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“Boozy night out”
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The Running Horses
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mickleham
Certificate of Excellence
Hampshire, United Kingdom
1 review
“Boozy night out”
Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

My wife and I arrived at the running horses shortly after 6:15 on the first Saturday of the month. Friends of whom held a Christmas function the previous year recommended the place.
on arrival we were instantly greeted by a friendly young lady, and were asked if we had a reservation etc.. A warm welcome goes along way and despite the bar being very busy she succeeded in making me feel at home.
We hadn't booked ahead so chose to sit in the bar area. As non drinkers we ordered coffee and got comfortable.
My wife ordered the cod and I went for the pork belly. We shared a ham hock to start which arrived within minutes. The hock itself was fantastic but the picalilli was a little to sharp for us.
The mains were brought out to us, again very promptly, but by a different server. The shirt and tie led me to believe it may have been the manager/assistant. He was very friendly and helpfull although stinking of alcohol and swaying slightly. This was a little off putting.
However the cod was cooked to perfection with all the flavors contributing wonderfully, and my pork was so moist it was falling apart. The best dish I have had in a very long time!
Overall a 9/10 with my score having to be dropped due to the boozy boss?!
Would recommend and will be back, perhaps to enjoy an overnight stay

  • Stayed April 2014
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Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

I recently stayed at the Running Horses as I needed a change of scene. What I found was a pleasant mix of friendly locals and people stopping by for refreshment after a walk around the picturesque Surrey Hills setting. The food was simple but done extremely well. The selection of drinks available caters to most tastes and the wine is very good. The service was impeccable. I will be back!

  • Stayed April 2014
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Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

What a gem we've found here! This was only the second time I've been to The Running Horses and the manager knew my name and what my favourite drink was without me even asking. We came down from London looking for a nice place in the country to have lunch and pay a significant amount more in town for an awful lot less. The staff (led by Robin) are polite and attentive, the food is exquisite and the atmosphere is upbeat yet refined. I have tried to find somewhere as good as this for many years and look forward to coming back.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

My partner and I live in nearby Box Hill and one Sunday took a stroll down to the bottom and through Mickleham. Being gluten free vegetarians, normally we would have taken food with us, but this was an impromptu walk and so this time we omitted to do so. Thinking that most pubs would at least do jacket potatoes, we thought we would be alright here, but sadly all they could offer was a nondescript starter which consisted of a few leaves with something resembling artichokes. Since there was no gluten free bread and no chips, we had to make do with a bag of crisps to try and fill up - the bill with drinks came to a ridiculous sum - almost £20. To be honest, I felt cheated, as had I been a meat eater who could also eat wheat, or for that matter even a vegetarian who could eat wheat, we could have had a hearty meal for not much more. Instead we had to make do with what amounted to a snack, and consequently were starving by mid afternoon. As nice as the staff were, I won't be coming here again!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We visited here for a significant birthday lunch on a Monday. Consequently the place was quiet and only one other table was occupied. The pub is traditional and in a great location. The menu reflects this emphasis; it is reasonably short and concentrates on gastro pub classics. I felt the chef had taken his eye off my roast cod and it was a little dry and overdone...however, the accompanying sauce vierge and sauteed potatoes were spot on. My starter of confit chicken terrine was not quite unctuous enough and lacked a bit of bite. Similarly the cheese board was undistinguished. But I wouldn't want to be too critical; service is warm and friendly, the Brakspears beer was excellent and the wine doubly so. This all contributed to nine of us having a very acceptable dining experience and a good time

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Stayed her for one night only. Rome was pleasant staff helpful.
The food was just amazing had lunch and had a lovely full English breakfast the restaurant staff were fantastic. Located in the main road didn't hear a thing when sleeping.

Room Tip: I stayed in the Windsor room, My mate the room in the four poster bed
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reigate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Had a lovely day and overnight here recently. Lovely staff and excellent service. Food was amazing, had lunch and dinner. Accommodation very quaint and of a high standard. Very clean and great location.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Running Horses
Address: Running Horses Old London Road | nr Dorking, Mickleham RH5 6DU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Surrey > Mickleham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mickleham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Running Horses 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Running Horses is a perfect country inn at the heart of picturesque Mickleham village in the Surrey hills. Step inside and you’ll discover one of the most charming places to eat and stay in Surrey. Dating back to the 16th century, it was once a coaching house. Back in those days, the inn’s clientele provided rich pickings for highwaymen. Thankfully, things are a little more peaceful these days, but some traditions live on. You’ll still find wonderful home-cooked British food, made with the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a wine list to compare with the top restaurants. The Running Horses has been family owned and run for the last fifteen years. And because we’re not part of a chain, the inn is full of character and individual touches. You’re guaranteed a warm welcome from the moment you enter the cosy bar with its roaring log fire. ... more   less 
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