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Review of The Pilgrim

The Pilgrim
Ranked #69 of 110 Restaurants in Dorking
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Description: The Pilgrim Pub is situated on the outskirts of Dorking Town right next to Dorking West Station. This pub sells real ale with a choise and the food is outstanding with the roast lambs on Sundays plus the homemade desserts! The staff here are always friendly and always greet you with a warm welcomeBooking is advised at all times as with a small resturant it gets busy quickly.
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Country style pub on the outskirts of Dorking, about 5 minutes walk from Dorking West station. Nice suburbia on one side, but a few industrial areas on the other.

Visited on a weekday lunchtime, and pretty empty apart from a couple of groups of ladies doing lunch. One wing of the pub was set up for dining so my pal and I took a table for two. Fairly standard pub lunch fare, so I had a stab at the fillet steak wrapped in bacon infused with stilton. Steak was fine but the strip of bacon was rather anaemic, and the stilton was (probably just as well) understated. Accompanied by a very generous bowl of acceptable chips and a fresh, but unadventurous salad. My colleague had plaice , which looked spot on, and which he roundly endorsed. We both followed up with a treacle pudding which could have done with a bit more steaming - just a touch too crumbly, and with a helmet of treacle so not quite as runny as it should have been.

As alpha males, we were on pints and the Ringwood ale was ok, but it's not really a crack session beer.

Mine host was a burly young tattooed chap who was efficient with us, but was charm personified with his groups of ladies - which I thought was quite touching.

Certainly not a dump inside, just a typical established out-of-town pub, although a weird lounge area seemed rather incongruous.

Pricing seemed perfectly reasonable, and we were quite happy with our lunchtime excursion. To be quite honest, felt quite stuffed for about the next 24 hours. I'd say the Pilgrim is probably ok for a solid pub meal with no expectations of anything outside that level of output.

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Reviewed 25 July 2013 via mobile

Popped in to this pub to sample the food. Friendly service. We ate in a marquee in the garden, which was a lovely change. No children's menu as such but they were happy to reduce adult meals. Husband very happy with his man size ham, egg and chips. My lasagne was bubbling (always a good sign) and was full of flavour. Ploughmans was substantial. Very happy. Will definitely return. Thanks :)

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3  Thank WP71
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

After walking the 15 mile Thames Down trail and sampling the beers at Surrey Hills Brewery we descended on Dorking at about 6pm hot and hungry, looking forward to some decent pub grub and a few more beers, Knowing that pubs that do food on a Saturday night are a still a rare beast we did a small detour to The Pilgrim where the usual indoor food offering had been replaced with a BBQ. Fine as a it was a nice day and the pub was busy. The BBQ pit was fired up but by the time we purchased our drinks we discovered that the BBQ was finished for the day and there was no food available. It wouldn't be too bad if other pubs were offering bar food, but no, so we hopped on a bus and went to a Spoons in Surbiton where I had a very nice Chicken Tikka.

If a pub is advertising food as it was, the pub should provide it or st least tell us there is no food as we order our drinks.

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1  Thank julippa
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

It was a pleasant experience to find a "real pub". There are too many 'poncey' restaurants in this area, so to find this gem was a 'back to basics'. A shared ownership - John does 'front of house' and Richard does 'the cooking'. Good real ales; great bar meals; an excellent specials menu. Good hearty fare served by pleasant staff. Well worth the trip. We will be back.

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3  Thank Rod1311
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

Booked a table for three and arrived with six (age range 11-95!) for Sunday lunch! The staff made us feel very welcome and that it was no problem even though they were very busy.Two of us had fish ,two the roast .one burger and chips and one fajitas.All delicious. We have only ever had excellent meals in this pub.

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Thank Moyra M
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