The Olive Tree

4.2
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37 reviews
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£25 and under
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British

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a dog-friendly country pub and restaurant with an excellent patio and beer garden – specializing in fish and seafood, and set deep in the Surrey countryside, yet just a few minutes drive from Guildford and Woking.
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4.1
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4.1
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4.1
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T
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff attentive & friendly. Atmosphere lovely. Food delicious. What more could you want?

JU
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

New waitress, but quite a few mistakes on our order

EC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was very average and service was quite slow. There weren't many options for those with a dairy intolerance.

MG
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food........posh nosh for less than posh prices.

CG
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and first class service. We were lucky enough to be sat next to the large fire which was brilliant on a cold day. We will certainly be going back.

A
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have dined here 2 or 3 times before. Always feel very welcome. Staff friendly and helpful. Menu fairly varied. Food well cooked and presented. Warm atmosphere.

JB
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My favourite pub. The food is really, really good!

JA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunday roast was outstanding! Lovely venue & staff were very pleasant.

T
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our regular pub. Great service Waiters always attentive and friendly. Food very good.

DM
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good gastro pub food, pleasant dining area but only two other customers so a bit of a lack of atmosphere made up for by excellent service from the two waitresses.

A
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing atmosphere. Great staff (Jack was very attentive and helpful)
Lovey decor and open fire.
Nice menu and good food. 👌🏻

G
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and great food, we will be returning

OT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going to the olive Tree lovely staff to welcome you at the bar.
Food was lovely reasonable prices. Roast lunch are good size comes with veg on a plate.

Would recommend to everyone.
The staff are so lovely and helpful.

T
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Very enjoyable food , although some menu items not availble. Service was pleasant but overall ambience was a little disapponting. We like quiet, but it was so empty that it felt a little cold and uncomfortable.

KK
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Brought friends from abroad who never had a British roast and they really enjoyed the food. Great value too.

RS
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very busy Sunday lunchtime which made for a lively, friendly atmosphere. Impressive range of food on offer that included traditional Sunday roasts but not exclusively. We did wait quite a while for our food but that was understandable as it was so busy. We were informed when the order before ours was being served. Good-sized helpings were accompanied by freshly-cooked seasonal vegetables. Service was very attentive throughout from smiley and obliging staff.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall a good experience but rather a cramped table for four people

J
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very relaxed and pleasant. Food was freshly made and delicious. Highly recommend it for atmosphere and service.

SH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again great service, amazing food, cannot wait to return!!

A
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There was a good atmosphere in the restaurant, the food was well presented, hot and the service was really good. The staff were attentive and made sure we had everything we needed.

NB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I am normally a huge fan of the Olive Tree and have been there on many occasions. I am really hoping that the experience on Sunday was a one off, rather than It being the norm moving forward. The service was awful, which the waitress acknowledged but did nothing about. We had to wait ages and push for drinks, they couldn't find any spoons to allow us to serve the vegetables with the roast, then we sat and looked at dirty plates for quite a while. Oh and they forgot a dessert and when we told them there wasn't even an apology. The food generally ok, but definitely not as good as usual, which was a real shame as it was a treat for my parents. I think we'll give it another go at some point, but it won't be our go to pub anymore if the standards don't improve next time.

AM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice local pub. Friendly staff and good fish and chips.

CB
London
89 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The Olive Tree is a comfortable venue for a nice Sunday lunch - not too busy when we arrived and picturesque with a pleasant courtyard garden for outdoor dining.

Food was acceptable-to-good however there was a bit of a lack of "the trimmings" for our roasts as they'd been busy and run out of portions. Not great planning - especially as I suspect the Yorkshires are frozen since, if they are genuinely homemade, how can you run out? That was a pretty poor aspect.

Secondary to that - it took an absolute age to clear the table, in fact they didn't and I simply piled up the empty crockery and cutlery and placed them on an adjacent vacated table. Not a great service from that point of view, but the staff were otherwise generally friendly and polite.

GE
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arriving a wee bit weary from a local country walk, the bar staff were welcoming despite being under obvious pressure from a 'fine day', Sunday lunch crowd.
Had to wait 30 mins because of the crowd, but a cool drink passed that time and ('Bliss !') the music wasn't intrusive. (What disease afflicts restaurants these days to have to pound your ears into your dinner ?).
Sunday lunch very good and plentiful (and made pudding, unfortunately, excessive).
All good. Thanks, 'Olive Tree'.

LV
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening loved Jak attentive friendly and cheerful a delight! Good food also 😀

OT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The staff were very good at checking as one of our party had certain food intolerance Unfortunately the service was really slow on this occasion and although lovely food, the delay meant our main course was cold! There was also a long delay in serving desserts and the coffee came 15 mins before. We had to ask several times for our food. Hence the poor review!

CG
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Ridiculous amount of time we had to wait for our main courses with no apologies whatsoever. If it hadn't been the fact it was my son's birthday, we would have left.

T
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good, always dependable, food first class and definitely my most favourite watering hole! "Matron" looks after us superbly and all the staff seem friendly and efficient.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

9 golfers with very varying tastes and everyone came away happy.

JN
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent. Particular thanks to Jack who was extremely helpful and sensitive to our needs. Thank you 😊

C
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is always really enjoyable here and the drinks are great. If it’s not busy, the bartender will talk to you about your order and what he recommends, very thorough. The only negative thing I can say about this pub is that the service is incredibly slow, every time I eat there, which is a shame. We ordered at 2:15 and our food came at 3. I do appreciate everything is cooked fresh, however I’ve never had a pork belly take 45 mins. It’s such a shame as it’s a lovely pub, great friendly staff and food, just wouldn’t recommend if you have somewhere to be!!

D
Cheshire
7 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Bit noisy at Sunday lunch. Overall enjoyable experience.

SH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The overall quality of the food was good but over priced and the service was poor staff too busy checking their phones

KE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic night at the Olive Tree, starting with a lovely rhubarb and ginger gin cocktail. The food was lovely and the service excellent. This was our first visit but certainly won’t be our last.

G
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We both chose dishes from the "specials" menu and had the most delicious meal we have had for a long time.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic pub with great food and customer service

W
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Although I would still recommend this restaurant I would advise anyone to check where you will be seated.
On arrival we were taken to the end of the bar area and seem to have been forgotten about. I had to go the the bar to ask for our order to be taken. I then noticed that there was plenty of room in the main restaurant and when asked to be move there they prepared a table for us.
I am at a loss as to why we weren't seated there in the first place as it was half empty and no more people came in during out stay. There was actually a table free which hadn't even been laid!
Other than that the food was very good and very reasonably priced.