The Percy Arms

UK England South East England Surrey Guildford

  • Bar
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Walking
South African style food and rooms in the heart of the Surrey Hills.

Beautifully positioned beneath the beauty spots of Chantries and St Martha's – two eye-candy vantage points along the North Downs Way – in the Surrey hamlet of Chilworth, The Percy Arms looks like the quintessential English village pub Inside, however, things are a little bit different. With energetic and innovative South African owners at the helm, the pub has become a classy grill and restaurant as well as a traditional boozer. The bar is still there, it still serves a good range of ales and lagers, and there's a cracking beer garden from where you can admire the view of the Surrey Hills, but the overall theme is Africa, with authentic artefacts and the odd animal skin floor-covering creating an unusually comfy hunting lodge vibe.

The food that will also turn your tastebuds here. As anyone that's visited South Africa will tell you, Saffas know their beef cuts like no one else, and while there's a good selection of other meals on the menu – including some great fish and veggie dishes – carnivores should really sink their canines into one of the steaks. The wine list, too, is in part a stroll through some of South Africa's best vineyards: wine is taken seriously here, and there are regular tasting evenings. With a belly full of biltong and bobotie, washed down with a few glasses of Pinotage, you might just be getting into the African vibe.

If so, you'll be pleased to learn that the Percy also has five very comfortable bedrooms upstairs, each named after one of the ’Big Five’ game animals in Zulu and other African dialects), so you can if you wish spend the night here too. There are two super-king en-suite rooms, massive Ndlov (elephant) and Ingwe leopard) – both with gigantic double beds and roll-top slipper baths – plus two double rooms: Tau (lion) and Nyati (water buffalo), with kingsize beds. The last room, Tshukudu (rhino), is a twin, which can be converted into a double. Both Tshukudu and Ndlov can accommodate families of four, and Ingwe has wonderful views of the Surrey Hills walking spot, St Marthas, while all guest rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, flatscreen TVs, wifi, goosedown duvets, Egyptian cotton linen and tea and coffee.



Open all year. 


Rooms from £105 to £145 per night, including breakfast. 


Four comfortable double rooms and one twin.


Contact Website  01483 561 765  The Percy Arms, 75 Dorking Road Chilworth GU4 8NP

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