Bat and Ball Freehouse
About the Pub
The Bat & Ball is a delightful free house owned and run in fine style by the experienced husband and wife team of Kevin and Sally Macready. Both have long connections with the licensed trade that go back more than 25 years.
The pub is somewhat tucked away in the depths of the valley of the River Bourne at Boundstone, a mile southwest of Farnham town centre. A little tricky to find first time, perhaps, but the return visits that will certainly follow will be much easier!
The pub is a great favourite with the local community and is regularly used as a meeting place for all ages to come and socialise. It also attracts plenty of walkers, being situated at a point where five public footpaths converge.
The pub is believed to be at least 150 years old. It was then one of 2 buildings in the valley which in those days was dedicated to the growing of Hops for the local breweries in Farnham and Alton.The story goes that the Hop pickers used to be paid in the front room of the house and it was inevitable that it was only a matter of time before the enterprising tenant saw the opportunity to relieve the pickers of some of their hard earned cash by providing them with a brew…and so it started!
In those days the beer was delivered in barrels to the bottom of a nearby road, then put into the stream of the Bourne and dragged the rest of the way by donkey power!
The inside of the pub is warm and welcoming, with oak beams, wooden furniture, terracotta tiles on the floor of the main bar, a roaring log fire in the cooler months and of course cricket memorabilia including pictures, prints and even bats and balls.
This is definitely a pub that serves good food rather than a restaurant that serves beer. Patrons can eat and drink throughout the pub or outside on the patio areas and garden.
The pub offers a choice of six real ales at any one time.
Bat and Ball Pub Directives
The garden has a children’s bespoke play area and a lovely vine-topped pergola that backs onto the Bourne stream.
We are pleased to confirm that we have once again been chosen by CAMRA for a full entry in their excellent guide.You can only get into this guide upon the recommendation of the local branch and is an acolade to the well kept, good quality cask conditioned beers in which we have great pride!
Fun Jackpot Pub Quiz
Every Tuesday night at 8.30pm Kevin hosts a General Knowledge Jackpot Quiz. Teams of almost any size can join in for the fun and a little banter!
The most successful teams are those with a mixture of knowledge, often crossing the age span!! So get your team together and come down!
Normally we have Live Music at 8pm on bank holiday Sundays. We select a rich mixture from Bands playing Rock and Blues to singles and duets playing Folk and Classical.
Annual Beer, Cider and Music Festival
Every Year over the 2nd weekend in June we arrange a Fund raising event with our friends The Hedgehogs, who specialise in raising money solely for good causes in the Farnham area.
We put on up to 30 Cask Ales and Ciders outside in a Tent and have a BBQ running throughout the event. We also lay on Music and Entertainments
Bonfire and Fireworks Night
Every year around Halloween/Guy Fawkes night we lay on a spectacular, consisting of a massive bonfire with a Guy and a firework extraviganza which lasts for about 40 minutes. Roasted Chestnuts and BBQ are also available
New Years Eve Fancy Dress Party
Every New Years Eve we have a themed Fancy Dress Party, along with a disco and Buffet. Outragous costumes are the order of the night!!