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New Look Cannon Pub Has Reopened

Published on: 26 May, 2017
Updated on: 31 May, 2017

By Megan Wilman

A Guildford pub that has reverted to its original name after a makeover has opened its doors.

The garden at the Cannon pub.

The Cannon, at the foot of Portsmouth Road held a “soft launch” on Thursday, May 25 and  I was invited to take a look around at the pub, more recently called the Keystone.

True to new owners Andrew Hamilton and Robert Cripps’ vision, the Cannon boasts a friendly atmosphere, comfy seating and affordable fare.

The menu board at the Cannon.

There is a traditional menu with a wide range of pies made from locally sourced ingredients, plus a selection of wines and craft beers with guest ales.

Andrew said it has not been a smooth start, but he remains optimistic: “It’s been a stressful week but I’m feeling confident. The till internet hasn’t been connected on time. We’ll deal with it as comes, it’s chill.”

One thing missing at the moment is the tikki bar, serving a choice of rum-based cocktails.

Andrew confirmed: “The tikki bar will be built for next Friday, we’ve already got the cocktail slushie machine!”

The pub will feature live music: Thursdays will be an open mic night. “Not stuffy ones where everyone has to be quiet and listen,” said Alan. Fridays will see acoustic bands and Saturdays will feature funk and soul music.

“Lord Webb” has been frequenting the Cannon for 33 years.

A guy who goes by the name of “Lord Webb”, and a friend of the owners, has frequented the pub since it was the original Cannon. He said: “I am immensely excited, because having been a patron of this establishment for 33 years, two of my very good friends have taken over to inject a new lease of life into it.

“It’s a great pub, but has fallen by the by over the years and it’s great to see someone with a vision  for the future. I expect to see young, vibrant entertainment for anyone and everyone.”

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Responses to New Look Cannon Pub Has Reopened

  1. George Potter Reply

    May 31, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I’m a bit confused by their menu. It looks as if pie, mash and gravy is reasonably priced at £6 but if you want to have peas with your pie, mash and gravy then you have to pay £3.50 extra!

    Surely that must be some sort of mistake or have I missed a sudden dire shortage of garden vegetables?

  2. Jeff Bott Reply

    May 31, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Glad to see this pub receive some love and a new lease of life. However, its pricing strategies like this that allow people to claim eating vegetables is expensive.

    Glad the sign clarifies the food is served hot. Would a focus on more summer style food not be appropriate for a May opening?

    Not hopeful for ‘pie of the week’ having many extras as the box is too small.

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