The saddest sight to see driving around country roads is a centuries old pub being knocked down or simply with a “closed down” sign on the door. So to find one that has reopened after going to the brink, is a joyous sight and visiting the Three Horseshoes in the hamlet of Iron’s Bottom to the south of Reigate an equally pleasant experience. The bar, lined with stools, offers a choice of seven real ales –I went for the Young’s bitter – and there is a real air of traditional ‘local’ hospitality. In areas separated by tasteful wooden and glass partitions, are tables where couples or small groups can sit in stylish comfort and eat and converse at their leisure. When the weather is warm there is a huge garden where you can eat in the fresh air while children play on the grass. But the real joy from visiting the Three Horseshoes were the menus which cater for all tastes from traditional pub food to high quality, fine dining. The beer battered haddock served with chips and garden peas (£10.95) and lambs liver and onion accompanied by mash and onion gravy (£10.95) immediately appealed on the traditional menu but the specials led us astray. Eventually we opted for the jerk chicken skewers with a sweet chilli sauce and creamy garlic mushrooms served
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with a warm baguette. The chicken itself was moist and slightly spicy with a lively chilli kick. The mushrooms were very moorish and the sauce perfect for the dipping the warm bread into. For our main courses we opted for the supreme of salmon served over crushed new potatoes with asparagus and hollandaise sauce – this was simply delicious as was the slow cooked, super succulent lamb shank served with mash, rosemary and red currant sauce and a selection of vegetables. The generous portions left no room to sample one of the classis treats on offer like sticky toffee pudding or treacle tart. Our food was washed down with a pleasant bottle of Pinot. For a bill of just under £60 for two people, the quality of the food served up by Our manager Sally Woodham would take some Ju revi ewe ne beating. And should a plane delay ever force rs w A er nna me to overnight in a hotel at Gatwick around Otw e: Dou ay six miles away in the future I will be diving g Bi rd & Tho mas into a taxi to eat and drink at the Three Jack Horseshoes again.