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.
- 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