“ Old Lodge Lane, Kenley, CR8 5EU. Tel:0208 6604926 „
The Wattenden Arms is a place where regulars meet, families get together, friends meet up and is situated on Old Lodge Lane in Kenley, Surrey and is about ¾ of an hour walk from where I live or 5 minutes in the car.
~*~*~*~*~ A Brief History ~*~*~*~*~
The Wattenden Arms is a pub owned by the Mitchells and Butler Brewery and it is not very far away from Kenley Airfield that saw much action during World War 2, Douglas Bader was stationed there and there is a memorial commemorating the lives of the people that were stationed there who lost their lives.
~*~*~*~ Parking ~*~*~*~
As you approach the pub there is a car park to the right, as well as a smaller car park next to the pub on your left. The smaller car park has a few disabled parking spaces as well as the disabled entrance to the pub and garden.
~*~*~*~ The Pub and Its Layout ~*~*~*~
The pub itself used to be a lot smaller than it is now and has been extended over the years, but it is still a nice, comfy, quaint and pleasant pub with a lot of character. The brewery at one time tried to modernise it with sofas and small tables, but this didn't work and didn't fit in with the character of the pub.
Before I explain the layout of the pub I think that it is worth noting that there are lots of memorabilia relating to WW2 and the soldiers that were stationed at Kenley as well as some very nice nostalgic photos of Kenley itself and surrounding areas.
There are two entrances at the front, the pub looks out on to a road and the main larger car park. Entering the pub from the doorway to your right leads you to a pleasant seating area, here there is also a flat panel TV screen, cash machine as well as Ladies and Gents toilets; turning to your left you are greeted by the bar, opposite the bar is some more seating with a high table with seating to the end where the second entrance is.
At this end of the pub is situated the restaurant area and the place to order your food; this area can easily cater for 50 or more people, towards the end of this area there are more toilets. These toilets are singular, the Gents is also the Disabled toilet and the Ladies holds the baby changing unit.
From this end of the pub you can access the garden; the doors here also hold the entrance for wheelchair users. The garden area has a covered bit for smokers that have touch button heaters for when the weather is a bit on the cold side, there are plenty of tables outside for those that wish to be outside.
~*~*~*~ The Bar Area ~*~*~*~
The bar runs the entire length of the old section of the pub; here you will find a nice selection of ales and wines as well as the more modern lagers and bitters.
Here you can purchase soft drinks as well as crisps, nuts, pork scratchings and mini cheddars.
The bar itself is set out in an eye catching fashion, there are three fridges behind the bar that hold soft drinks, white and rosé wine, beer and orange juice. Above that there is a counter top with a barrel for ice, straws, fund raising items as well as spirits above that.
~*~*~*~ Ordering Your Food ~*~*~*~
To order food the till for this is situated at the end of the main bar where the kitchen area is. In between the food till and the main bar is a trolley that holds the cutlery and condiments as well as napkins. With your food order you can also order teas and coffees here.
~*~*~*~ The Menu ~*~*~*~
The menu is a typical pub grub menu. Here you will find the usual favourites such as fish and chips, steak and ale pie, burgers and mixed grill and although they don't do a children's menu they do smaller portions in baskets which include southern fried chicken strips and chips, sausage and chips which are reasonably priced at £2.99, the odd time that we have eaten here we have found this to be plenty for our son to eat and be unable to finish.
Should a main meal be too much for you they do the usual starters such as soup and bread, garlic bread, prawn cocktail as well as side orders such as onion rings, chips and vegetables.
Every Sunday they serve a traditional Sunday Roast complete with all the trimmings and lunchtime on Sundays in this pub is generally packed out with families and couples.
The desert menu here is great too as well as the traditional ice cream, they also do a warm waffle stack (which I highly recommend) and gateau and sticky toffee pudding.
~*~*~*~ The Staff ~*~*~*~
The staff here are always friendly, welcoming, courteous and helpful, I have never been in a pub where I am made to feel welcome as I do here. There has over the past couple of years been a bit of a turn over of staff but this seems to have settled down recently with a lot of familiar faces being behind the bar.
~*~*~*~ The Landlord ~*~*~*~
In my opinion the essence of a good pub is how it is run and the landlord here deserves a lot of credit for how successful this place is. Unless he is on holiday, which I should add isn't very often, you will always find Brian mingling with customers, serving food, serving customers with drinks and snacks and always says hello and is friendly.
~*~*~*~ Children and Dogs ~*~*~*~
This pub is a child friendly and dog friendly pub. Dogs although are welcome in the pub they aren't allowed in the restaurant area when food is being served.
I know that many people dislike children being in pubs; however both my children have been in there since they were born and we have never had a problem with either the regulars or guests that have come in for a drink.
~*~*~*~ Other information ~*~*~*~
This pub has also won the Cask Marque Award in 2008
Sunday afternoons there is a Meat Raffle which is drawn at 3pm; tickets are sold every day of the week.
They also do a Poker night and a Curry night and there is also a live band playing at least every other Saturday evening every month.
~*~*~*~ Getting There ~*~*~*~
As I said previously The Wattenden Arms is situated in Kenley, should you wish to visit the address for your sat nav or if you're walking:
The Wattenden Arms
Old Lodge Lane
Tel: 0208 6604926
Website: http://www.thewattendenarmskenley.co.uk/ I should add that the photo's of the people and the background on the website have not been taken at the Wattenden Arms.
~*~*~*~ What Do I Think?? ~*~*~*~
I have lived in this area for the past 8 years and this was the first pub that I went in when I came here, there are other pubs in the area all of which are local to me, pubs such as The Fox which is an Ember Inns chain and The Harrow Inn, which although both pubs are fantastic in their own right my family and I don't seem to get the same warm reception.
If you are in this area, this pub is well worth a visit.
The Wattenden Arms is a local pub that's at the centre of the communities around Whyteleafe, Caterham and Coulsdon. You'll find us in Kenley at the heart of Surrey.