Our Farnham nightlife guide covers everything from fine wine specialists to quirky cocktails, real ales, stylish bars and traditional country pubs.
Nightlife in Farnham
Smart and contemporary, Borellis Wine Bar & Grill is the perfect place to pick up a robust glass of Merlot while enjoying the sun in their tranquil 50-capacity courtyard. The Castle Street bar and restaurant is open daily and, as well as a wide range of lunch and dinner options, has one of the best cocktail and wine menus in Farnham.
Over the road, you’ll find The Botanist, a stylish nationwide chain known for its premium cocktails, tasty bar food and quirky decor. The Farnham branch is no different and even has regular live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday to liven up the atmosphere.
One of the best all-round bars in Farnham is The Mulberry. Split over three levels, the Station Hill venue has a large outdoor area tailor-made for BBQs and sunshine drinks, a children’s play area and a large, cosy bar equipped with large-screen TVs perfect for catching the big games.
Lastly, the Cellar Bar is the leading live music venue in Farnham, with regular gigs every weekend spanning blues, funk and rock and roll.
Bars in Farnham
Pubs in Farnham
With a compact town centre, you’re never far away from your nearest pub. One of the closest to our Farnham hotel is The Nelson Arms, a restored 16th-century pub with off-kilter walls, oak beam ceilings and a cracking selection of real beers, cask ales and pub grub.
Almost as venerable is The Wheatsheaf on West Street. Where The Nelson makes the most of its heritage, The Wheatsheaf has modernised its approach, with an open kitchen diner and stylish interior opening up onto a decent-sized terrace where you can enjoy their large range of drinks and upmarket pub grub.
Heading south from the town centre, there are several excellent pubs in nearby Shortheath including The Bat & Ball Freehouse and The Royal Oak. The Bat & Ball, as the name implies, is a cricket-themed public house: The traditional country pub boasts up to six cask ales and local ciders and a large child-friendly beer garden. Less than a mile from there is The Royal Oak, a popular, family-friendly traditional pub with excellent food and a decent playground in their large pub garden.
Completing our rural country pub round-up is probably the pick of the bunch. Set in four acres of woodland, The Spotted Cow is a real – and literal – hidden gem, with the calm, secluded setting offset by two bustling beer gardens, fine, home-cooked food and a bulging beer section. Happily, it’s also the start and end point for various walks in the region, including out towards Waverley Abbey.