Red Bar and Lounge, Dorking - pub details
Previously called: Arty P's, JB's, Jolly Butcher
Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 969) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras
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White Hart, Dorking (0.1 miles), White Horse Hotel, Dorking (0.1 miles), Surrey Yeoman, Dorking (0.1 miles), Dorking FC Bar, Dorking (0.2 miles), Malt House, Dorking (0.2 miles) - see more nearby pubs
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|What a delightful find this is. We met some friends there on Saturday 7th Feb for a meal and what we found was very different form what I expected. This is to say that it works on all levels. It is clearly a trendy place but this did not make us (slightly) older folks feel uncomfortable or out of place. |
The bar is very busy in the way that pubs use to be like a number of years ago. Plenty of friendly banter going on and people drinking and enjoying themselves in a very social environment. There was a band playing in the corner who appeared to be good with an eclectic playlist for all types.
We ate in the lounge area which is divided from the bar and therefore a little quieter and more intimate if that is what you are looking for. The food was excellent and there was a good range of meals to suit all tastes. The prices were ok, for the quality and amount you get.
The beers are provided by Dark Star of Horsham and Surrey Hills Brewery, just round the corner at Denbies wine estate where they are now based. As always with these breweries, they were excellent.
I would also like to compliment the staff here for their attention to detail and for looking after us like we really mattered to them. This was shown when I made a big mistake early on. I had thought I had seen on a web site, earlier in the day, that one of their regular beers was Harvey's best. When asked by the waiter what I wanted to drink I just said a "Harveys". Imagine my surise when he came back with a "nice" glass of Sherry! After much mickey taking from my friends and a joke or 2 with the waiter, he very happily changed this for a pint of Shere Drop. Such dedication is sometimes hard to find but here, the customer is "always right".
I can't recommend this place enough! Enjoy
trouble1 - 8 Feb 2015 18:56
|Dorking has a variety of pubs, some old-school, some tarted up and some that don't seem to fit anywhere - this is one of them. Clean lines, modern interior, decking - this normally means a foodie pub. It is but it also does beer very well indeed. The Hophead was spot on. Again. The Wainwrights not far off either. Tucked away down a side-street near a ropey looking place a few yards away, The Red is an unlikely place to enjoy beer. Nice staff too. |
pkrp - 3 Jun 2014 19:41
|A very fine addition to my Dorking pub crawl, with the choice of 3 excellent local(ish) ales from the like of Surrey Hills (very local, brewed at Denbies) and Dark Star (just over the border in West Sussex) which change often though the excellent DS Hophead is always welcome. Not tried the food yet, but given the reviews it wont be long before I do. |
Oakman100 - 24 Jan 2013 18:36
|Chanced upon this place yesterday while meeting a mate in Dorking.|
Only ate as I was driving, but was impressed by them having 3 ales on, although I can't say how they tasted.
Ate there instead and it was pretty decent I'd say. Odd location, but worth coming off the high street for in my opinion.
straightatthewall - 31 Dec 2012 10:04
|Bit of a strange mix is this place between a wine bar/bistro style yet doing 2 trad beers and a cider. The modernist interior though, is of a here today gone tomorrow look and left us cold. We only stayed for one beer which was delicious Dark Star Hophead. The other was I think Surrey Hills Shere Drop. There was also another unused pump which was having the line cleaned. As I say bit of a strange mix topped off by a visit to the loo which is painted in a colour more suited to tarts boudois. But the beer was excellent; just the rest of the place didn't urge us to stay.|
Steamer1 - 11 Dec 2012 22:15
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