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 Selected Comments in Dorking

Lucy Davenport
 fun pub
me and my fella luv da compant and da drink
its thre bollocks.
Saturday, June 16, 2012Rating: rosettes

Jean O'Donohue
My visit to the Wotten Hatch today was a great disapointment, I set out to have a lovely lunch with my daughter. The starter not good the main I sent back and still they put it on the bill and when I did query it they only took off the cheese which we had because we were still hungry and the pub was nearly empty. Never again
Monday, December 19, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Sarah Fitzgerald
 New Website
Tuesday, March 9, 2010Rating: rosettes

CK Chandler
We have 3 children, 12, 10 and 8 years and stopped by on the 28th Dec 2009 for a meal and drinks after a chilly walk at Leith Hill, Dorking. I would like to commend you as your staff made us feel very welcome and one particular chap, Steve, served us at the bar was wonderful with our girls, making them laugh and caring for them and joking with them. We thought the food was lovely and when we asked for the fire on Steve came to help again and spent ages lighting it for us. He was super and he really made our visit all the more enjoyable. Please compliment him and your new lady manager who was also very sweet. We will come back as we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Well done to all and Happy New Year
Monday, January 4, 2010Rating: rosettes

erica allen
hiya hopefully catch up with you soon xx
Friday, August 7, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 Expensive, Outdated, and Unfriendly
Seeing as the Plough Inn was listed as a Pick of Pub in the AA pub guide we decided to stay a night there. It was a big mistake. The place was dirty and the staff were incredibly rude. We agreed a price of £60 for the smallest room and a time for breakfast. Upon close inspection the bathroom was not clean and the decor is quite outdated. We ate dinner there and the food was very poor quality for the price of the meal. For example the Bangers and Mash came out with shrivelled overcooked sausages and the mash was cold yet it cost £10.95. There was no one else eating there which should have told us something. The state of the dining room was frankly shocking, with dirt and grime caked so thickly on the back wall that I could have easily written my name in it, had I been inclined to touch anything.
We arrived at the agreed time for breakfast but no one showed up for half an hour. When someone eventually showed up they bluntly said that we weren’t getting cooked breakfast because we were given the wrong price for the room but if we did want breakfast it would cost £10 each! This is unbelievably poor customer relations – if they quoted us the wrong price then they should eat the cost of their mistake especially considering we ate and drank there the previous evening. Evidently the room was supposed to be £90 which is insane considering the dated appearance and lack of cleanliness. We would not recommend this pub to anyone and we will no longer trust the AA pub guides.
Sunday, November 16, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Edward Williams
Beautiful, historic 14th century woodhouse, full of charecter and charm. Traditional and tasy food delivered by excellent service.
Monday, July 14, 2008Rating: rosettes

Sam Bridges
Fabulous location. A delightful visit to a warm and welcoming pub with friendly and funny staff! Wonderful food and chatty locals. Strongly recommend a visit!
Monday, July 14, 2008Rating: rosettes

Roz Loftus
 Its no longer the pub it was...
My husband and I have been going to this pub for years (we planned our wedding in this pub :) - Since its refurbishment this pub has been ruined.
It has been turned into a pretentious gastro-nightmare - complete with glass doors with the pub name etched on them , cow hide chairs , rams skulls on the red painted walls , asking if we had booked ( on a quiet Wednesday evening) - and then going off to ask the permission of the manager if it was ok that we could come in. Serving oven chips in a bowl with aioli along with a greasy chicken covered in tomato puree does not a gastro experience make. Then there were the arty photos in the toilets of naked women with rams skulls on....
When my husband said he would be disappointed if he got this food in Harvester - he was told by the waitress to go there in future....Nice :)
Thursday, July 3, 2008Rating: No rosettes

sally cox
 new owners
the spotted dog is at its best again,new owners,good food good beer great garden,lots of work being done to it. go and see it and you will have a good nite!!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008Rating: rosettes

Ben W
 Rude staff, poor food
We found one of the serving staff to be incredibly rude. She asked us to remove some tissue from the table (which was there because the baby had a cold), compaining that the other patrons might be offended. She also complained about us seating the baby on the edge of the table. Her comment was this is a restaurant, you know.

Poor food. Smoky restaurant area. Rude staff. We won't be returning.
Sunday, January 28, 2007Rating: No rosettes

 The Snakepit
Why does Bruiser rate a pub he was never in ?! He is totally wrong.
Andy,the friendly Gov,runs a little gem - with a very wide mix of clientele throughout the day. Newspapers and free internet are a bonus. Clean,with excellent beers,the White Hart has a bit of character - unlike many Dorking pubs.
Sunday, November 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

Roger Banister
 Good Pub
Bruiser - who made the previous comments - STARTS by saying what more can I say about this pub ? A bit unusual...like the pup itself ! Food excellent and landlord, a genleman. Downsides - approach road dreadful and garden could do with a makeover.
Friday, September 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Lovely, has atmosphere and is off the beaten track
What more can I say about this pub?? Off the beaten track so, it attracts no rowdy youths. Excellent selection of beers (ie. Ringwood, Old Thumper, Pride etc.) Food, is to die for. Extremely generous portions and great value for money. Landlord and staff very welcoming. Only drawback, is this pub has the distinction for being the most expensive pub in Dorking, with Arty P's, for the price of their alcohol! Great mixture of people and generally has a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Thursday, August 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Small pub with a wonderful atmosphere....
This pub is really, really small in size and usually has a wonderful atmosphere. Ian, the landlord, has totally transformed the pub. Serves NO food as it so small. Also, be warned that the place is heaving on Tuesday and Thursday nights for a array of music, comedy, poets, comedians etc. Two small gripes about the pub are 1) it can get very, very smoky and hot in here and 2) be very, very careful making your way up to the toilets. You have to go upstairs and the stairs remind me of Lombard Street in San Francisco -- very windy and scary, after a few drinks.... Selection of beers and wines are very good.
Thursday, August 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Chain pub mediocrity.......
Lovely location situated between Dorking and Guildford on the A25. Overlooks, The Surrey Hills. Shame, that the pub is run by Vintage Inns. Food is very expensive, mediocre and is ALL cooked in the microwave. Beer is usually Bass and London Pride. However, they have a great selection of wines at very reasonable prices! Could do a lot better in terms of food. Poor selection and no healthy options. Everything is deep fat fried and tastes like cardboard.
Thursday, August 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Not too everyone's taste....
Known to locals as The Snakepit. Never ventured inside but, it always seems to be a lively place. A real local local pub! (If you know what I mean!) So, if you are an outsider, beware of the glares, when you step foot inside. In the past, it is known to be quite a hostile pub but, apparently this has changed somewhat over the last couple of years. Was not sure what to rate this pub but, having seen some of the clientele stumble around recently, I had to give it a low rating because of their racist, sexist views!
Thursday, August 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

 What a shame......
This pub used to be called The Hogshead. Whilst, The Hogshead was nothing out of the ordinary, it was infinitely better than The Surrey Yeoman, at present. This pub used to have real character with lovely partitions, old pictures of Dorking and a decent array of beers from Hook Norton to Hogs Back TEA. Went in a couple of days ago and only one pump was working -- it was Greene King IPA. The place is way too bright now, tables have been replaced with sofas and the old pictures have been replaced with bloody plasma screens!!!! The toilets are still shocking, flooded and toilet paper strewn everywhere and this was on a Tuesday afternoon. Pub is run by Greene King and they have made a real mess of this pub. I guess, the main clientele they want to attract is the young people with the alcopops and strong lagers!!
Thursday, August 31, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 A little on the dull side.....
Not a bad pub which is located in the center of Dorking (where the High Street meets South Street). Does serve food. Gales pub (which Fuller, Smith and Turner have taken over!) A little on the quiet side but that is not neccesarily a bad thing. A good place to read the newspapers, read a book etc. and watch the world go by.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

 BIG Chelsea pub......
Simon from the Bulls Head took over this pub a year ago (August 2005). He is a huge Chelsea, football fanatic. Not a bad pub -- quite clickish, people stand around the bar making it impossible to order drinks etc. Can also get very smoky. Open till 12 midnight on Sunday and 1AM on Friday and Saturday night - get very crowded and attracts the younger crowd. A Youngs pub. Nice beer garden.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Has changed names, devoid of any atmosphere
The Happy Days Hotel (in name) NO longer exists! It has been called The Lincoln Arms Hotel for about three/four years now. Typical pub by Dorking (mainline) station and Dorking Deepdene -- devoid of any atmosphere and place to go if your train is delayed or cancelled. A little on the expensive side! Accomodation upstairs and has a public bar and a lounge bar.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

Westcott Charlie
 A Morgue
18 July 2006

During the day at least !! Very disappointing for such a nice A25 village - management seem to have no interest, except perhaps in dogs ? Don't bother - they don't !!
As for the toilets ........................
Tuesday, July 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

Tim Flowers
 Has Potential
18th July 2006

Good food and nice beer garden. Pity that Roy, the guv, has had a very successful personality transplant - resulting in frequent bouts of rudeness to an ever decreasing amount of regulars.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

William Penn
 Realy a New Pub
17th July 2006

Agree with Steve. Youngs are spending a lot on refurb and its worth mentioning that the pub has a bookies just across the road ! It has pool and dart teams and will make a lot of the competition try harder. Not before time.
Monday, July 17, 2006Rating: rosettes

Steve Miller
 Falkland Arms, Dorking

Currently being refurbished after take over by Youngs Brewery. Friendly and clean pub with good food - and an excellent beer garden. When work is complete, this pub will be Dorking's finest.
Monday, July 17, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Good Food
Home cooked food, excellent liver and bacon, just like Mum made!
Friday, July 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mike Arrow
 Gr8 PUB
I play pool there and its a cool pub to go to, they have a big screen with loads of sky channels.
Monday, July 3, 2006Rating: rosettes

a bit rough but with a great garden
Friday, May 5, 2006Rating: rosettes

Simon Hanson
 Very Good Food
I have been working in Dorking for the last 6 months, staying at the Pilgram. I eat there alot and have never had a bad meal. There food is very well priced and alot better than other hotels i have stayed in
Sunday, March 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Great atmosphere!
A lovely country pub. The staff are friendly and the pub has a traditional feel. There is a beatiful garden outback too. Dorkings best pub by far, such a cosy warm country pub with real character, and real characters!
Monday, March 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

ged cummins
 Excellent food
The Pilgrim Pub has the best food in Dorking.
The staff are also very good.
As previously stated the lamb is great
Saturday, January 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

Freddie Scovell
 Top pub, great landlord, excellent food!
One of Surrey's last remaining traditional pubs, well worth the visit!
Saturday, December 24, 2005Rating: rosettes

George Abrehart
 Expensive tap water
Saturday, December 24, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Michelle Fonseca
 Great pub with a warm friendly atmosphere
The Kingshead, Holbury St Mary, Dorking.
Although a little out of the way for some, its well worth a visit! This pub is set in a picturesque village and i was pleasantly surprised by the warm friendly atmosphere i received when i went there for a bite to eat - good food too! The young couple running it are a great team and very friendly. They make you feel very welcome and are always happy to have a chat. I highly recommend this pub.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005Rating: rosettes

Stands boarded up - planning application has been submitted for flats. Was always a scary pub situated near housing estates. Was also painted hideous purple colour before it closed down.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Long gone -- now a housing development!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, October 11, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Still a decent boozer!! Real traditional pub - good food, decent array of drinks tho' a little pricey! Low ceilings so, it can get smoky! Good looking barmaids, varied crowd - young and old, builders to stockbrokers, male and female -- what more could you ask for??
Tuesday, October 11, 2005Rating: rosettes

Since Simon went down to the Old House at Home on West Street, Dorking, this pub has been run by an endless stream of relief managers! Sadly, this pub has gone from a good watering hole to a substandard pub with NO food. Shame as this pub used to be one of the best in Dorking.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005Rating: rosettes

No longer the Jolly Butchers!!! Closed down a couple of years and became ARTY P's! It is now an upmarket wine bar / posh pub that would not be out of place in Fulham, Putney etc. Quite expensive, but nonetheless a welcome improvement on the Jolly Butchers, which was full of drug dealers, thugs etc.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005Rating: rosettes

Tom Page
 Small and local
If you dont drink here 7 nights a week and are under the age of 30, then dont even think about going to this pub, the old landlord has left, and it is now run by a very obnoxious woman and a bloke who is intimidated by her. The beer is expensive - £3 a pint, and is of mostly aweful quality, beer garden is only redeeming feature, and even that isnt actually a garden!
Saturday, August 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

chucka garvey
narelle & roy
dont know if this will reach you but if it does we hope you are both fit & well, our daughter is travelling over your way sometime in the next two monthsand if time permits she will pop in and say hi.
regards chucka & bev
Monday, August 8, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Fiona Miles
 Gorgeous Food & Location
Very impressed with range and quality of food menu and beer selection.Some beautiful pubs depend on the great location and therefore scrimp on food and drink this is definltely not one of them ,generous portions in a stunning location.
Saturday, July 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Great pub
Walliswood (yes all one word - I do live here you know) is a great little hamlet - so lucky to have such a great little pub here. Big garden which is lovely in the summer, fab food and friendly team. Worth a visit if you're out our way!
Monday, May 23, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Friendly, family pub!
This pub is a classic - set in a fab setting over looking the green and Leith hill - which can be admired in the large gardens! Great food served lunch and evening, roast on sundays. Staff are all lovely - waiting staff always very welcoming! BIg bar area & restaurant, and a large, light function room hat can be hired for weddings etc (pub has a wedding liscence). All in all a great pub and well worth a visit!
Monday, May 23, 2005Rating: rosettes

Jan Perfect
 small but big-hearted!
Terrific! Tinyl pub with the biggest heart in Surrey.Very friendly and the Culture Conspiracy Tuesday nights are a scream.
Saturday, April 30, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mr J Wallder
 First impressions
My wife and I visited The Watermill, Dorking restaurant for the first time recently. We were both tired when we arrived but the layout of the venue and more importantly the cheerfulness and helpful of the staff made an impact right away. We found the menu extensive and the food when it arrived was cooked just right. As I said we were both very tired and went for a traditional roast. However we are going back tonight to try another option from that vast menu. This is certainly a restaurant we will be using more often in the future.
Saturday, April 23, 2005Rating: rosettes

Thursday, March 17, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Traditional, low ceilings, historic!
Kings Arms going through a transitional period! Has lost its way recently - beer not as good as it used to be, has got increasingly pricey, can be quite cold without the fire (must be saving on the price of heating!) and it can get very, very smoky!! Hopefully new landlord can be found and restore it to its former glory. Great bands on Wednesday and Sunday nights, good atmosphere which is rarely threatening. By the way, where is the sign for the pub which overlooks the pub - ie. The King Pub Est. 1500's etc. - has it been nicked????
Tuesday, February 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Not a bad High Street Pub!
NO longer is a 'Hogshead' - has reverted back to it's old name of The Surrey Yeoman! A lot brighter, new furniture. Sadly, the food is very hit and miss and is only served between 12 and 3PM and I have even had a few bad pints of Greene King IPA even tho' the pub is run by Greene King!! Men's toilets are shocking - flooded, toilets seats ripped off etc. Could do much better!!
Tuesday, February 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

 A truly wonderful pub
Great food, excellent beer and the staff go out of their way to make you feel at home! Pub is off the beaten track - 1 mile from town centre near Dorking West train station - well worth the visit and a great mix of people young and old!
Tuesday, February 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

Friday, February 11, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Best Pub In Dorking
Food is to die for (Try The Lamb), Friendly & Warm Atmosphere, All In All A Great Pub.
Monday, December 27, 2004Rating: rosettes

Bob Preece
 The Very Best I have discovered for miles around

Plenty of interesting items on the specials board, all at very reasonable prices.

I think that the Sunday Roast (usually Beef, Lamb and occasionally Pork) are out of this world and I can honestly say that it's the best roast I have ever had when eating out and only just falls short of Mum's own home cooking. That's a recommendation!

Friendly and Polite staff.

Many Thanks

Bob Preece
Friday, November 19, 2004Rating: rosettes

penny hall
 welcoming staff, great beer
great pub, fantastic food, well kept cellar, all staff friendly and out going. dogs most welcome, children too. public bar great fun. give it a try.
Sunday, November 7, 2004Rating: rosettes

penny hall
 fantastic pub
most welcoming, friendly staff, great beer,fantastic food. pleasant atmosphere, children and dogs welcome, food served tuesday to sunday lunch, fabulous roasts.
Sunday, November 7, 2004Rating: rosettes

 weird atmosphere
nice thai food though
Tuesday, September 21, 2004Rating: No rosettes

 nice pub cute with friendly attitude
good food
pool tables
excellent landlord
Tuesday, September 21, 2004Rating: rosettes

Jo (northampton)
Just happened to come across this wonderfull pub, with a secret garden? with a very friendly welcome. thank you.
Wednesday, August 4, 2004Rating: rosettes

Nicholas Martin
 15thC country pub. Beautiful.
I popped in to this pub for a pint today. I was the only customer in my side of the bar as it had only just turned 11am. I had an interesting chat with the landlady who told me that the building dates back to the 1400s. The condition of the pub is pristine. Although I didn't sample the food, I formed the impression that they take their cuisine very seriously. Apparently Oliver Reed used to frequent this pub so its' credentials as a watering-hole cannot be questioned. The most outstanding things about this pub were the friendliness of the landlady, the condition of the pub and the location.
Saturday, July 24, 2004Rating: rosettes

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