Running Horses

Mickleham, Surrey

Good Pub Guide - Recommended

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Contact Details

Running Horses, Old London Road, Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6DU

(01372) 372279

www.therunninghorses.co.uk

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-11

Saturday: Contact pub for details

Directions

Old London Road (B2209)

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Good Pub Guide Recommended

Country pub with plenty of customers in bar and dining rooms, enjoyable food and drink and seats on big front terrace; bedrooms

The stylish and spacious bar here has cushioned wall settles and other dining chairs around straightforward tables on parquet flooring, racing cartoons and Hogarth prints on the walls, lots of race tickets hanging from a beam and a log fire in an inglenook fireplace; some wood-panelled booths have red leather banquettes. Stools line the counter where friendly, helpful staff serve Brakspears Bitter and Oxford Gold, Fullers London Pride and a monthly guest beer on handpump and around 20 wines by the glass; background music. The panelled restaurant is an attractive mix of upholstered and wooden dining chairs around a medley of tables on tartan carpet. On a warm day, the front terrace is a fine place to sit among the pretty flowering tubs and hanging baskets, and there's a peaceful view of the old church with its strange stubby steeple. Parking is in a narrow lane (you can also park on the main road).

Awards

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Wine Award

Wine Award

Food Award

Food Award

Stay Award

Stay Award

Information

Accepts Credit Cards

Accepts Credit Cards

Meals & Snacks

Meals & Snacks

Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Cask Ales

Cask Ales

Bedrooms

Bedrooms

Background Music

Background Music

Dogs at the bar

Dogs at the bar

Dedicated children area

Dedicated children area

Ratings and Reviews

4 / 5 - 46 votes cast



Previous Reviews


This is an upmarket, quite pricey pub. The food is really very good, but so it should be for the price. Not a place to go to if you are after a cheap bit of grub. A roast beef baguette costs £8.50. Uniformed staff and tweed jacketed clientele set the scene. If you ask for a packet of crisps they are brought to your table in a bowl, as are pork scratchings. We much enjoyed our visit.


I admit it - this is an old favourite of mine. It is still doing well despite the credit crunch because, much as it is a destination pub/restaurant for food, it has never forgotten that it is also a local. The welcome is friendly and it doesn't take many vists before they remember you. If you plan on eating at lunchtime on summer weekends, it may be as well to book as the pub seems to be in every walking guide going and can get a bit overrun in fine weather (not sure if you can book for outside), though the staff always manage to cope somehow. Yes the food is not cheap but we've always found it good and portions are enormous. Very dog friendly.


I stopped off here in the middle of a long walk in Surrey. The food was lovely, the wine was delicious, the staff were friendly and all in all, it was a wonderful pub to while away a couple of hours before the next leg of the journey. Highly recommended.


Stayed here for two nights: the rooms are clean but pretty spartan. The food was alright but on both nights the basics in the meats and sauces were not all there and the menu seemed over ambitious for the skills of the chef. The breakfast portions were small. On the positive side the beer was in terrific shape and the staff were outstandingly friendly and helpful.


After a slightly shaky period during a change of kitchen staff, this place is firing on all cylinders again, as evidenced by its dining award. The welcome is friendly, even when frenetic - if you want to eat in the bar, don't hang about getting here, at weekends especially, as it can get incredibly busy. You will be just as welcome for a drink too, if that's what you fancy and your four legged friend is welcome too. Yes they do keep a card if you are running a tab but it is locked into a safe mechanism above the bar, to which you have the key so it can't be tampered with.


Thursday 23rd May 2013. Met up with family for a dog walk on Box Hill slopes. Left cars outside pub and returned for a pub lunch. It ticked all the boxes as one says. Dogs welcome, relaxed atmosphere, not too crowded and noisy, good choice of food promptly served and a selection of real ales. The Ringwood Bitter was served to a good standard. Only minor complaint was that the coffee could have been a touch warmer and the real ale choice did not include a Surrey brew. Would definitely call again when walking in the area.


This pub has now become part of the Brakspears managed estate following the retirement of Steve and Josie Slayford. There have been wholesale staff changes too - watch this space for developments.......


Having read reviews and warning of staff change, I was alert to treatment and care by staff. I have to say, I was really impressed and felt welcomed by every staff member who served my wife and I. As well, we took a small dog who was treated well with water by the fire and kitchen scraps. My wife claims that the cheese soufflé was the best ever and my roast beef was as I ordered it and better than one expects at Sunday lunch. The ale was also excellent. Wine by glass pricey but overall, the experience was best ever. We will be back with friends.


After all the changes last year, this place is now settling down nicely. The welcome is warm for regulars and new visitors alike and they take great care over their beer - a recent cloudy pint produced an immediate replacement, thermometers and a lot of scratched heads before the solution was found - they took the time to come and explain to my other half exactly what had gone wrong in the cellar. The food is generally very good but does still have the occasional blip - I suspect these blips will not be around for much longer as everything finishes bedding in.


Setting opposite church is perfect. Pub is well run and beautifully finished. Sunday lunch excellent beef roast dinner done to perfection with crispy Yorkshire pudding and delicious gravey. Service very good and friendly. All you would want in a traditional English pub!


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