A short 450 metre diversion off the main walk route (see directions in the text) is now necessary if you want to have a hot lunch. This brings you to the Golden Lion 01474 815644 www.thegoldenlionpub.co.uk, 10km/6.2 miles into the walk by the main start or 7.7km (4.8 miles) by the shorter start, which is a traditional pub with a reasonably varied menu, served 12-3pm and 6-9pm Monday to Saturday and 12-5pm on Sunday. It is also open all afternoon for drinks.
The Cock Inn, Henley Street, 01474 814705 www.cockluddesdowne.com, 10.8km/6.7 miles into the walk, or 8.5km/5.3 miles if using the shorter start, the original lunch option for this walk, no longer does food, but is a very cosy and characterful pub for a drink (you could spend all afternoon just admiring all the pictures and bric-a-brac with which it is decorated).
Alterantively, if can hold back the gastric juices, it is also not impossible to carry on another 3.8km (2.4 miles) beyond the Cock Inn and have lunch at the Leather Bottle in Cobham, 01474 814327, a pub that featured in The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, and which serves food all afternoon.
On option b) Shorter ending, the Railway Inn, 01474 814375 www.railwayinnsolestreet.co.uk by Sole Street station is also a lunch option, 1km after the Cock Inn, serving food 12-9pm Monday to Saturday and 12 to 6pm on Sundays.
For tea the most atmospheric choice is the Leather Bottle in Cobham, which has both a pleasant garden and a characterful interior. It serves a formal afternoon tea in its restaurant (the room facing the road): food is served here until 9pm but I am not sure how late they do the teas. Cobham also has two other pubs - the Ship Inn and the Darnley Arms.
The Cock Inn, passed a second time on the afternoon loop, also makes a very cosy tea stop. It now has a mini tea making machine on its bar, an innovation other pubs might copy. Alternatively, at the end of the walk, the Railway Inn by Sole Street station is open all afternoon and seems very popular with locals.