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Falkland Arms, Dorking

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A Young's pub at the far end of the town, not far from the A24. The lounge is split into 2, one carpeted and one bare wooden flooring but both are comfortable. A fair selection of Young's beers plus St Austell Tribute. It was very quiet when I was there so it is difficult to comment on the atmosphere.
boozers_knows - 16 Feb 2012 14:15
I do not think much of Youngs as a company anyway, and I know some of their policies are off the wall. Someone hired the Falklands for an 18th birthday party saturday night. Sence would tell you there will be under age at this party, nothing wrong with this. There was NO I.D. checks when they went to the bar(money more important than the law ?), shots were taken around on a tray for anyone to take. Or prehaps the law has changed in the last couple of days and you can serve under 18's. Lets hope thing tighten up. No rating as not used this pub and with policy's like this not likley to.
servingwench - 9 Jan 2012 09:11
Nothing wrong with this pub, very friendly landlady and staff. the girl behind the bar would be the prettiest star at the Cannes Film Festival.
papavar - 14 Oct 2011 08:28
there's a front and back room with one bar...didn't go in the back, but the front was a bit too clean and clinical for my liking...almost like someone's lounge...

the Youngs bitter was ok, but on the warm side...a locals pub it seemed...unlikely to go back...a better boozer IMHO is the Prince of wales across the road, even if it is a Pubmaster chain one..
d.franks - 28 May 2011 17:09
Having moved here recently from West London, we found ourselves somewhat disappointed by The Falkland. So along with some other neighbours we recently formed a small local committee and have been in dialogue with Youngs to bring some new energy to the business, perhaps to take it up market and to gain greater appeal for 'the urban professional' sector of Dorking. For instance, we have suggested a wine tasting and a French cheese night. Do get in touch if you want to be involved. We like to call this place The Malvinas!
Captain_Swing - 4 Jun 2010 11:47
What a disappointment. Having read the posts about this being a traditional gem, when we visited we discovered it had been ruined - the front section trying to pretend it's a swish bar, the back now a 'modern' restaurant. Service lacklustre.

You might forgive this if the beer was any good, but it isn't. My pint was very poor, cloudy and stale tasting, and I could only stomach half of it. My companions was also dodgy. Oh and there's a pitbull cross 'attack dog' that barks and growls at you when you come in. Lovely.

The Cricketers is the place to be if visiting Dorking, and that's where we took our money to when we left. Youngs take note.
ajmunnings - 4 Jun 2010 11:33
A great little boozer! This pub changed hands last year and the new landlords have transformed the place. They are really friendly and welcoming. The sunny back garden is safe for children and the food is good - particularly their evening menu. There's plenty of banter anda a welcoming atmosphere around the bar area and there are also sofas and tables for those who'd prefer to stick to themselves.
Highly recommended from a Dorking local who loves pubs!
shmoo - 2 Jun 2010 15:55
Any comments about the other pubs you have tried Rake?
flashharry1965 - 5 Mar 2010 13:08
Being new to the area I have tried a number of pubs, and find this one to be by far the best. Both Gary and Chrissy are hugely welcoming and friendly, and incredibly good fun. It is spacious inside, including a large dining area which can be busy on a Sunday (though never oppressively so) and the food is very nice too. Very good Sunday lunch, and a great curry that is brought in at half time during the pub quiz on a Wednesday evening.

There is a good selection of beers: it is a Youngs pub, so there are also regular guest ales from their range (e.g Winter Warmer)

It is very pleasantly decorated, making the most of the light. There is a lovely open fire, which has been great during the winter months, next to two huge comfy leather sofas. Decking out front and a large garden around the back for the summer months.

Whilst it does have a large TV, it isn't overbearing, though Gary is a huge rugby fan, so this place is a must for any internationals (if only for the banter that accompanies it!).
The_Rake - 5 Mar 2010 11:08
Its nearly a year since the last post and this pub has changed hands (and been closed) a couple of times since. Youngs bought it a few years ago and seem unable/unwilling to give it the capital injection required. The nearby Prince of Wales seems to attract the locals in this part of Dorking - even though it only does rolls.
elfhelp - 3 Sep 2009 12:46
I'm told that this pub has recently changed management - and that Barney (?) and family have moved on. It had become very quiet and I hope it improves.
mapwizard - 19 Nov 2008 11:00
An incredibly friendly family-run pub. There's a 'big screen', dart board and pool table in the front bar and a quieter 'more civilised' area for dining or a quiet drink. It also has a lovely walled garden that's a sun trap in the summer and the landlady does excellent food at reasonable prices.

The Falkland has very simple decor but I can not rate it highly enough, since moving to the area the friendly nature of the owners and the locals has made it like a second living room!
AShep - 18 Apr 2008 13:39
Great local with very friendly new management. Simple interior, good beers, pool table and darts. Not heaving with teenagers like some of the competition in the centre of town. Nice outside decking area should be pleasant in the summer with a pint of Youngs in hand.
BitterIsBetter - 2 Dec 2007 00:27
The new management have worked hard to make this a fine boozer - with excellent food (all day) and beer. Pool and darts teams are very active and the beer garden is probaby the best in Dorking. During the fine summer - and partly because of the the no smoking ban - this well maintained amenity will come into its own. A large screen caters for sport and there is a Ladbrokes just across the road ! A strong contender for Dorking "Pub of the Year".
Dorkingtom - 13 Mar 2007 14:57
This is a Youngs house & looks smart from the outside, but I didn't go in.
GGG - 5 Mar 2007 14:08
Local Friendly Young's Pub, good ale pub meals lovely beer garden
Kirsty - 3 Mar 2007 16:21

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