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“Thank heavens - a transformation!”
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The Dukes Head
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Dorking
Sutton, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Thank heavens - a transformation!”
Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

For years this has been a pub to avoid (though it has a few rooms, it is a pub, not an hotel). From its heyday 30-odd years ago it just went downhill. Now though, it's owner-managed and, hooray, the owners know what they're doing. They've stripped it out & scrubbed it up and they're running the best Sunday carvery I've seen in a very long time. Tender beef just pink in the middle, juicy turkey, pork & lamb (didn't try the last two), roasted carrots and parsnips, cauliflower cheese, delicious creamed swede, red cabbage… oh yes, and Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes. Seriously good. Sunday roasts until 5pm. There's something wrong with the pricing though; £12.95 for the main course (OK) but £2 extra for a second course and £3 extra for a third. Should be the other way round. The owner (out front operating the carvery, not hiding behind a desk) told us they do a steak night every Wednesday, with sirloin or ribeye steak + bottle of wine — £30 for two. I'll let you know how that one goes.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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dorking
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Five of us went for the Burns night dinner ,25th Jan "014,
Amazing food ,Beautifully presented and great value for money
We all felt really welcome and the service was excellent friendly and fun .
This place is worth the journey you must come and eat here

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Visited this pub on Sunday 25th august. It was a real treat. Staff friendly & helpful. carvery and Chef absolutely brilliant. Full roast choice of turkey beef & veg and potatoes, big Yorkshire puddings etc. Food very tasty and reasonably priced. I liked the fact you can help yourself to veg on the carvery so you can have as much as you want. Garden is fantastic, large fenced off with a huge amount of stuff for kids.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Dorking, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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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Richmond
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5 reviews
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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Dorking, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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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Lincolnshire UK
Level 4 Contributor
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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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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