A weekend break to Dorking

If you’re a practiced mini-breaker who has already found Dorking, we salute you. For those who haven’t found our secret? Let us share something special; when you’ve more than a few hours, the doors to all things Dorking start to open. The town centre starts to reach outwards, and the stunning Surrey Hills open up before you. Life here is paced to match you, so don’t hurry – enjoy the views, the atmosphere, the lifestyle.

Take a weekend, and let us show you around!

Friday

Whether you arrive by train or car, you can’t fail to see the lush landscape opening out before you as you arrive. Start to breathe, set down your bags, and then get in the mood by taking in a little culture at the volunteer-led Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre.

So now you’re starting to unwind, let’s grab a welcoming aperitif in the newly refurbished White Horse on the High Street. Those in the know book a room here too, but either way it’s a great base to begin your weekend away, especially if you go authentic and try out our local gins from Silent Pool and the Gin Kitchen.

Time for some pampering? A little refresh ready for the evening? We’ve a host of stylish salons at your disposal; pop in to Dare DorkingEssensuals, the award-winning Teresa Weller Hair Art, Unparalleled Hair, or Barbers@136 the High Street for a quick men’s trim and old fashioned wet shave.

Afterwards, head down the High Street into South Street to the fabulous Queen’s Head for dinner. If the sun is shining, you can grab a table in the garden or, if it’s a little chilly, snag a cosy table inside in the corner (number 7 is our favourite). They serve up pub classics with a modern twist and the portions are hearty and generous. There’s always a terrific atmosphere in here and the bar staff are first class. Head back to the White Horse for a nightcap and a restful night’s sleep to set you up for the weekend ahead.

Dorking Deli
“It’s the Dorking Deli all day long for us. It’s just my favourite little hangout! Plus they gave a great selection of herbal teas.” — Kate

Saturday

There’s always a great buzz on a Saturday morning in Dorking and there’s a range of breakfast options available to you. The Dorking Deli does a delicious smashed avocado or butcher’s choice breakfast (as well as gluten-free options), and they serve a mean fresh coffee that comes from beans from the local Box Hill roastery. If last night was a good one, you might want  to try Pepe’s instead, where they will cook you up the works or a terrific sausage butty on floury doorstop bread.

Get your shop on for the rest of the day with a bit of retail therapy with shopper’s delight, or partake in the foodie escape, or go on an art adventure around Dorking. The choice is yours. Just remember to make dinner reservations!

“The Stepping Stones! That picture rivals any exotic location you see on Instagram. But then, having grown up in Brockham, near Boxhill, I may be biased!” — Sally

Sunday

We love Sundays in Dorking. One of the joys of living here is that within minutes of the bustling town, you can step out and find yourself in the surrounding countryside of the Surrey Hills.

Grab yourself a bite at Too Many Cooks on South Street, historic Mullins Coffee Shop on West Street, or Cake Rider Café, all of which offer a delicious selection of coffee, tea and CAKE — it’s just a case of finding an available table amidst the weekend bustle.

And then go off the beaten path for the day. Discover the Deepdene Trail, hike to Leith Hill, check out the Stepping Stones or pick your own adventure in our glorious part of the Surrey Hills. You won’t regret it.

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