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A celebration of Englishness at The Richard Onslow in Cranleigh 22nd-24th April 2016.

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The Richard Onslow – Cranleigh

The Richard Onslow in Cranleigh is marking the national day with not one but three days of fantastic St George’s Day food and festivities, making it a weekend long celebration of all things English.

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St George

“We’re hoping that this St George’s weekend will be a great opportunity for everyone to come together at that great institution that is the pub and celebrate some of the best traditions we have in this country,” says Terri Dell, general manager of The Richard Onslow in Cranleigh.

Friday 22nd April.

On Friday 22nd April from 3.15 in the afternoon talented young bakers from local village schools will come together at the pub for Cranleighs very own Great British Bake Off.

These talented young bakers will rise to the challenge of creating their very own signature bakes and show stealers, in a bid to be crowned Cranleigh’s young cake queen or king. Simon the baker from celebration cakes will be stepping in to help make those perfect bakes.


Gin tasting.

In the evening, it will be the grown-ups’ turn to learn more about that quintessential English tipple, gin, with a special tasting and discovery session hosted by the experts from Silent Pool Distillers in nearby Albury. Learn about the history of gin, the many different botanicals that are used to give the drink its unique flavour, and taste some of the varieties available.

Afterwards, there will be a special menu of classic English fare devised by the pub’s new head chef, Ray Brenner, winner of the Craft Guild of Chefs Pub Restaurant Chef of the Year 2015. Tuck into honest plates of pie and mash and fish and chips alongside dishes from our increasingly vibrant food culture, including some authentic curries.


Classic English fare devised by head chef Ray Brenner

Saturday the 23rd April

Saturday is dedicated to the great English tradition of beer with the chance to meet the brewers from Rudgwick’s Firebird brewery and taste some of their finest local ales. Firebird will be offering samples of lighter lager style beers alongside heartier brews.

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Firebird Ales

Guests can team their ales with some excellent English charcuterie from the award-winning family owned artisan producer Capreolus Fine Foods. They will bring a superb selection of fine Dorset charcuterie such as air-dried pork and wild boar as well as traditionally bred meat and poultry that’s been slowly smoked over beech wood chips to give it a delicate flavour, to give an informative tasting and talk.

Sunday the 24th April.

Proper English roasts will be the order of the day on Sunday, with the best cuts of meat roasted to perfection and piled high with roasties, Yorkshire pudding, seasonal veg and plenty of gravy. After taking your fill, you can sit back and watch traditional Morris dancers perform in honour of St George, to round off the weekend’s celebrations.

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Restaurant interior

“Great food, drink and great friendly hospitality are all things we’re good at in this country and things we should be proud of. This is the perfect opportunity to do that and for us all to come together and have fun,” Terri Dell, general manager of The Richard Onslow.

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The snug

The St George’s Day celebrations get underway at 3.15pm on Friday, 22nd April and continue until Sunday 24th April 2016 at The Richard Onslow, 113-117 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8AU.

Tel: 01483 27 49 22.