Walton on Thames

Walton on Thames is a vibrant town on the River Thames featuring a vast array of Shops, Pubs and Restaurants.

The centrepiece of Walton On Thames’ town centre is The Heart shopping centre containing over 50 shops and a pedestrianised central space, The Heart opened in Walton on Thames in 2006 and is considered by many to be a model for town centre redevelopment replacing the original ‘town centre’ which was builtin the 1960’s and had fallen into a state of serious disrepair.

Walton lies within the Council Borough of Elmbridge and is separated into 3 wards, Walton Central, Walton North and Walton South.

The town’s name is Anglo Saxon in origin and could mean “settlement, or farm of the Britons”;  “wal” meaning the Britons.   Alternatively, it could mean “hill settlement”; “wald” meaning higher ground, and the town certainly began life on a raised area away from the riverside marshland that we know today as the Cowey Sale.  However, its important “upon Thames” tag has been a part of the town since the 13th century.

Walton on Thames History

At  the time of  the Domesday Survey of 1086, when “waletona” was assessed as having a couple of mills, a church and a fishery, the settlement close to the river had already been in existence, or at least the site of human activity, since the Mesolithic era, with a bronze age cemetery lying close to Oatlands Park.

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Walton on Thames Restaurants

Walton on Thames is blessed with a huge choice of local Pubs and Restaurants offering a wide range of entertainment and gastronomic range & style – Gastro, Italian, Indian, Tapas, Thai and many more

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You can also find some great offers and themed, promotional nights ranging from Poker, Karaoke and Belly Dancing to Live Music, Tribute Nights and even our own version of the Antique’s Roadshow whilst you have a quality lunch.

Walton on Thames Pubs

Lots of the pubs below will have quiz nights, live music, steak nights, open mic night, etc – please do check the venue website before visiting just in case of last minute changes!

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Walton on Thames History


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At  the time of  the Domesday Survey of 1086, when “waletona” was assessed as having a couple of mills, a church and a fishery, the settlement close to the river had already been in existence, or at least the site of human activity, since the Mesolithic era, with a bronze age cemetery  lying close to Oatlands Park.

The town’s name is Anglo Saxon in origin and could mean “settlement, or farm of the Britons”;  “wal” meaning the Britons.   Alternatively, it could mean “hill settlement”; “wald” meaning higher ground, and the town certainly began life on a raised area away from the riverside marshland that we know today as the Cowey Sale.  However, its important “upon Thames” tag has been a part of the town since the 13th century.

Roman Activity in Walton on Thames

Proof of Roman activity in the area exists, but is scant, despite the legend that during his second invasion of the country, Julius Caesar crossed the Thames at a shallow ford at Walton, to meet  Cassivellaunus, King of the British Catuvellauni tribe, whose arrangement of wooden stakes in the river meant the crossing was made, according to Caesar himself “with difficulty”.    Evidence that Caesar actually crossed the river here is only circumstantial, but it is most likely that the wooden stakes were not defensive anyway, but served  to make a narrow path to contain cattle as they were driven across the river at this point, hence its original name, “Coway Stakes”.

An established settlement existed in the pre-Domesday Saxon period, with a large number of artefacts having been discovered in the area, including pottery, jewellery and weapons, as well as a number of barrows, suggesting high status burials, near Walton Bridge.

The Norman conquest of 1066 changed the country forever and that included Walton on Thames.  The complicated manorial system of land ownership came into play, and William the Conqueror began by giving the settlement to Edward of Salisbury, which passed to his daughter Maud, when she married Humphrey de Bohun, while the adjoining settlement of Walton Leigh was granted to Richard of Tonbridge, Lord of Clare.

St. Mary’s Church was founded in 1150; the earlier church mentioned in the Domesday survey was locally important and within the ownership of Richard of Tonbridge, but otherwise, the site of it is unknown.

Over the next few hundred years, the Walton manor was in the possession of the Bohun family until 1380, when Mary de Bohun married Henry Bolingbroke, who in 1399 was crowned Henry IV of England.  The manor of Walton Leigh remained with the Lords of Clare for nearly three centuries before it too came into the possession of the Crown in the mid 1400s.

Henry VIII impact on Walton on Thames

Henry VIII’s activities had an impact on the town.   He used the site of a nearby ancient manor house to build Oatlands Palace for Ann of Cleves – his ex wife, and in the end, very good friend and granted Walton licences to hold fairs in Easter Week and in October.  But it was not all good.   Like much of the wider area, Walton was subject to Forest Law, due to its close proximity to Hampton Court Chase, fenced off to be Henry’s personal deer park.   Although local aristocracy may have had licences with which to utilise aspects of the park, the average Walton villager could no longer freely access the land for firewood or grazing, and as for bringing home any game for supper …. not if they valued their lives!     No doubt they were (privately!) very glad when Henry VIII died; royal interest in Hampton Court as a hunting park ceased and venison was back on the menu.

After hundreds of years of the damp inconvenience of crossing the Thames at the Cowey Sale ford, and half a century of the relative luxury of a basic ferry, in 1750, a wealthy local man, Samuel Dicker, who owned the Mount Felix estate, obtained an Act and erected the first wooden bridge across the Thames at Walton, financed by tolls.  Thirty years later, his nephew built a stone bridge with additional tolls.    Although the river was still vital for transportation, the bridge created an important north-south road link.   This bridge stood for 109 years, collapsing in 1859, to be replaced  in 1864 by an iron bridge.

Church Street, High Street, Thames Street and Bridge Street – Walton on Thames

There is little information as to how the town was laid out in medieval times, beyond traces of buildings on Church Street and of a metal works in the area.   But the Rocque map of 1768 – one of the first good maps of the town – gives a clearer picture of a compact village, with the church and buildings spread along Church Street, High Street, Thames Street and Bridge Street.  A parsonage is marked on what is now Walton Grove and there is the suggestion of a market place, while archeaological  excavations have found evidence of a kiln, and clay extraction that was taking place on Church Street     The Walton manor was large, but sparsely populated, with the building of Ashley Park in about 1605 for Lady Jane Berkeley, which commandeered all the land south west of the High Street, with Oatlands Park to the west,  Walton Common to the south, and the Dicker family’s Mount Felix estate to the north and east restricting the growth of the town.

The effect of the Inclosure  Acts of the 18th century, culminating in the Inclosure Consoliation Act of 1800, are not documented, but must have been profound.  Over the course of thirty-odd years, more than 3,000 acres of common land – almost half the total area of the manor – was lost to the village.   The arrival of the railway in 1838, bringing much-needed wealth and employment to the town must have been very welcome.      Another advantage of the railway is that it reclaimed a great deal of land that had belonged to the old private manors to the south, allowing development and growth.

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Oatlands Park

In 1827, the Oatlands Park estate was dismantled and sold off, and in the same year, Walton’s first school was built at the end of the High Street.  In 1858, a new school was built on Ashley Drive for older children, while the infants school was rebuilt in 1884.  The village Pound and Lock-up appear on maps in the mid 19th century also at the southern end of the High Street, and a Public Hall was erected in 1879.   The village was rapidly evolving into a town.

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The Mount Felix mansion of the Dickers was demolished and rebuilt by the Earl of Tankerville in 1840, and was utilised as a military hospital during WWI for the New Zealand War Contingent Association.  They are remembered in the names New Zealand Avenue, built in 1933 and in the Wellington pub.

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Flight Sergeant Charles Sydney – Walton on Thames

Walton on Thames was targeted in WWII, with the bridge incurring bomb damage that ultimately rendered it unsafe for traffic.  A “temporary”  bridge was added in 1955, which as we all know, has only recently been replaced ……..!    A tragedy occurred in 1940 when a Spitfire piloted by Flight Sergeant Charles Sydney crashed in Station Avenue.

All of the old Walton manorial estates have now disappeared.  Oatlands Palace was destroyed by Parliamentarians in 1650 at the end of the Civil War.  Ashley Park House was demolished in 1925 and the land sold off for development in 1977, which did at last allow the High Street to be widened.

Mount Felix was demolished in 1967, but the bakehouse and brewery still stand,  converted into offices complete with 18th century clock tower.

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Walton on Thames Pubs

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the-ashley-park-150The Ashley Park

Ashley Park Rd, Walton on Thames KT12 1JP
01932 220196

Located just opposite Walton-on-Thames station The Ashley Park offers authentic British cooking, Real Ales and an open fire!

They offer food from 10am till late, a brunch menu, set menu options, main menu as well as children’s menu and full Sunday Roast!

Don’t miss the twice weekly quiz night on Wednesday and Sunday from 9pm.

They often have the terrestrial TV channels showing (No Sky Sports).

Open Monday to Sunday 10am to Midnight.
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www.emberinns.co.uk/nationalsearch/southeast/the-ashley-park-walton-on-thames

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the-anglers-150The Anglers

Riverside Cottages, Manor Rd, Walton on Thames KT12 2PF
01932 223996

The Anglers has a lovely riverside location with a vast outside (heated) seating area where you can relax and watch the boats go by!

Self billed as a ‘gastro pub’ expect your sausages to be venison, your burger to be in a brioche, ham to be glazed with mulled wine and your mash to be smoked!

Good selection of sharing platters covering Meat, Fish and Vegetarian selections.

www.anglerswalton.com/
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barley-mow-150The Barley Mow

67 Molesey Road, Hersham, KT12 4RS
01932 227293

The Barley Mow sits at the entrance to Hersham Village and is gifted with a large outside seating area which has recently been enhanced to include some booth style seating in addition to its numerous tables and chairs.

The Barley Mow is well known locally for its live music, with its fantastic resident jazz band, Blue Moon, every Wednesday from 8pm as well as live bands every Friday and Saturday night.

Whatever your sport you’ll find it on one of the many screens, showing Sky Sports, BT Sport as well as terrestrial channels.

With an extensive pub menu (and dedicated kids menu) they also have food themed nights, currently running Steak Night on Mondays.

Kids are very welcome – so much so that they have their own climbing frame and swings in the beer garden.

www.barleymowhersham.co.uk/
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the-bear-150The Bear

30 Bridge St, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1AH
01932 253420

This is an interesting one as The Bear is now known as the The Bear Bar and Barbers and, yes, you can get your haircut between 9am and 6pm Monday to Saturday!

They have a number of different themes throughout the week. Monday is Steak Night. Quiz Night on Tuesday and Poker Night on a Sunday. They run regular pool nights – check their Facebook page for current details.

They also do breakfasts between 10am and 12pm. You can get a great Sunday roast 12:00 to 15:30.

If you like live sport this is your place they show all the football and rugby and multiple screens.

www.facebook.com/thebearwalton
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bricklayers-150The Bricklayers

6 Queens Rd, Walton-on-Thames, Hersham KT12 5LS
01932 220936

A traditional pub that always has amazing year round flower displays outside.

The Bricklayers Arms, Hersham serves fantastic food and a lovely Sunday roast but please take note that they do not allow children under 14.

 

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craft-and-grill-150Craft & Grill

29-31 High St, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1DG
01932 254431

Located on the High Street in Walton on Thames, The Craft and Grill has something for everyone!

A bar full of fantastic craft beers and a amazing smokehouse menu (they smoke all food on site!) you can also catch all the big sporting events on their huge screen – their Facebook page says its Walton’s biggest screen, pop along and decide for yourself!

Check their website for details of daily food promotions (ranging from a free starter or desert, half price burgers, two for one cocktails and many more). They also have a special menu just for kids.

The Craft and Grill have an extremely popular Quiz on Thursday night and usually have live music every Friday (check their Facebook page for specific details).

https://www.facebook.com/craftandgrillwalton/
craftandgrill-walton.com/
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george-inn-150The George Inn

Bridge St, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 1AH
01932 223622

The George is a traditional local pub just down the road from the River Thames.

There is always plenty going on here: Live sport on 5 screens, Live Music and DJ nights, Karaoke and Quiz nights as well as a pool table and beer garden.

http://www.georgeinnwalton.co.uk/
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morts-150Morts Wine Bar

29 Bridge St, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1AF
01932 886996

Morts Wine Bar is one of Walton on Thames’ hidden gems and is well worth seeking out.

A fantastic bar for lovers of live music – every Friday, Saturday and Sunday you will be able to catch something different with all tastes catered for!

If you’re a sports fan you will be able to see all the big events in Football, Rugby and Cricket shown at Morts Wine Bar.

They have a high quality food menu with everything home made – don’t miss their lunch and dinner meal deals with a set menu for £10.

www.mortswinebar.co.uk/

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oatlands-150The Oatlands Chaser

25 Oatlands Chase, Weybridge, KT13 9RW
01932 253277

The Oatlands Chaser is a big pub nestled between Walton on Thames and Weybridge and has a fantastic outside seating area..

They have an extensive menu covering Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Roast and Children’s Menu.

They have various offers throughout the week:

A ‘Midweek Treat’ menu every Wednesday from 6pm which includes 2 or 3 courses and a bottle of wine.

‘Pop, Fizz, Clink’ with exclusive prices on a range of sparkling wines & Champagnes – available on Thursdays and Fridays.

A fixed priced menu runs from Monday to Friday 12pm-6pm and offers 2 courses for £11.95 and 3 courses for £14.95 (which seems great value to us!)

www.theoatlandschaser.co.uk/
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manor-inn-150Old Manor Inn

Small, traditional pub located in front of the grade one listed Old Manor House in Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames.

Ideally placed between the pubs in Walton and the ones by the river they often have hog roasts and BBQ’s throughout the summer

113 Manor Rd, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2NZ
01932 221359

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the-swan-pub-150The Swan

50 Manor Road, Walton, KT12 2PF
01932 225964.

The Swan is in a prime location on the River Thames and has a large river-facing grassy outside area with lots of seating, they have also recently introduced 3 wooden covered seating areas in the garden which are a great addition!

They have an extensive menu serving good seasonal British food as well as a separate Burger Shack should you want something a little less formal!

The Swan, Walton, has occasional live music and frequent specialist food and drink tasting events (check website for details) not to mention their regular quiz night from 8pm every Wednesday.

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watermans-arms-150The Watermans Arms

1 Queens Road, Hersham, KT12 5LT
01932 254 580

Traditional pub situated in the heart of Hersham Village they often have entertainment on a Saturday night ranging from live bands to karaoke.

They serve food daily and also have Bed and Breakfast facilities.

thewatermansarmssurrey.co.uk/

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Walton on Thames Restaurants


Many of the Walton on Thames restaurants listed below will have special offers and fixed menu availability – we have listed all that are currently available but please do check their website for any last minute updates.

babucci-150Babucci – Indian

Babucci has combined this wealth of talent and experience to deliver some of the most authentic Asian food to be found in the United Kingdom. Our team of chefs carefully prepare a variety of dishes daily to bring you the multi flavours of Asia.

16/20 Bridge Street, Walton On Thames, Surry, KT12 1AD 01932 222364

www.babucci.net/

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la-terraza-150La Terraza – Tapas

La Terraza is a modern, stylish Spanish Tapas bar and restaurant offering tasty authentic tapas and a delicious choice of meals from our a la carte menu.

40 Hersham Road, Walton on Thames, KT12 1JH – 01932 240867
www.laterrazawalton.com/

 

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mr-chongs-150Mr Chongs – Chinese

Mr Chong’s Restaurant is fully licensed and air conditioned. 10% reduction for all Take-Away and Delivery orders over minimum £20.

111 Hersham Rd, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1RN – 01932 246986
www.mrchongs.co.uk

 

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prima-fila-150Prima Fila – Italian

Our dishes range from pastas and pizzas to steaks and fish all cooked using good quality ingredients and all at a modest price. Vito and the team are friendly and helpful, they will happily guide you through the menu and ensure you enjoy your dining experience.

14 Bridge St, Walton-On-Thames, KT12 1AA – 01932 228 222
www.primafila.co.uk

 

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khao-sarn-150Khao Sarn – Thai

26 Bridge St, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1AH – 01932 245005
www.khaosarn.net

 

 

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zios-150La Dolce Vita – Italian

Since the late 70’s Zio’s Ristorante has gained great popularity in Walton bringing fresh Italian recipes. In the spirit of Sicilian culture, our dishes are served family style.

9 Ashley Road, Walton on Thames, KT12 1HY – 01932 222974
www.ziosristorante.co.uk/

 

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cappadocia-150Cappadocia – Turkish

Those of you discovering Cappadocia for the first time will find a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and of course excellent authentic Turkish dishes.

64 High Street, Walton-On-Thames, KT12 1BU – 01932 259 881
www.cappadociarestaurant.co.uk/walton/

 

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olive-150Olive – Italian

Anyone who has sunk their teeth into the juicy topping and crisp flavoursome crust of a completely hand-made artisanal pizza instantly wants more.

71 High St, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1DN – 01932 220084
www.olivepizzakitchen.co.uk/

 

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khyber-pass-150Kyber Pass – Indian

The restaurant ambient with charming staff, discreet service and tantalising dishes that few can compete with, ensures guests to come back for more.

54 Terrace Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, KT12 2SA – 01932 225 670
www.khyberpassinwalton.co.uk/

 

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full-moon-150Full Moon – Chinese

We serve mainly Canton and Szechuan cuisine.  Over the years we have adopted our menu to serve a wider selection of food from different regions of Asia.

84 Molesey Rd, Hersham KT12 4RG – 01932 225531
fullmoonhersham.co.uk/

 

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emperor-150The Emperor – Chinese

At the Emperor we believe in offering high quality standards of food and service at a reasonable price. We go to great lengths to select the very best and fresh ingredients and make this our first priority.

Hersham Centre 79 Hersham Green, KT12 5EU – 01932 226208
www.theemperor.co.uk/
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Dining out in Walton on Thames


There’s no need to leave Walton on Thames when looking for a bite to eat.  The local dining scene has changed loads in the past few years, with many new restaurants.  And those new restaurants are largely independent (yay!) and nice.  There’s also a few independent Walton on Thames staples that are still going strong.

Here are our best picks:

the1955-220x165The 1955 Club

– Fabulous independent coffee shop at The Heart (where Flours used to be).

Why support a nationwide chain when we have such a great cafe?  Power sockets at each table allow anyone with work to do the ability to work in a buzzing environment.
twitter.com/the1955club
56, New Zealand Ave, Walton on Thames, KT12 1GH

 

Cappadocia-220Capadoccia

– Turkish – You must have been here by now.

If not, you really do need to go.  It’s great for a date night or meal out with friends, certainly the nicest Walton has to offer.  The décor is nice, the lights are dimmed in the evening for ambiance and the menu has something for absolutely every one – you could easily be afraid of Turkish food and find more than one menu option that makes you salivate.
www.cappadociarestaurant.co.uk/walton/
64 High Street, Walton On Thames, KT12 1BU
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prima-220Prima Fila

– Italian – Lovely traditional Italian restaurant mainstay in old Walton.

Perfect spot for a night out with all your favourite Italian dishes cooked to perfection.
www.primafila.co.uk/
14 Bridge Street, Walton On Thames, KT12 1AA

 

george-thai-220The Royal George

– I’m constantly surprised at the number of locals who don’t know about the George.

Yes, it’s not in an area most people would think to go looking for a pub in (opposite Rydens School) or think it’s another pub serving leftover Thai food from the 90s but the Thai food here rivals any in Surrey plus the prices are cheap, the service fast and the presentation fabulous.
www.surreydesigner.com/theroyalgeorge-hersham.co.uk/
130 Hersham Road, Walton On Thames, Surrey, KT12 5QJ
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the-swan-72The Swan

– Riverside pub.  In case you missed it, The Swan has been taken over and redone.

The new owner has revamped the décor, injecting more character into the bog standard gastro pub it’s most recently been.  He also has ambitious plans for the future, particularly in the riverside garden this summer.  The menu is enticing, though the London prices might be a bit too Weybridge for Walton.
www.swanwalton.com/
50 Manor Road, Walton on Thames, KT12 2PF

 

Craft-and-grill-220Craft and Grill

– Craft Beer.  Yes, the Craft beer trend is so entrenched we even have our very own craft beer centre on the high street.

Rotating visiting beers and a display fridge for you to take your time to choose.  It’s also a smokehouse, with tasty meat at good prices.  If meat and beer is what you’re after, this is where you need to be.
http://craftandgrill-walton.com/
29-31 High Street, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, KT12 1DG

 

terraza-220La Terraza

– Spanish – Sure it’s long established itself as the place for tapas and Spanish wine, but it’s still worth including.

No guide to dining out in Walton-on-Thames would be complete without including them.  A family owned and operated restaurant since 2005, it quite possibly has the most buzzing atmosphere in town.
www.laterrazawalton.com/
40 Hersham Road, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1JH

 

theoatlandschaser-220Oatlands Chaser

– pub – bit of an in-between of Walton and Weybridge.

The new owners and new menu are a vast improvement over recent years.  The inside hasn’t changed too much but the food certainly has.  It’s easily the best spot locally for a super foods salad.
www.theoatlandschaser.co.uk/
25 Oatlands Chase, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9RW

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