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Dorking is a food enthusiasts dream, with a whole host of cuisines to satisfy your mood. From Michelin stars to dining under the stars, Dorking has something for everyone – as well as an array of shops and market stalls to ensure you take some fabulous local fare home with you. We asked a local world traveler (seriously, she's traveled the globe) to share her favourite itinerary with us and here it is, a day-in-the-life of a food and drink enthusiast in Dorking…    

Start your day with a Mullins Coffee Shop breakfast, on a site where food and history combine. It’s the only remaining Pilgrim Home in the whole of the UK, and a beacon of the local and historic life of Dorking Town. Well worth a visit. If freshly baked macarons are your thing, head over to Cosy Moose on Pump corner (they also make wonderful smoothies)! Dorking is also the proud new home to Putty Cakes and Coughlan's Bakery. You really are spoilt for choice here - it is a bit of a bakery haven.

Get in the foodie mood and pick up some of your own fine local produce at the unmissable Dorking Butchery. Alex, Gary and the team have created THE most fantastic multi-award winning butchery for miles. Their outstanding service and first-class produce means that this shop is packed out 24–7. If you’re really lucky, they might have their cheese & marmite sausages on, but if not, splash out on the Cote de Boeuf. It is to die for…

And don’t forget the drinks! Pop into The Vineyard, Dorking’s independent wine merchant, where John and the team stock a variety of wines, gins and spirits. If it’s Saturday there are usually a couple of treats open for tasting too. Or if you’re more of a brewery fan get over to Cobbett’s Real Ales, where you can sample some of Dorking’s finest offerings in their cool micro-brewery at the back - and then buy in the shop to re-sample later!

Or you could head across the road to The Star pub, a real Dorking institution which is tiny, quirky and almost always packed with locals spilling out onto the pavement tables. The King’s Arms is just down the road on West Street and is the oldest, most fabulous spot for live music in the evenings. For more of a restaurant experience, walk a couple of minutes to Rialto on South Street to sample some delicious Italian cuisine for all the family. If you feel more like a local, ethically-inspired menu with a focus on sustainability, freshly sourced ingredients and excellent wine and beer menu, cocktails too, you can’t get better than Holme Stores. This independent local favourite is also a destination spot on the region’s food map. It's a kitchen, a cafe AND a deli.

In the afternoon, take a trip around Dorking’s very own, Denbies Vineyard, home of some of Britain’s award-winning wines. Take a tour, learn about the estate, and then join a tasting session - we love the “Wine and Food” experience. Perfect for locals and visitors alike, we never tire of a wander through these impeccable British vineyards (eat your heart out Bordeaux!).

Dinner in Dorking can go one of many ways; for incredible, fine dining, Michelin star, award-winning food head to Sorrel. Treat yourself to the a la carte or go for the straight luxury of their tasting menus. The food, customer service and attention to detail is spot on. Just make sure you book well in advance! Just down the road is the award-winning and historic Queen's Head, now locally famous for it's fabulous tipi in the back garden. For something a little livelier, there's 45 Dene Street. Tucked away in Dene Street you’ll find incredible flavours in this atmospheric bar and restaurant, and it’s the perfect spot for a relaxed but fun night out.

Or if you just want something a little more spicy and aromatic, take your pick from The Dorking Brasserie, Sang Thai, Chinese Fountain Garden on West Street and Chifan Restaurant. We are also fans of Roosters Kitchen or Arto if you're feeling the Mediterranean vibe.

And finally, if you’ve space for a nightcap or if you want to dance like no one’s watching, you have options: Dance the night away at Knox, enjoy a cocktail or nightcap at The Grape Variety, and finally, there’s the White Horse Hotel on the High Street. Warm, welcoming, with a rich history dating back as far as 1278, what better way to round off your day in Dorking.

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5 Dene Street, Dorking, RH4 2DR

01306 881 960

The White Hart is a small but lively drinker’s pub just off the High Street. Its cellars are built into local caves, which can be seen at the back of the pub.

The pub offers a pool table, three big screen TVs showing all major sporting events, and the walls are decorated with old adverts – including one from 1849 describing the pub as having a good bar, tap room and parlour and also a well of fine spring water.

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81 South St, Dorking RH4 2JU

01306 889938

Traditional local pub for cask ales and bar snacks, with a 2-tiered garden and quirky events.

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A25 Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1QB

This convenient and comfortable hotel is perched on the edge of our lovely, bustling market town in the heart of the Surrey Hills.

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Coldharbour, Dorking Surrey RH5 6HD

Set in the Surrey Hills, The Plough Inn is a traditional country pub at the heart of its local community. With six individually furnished rooms available, all with en-suite facilities. Whether you need a comfortable business stopover or a charming getaway for the weekend, a good night’s sleep is assured. Also Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards Winner.

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At the Foot of Box Hill, Dorking RH5 6BX

Beautiful mid-scale hotel with striking wooden beams in the Tithe Barn making this a perfect wedding venue in Box Hill.

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High Street, Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom RH4 1BE

01306 881138

Set in the charming heart of Dorking, nestled between the North Downs and gentle slopes of the Denbies Estate and Vineyards, The White Horse stands as one of England’s most storied coaching inns, with a history dating back as far as 1278.

The property has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment and overhaul of both the public spaces, dining concept, and 56 bedrooms. Offering stylish accommodation, a destination restaurant called the Dozen, as well as an all-new bar and deli concept, The Dozen, specialising in local Surrey produce.

The White Horse features excellent offers and local breaks for city breaks. Visit their website for complete details.

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36 West Street, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1BU

01306 889734

The Star is a community pub that prides itself on offering great company and entertainment through their open mic nights and pub art competitions. They welcome you to bring your own food.

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42 South Street, Dorking, RH4 2HQ

01306 885218

The Spotted Dog public house is one of Surrey’s hottest pub venues. They offer good food and host an array of live local musical events throughout the year.

From their central location they offer stunning views of Ranmore from their rear garden which has both a lawn and covered deck, and inside you’ll be welcomed with a choice of premium lagers, real ales, spirits and soft drinks.

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23 West St, Dorking, RH4 1BY

01306 879877

Cobbetts is an independent beer specialist, and the business comprises a shop and micropub that supplies great beers and ciders to local and regional customers.

They feature beers from local producers, and stock both UK and worldwide beers in bottles, cans and on tap. Country wine, mead and a locally produced gin (from the Gin Kitchen, Dorking) are also available. They are members of CAMRA and were featured in the 2018 Good Beer Guide.

One of the current owners has a familial link to Surrey, indeed the store is named after their Farnham-based great, great, great, great uncle Williams Cobbett. However, they had a more popular reason for choosing Dorking for their business:

“[Dorking] has a great range of independent shops…. [it’s] unique in comparison to many town high streets. Everyone here is friendly and supportive… [and] every time you turn a corner you see the glorious hills in the background. As a town that once boasted the most pubs per capita we feel we blend right in.”

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Dorking, RH4 2HF

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