Find a pub in Guildford

The university town of Guildford, deep in the heart of Surrey, has a celebrated history. Falling just short of city status, this southern town has heaps of arts and culture to experience and explore. Part of this culture is the many fantastic pubs in Guildford that you can dip into when you’re taking a break from exploring or studying, or just looking for a nice local.

Guildford’s stunning town centre and high street are home to some of the most sought-after brands in the country, with restaurants, clothing stores and homeware stores everywhere you look. And it’s the same as you travel further out from the centre, with iconic music shops and other attractions north of town. 

All just a quick walk from our Greene King pubs, where you’ll be served up comfort food like steaks, pies, fish and chips and more. You’ll also have access to our inviting range of beers, wines and spirits from behind the bar. And with vegan and vegetarian options, as well as lots of alcohol-free drinks, there’s something for everyone. 

Plus, if you’re looking for the ultimate spot for watching sport, Guildford has you covered. With pubs that offer dedicated sports areas with big screens away from the rest of the pub, you’ll be able to support your team all the way to the finish without any interruptions.

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Best pubs in Guildford

Guildford has always been a town full of interesting and beloved pubs. So whether you’re visiting, studying or living in the town, you’ll want to know which pubs are the best of the best. This is your Guildford pub guide.

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A bridge between students and seniors

The Wooden Bridge is the go-to spot for sport in Guildford. With seven HD screens up in the designated sports area, students flock from around the town to watch cricket, rugby, football and more. If you want to visit the Wooden Bridge but steer clear of the action, the pub is so spacious that you can easily avoid the sports area. It’s a pub with great deals and promotions running on a constant basis; take the special seniors menu, designed to look after our elders. 


Parks and percussion

The Stoke pub is the ideal location to explore the northern part of Guildford. Only a stone’s throw away from the local paddling pool and oriental gardens, you can take advantage of the area and finish up with a pint when you’re done. Here you can enjoy the classic pub grub you associate with a Greene King pub. And if you’re musical, Guildford’s famous Andertons Music Company store established in 1964 is only a short walk away too.


Shop, drop, play, watch

The George Abbot, located on the high street in the middle of town, is the perfect place to wind down after a long day of shopping in the nearby Friary shopping centre. It’s right by the River Wey, making it a picturesque spot to visit, especially out in the beer garden. If theatre is your thing, then follow the river south from the George Abbot and you’ll reach the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. And if you’re more into video games, follow it north and you’ll reach the HQ of game developer, Supermassive Games.

Whether it’s the many parks and natural landmarks of the university town or the shopping and business side of life you’re interested in, there’s lots to be found in this southern town. And each spot is never more than a hop, skip and jump from a Greene King pub.

More about Guildford

Though today Guildford is a respected university town with a booming industry, it is said that it might have started as a tiny settlement as far back as 500 AD. And there’s even evidence that the area showed signs of civilisation all the way back in the Mesolithic period. 

It is believed by some that the town took its name from the golden sands on the ford that ran through it. In old english, gold is “gylde” — together with “ford”, this would eventually morph into ‘Guildford”. With its name established, Guildford became an important stop on the road between Portsmouth and London and has only grown from there.

Today, you can spend the day shopping at the Friar shopping centre or out on the high street, where independent stores stand side by side with the biggest brands around. You’re spoilt for choice if you love to shop. 

There’s also so much history, art and culture in the town, which you can explore when you visit Guildford Museum and Guildford House Gallery. For deeper insight into the local culture, visit Guildford Cathedral, Guildford Castle and Watts Gallery. 

Another fun fact about the town is the level of video game companies that are birthed and continue to occupy Guildford. Big names such as Ubisoft, EA, Epic and more call the town home. 

With so much to explore, Guildford is a place that offers something for everyone. And once you’ve done all the exploring you can manage, come to one of our pubs to round off your day.

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