History and Useful Information
The Seven Stars is a lovely GRADE II Listed part tile hung building dating back to early 1600’s.
Ben Jonson 1572 – 1637 The First Poet Laureate
Ben Jonson once lived at nearby Swains Farm and was a close friend of William Shakespeare both famed for drinking bouts in various taverns. Jonson was a tall gregarious bibulous man, a soldier, dramatist and wit, who became the first Poet Laureate. He received from the King £100 per annum together with a tierce of sack (42 gallons of spiced Spanish wine). Jonson visited Shakespeare’s houses and there is every reason to suppose the “Immortal Bard” made trips out to Jonson’s abode at Swains Farm which is only one mile from ‘The Seven Stars’ and was certainly in existence at that time.
An inscription which has been carefully preserved on the wall in the Bar reads as follows:-
“Gentleman, you are Wellcome
to sit down for your ease,
pay what you call for
and drink what you please”
William Eades, 1637
This is a great walking country and The Seven Stars sits at the edge of the Surrey Hills which is an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and maintained by the National Trust. The closest of the hills are Box Hill, Reigate Hill, Colley Hill and Leith Hill all worthy of a visit to see for yourself the spectacular views that are on offer.
The food served is of high quality, fresh and satisfying and is prepared by a team of three chef’s using local produce whenever possible. The food is an extension of the kitchen at home and during busy times there may sometimes be a wait as all meals are prepared, cooked and delivered to order. Dave, Rebecca and staff invite you to come and enjoy the company and ambience at The Seven Stars.
The following links give others the chance to share their views or experiences with you.
The Good Pub Guide: www.thegoodpubguide.co.uk
The AA Pub Guide: www.theaa.com
Cask Marque: www.caskmarque.com
Food and Drinks Guides: www.foodanddrinkguides.com
East Surrey Pub Guide: www.beerpage.co.uk