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“A pub not a hotel”
Review of The Dukes Head

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The Dukes Head
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Dorking
Dorking, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A pub not a hotel”
Reviewed 10 August 2013 via mobile

This classification as a hotel is not correct. It is a pub with a few rooms above. Ok if you are a builder working in the area but not where you would want to stay for a break.
The food is good but overpriced, it has a bit of an identity crisis going on. It is a pub try to be an a la carte restaurant.
However the food is too overpriced and arty for wholesome pub food. But it is not good enough to be a la carte yet, it is a run down pub with a lick of paint and new owners.
Identity needed be one or the other and do it well. Worth a second visit bit just not a room.

  • Stayed August 2013
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3 Thank Mark R
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Richmond
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2013

Stopped by here late on a Sunday afternoon after a trip to Liitlehampton. With 2 kids its always tricky to find a pub with fantastic outdoor space for them to enjoy together with decent food to enjoy. This place did both easily, but what stood out was how helpful and friendly the staff were. They went out of their way to ensure we had everything needed and wanted feedback to ensure everything was to our liking. I had a Cajun chicken burger that was excellent and the fish n chips were great too.
We live in Richmond, but we are already planning our next free Sunday so we can go back and try out their roast! Sure it will be worth the journey.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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3 Thank Max B
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Dorking, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2013

I arranged a meal out for 18 people and was asked what it was that I wanted. The Duke's Head man Graham kindly obliged with 2 courses for £14 and 3 courses for £18 with canapés, coffees and water on the table. We were really well fed and looked after on a very busy night. As the organiser I couldn't have asked for a more helpful place to go with a large group. They bent over backwards to help. A little slow for the main meal but that was mainly due to the staff with me enjoying the warm evening on the decking and waiting for a member of the group to turn up! Will definitely be back.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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1 Thank Niki T
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Lincolnshire UK
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46 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2013

No indication that this is a hotel any more so the TripAdvisor title is possibly misleading. Plenty of parking outside. The interior is basic but we were given a friendly welcome and well looked after all evening. The printed menu has reasonable choice and there were some interesting specials on a blackboard. We also noted another board with an extensive selection of vegetarian options.

Our meals were excellent. Beautifully cooked and perfectly presented. Excellent value. Highly recommended.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank pjlincs
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2013

Popped in again whilst visiting family - yet another good meal with good service. This is the one pub that I shall make the effort to visit for dinner whilst visiting relatives!

Keep up the good work :)

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank outoftowngirl56
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Cobham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2013

We called in yesterday after playing golf at Slinfold. My wife Rosie and I sat in the spacious garden, had a couple of really good house spicy burgers washed down with a bottle of Excellant wine, recommended by the guy behind the bar. He was very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. A couple of hours later we continued our homeward trip to Cobham. We have some good pubs in Cobham but the Dukes Head topped them all! This is a genuine, non related opinion of the Dukes Head and we unreservedly recommend the place to you.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank RONE1942
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2013

Good selection on the Menu we had a delightful three course meal very well cooked and presented, good drinks selection beers ,lagers, ciders, wines etc All the staff were very friendly
and made us feel very welcome nothing was to much trouble .Would recommend the DUKES HEAD to everyone. Would definitely go there again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Jean S
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Property: The Dukes Head
Address: Horsham Road | Beare Green, Dorking RH5 4QP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Surrey > Dorking
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Dorking
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Dukes Head 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lovely early 18th century former coaching inn situated in the picturesque South Downs. Open fires, fine food and friendly staff. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Dukes Head Dorking, Surrey

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