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The Stepping Stones, Westhumble - pub details

Address: Westhumble Street, Westhumble, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2368) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Boxhill & Westhumble (0.2 miles), Dorking (0.9 miles), Dorking Deepdene (1.1 miles)

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Popped in here for a swift one earlier this evening (6:50-7:40ish). The ownership arrangements are that Punch Taverns own the freehold and lease it to the landlady, with some conditions as to choice of beers etc. Mixed impressions. Decor warm despite some grey pastel paint. Reasonably well-stocked book-case with an interesting range of reading material and a large flat-screen TV in the middle. Tastefully furnished, with some very crashable leather sofas. Landlady's dog ambling around, friendly and well-behaved - there was a water bowl on the floor. No fire, despite the freezing weather outside - would have been a nice touch. Not much choice for the cider drinker - Stowford Press on tap (from a metal chiller thingy, along with a couple of lagers) and bottle (which I had), plus Kopparberg fruit flavoured 'ciders'. Beer - Sharp Doombar (which says it's from Rock, Cornwall, even though it's brewed in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire), Hogs Back TEA, Tillingbourne Falls Gold and Hardy & Hansons' Rocking Rudolph (a Greene King beer). My father went for a half of Falls Gold. We both had Tavern crisps - I the beef & mustard, my father the salt & vinegar - both poor, a bit upmarket Walkers. There are far better crisps available... Dad also pronounced himself unimpressed with the Tillingbourne, which he said tasted flat. However, the landlady and her gentleman friend/partner (who apparently is a flying instructor) were friendly, and the food menu looked good - reasonably imaginative and using the local Norbury Blue cheese in some things. Had we had more time, and had he not been driving, Dad might have explored the other beers. Didn't check to see what wines they had, but would be surprised if Denbies, the vineyard next door, didn't feature. OK, it was a January evening in an out-of-town pub, but I thought it seemed very quiet - there were about four other customers in the pub in the time we were there. No special events, live music or anything to drag the punters in. This isn't some massively-out-of-the-way rural pub like the King William IV at Albury Heath - it's a handful of car-lengths off the A24. I would have thought more could be done to make the most of this promising pub - why has it got this reputation for poor beer? Is it down to cellarage, or just an inadequate rate of consumption? I would also have thought more could be done, outside the dead hand of Punch Taverns control, to support local brewers like Surrey Hills (based next door at Denbies now). Kitchen open from 11:30 to 9pm according to the menu (I think!), so if you've walked through the afternoon to get there, you shouldn't be left hungry at 4pm! I'll give this pub a reasonably generous 7/10, but it could be better. A good local, but not yet worth a lengthy journey in its own right.
EccentricRichard - 15 Jan 2016 23:24
Remarkably good! Needs to have more internal nooks and crannies to create a better and more intimate atmosphere, in many other respects much as before though smells of new paint. Keep it going and get more customers in!
nicktheflick - 23 Nov 2012 18:01
The recent facelift to the inside of the pub has wrought quite a remarkable change. The place is much brighter with light oak type wooden flooring and new furniture. The bar area has improved a lot and has lost that rather bare village hall effect and the restaurant now looks very inviting.

I tried the Falls Gold ale (4.2 abv) from the local Tillingbourne Brewery which was quite a light refreshing beer.

This pub is well worth a visit.
redbarrel - 15 Nov 2012 11:33
Under new management and, as previous posters have noted, the main menu now seems to be written in hieroglyphics on a backboard. The is also a bar/snack type menu on a laminated sheet if you look around which is a bit more user friendly. Having said that, the food was good and served quickly, the only complaint was that the ploughmans came with just a couple of pieces of sliced bread rather than something nice & crusty. Beer was Doombar, London Pride or Youngs, all seemed fine. Seems to be much more walker/cyclist friendly than before with a notice at the entrance offering to refill your water bottles rather than throw you out if you walked in with boots on! Quite an improvement but do something about that menu!
alan_From_SAWW - 25 May 2012 10:35
I Visited The Stepping Stones on Sunday, and was quite surprised by the nonexistent customers service I received from the rude Eastern European(?) lady who owns the pub.
She was visibly annoyed that I walked in before 11.00am, stating that I was too early and she had plenty to do. I asked for a coffee which she made and took payment for it without another word or even eye contact (I felt that was very rude). I didn't feel welcome at all, but still asked if it was alright to book a table for lunch and she said that they were fully booked. I walked in later on anyway at about 1pm and it wasn't that busy. When I confronted her, she said " this is my business and I do whatever I want". No further conversation, I just walked away never to come back again.
dorreen - 24 May 2012 15:07

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