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The Running Horses

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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Running Horses Old London Road, Dorking RH5 6DU, England
+44 1372 372279
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london
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pre booked a table at this traditional country pub with a roaring fire in the main bar. We sat in the main separate dining room. Waiting staff were all helpful,courteous and patient. It is the old story of coping with the Sunday peak. At 1300 it was empty ,then about 30 mins later it was rammed. The mains arrived only... More 

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a very pleasant Sunday lunch with friends here. The restaurant has a lovely ambience, the bar area is cosy with a roaring fire. Choice from set menu of some half dozen starters, main courses and deserts, including vegetarian options. The cheddar cheese soufflé for an entree was especially delicious. Service was warm and friendly. Part of the restaurant can... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service and the roast beef was delicious. Was also a big fan of the creme brûlée. We came in January and the large open fire was lovely. Thoroughly recommend.

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Thank Annie P
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the pub on a busy Sunday. They couldn't get us in the restaurant so we took a table in the bar - we weren't disappointed. Staff were great, the Sunday lunch was fantastic (the beef especially) and we enjoyed the cosy atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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Thank Alex M
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Reading the other reviews, I must have got the wrong place or just got unlucky. We have eaten in the bar in the past and had good food, but this was the first dinner in the restaurant for a long time. The menu is extremely limited, if you don't like burgers, fish and chips or steak you may struggle. My... More 

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Wallington, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

Came with a group of friends for a long overdue catch-up and this was the ideal choice. The pub is lovely inside - traditional and authentic. The bar has 2 lovely fires and the dining room is lovely - wood panelled and reminiscent of an old country house. Service was excellent and food even better. Very good vegetarian choices. Highly... More 

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TheRunningHorses, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Hope to see you back here soon. Iain More 

Kent
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97 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

The choice of food from the menu is limited but varied and all is well cooked and presented hot and delectable.

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Thank Martin T
TheRunningHorses, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are launching a new more extensive menu in 2 weeks. Unfortunately due to the sheer volume of Christmas bookings, we had to limit our menu throughout December. I hope we see you again soon. Iain More 

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

The most amazing atmosphere, staff and menu combine to make this a true gem and worthy of the visit - and even the nightmare parking should not put you off - it is so worth it

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Thank Jonathan E
TheRunningHorses, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review. Unfortunately we can not really do anything about the parking as space in the village is limited. I do hope you come back and visit us soon though. Iain More 

crowthorne
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

The Running Horses in Mickleham near Dorking is a gorgeous old pub with a wonderful open fireplace in a delightful setting right opposite the village church. Idyllic. I haven't tried the pub food so I can't comment but the festive menu this year (or at least the bits I tried) leave a lot to be desired. Sliced rolled turkey breast... More 

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Thank RobCrowthorne
TheRunningHorses, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

I am very sorry you had a bad experience with us. I do hope you get the opportunity to try us again and we intend to not disappoint. Iain More 

Keswick, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Overall we enjoyed our overnight stay, the room was pleasantly decorated and nicely furnished and the bathroom large and recently refurbished; the staff were pleasant and efficient. Our only comments regarding the room are that it was quite small with no drawer space for clothes and no dressing table. However there were some nice pluses such as the offer of... More 

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Thank mikebcornish
TheRunningHorses, General Manager at The Running Horses, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, you were indeed in our smallest room. Hopefully we can get you booked into a bigger room next time. Iain More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $31
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Running Horses Old London Road, Dorking RH5 6DU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Surrey  >  Dorking
  • Phone Number: +44 1372 372279
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?