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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