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The Punchbowl Inn

££ - £££, British,
Okewoodhill | Ockley, Dorking RH5 5PU, England
+44 1306 627249
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good21%
  • Average10%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible11%
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Okewoodhill | Ockley, Dorking RH5 5PU, England
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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

Just not open tacky paper notice to say closed due to unforeseen circumstances... will we bother to go again if they are now unreliable I am not sure.

1  Thank Montesurrey
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

I was going to remove my not so great review of a few months back, as we had a slightly better meal at The Punchbowl recently. However, there was a problem - not from my side I hasten to add - with processing my payment....More

5  Thank emmachisit2009
Reviewed 18 February 2018

The Punchbowl has long since been a favourite pub of mine and have visited on several occasions. Last June we had a wonderful family meal (10 of us) for my Mother in laws 70th birthday. It was with this in mind that my father in...More

1  Thank Matt P
Marc J, Owner at The Punchbowl Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Dear Matt P, Thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear that you have visited and are familiar with the Punchbowl after previously enjoying a celebratory meal with us last year. However, it is deeply disappointing to hear that we failed to deliver...More

Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

Thank you to the staff at the punch bowl for making our annual get together so special. The food was amazing, and we was made to feel so welcome. The staff were friendly and professional and made us all feel special we will definitely be...More

Thank ollieB1964
Marc J, Owner at The Punchbowl Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Hello ollieB1964, Thanks for the lovely review. Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us at The Punchbowl. Your kind words have been spread amongst the team who were delighted to look after you. We hope to see you again very soon! Best wishes,...More

Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

We have thought long and hard about our experience but after consideration decided to do a review. After many great times in The Punchbowl having lived in Okewood Hill and under its previous landlords Wendy & Philip, we all agreed to meet up here for...More

1  Thank Ian H
Marc J, Owner at The Punchbowl Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Dear Ian H, Thank you for your review. I am saddened to hear of your poor experience with us at Christmas time. Naturally it is a very busy period for the hospitality industry making us either more vulnerable to bad service moments or creating more...More

Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

I met a good friend of mine for our usual monthly lunch get-together. We usually try to choose cosy country pubs with a reputation for quality food and good atmosphere. The Punchbowl is one that we visit periodically. Unfortunately our visit on Wednesday this week...More

2  Thank Helen W
Marc J, Owner at The Punchbowl Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Dear Helen W, I would like to start by thanking you for your review. As I'm sure you can imagine it is very concerning as the owner of the establishment to hear your dissatisfaction. Nethertheless it is customer feedback that drives change and improvement! I...More

Reviewed 19 January 2018

The Punchbowl came highly recommended so I arranged a roast beef lunch for a group of clients, there was 25 of us in total. We paid no deposit and turned up on the day to a warm welcome and a lovely cup of proper coffee...More

1  Thank hjohnnacepilot50
Marc J, Manager at The Punchbowl Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2018

Dear hjohnnacepilot50, Firstly, thank you for your review! It's a much needed motivational boost to help us 'keep doing what we do'. Creating great food and delivering it with a smile is our number one aim so we are pleased to hear that yourself and...More

Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Very disappoint and won’t be going back.. Turkey lunch was very minimum two small roast potatoes where crispy. I didt find the place friendly at all... Very disappointed..More

Thank Suey245
Marc J, Manager at The Punchbowl Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Dear Suey245, Firstly, thank you for your review. It saddens me to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us at Christmas time. We try our very best to ensure all customers leave the building happy, longing to return. I would like the...More

Reviewed 7 December 2017

Tony Tobin the famous chef (remember Ready Steady Cook?) has taken over the food offer at the Time Well Spent chain and wow what a difference he has made. We've eaten there a number of times since the new menu and offers appeared and every...More

Thank janehurst2
Marc J, Manager at The Punchbowl Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Hello Jane, Thank you very much for your glowing review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us before Christmas. Tony is elated to be working alongside Time Well Spent and fingers crossed for many more exciting plans in 2018....More

Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Came here with a friend on a recommendation, the quaint country location and building are great. I have to say that was completely outshone by the food and personal service feel to the afternoon. The Publican Steve, was great making us feel like regular visitors,...More

Thank Dean P
Marc J, Manager at The Punchbowl Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Hello Dean P, Thank you so much for your kind words, it really means a lot to myself and the team at The Punchbowl! So often, we are exposed to ill-natured comments on social media and I really appreciate you taking the time to write...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$20
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 19:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Okewoodhill | Ockley, Dorking RH5 5PU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Surrey  >  Dorking
  • Phone Number: +44 1306 627249
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A beautiful 16th Century Inn which is full of charm and age. Refurbished in late 2016 the Punch bowl now offers open fires, food all day every day, relaxed drinking and a stunning function room and restaurant. With plenty of parking and opposite a cricket green a perfect place to wallow away those sunny days. The winter it gets even better with roaring fires and a warm decor. We are pleased that the Punch Bowl that is under our wing as it is a truly great example of a stunning British pub. Open from 12 noon every day.
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