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The Running Horses

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Old London Road, Mickleham | Mickleham, Dorking, Dorking RH5 6DU, England
+44 1372 372279
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The pub's menu focuses on traditional, rustic British food, The kitchen is...
The pub's menu focuses on traditional, rustic British food, The kitchen is open serving lunch and dinner using local and seasonal ingredients where possible. Food can be enjoyed in the former restaurant area of the pub, but since the makeover, we like to think of it as an extension of the bar now. There is also a new bar menu too, which changes daily, offering a quick bite to eat or snack throughout the day.
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  • 30
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  • 15
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  • 23
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  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good family lunch

The surroundings were comfortable and elegant and when we arrived we had the place to ourselves although we had booked. Very shortly after another large family was placed behind us a bit like when you are the only people on the beach and the next people who arrive sit next to you! There was a good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I stopped here for a hearty Sunday lunch in the middle of a long hike and I was not disappointed. The service was impeccable and the Sunday lunch menu was delightfully varied so if you don't fancy a roast, there are many other delicious options to choose from. Book in advance as this is a very popular restaurant (and rightfully... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had a very enjoyable visit to the Running Horses for Sunday Lunch. The beef was the most delicious I have tasted, and the service was excellent. Tracey Warner

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Sevenoaks
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175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The surroundings were comfortable and elegant and when we arrived we had the place to ourselves although we had booked. Very shortly after another large family was placed behind us a bit like when you are the only people on the beach and the next people who arrive sit next to you! There was a good choice of lunch dishes... More 

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The-Running H, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are please you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves. I'm sorry if you think we placed you and the other large family booking into one section of our restaurant, but as you would have noticed we are limited for space for big tables due to the shape of the room. We never like to rush our... More 

Houston, Texas
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Three of us went for lunch on Saturday, and were not disappointed. Having been before, we knew that the service can be a little slow, but we were after a relaxed lunch so that was fine. The food, especially the twice baked cheese soufflé, was fantastic. The service was friendly and efficient (the slow part was getting food from the... More 

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The-Running H, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

So glad you re-visited us and thoroughly enjoyed your meal and experience. Oops...will have to work on a more 'speedy' service. Saturdays are a busy time and we often find that 'everyone' arrives together to take advantage of the sunshine at the front of the pub which can lead to a little back-up in the kitchen. With all our meals... More 

surrey
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405 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

14 of us arrived unannounced and hoped to have bar meals. It was very crowded so they found us a table in the restaurant.The waiter told us we had to choose from the a la carte menu but we eventually were able to have bar meals which were really excellent especially the giant fish and chips. Beautifully prepared and presented... More 

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The-Running H, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your recent visit and taking the time to post your review. The dedicate team here at The Running Horses looks forward to spoiling you again on your next visit More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The food was delicious, and they bar and waiting staff were extremely friendly. Very relaxed place to stop for lunch.

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The-Running H, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We pride ourselves on our professional and friendly service and the food as you found out is delicious. We look forward to welcoming you again. More 

Greymouth, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Excellent food, freshly cooked served quietly and politely. All five of us enjoyed our meal and the refurbished dining room is charming.

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The-Running H, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

We are delighted you really enjoyed your visit and meals. We look forward to welcoming you again soon More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Great friendly old coaching inn miles better than boring chain hotels. All the staff care and rooms are very individual .

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The-Running H, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your review - we are pleased you think so highly of The Running Horses - you are quite right - the entire team loves what we do any making customers like you feel special. We hope to welcome you again soon More 

Gillingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Having not eaten at this pub for 15 years, I was greatly relieved to see standards had not fallen. We only just made it in time to order at 5.45pm. My partner had the roast beef, and I had mushroom linguine. We wanted to start with half a pint of prawns, but all three dishes came at the same time!... More 

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The-Running H, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are really glad you enjoyed your meal and considered your experience value for money. Oops we seem to have made a mistake...serving your prawns with your meal - this is not our normal service levels and we apologise. So glad you had a great time and we look forward... More 

Redhill, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I'll keep this one short. This used to be a very decent pub restaurant with a friendly manager and perfectly acceptable food. I'm sorry to say that, since it has been taken over, standards have dropped a long way. Poor cooking, poorly managed and very expensive - run a mile before eating here.

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The-Running H, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

How unfortunate to receive such a terrible review. As General Manager for the past 9 months I pride myself on my professionalism, friendly and caring personality. This aside your experience with us must have caught on a really bad day, although we can't remember this instance, we all have them. The entire team would like to apologise if we have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Old London Road, Mickleham | Mickleham, Dorking, Dorking RH5 6DU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Surrey  >  Dorking
  • Phone Number: +44 1372 372279

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 39
  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Description

The pub's menu focuses on traditional, rustic British food, The kitchen is open serving lunch and dinner using local and seasonal ingredients where possible. Food can be enjoyed in the former restaurant area of the pub, but since the makeover, we like to think of it as an extension of the bar now. There is also a new bar menu too, which changes daily, offering a quick bite to eat or snack throughout the day.

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