Arrivals & Departures Award-winning ales and llama trekking in England's Surrey Hills

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The Merry Harriers, south west of London, claims to be the only inn in England offering llama picnic treks. 

The Merry Harriers might look like a regular, if particularly charming, English pub, complete with an open fireplace, award-winning local ales and dog-friendly credentials.

But the 16th-century pub — in the village of Hambledon in Surrey Hills — has a point of difference that goes well beyond its recently refurbished interiors and prominent owner (the entrepreneur Peter de Savary).

Indeed, it lays claims to being England's only inn offering llama picnic treks. 

Among its range of experiences with Surrey Hill Llamas' herd of nine llamas are a picnic trek, a winter morning trek including lunch at the Merry Harriers, a luxury champagne picnic trek and even a children's party trek. 

The Merry Harriers also has seven guest rooms, including four new ensuite rooms and three ensuite rooms in a converted barn in the garden. 

Each has a modern shower room, Egyptian-cotton bed linen, tea-and-coffee-making facilities and a flat-screen TV, and comes with breakfast served in the pub, garden or your room.

If you'd prefer to just stop in for a meal, the menu includes pub staples such as Sunday roasts along with seasonal specialities such as wild mushroom and Hambledon nettle risotto. 

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