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Nestling amongst the lovely half-timbered buildings of Shere, close to the tiny bubbling River Tillingbourne, is a former 15th century farmhouse and Grade II Listed Building called The White Horse. It’s hard to imagine an English country pub more idyllic. One of Hollywood’s most romantic films ‘The Holiday,’ starring Cameron Diaz and Jude Law, was shot there. In fact, the charms of Shere have lured the creators of ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,’ and ‘The Wedding Date’ and ‘Molly Moon’ too. In its former life, The White Horse was a 15th century farmhouse called: ‘The Cripps,’ and it became an inn sometime in the 17th century. It is also rumoured to be a former smugglers’ pub after a secret cellar was discovered during extensive renovations. Authentic timbers taken from Nelson’s ship, ‘Victory,’ are thought to be part of the pub, and there are also some traditional village stocks on the premises too.Inside there are two private dining rooms that can be hired out for private functions and plenty of nooks and crannies set the scene for romantic dining whilst, outside, a shaded courtyard ensures the perfect setting for eating al fresco. Come rain or shine, The White Horse is a must for lovers of traditional British country pubs. The White Horse country pub is a Grade II Listed Building at the very heart of the Surrey village of Shere, set against the backdrop of the North Downs. Originally a farmhouse built in the 15th century, an inglenook fireplace and new wing were added in the 16th century at the same time as Shere began to prosper, thanks to the wool trade. As the years progressed, and traditional ale was replaced by hopped beer in the late 18th century, the farmhouse was transformed into an alehouse with its own brewery. More rooms were then added as business flourished. Two local ladies were not so happy about The White Horse’s success, mind you.

 

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