About The Donkey

The History

The Donkey was originally converted from two small cottages into a public house in 1850, and at that time was owned by Farnham United Brewery and originally called The Half-way House.

During that time it acquired the nickname of “The Donkey”, as before the days of motor traffic, donkeys were kept tethered outside the Inn to help the horses and carts up the hill. In 1947 the name was officially changed.

The sandy soil in and around the Elstead area led to carrots being farmed and becoming an important crop. The Elstead Carrot Diggers were famed for the speed at which they worked, and made their deliveries on a donkey drawn cart. How much of the crop the donkeys ate is not known!

Location and Directions

Call 01252 702124 for Reservations


Monday – Tuesday Evening Only
6pm –10.30pm

Wednesday – Friday
Opens 11.30am
(closed mid/late afternoon)
Opens 6pm

Open all Day from 11.30am

12pm – 6pm


Monday – Tuesday - Lunch Closed
Evening 6pm—9pm

Wednesday – Friday
12pm – 2pm
6pm – 9pm

12pm – 2.30pm
6pm – 9pm

Sunday (Sittings)
early - 12pm/12.30pm late - 3pm

Bar open from 12 Noon all day Saturday & Sundays