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“Not as good as last time, what a shame”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Abinger Hatch

Abinger Hatch
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Ranked #42 of 106 Restaurants in Dorking
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not as good as last time, what a shame”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

We have already been to this pub in October last year, after a nice walk in the English countryside we had what I still consider the best Sunday roast ever eaten.

We went back to the Abinger Hatch with our taste buds ready to be satisfied by the same delicious blade of beef roast we had last time.
The pub was full of people and it has a mention in the Michelin Start guide 2013 (we saw the sticker) and the ownership changed just a few weeks before.
We had a table in the garden, which was nice because the day was sunny, and we immediately had been told that we had to wait 45 minutes for the food because there were only 2 chefs and there was a wedding party.
We ordered the beef roast, the food arrived after 75 mins and it wasn't as good as the one we had in October. The meat slice was quite tiny (it seemed like they tried to serve more people by reducing the portions) and the Yorkshire puddings, which I considered the best ever, were overcooked and dry.
All of us agreed on the fact that we wouldn't have been back if the food was like that before as well.
Maybe it was just an unlucky day (a chef less and a party going on) or the new ownership made changes.

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
London uk
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“What a shame”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

Dinner .... After an hour and a half wait a some what busy Tuesday night two other tables in the place, the food eventually arrived, the chips with the fish cakes were like a child's portion 3 small leaves for veg or garnish not sure, fish cakes were tasty but sooo hungry any thing would have been, with the meal being predominately fried not to sure why the wait long long wait, no vegetables or vegetarian food well gnocchi...... Pasta again!!! A drink or bread on the house would have been nice felt ignored, the waiter seemed somewhat over whelmed!!! And was unable to even turn on the back ground music in the restaurant side...... But we did!!!!!!! What a shame we won't return.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank laughingmad40
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Mytilene, Greece
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24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Beware ... Waiting time.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

I will say, firstly that the food, was very good ... BUT having ordered main courses, only, at 14:15 and asking for an update at 14:55, I was not overjoyed to be told I had ordered only ordered at 14:42! The food finally came at 15:27 one hour and twelve minutes later..... still waiting for dessert!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank evaandmalcolm
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Guildford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Well worth a try - much much improved!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

This was our first visit for a long time, having had so many bad experiences in the past. We were tempted back by the many good reviews and were glad we did. The atmosphere is inviting and the staff were all friendly and welcoming. The food, both starters and mains, was really tasty and the coffee was particularly good. Prices are mid range and the size of portions is adequate but not overbearing. However, the new owners are still drawing up the wine list so the choice is presently very limited.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Bryan K
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“Amazing pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Went to the abinger hatch today I have not been here for many years could not believe how nice it is now with the new owners very nice make you feel welcome great place to go and I will be going back for sure

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank James D
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