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Called in recently during the day.

The barmaid - having her lunch behind the bar - had no interest in me.

But eventually she went do find a duty barperson , outside the side door - having a fag break.

As I immediately left, I don't know if that employee ever entered the bar.

brewmason - 29 Aug 2018 09:57
New management - again.
tradervic - 24 Jun 2018 11:29
Might be a good thing - if it wasn't closed.
brewmason - 11 Aug 2017 14:10
New young management have taken over - can only be a good thing.
randolf7 - 10 Aug 2017 11:18
New management - so the Chelsea photos are long gone.

Just ticking over with very mediocre bar staff, who must have their fag breaks at the side of the pub - whether customers are waiting or not.

People walk in, see nobody behind the bar - and walk out again.
wealdman - 25 Aug 2015 13:42
Been in a few times when in Dorking. Not the best in the town but it does have some fairly stiff competition and is generally a decent boozer if popping by.

Only one small quibble...TOO MUCH CHELSEA FC MEMROBILIA!

PS. Don't let that put you off.
Oakman100 - 24 Jan 2013 18:54
I have been to this pub several times now and have enjoyed every visit. I have been with my Husband for Sunday Lunch which was lovely, and we have also been when they have a live band playing. The atmosphere was great and it was lovely to get to know the landlord and landlady on the times that we have gone in. They take the time to talk to you and to get to know you which is great as some landlords don't give you the time of day, they seem to work very hard at their business but always have smiles!
The pub was clean and tidy and so where the ladies loo's!
I would say to anyone looking for a new place to go then do check out the Bulls Head.
Bernie35 - 17 Oct 2012 09:07
Been to the bulls head on many a Saturday night when there's been a live band on, always had a cracking time and always made to feel welcome in this lovely family run pub. A nice atmosphere for a Sunday roast too, staff always friendly .
Dorkingboy - 15 Oct 2012 21:29
Got taken to this pub by some doing friends on one of their open mic evenings - had a real blast, busy, lively atmosphere so have since been back yesterday for a roast. Excellent value for money - not your bog standard pub roast and my other Hal assures me the beer is good too.
Pinotgirl - 15 Oct 2012 13:25
Women beware of the gentleman serving behind the bar. He'll end up in your bed.

Good beer although sometimes the real ale isn't always on. Food is also of a good standard for a local town centre pub.
DorkingGirl - 3 May 2012 13:11
This pub has gone down hill - at the famous pump corner in Dorking...

During the day, a bored barman grunts as a welcome - but the food is reasonable.

Sad, because its a fine pub in a fine location. Management and staff just have other priorities - not related to running a good pub.
tradervic - 21 Mar 2012 20:24
Creche...yes. Awhul, the landlord is is in a world of his own.

As his ex-wife says.

The stupid grin don't help!
randolf7 - 2 Mar 2011 19:31
Reasonable town centre pub - which can sometimes resemble a creche (with very young kids being looked after on site). Beer is good; so is the food and plasma screens show sport. One of the better Dorking town centre outlets.
tradervic - 10 Dec 2010 13:39
The landlord was at the Old House at Home and before that he was at the Bulls Head - so really he's back where he started.

This is a lovely little pub and the landlord knows how to run a good bar. It's well worth a visit, but personally I shall not be making too many return visits because I think that Pride at 3.30 is extracting the Michael a bit - I know it's Surrey but I can think of many bars in the middle of London where I can drink Pride cheaper than this.
Surreyyokel - 21 Jun 2010 15:16
The landlord has changed and has brightened the place up and got rid of the bar billiards table. I understand the landlord has come from The Old House at Home
GGG - 29 Mar 2010 12:24
It's OK. Fair range of beers and a bar billiards table. Food menu looked good.
GGG - 20 Nov 2009 14:35
Open again.
Surreyyokel - 19 Aug 2009 14:28
blackgander - 7 Jun 2009 13:44
Formerly a rather good and usually very busy Gale's house, now of course forming part of the ever-expanding Fuller's tied house portfolio - and now the 3rd on the same street following the Cricketers and the Queens Head.
The few visits I've made (Saturday evenings) since the changeover suggest a change in customer pattern; it is no longer thronging at 8PM and indeed seems pretty dead, but suddenly after 9:30 things pick up and people start to venture in. Perhaps the punters are tempted to do a crawl and this pub falls later on in the proceedings (this is actually a good modus operandi in Dorking if you like your ales - I tend to find the town is better for the sum of its parts in that it's good OVERALL, but there are in my view no truly outstanding hostelries there).
Anyway, the beer is in good nick and it remains a pleasant, smart town pub. Well worth a visit; it's just a shame there are so many pubs nearby all offering a similar experience and an identical beer menu.
TWG - 23 Dec 2008 12:26
Things have changed a bit since the last review shown here. There's a new landlord who seems to be making a resonable job of it.

Good beer but I haven't tried the food (other than a cheese roll which was a pleasant surprise because we don't all want fish and chips, etc).

Make a visit a judge for yourself.
Reasonedview - 23 Dec 2008 12:04
Nice pub.. Bit on the small side but makes it more cosy.. Food is good too, i hear its good at the weekends.. Glad to see that simon and anne have it back again..
tigger07 - 15 Aug 2007 21:39
Small town, small minded staff who really could do with getting out of Dorking once in a while. Actually, no, please stay where you are.
anonymous - 18 Jul 2007 12:09
simon's got the bull is running it for him(mo used to do sunday nights at the old house)
dorkingdave - 17 Jun 2007 17:34
Its still open and still dull
localaledrinker - 17 Apr 2007 13:26
I have been told that this pub has now closed. I have not checked this out though.
GGG - 5 Mar 2007 14:01
Went in about 10pm Saturady night, I think we were the only people there....
Shame really becuase this looks like a nice place and is in a good location
simon135 - 21 Jan 2007 20:47
Doesnt seem to be a lot going on here.
leo_1 - 31 Jul 2006 02:27
BORING.........BORING..........BORING theres nothing to look forward to when going in this pub except for feeling sorry for yourself, Simon is the only person who will ever be able to run this pub but hes got a bigger and better pub now
drpressure - 28 Oct 2005 15:25
The Bulls Head is under new management, yet again, Currently being managed by BJ until the new tennant can sell the current lease he holds in Horsham
anonymous - 13 May 2005 14:49
Now under new management, Ellie from The Star has taken over TODAY....
Will be transformed as The Star was.
anonymous - 25 Aug 2004 13:37
Since the landlord left a month ago to go the Old House At Home on West Street, the service has gone downhill quite dramatically. The pub is being run by relief managers who obviously do not give a toss! Beer sampled not bad but, until a decent landlord comes in -- the atmosphere is almost as poor as a JD Wetherspoon! People serving behind the bar were more interested in watching Ready Steady Cook than serve me a pint -that, says it all!
AleMan - 22 Aug 2004 21:57
I was working in this town today and thought the service was shocking for a london pub. Full of chelsea saddo's who should support west ham!
Peter - 21 Aug 2004 01:15
In response to the last message:

It's not a wine bar for Marcus, Penelope and Tarquin to discuss polo and Mummy's new Bentley! The Bulls Head is a proper pub. The food isn't fancy but it is good and excellent value for money.

Chick - 29 Jun 2004 15:50
Too many football supporters frequent this place -- common conversation centers around Chelsea FC and how crap the England team is! Full of men sporting tattoos and shaven heads. Poor selection of wines and the food is the everything with chips variety.
Ms. Sloane Square - 28 Jun 2004 11:06
Good pub, nice atmosphere.
gge - 30 Jan 2004 14:30
unbelivable rude and arrogant staff!
dave - 2 Jan 2004 21:16
Does the best cheesy bean jackets, I've eever tasted!
anonymous - 18 Dec 2003 09:30
Great place to watch football, they do food too on most Saturday's.
monty - 28 Nov 2003 16:26
great place to watch football and get drunk
john - 15 Jul 2003 11:54
A true blue (Chelsea) pub! Still, it is not a bad place to drink - good Bass. Smoking and non-smoking sections yet, it still has a good atmosphere.
Chris - 5 May 2003 18:12
Great spot to meet up with family & friends... especially afer I had travelled across the world to see them!!
lewis - 3 Feb 2003 10:55

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