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Monday, June 18, 2018

Food & Drink: Breakfast Brunch At The Newly Refurbished White Horse in Dorking

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 Breakfast Brunchin'

I am very fortunate to live super close and work in Surrey, an area of outstanding beauty and surrounded by plenty of cliche rolling hills, where you'll also find the quaint, historic market town of Dorking, with its cosy cafes and quirky independent outlets. 

I was recently invited to the launch party of the newly refurbished and relaunched White Horse in Dorking. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the actual launch party, however, was invited back to for an individual press review. Unsurprisingly, I chose breakfast :) 

The historic White Horse Coaching Inn which sits in the middle of Dorking high-street houses 56 bedrooms - you would not believe this is possible from the outside! 

The hotel has been taken over by Bespoke Hotels (who also own The Talbot, in Ripley where I previously stayed and wrote about here) It's great to see that the hotel has been sympathetically and comfortably modernised, while retaining lots of its original character and charm. It's the perfect pairing of old and new.

We were here to check out the all-new bar and deli concept, The Dozen. Service was prompt and the staff were very friendly, full of smiles and equal parts chatty. Breakfast arrived in the form of a very tasty full-English complete with black pudding, a large field mushroom, and locally sourced sausages, bacon and hens eggs

Breakfast included special additions such as service from a waiter suited and booted in a tweed waistcoat and denim shirt (how cute!) and locally pressed apple and orange juice served in small and dainty glass jars. Most importantly, I love that many of the ingredients are locally sourced, as well as the ales and wines at the bar from local Dorking breweries and vineyards, celebrating the very best in local, Surrey produce. 

As we were brunchin' on a Sunday we were able to see their "Sunday Luncheon" menu in full swing; a 3-course Sunday Lunch offered at £27.95 per person. 

The first course, is served as a country table spread, a help-yourself-buffet which looked absolutely delicious by the way (see the pictures above!) with a selection fresh seafood, crustacea, charcuterie, pates and a selection of salads, vegetables and freshly baked artisan bread, local chutneys and sauces. This is followed by the main event and then tastebud tempting puds like hot sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce, and vanilla ice-cream.  

We then had a tour of the rest of hotel and the premises from the wonderful General Manager, Rebecca. The bedrooms are contemporary and spacious with grey and green touches and luxurious headboards with contrasting textures of leather and wood. 

The White Horse offers something for everything, a casual, laid-back vibe for your girly weekend brunch or mid-week date night. If you're visiting Denbies Vineyard (a short 10 minutes in the car) then The White Horse is definitely a great base to stay for the night, or if you're more the explorer-type, the surrounding North Downs and Surrey Hills provide excellent walking and cycling routes for a weekend of exploring, as well as plenty of fabulous views! 


(*) My breakfast at The White Horse in Dorking was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions expressed here are my own (*)

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