The Surrey village of Mayford has more than a roundabout at its centre – it’s got The Bird In Hand, a British pub that’s been given a new lease of life thanks to a sensitive refurbishment and the wise counsel of new management. This handsome establishment along Egley Road boasts a restored fireplace, offering you the chance to hunker down with a pint of real ale or glass of wine, while the restaurant is packed with pub grub classics – and a few surprises. A local fixture, those from Woking can rest assured that it’s a quick trip to Worplesdon station if they’d like to enjoy this classic tavern.
Once a rather dismal drinking hole, The Bird In Hand has benefitted from the tender loving care of local Woking boys Mike, Markus and Sean, transforming into a modern pub and restaurant without losing too much of the rustic charm of the original. A quick spit and polish this was not, however – The Bird In Hand is now one of Mayford and the surrounding area’s best dining and drinking opportunities and the changes wrought inside this Egley Road venue are a sight to behold, with the traditional nooks and crannies being repurposed into well-lit, social spaces that are ideal for a simple tipple or a full-on feast.
Of prime importance to The Bird In Hand is, of course, the bar. It’s stocked with a range of local beers from the Woking area, ales, cider, organic wines… and the bartenders have nous enough to whip up any cocktail you can imagine. Nicely separated from the bar room, the restaurant oozes formal charm but remains as relaxed as the village of Mayford, with a menu that reflects a casual but considered culinary curatorial approach. Small plates and sharers like the Bird In Hand signature platter of cured European meats and room-temperature manchego cheese are good to kickstart an evening, while bigger appetites will lap up the classic British pub grub options given a modern twist.
First visit.Good choice on Menu.Excellent food.Calves liver was not only delicious but very well presented. Plenty of space between tables.Waitresses very efficient and helpful.Ideal waiting time between courses. Looking forward to our next visit!
The food was beautifully presented and each course was as good as the one before. We had a warm hello and goodbye and the waitresses were attentive so overall a lovely experience
Amazing food and great service. Had a lovely time here. Sunday lunch was great and good portion sizes. Table of 4 and we had 4 Sunday lunches and puddings and all the food was good. I am a vegetarian and catered for really well Highly recommended
Great food, good service, reasonable prices, and set on the Woking to Guildford road, Surrey. Easy to find, plenty of parking. Well worth a visit. They have never disappointed my guests or I. Thank you all.
Had a wonderful Friday evening meal as a group of 4 adults in Nov. Amazingly popular place, and we just got the last carpark space at 7.30pm. Every table was taken / booked, and the bar was completely full as well. We all had 3 courses, and each one was excellent. We shared the Bird in Hand mezze between 3 of us which was excellent, very varied and more than enough for 3. It probably would have been fine for the 4 of us to share. I then went for the Vegetable burger which was good, but the spiced bean and vegetable crispy fried pattie was perhaps a little too thick and therefore a bit too dense and soft, but still very nice. And finally on to dessert - which I'm ashamed to admit we all thought was our favourite course ! 3 of us just went for icecream, and one had banana split. But each had the salted caramel ice cream, and each came with a seperate pot of hot choc fudge sauce which was incredible. Simple, but one of the best desserts for flavour we've ever had ! Would highly recommend, and we had a lovely evening.
The Bird in Hand is local to us and its upgrade two years ago was very welcome. We have eaten there a few times and always thought the food was very good. Our experience on Saturday night did nothing to change our mind about the quality and presentation of the dishes served. The décor is charming and the seating comfortable. Service was also generally very good. The only downside for us was that the restaurant was very noisy and, given that this was our Valentine's meal, it was often hard to hear each other talk! I'm not sure much can be done about this but, sadly, it will probably prevent us eating in the restaurant again. Fine for birthday parties, not so good for couples.
We took an elderly aunt to the Bird in Hand and had a lovely time. The ambiance was very pleasant, the staff welcoming and the meal was great. One had a burger which was very good and two of us had bubble and squeak with gammon and egg and this was delicious - would highly recommend it. We also had banana split for dessert which again was delicious, served with icecream, a strawberry and a chocolate sauce.
Not only did we have a fabulous meal at The Bird in Hand but all the staff are amazingly friendly and helpful and whilst they are often busy make you feel very valued and important. The wine selection is excellent also. It is often busy with a great atmosphere and I am already looking forward to my next trip there. Highly recommended
The food was excellent as was the service. I requested a move from our prebooked table to a quieter area as there was a large party of young people having a good time rather loudly. We were moved immediately and therefore enjoyed our lunch much more as we were able to hear each other. We will and have already recommended The Bird in Hand to many other local and not so local people.
I've eaten at Bird in the Hand many times before and always loved the food and received a warm welcome. Unfortunately this visit was on Mother's Days and my parents first visit to the Bird in the Hand. I'd have to say whilst the food and staff were still lovely as always it was very apparent the staff were rushed off their feet. I'd made our table reservation many weeks before our visit so I was very disappointed to find they had to move one of the smaller bar tables into the restaurant to accommodate us. Even worse we were squashed up against wall with a huge plant hanging over us also swallowing my father. After 10 minutes at the table we decided it would be a much more pleasant experience if we went back into the less crowded bar and ate there. I won't let this experience put me off but have to say I'll think twice before choosing to eat out on Mother's Day again.