The Surbiton Flyer is very much a gastro pub with a small but exquisite menu.
The food is clearly cooked to order and you would be hard pushed to find better haddock any where. The staff are professional, but slightly overly so, so that they desist from the usual banter.
However, this is consistent with the gastro pub feel, as the proprietors clearly want to generate an upmarket image. They would do well to improve the decor, which is drab and dark and, although they populate the place with candles to try to enhance the ambience, the Surbiton Flyer still has areas in which it could make serious improvements.
However the customers might disagree with me, as the place is very busy even on a traditionally quiet night like a Tuesday.
The food is definitely a draw, but the Flyer is also a pub which attracts its regulars. Given that before the new management took over, the place was as empty as an uninviting wasteland, one might argue that the Flyer has undergone a remarkable transformation in a short space of time.
I would recommend a visit, if one fancies impressing a first date, or if one's stomach is hankering after a decent meal, as mine often does!