during the summer.

"It's very much a traditional ale house. When we first opened the restaurant it was more formal, with linen tablecloths but since Christmas we've changed it to a more colourful, informal look. The bar area is all wood, heavy wooden tables, even the menus are made of a wooden cherry veneer," said Carol.

Before The Sandrock the chef owned a pub in woking, before which she used to work in the city. Her partner David also had a dramatic career change when they decided to take over the establishment.

The clientele at The Sandrock is varied with the majority being 30 plus, a few students at Christmas time, several retired people and families at the weekend.

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The Restuarant Guide (restaurant-guide.com) - September 2007

The Sandrock is located south of the Surrey market town of Farnham, a stones throw from beautiful Surrey countryside, Frensham Ponds and Bird World.

This relaxed restaurant opened in Autumn 2006 in a traditional ale house serving eight ever changing cask ales from small independent breweries throughout the UK, they also have a reasonably priced wine list, including a commendable sixteen wines by the glass. The decor is wood and cool cream, with crisp linen tablecloths and sparkling glasses. The constantly changing menu features local game in season and fresh produce from local suppliers.

House specialities include coarse game pate, crab fishcakes, sea scallops with ginger and garlic, smoked haddock rarebit with tomato salad and lavender oil dressing, sea bass fillets with ginger and orange, vegetarian wellington made with carrot and parsnip pate topped with mushrooms and spinach, best end of lamb infused with fresh rosemary, caramelised apple tart with fig and honey ice cream, sticky banana pudding with toffee and pecan sauce.

No wonder that the chef/owner Carol was a finalist in the National Pub Chef Awards in October 2005.

Camra Good Beer Guide 2007

Small, two-roomed pub in the south of Farnham. Eight regularly changing real ales are excuse enough to visit this good beer guide stalwart, but now there is the added benefit of award-winning home-cooked food (no food Sunday eve). However, good beer remains the focal point of the pub. There is an excellent bar billiards table in one of the rooms and live music is sometimes hosted.

Camra News and Ale - August 2006

Needed cheering up on a rainy evening, so we went to the 'Rock' for a Batham's and a burger. The excellent half-pound homemade scotch steak burgers with stilton and bacon topping (a range of other toppings are available) were served with a proper mixed salad (no limp lettuce garnishes here!) and a mountain of chunky chips. More importantly, the Bathams Best (as always) was in top form. Other beers on the pumps were Oakham JHB, Enville Nailmaker Mild, Enville Ginger Beer, Holden's Special, Salopian Shropshire Gold and Kelham Island Blinded by the Light. What a choice! News is that Richard has left and the pub's remaining partners are planning to move the kitchen into existing outbuildings and convert the present kitchen area into a separate restaurant, allowing the existing bars to become less "foodie". (MA)

Camra Good Beer Guide 2006

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The commitment to variety and quality of the beers served in this unpretentious local is a tribute to the cellarman and his passion for real ale. Vying for bar space amoung the regular eight ales are a selection of frenquently - changing guests. The excellent food is an easy match for the best British beer has to offer, both from the regular menu and occasional specials (for example a game evening with guest chef) Live music is sometimes hosted.

Camra Good Beer Guide 2005

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'Consistently wonderful' truly describes the real ales in this small, semi-rural pub. Eight beers are regularly offered, with a wide range of guests vying for bar space. Credit for this cornucopia is due to the young cellar manager, who also does duty in the kitchen. Excellent food accompanies, rather than dominates, the beers; no evening meals are served on Sunday evening. The bar billiards table provides another excuse to visit this splendid hostelry.

Camra News and Ale - November 2005

Often visit on a Friday night, and have a couple of whatever dark beer is on offer with one of their stonking burgers. This particular Friday night offered a beer festival out the back in a tent, and a BBQ, and it was packed. The list for the festival showed what could be considered to be the best beers available in the country, not as exciting (for some people) as having all new and unusual beers, but for me, as their first attempt under new ownership since Andy left, it guaranteed a damn fine pint of beer. They did the list proud by serving it in absolutely top notch quality. Went back for more on Saturday afternoon. Hope to see another one next year.

The Good Pub Guide 2004

New chef doing decent reasonably priced food from huge lunchtime sandwiches, pittas and ciabattas through pubby standards to steaks and good fish and vegetarian choice, in basic real ale tavern with well kept Bathams best, Enville White, Holdens Special and five interesting changing ales from all over, good choice of sensibly priced wines by the glass, friendly knowledgable staff, real fire, bar billiards in games room, annual beer festival; children and dogs welcome, garden.