The Running Horses Pub with rooms in Mickleham, Surrey

Prices from:
£89 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Traditional inn set below Box Hill
  • Authentic but smart feel throughout
  • Huge inglenook; blazing winter fires
  • Rustic British food cooked well
  • Stylish rooms ooze comfort
  • Downland walks on the doorstep
  • Dog friendly; bar only

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Overview

The Running Horses Mickleham, Surrey, RH5 6DU

The personal touch

Opposite the church at the heart of pretty Mickleham and set below beautiful Box Hill, the 16th-century Running Horses is popular with local foodies and walkers and cyclists exploring the glorious North Downs landscape. Formerly known as the Chequers, it gained its equine name in 1828 after a famous incident at the Epsom Derby, when two horses past the winning post at exactly the same time, a race that became known as the Dead Heat Derby. Sympathetically refurbished by Brakspear, the pub retains much of its period character and oozes traditional charm and atmosphere. Expect dark beams, old prints and paintings, old pew benches and a big inglenook with blazing log fire in the timeless bar. Dining rooms may feature a tartan carpet or rugs on parquet flooring, intimate booth seating with lanterns and leather bench seating, and an eclectic mix of dining tables but the whole feel is very relaxed and informal.

Sticky fingers

Children over 10 are welcome in the bar

Muddy paws

It’s a big walking area so dogs are made very welcome in the bar; not allowed in the bedrooms

Alfresco

Rustic benches on the front terrace with peaceful views of Mickleham church opposite

What’s the damage?

5 doubles/twin & The Gatehouse: from £89

What Else?

  • All credit cards accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Secure bike storage
  • Limited street parking

Gongs
AA 4 Silver Stars & 1 Rosette

Sleep

The Running Horses Mickleham, Surrey, RH5 6DU

Do not disturb

Traditional style extends upstairs to the five bedrooms – all are named after racecourses and are bang-up-to-date with modern comforts, detail touches and fresh tiled bathrooms. Expect to find warmly painted panelled walls, check pattered carpet, antique pieces of furniture, period features, old travelling trunks, soft lamplight, and big Feather & Black beds topped with Hypnos mattresses and quality linen and throws set the cosy scene for a relaxing and comfortable night’s sleep. Book Ascot and Epsom if you want a long, hot soak as they have roll top tubs as well walk-in rain showers; Cheltenham, Windsor and Sandown has showers only. To escape the hub-bub of the pub, the Gatehouse (50m from the pub door) offers peace and seclusion, replete with lounge, bedroom and bathroom, all kitted out in similar style, and a private parking space.

Creature comforts

Feather & Black beds; Hypnos mattresses; Temple Spa toiletries; rain showers; homemade shortbread; blackout blinds

Gadgets

Nespresso machines; Freeview TVs; Free wi-fi

What’s for Breakfast?

Eggs Benedict or Royale; Full English breakfast; smoked kipper with poached egg & brioche; mixed nuts with raisins, yoghurt & apple; fresh juices

What’s the damage?

5 doubles/twin & The Gatehouse: from £89

What Else?

  • All credit cards accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Secure bike storage
  • Limited street parking

Gongs
AA 4 Silver Stars & 1 Rosette

Eat & Drink

The Running Horses Mickleham, Surrey, RH5 6DU

Mastering the menu

In keeping with the traditional setting, the menu champions rustic British food, and rightly so. Expect to find classic pub dishes cooked really well using local and seasonal ingredients, with the daily-changing chalkboard in winter featuring hearty dishes like pork fillet with black pudding mash, cider and Lyonnaise onions, Welsh lamb rump served with cannellini beams, wild mushrooms, curly kale and red wine jus, and a monster 32oz T-bone steak to share, served with two sauces, hand-cut chips and rocket. Main menu dishes continue the traditional comfort theme – perhaps start with ham hock terrine with crispy quails egg, follow with calves’ liver with sage and Madeira sauce, and round off with treacle tart with clotted cream. Delicious.

On the menu

(Starters: £5-£10; Main Courses: £12-£26; Desserts £5-£7.50)

Caramelised white onion soup; salmon & herb fishcake, pea puree, poached egg, hollandaise; twice-baked cheddar soufflé, grain mustard, spinach

Chicken burger, aioli, avocado, gem lettuce, sweet potato fries; sea bass, sauce Vierge, grilled fennel, pesto-crushed potatoes; Brakspear battered haddock, tartare sauce, braised peas, fries; rib-eye steak, fries, rocket, peppercorn sauce

Bramley apple crumble, vanilla crème anglaise; hot chocolate mousse, salted caramel ice cream

Lunchtime sandwiches

(£7-£10)

Roast beef with horseradish; prawn, smashed avocado, crab & chilli mayonnaise; Welsh rarebit with roasted tomato & rocket

Sunday Roasts

(£14-£16)

Overnight roasted rump of beef, Yorkshire pudding, trimmings & red wine; roast Blythburgh pork belly with Bramley apple sauce & trimmings; roast shoulder of Welsh lamb with mushroom and pork stuffing & trimmings

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 9.30am (8am – 10am Saturday & Sunday)
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm (10pm Friday & Saturday)

Food served all day Sunday – 12 noon – 6pm

Behind the bar

There’s a truly traditional feel to the interior of the bar and the classic wooden counter dispenses Brakspear Bitter and Oxford Gold, alongside Fuller’s London Pride, Ringwood Best Bitter, and a beer brewed for the pub by Bank’s – Dead Heat Derby. Among the collection of gins, you’ll find Hawthorn’s, Half Hitch and Sipsmith, and the carefully selected global wine list offers a sparkling rose from Bolney Estate in Sussex, a handful of decent Chateaux wines from Bordeaux, and 20 wines by the glass.

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the damage?

5 doubles/twin & The Gatehouse: from £89

What Else?

  • All credit cards accepted
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Secure bike storage
  • Limited street parking

Gongs
AA 4 Silver Stars & 1 Rosette

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Running Horses

Activities

20

Box Hill

There is something unique and very special about Box Hill. This is the place to go for beautiful views, plenty of fresh air, guided walks and family activities.

21

Epsom Downs Racecourse KT18 5LQ

An appropriate choice, perhaps, given the name of the inn! This Grade I racecourse is used for thoroughbred horse racing, and is most famous for hosting the Derby, attended most years by Her Majesty the Queen.

22

Bocketts Farm KT22 9BS

Set in Surrey’s lush countryside, Bocketts is a working family farm offering a combination of animals and play areas. The farm is one of the southeast’s most popular all-weather attractions where children and adults can watch the pig race, take a pony ride, hop on board the tractor and trailer or feed the many farm animals.

23

Hogs Back Brewery GU10 1DE

Surrey’s award-winning brewer of fine English ales and lagers has been in business since 1992. Take a tour, visit the hop garden and sample a generous range of beers.

Shopping

5

Anthropologie, High Street, Guildford GU1 3AD

Head for Anthropologie in Guildford's cobbled High Street and you'll discover a unique world of gorgeous fashion, accessories and home decor. Trading on two floors, the shop is noted for its aspirational and arty ambience.

6

Melita Boutique, Chobham GU24 8AF

Melita Boutique at Chobham prides itself on being Surrey's leading occasion wear specialists. Expect the largest selection of top designers for stylish and sophisticated wedding outfits under one roof.

7

The Babylon Store, Tunsgate Square, Guildford GU1 3QZ

The Babylon Store is the place to go for lifestyle products for the home, all cherry picked to create a striking and highly individual style. Among many items, you'll find oak and reclaimed furniture, elegant wall art and a variety of home textiles.

14

The Packhorse GU10 1PJ

Ever-changing interior and lifestyle store situated within the Surrey Hills between Guildford and Farnham. Based in a charming 400-year-old former hop kiln, this is where you’ll find vintage, antique and one-off buys from furniture and interior finishing touches to gifts and fashion and accessories.

15

Gerrards RH2 9AA

Independent fashion boutique located in the delightful Surrey town of Reigate. This is a family business offering a combination of affordable items, every day luxury and premium denim. There are also unique collections from new designers, must-have accessories and desirable gifts.

16

Ben’s Collectors Records GU1 3QT

Founded in 1991 and based in Guildford, Ben’s caters for all styles and formats – everything from cassette tapes to eight track cartridges. Ben loves music and his knowledge and enthusiasm are evident.

17

Barton’s Bookshop KT22 8BZ

Independent bookshop based in a half-timbered building in the heart of Leatherhead. Expect author signings, readings and other literary events. The owner specialises in tracking down specific titles.

18

Two Ducks GU21 7SE

Woking-based boutique gift shop offering fashion items and accessories from talented British designers and makers. Expect stationery, textiles, ceramics, candles, children’s gifts and lampshades.

19

Quattro Rish RH2 0AA

Ladies fashion boutique in Reigate offering high-end brands from the UK, USA and EU. Quattro Rish was established by four friends, whose aim was to open a business specialising in stylish clothing of the highest quality and finish.

Places to visit

2

The Museum of Farnham, West Street, Farnham GU9 7DX

Founded in 1961, the Museum of Farnham explains in impressive detail the history of this fine Georgian town. Expect fascinating archaeological artefacts, nationally important artworks by local artists and a striking costume collection.

3

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon GU4 7RT

Situated near Guildford, Hatchlands Park is an intimate Georgian country house with parkland comprising ancient woodland and picturesque wildflower meadows. The house itself includes Europe's largest collection of keyboard instruments, several of which inspired the likes of Bach, Elgar and Chopin. Only six ground-floor rooms are open to the public.

4

RHS Garden, Wisley GU23 6QB

Tucked away in a busy corner of the south-east of England, close to a network of well-used roads and motorways, is a tranquil world of unusual plants and beautiful flowers. In the care of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley's mission is to share with its many visitors the best in gardening. Wisley may be a peaceful oasis but there's always plenty going on - from world-class flower shows to ground breaking, green-roof research.

8

Leith Hill RH5 6LU

Leith Hill represents the highest point in southeast England – 294m above sea level. This local landmark and famous beauty spot has the advantage of a splendid tower offering magnificent views stretching towards London and the English Channel, where you might be lucky enough to spot a boat at sea.

9

Polesden Lacey RH5 6BD

This Edwardian house on the North Downs at Great Bookham near Dorking is owned and managed by the National Trust. Extensively remodelled in 1906 by the famous society hostess of the time, Margaret Greville, Polesden Lacey sits amid 1,000 glorious acres, including a walled rose garden.

10

Denbies Wine Estate RH5 6AA

England’s largest single estate vineyard is only a five-minute drive from the Running Horses. There are tours around the 265-acre site, and the opportunity to enjoy al fresco dining in the popular conservatory restaurant.

11

Norbury Park KT23 4RR

Deep in the Surrey countryside, you’ll discover a working landscape with farms and a commercial saw mill. Norbury Park is a reserve and wildlife haven, with a mix of woodland, chalk and grass habitats.

12

Mercedes Benz World KT13 0SL

Close to junctions 10 and 11 of the M25, Mercedes Benz World is a fascinating visitor attraction based on the site of the old Brooklands racing circuit, made famous in the 1920s and ‘30s. Here, you can test drive the latest Mercedes models, putting your driving skills to the test on the renowned handling circuit.

13

Chessington World of Adventures KT9 2NE

This renowned theme park and zoo is a great attraction for the whole family. Roller coasters and a varied range of resident animals add to the fun and enjoyment.

Walking

www.walkinginsurrey.co.uk
www.visitsurrey.com
On Mickleham’s doorstep is a vast network of footpaths and bridleways taking you deep into the Surrey countryside. The Surrey Hills and the North Downs offer some of the best walks in the county. Try Newlands Corner, east of Guildford, which is a walker’s paradise and a useful starting point for many scenic walks. Agatha Christie famously disappeared here in 1926, her car found abandoned in a remote spot on the downs. The landscape has changed little over the years.

Cycling

www.visitsurrey.com
Surrey is great for cycling. Though the county is only a short distance from London, there are many miles of tracks and quiet lanes that are perfect for two-wheel exercise. The Running Horses has the advantage of a bike shed which you can use if booking a room.

Events

www.visitsurrey.com/events
There’s certainly no shortage of great days out in Surrey, with numerous events taking place right across the county throughout the year. Among the highlights are the Surrey County Show held in late May, the Hampton Court Flower Show in July and the William Hill Winter Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse in December.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Mickleham is signposted of the A24 between Dorking and the M25 (J9) – village is on the B2209 Old London Road

By Train: Dorking & Leatherhead stations are a short taxi ride away

Address:

, Mickleham, Surrey, RH5 6DU

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