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Published February 20th 2012
A good country pub is still a rare find, even though pub owners across the country are trying harder than ever - but a good country pub, with great country pub food, is a rare thing indeed.
So it is with a thrill of anticipation that I pulled up last month, just off the A3, in the gravel car park in front of the Squirrel in Godalming.
We had a few hours to waste in the area and nothing better than a warm lunch was going to achieve that.
The Squirrel was empty and peaceful on a Thursday lunchtime and our table, next to a party of old landed gentry, was well lit and out of drafts. Two things that I find very off putting in a pub: poor lighting in daytime and cold draughts from swing doors.
We enjoyed a delicious yet simple meal, but the real surprise was the pudding. I love old fashioned English puddings such as possets, syllabuds and curds. They feel like comfort blankets and are imbued with literary images of childhood illnesses and egotistic pampering. The lime and lemon posset was served with buttery and crumbly shortbread, and for me, the combination was close to perfection.
I had been to the Squirrel before on busy winter nights and would recommend you generally book before turning up. The place is comfortable but not terribly cosy, and the real pull is the food - and the fact that it is located so close to the motorway.