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The Kings Arms, Dorking - pub details

Kings Arms

Address: 45, West St, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1BU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 965) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Dorking West (0.3 miles), Dorking Deepdene (0.7 miles), Dorking (0.9 miles)

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Spoilt for choice in this part of Dorking where there are four pubs close together. But with other town pubs being Fullers, Youngs or Greene King this one - with a range of Shepherd Neame ales - seemed to have the edge. It's a wonderful old character building with wonky furniture and sloping floors, inside and out; well worth a visit.
Trev - 5 Aug 2016 21:38
I wish what I had to say here was all positive, but alas, that would not be a true reflection of my last visit.

Let's begin with the good stuff - the ales (pretty-much all Sheps now of course) were in decent order and since the pub reopened I have never had any cause for complaint on that score. I should say that the decor is reasonably sensitive to the traditional exterior and is in far-better shape than it was for many years. From what I gather, it attracts a broad base of clientele and the live music nights do well. Also, contrary to the last review, I found the staff helpful and pleasant and no obvious sign of mismanagement. So far so good...

...However, I had the gross misfortune to be hungry last Saturday at the Kings. Me and a mate were starving and so plumped for good old pub grub options - steak pie and fish 'n' chips. No need for gourmet cheffery here, but nowadays one at least expects an edible, freshly-assembled and tasty meal, especially for the prices. What we got was borderline inedible - my F 'n' C was rock-hard with barely any fish inside the concrete sarcophagus of batter. The 12 or so chips on the plate did nothing to compensate. My friend's pie looked none-too-savoury either (hard pastry, one big lump of glutenous meat within), but I think desperation led him to stick with it. My tolerance couldn't stretch that far and so I had to return it, mostly uneaten, leaving as peckish as I'd arrived. In fairness the barmaid was very decent about it and gave a full refund unquestioningly, as the problem was evident at first sight of my plate.

I really hope this isn't representative of the food here, but in any case I won't be dining here again to find out. In this day and age where food sales are king, that kind of microwaved mediocrity just won't do, and this really needs fixing folks if you're to offer a complete package to the modern pub audience...
Gamboozler - 19 May 2015 09:17
Such a shame! This pub has gone so downhill. The itself looks great, not tried the food personally but I have been told by others that its good. What lets this place down now is lack of proper management! The band which played tonight were as always fantastic! But with only 2 members of staff behind the bar, it took over 30 mins to get served, many people left and went to other pubs. It has such potential, but its let down by how it is being run! Since the refurb, I have been in only 4 times, each time been charged different amounts for the same drink! I should not complain about that as its getting cheaper lol The pub needs a jolly old shake up with staff! Needs more staff on a band night and also needs staff who serve customers in turn not their friends as soon as they turn up 25mins after your have been waiting. This has been an issue now on more than one occasion.
MissCalius - 4 May 2014 23:40
Major refurbishment under way - although the pub seems open most of the time. It was long overdue - and it'll be interesting to see the end result for Dorking's oldest drinking establishment. Just a few doors up from the pub, one of the Mayflower passengers lived, about 400 years ago.


tempest - 3 Mar 2014 14:49
For the last few years this has been the best drinkers pub in Dorking, shame Shepherd Neame got their hands on it as it`s lost it`s charm and beer range,best go else where now.
FredCarno - 22 Aug 2013 10:41

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