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Lincoln Arms Hotel, Dorking

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Dorking is a pretty miserable place. If you go to Dorking station this is the first pub to come across, an average pub, not bad overall with a couple of good real ales. It is probably the best pub in dorking but its still not amazing.
aleman - 17 Jul 2016 18:30
We were first impressed by this place a while ago when the Olympics cycle race passed by and they were dispensing hot food from a stall outside. That day we couldn't stop but wanted to go back and sample the pub properly which we did this weekend. It's a rambling place; has shades of maybe once being a Railway/Station hotel in a former life and indeed still does accommodation. Although rambling we felt at home and it has a nice atmosphere. Just 2 ales were on, Hobgoblin and Shere Drop. We both had the latter and it was in excellent condition. Given that the other places in Dorking don't seem to suit us for one reason or another we may need go no further than the approach to the railway station in future.
Steamer1 - 11 Dec 2012 22:29
For BarrySW19's attention. He is quite right we do do a good drop of Sheer Drop along with many other local ales which we like to support and have recently been awarded Cask Marque Accreditation in June.

Perhaps BarrySW19 was unaware Euro 2012 was on, hence our patriotic flags in support of England! NOT as any affiliation with the EDL. I suppose we could always fly the united colours of Benetton, Barry would probably find that far more politically correct.

Quite frankly I have never been more underwhelmed with such a short sighted, blinkered rating regarding our pub, it's atmosphere and it's happy clientèle ....so run along Barry, Tony Blair is looking for a new PC spin doctor!

We would encourage people to make up their own minds as many of these 'reviews' are outdated as we are now under new management and the pub totally refurbished. If you do visit and you find something is wrong then please let us know at the time and we will do the best we can to rectify it so your time spent here is as enjoyable as possible, the New Management.
LincolnArms - 25 Jul 2012 16:28
Unfortunately a bit of a dive. Full of England flags (you wonder which corner the EDL recruiting office might be hiding in). Lots of football and lads drinking Jaegermeister and Red Bull.

Shame, because it's also the closest pub to the Surrey Hills brewery and did do a good pint of Shere Drop but it's not going to make the Good Beer Guide any time soon.
BarrySW19 - 21 Apr 2012 21:05
I was really hoping this pub would rise above it's 'next to the station and bound to be mediocre' tag. I'd like to say it did, but i'd be lying. Different TV's and music conflicting with each other, chavvy, and just not comfortable or homely. Sure it's been given a lick of paint but really it just feels like one of those 'passing trade' places. On the plus side, the pool tables are in good nick. The jukebox is the most convoluted i've ever come across, but then it also has more music on it than is in most peoples' entire collection. Bar staff nice enough, just a mediocre pub unlikley to ever rise above its position.
properpublover - 17 Mar 2011 17:13
Last time I was there (and actually yes, I hope it was the LAST time) it was full of pissy chavs with funny eyes, talking backwards and eyeing up the pool table as if they were about to stuff the balls into socks and start skulling people.

Like many "next to the railway" type pubs it's a dive. The owners know they're going to get a certain amount of custom just because of the convenience (it's right between Dorking Main and Dorking Deepdene stations) so why should they even bother.

Best avoided.
followedthrough - 31 Jul 2010 10:46
A quick half whilst waiting for the train found this was as long as id really want to spend in here. Its not a pub to meet your mates in and get plastered in its more of a convenience stop than anything and at £3.10 a pint it can damage the wallet as well.
superseagulls - 14 Feb 2010 10:31
Well, I've not had a poor pint in the Lincoln (though in fairness I am seldom in there). The last visit at the end of Nov found a pint of Spitfire in good nick, and the usual friendly attitude from the barman. The interior is now fairly traditional, though it attracts a broad mix of clientele, and by and large it is a decent hostelry. It certainly is an improvement on some of the previous incarnations.
Whilst the Lincoln is never likely to reach up to excellence, or retain sufficient interest to make one want to remain there for a prolonged visit, it is a useful venue to stop off at for a quick one from the main station, either en route home or towards the town's more central pubs.
My only criticism from the last visit was the clash of 2 jukeboxes and a big screen all blaring out simultaneously - the rugby was on in one room, music in the back and a different song playing in the bar, and all quite loud. The effect was jarring to say the least and even though the beer was on form, it was enough to drive one away after a while.
TWG - 23 Dec 2008 13:28
Had a swift half while waiting for a train. Spitfire and Pride, Spit was a bit murky. Couple of pool tables and a reasonable beer garden.

Just about ok if meting people or waiting for trains but not a place for a session.
GuideDogSaint - 24 May 2008 19:48
A few more seats wouldnt go a miss.
Fart - 11 Feb 2008 13:44
If this is the one next to Dorking main station, then this pub is good. Nice and warm, good bar n pretty barmaids. Perfect if you just missed your train.
Fart - 23 Nov 2007 22:03
i STAYED AT THIS PUB/BED AND BREAKFAST LAST MONTH AND THE ATMOSPHERE THOUGH A BIT TOO SMOKY WAS GREAT. FRIENDLY LANDLADY AND STAFF COULDN'T DO ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU FEEL WELCOME.THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND IT FOR A FRIENDLY VISIT.
eseibs - 16 Feb 2007 10:23
Old-fashioned hotel bar, located close to Dorking and Deepdene stations. Usually has three real ales on, but non-smokers may find the atmosphere a bit thick.
rpadam - 22 Nov 2006 20:34

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