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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Travel: The Running Horses; A 16th Century Pub With Rooms & Gourmet Grub Near Box Hill, Surrey

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breakfast at the running horses, mickleham.

The best part...? 

Leaving work on a Friday evening after a long week at work, knowing that I only needed to drive a mere 10 minutes down the road to reach my next destination; the Running Horses Pub in Mickleham, located just outside my place of work in Surrey!

To give you a little bit of background, the Running Horses pub is believed to date back to the 16th century and sits opposite St Micheal's Church (a church which was once mentioned in the Domesday Book) - although, it appears that there is still a lot of history surrounding the pub which is yet to be discovered, which adds to the charm and character of this little place hidden amongst the Surrey Hills

If you're not familiar with Mickleham, it's a small village in the Surrey Hills, sitting on the doorstep of Surrey's famous National Trust site, Box Hill - a great attraction amongst keen cyclists and walkers, as it boasts amazing views across the North Downs. 

Our Room

We spent the evening/night in Sandown; a luxury en-suite double room overlooking the front, outdoor terrace of the pub - perfect for alfresco dining on a summer's evening and clearly a popular drink-spot for passing cyclists! 

Our room was very quaint and characterful, complete with creaky floorboards (what do you expect from a 16th century pub?) and split-level mezzanine; the en-suite bathroom with luxury rainfall shower immediately on your left, then you follow a few stairs up a raised second level which houses the bedroom complete with double bed, a small storage space for hanging clothes and a desk with chair and coffee facilities! 

Prices are very affordable, from £89 per night, with one of five double rooms to choose from, or you can upgrade for £10 more per night to stay in the Gatehouse, which has its own private entrance at the back of the hotel. 

The amenities of our room were basic compared to other hotels I have stayed in, however, features most things you would require for an impromptu overnight stay in the countryside. Our room had free wifi (sadly the majority of the time an essential for me, as I'm usually posting coverage while I stay), a Nespresso coffee machine (fresh milk is available from the bar downstairs) sparkling water, Temple toiletries and blackout blinds for an uninterrupted night's sleep! 

The bed featured plush bed linen and big, squishy pillows - as soon as my head hit the pillow after dinner I was out like a light! 

Dinner in the pub downstairs

Alongside our overnight stay, a three-course dinner was included with a bottle of house wine, which will set you back about £80-100 per couple. 

In true British style, we made the most of basking in the summer evening sun and grabbed a gin and tonic to sip outside the front of the pub before we were to be seated inside for the duration. 

The lighting and atmosphere in the pub was very relaxed and laid-back which we loved. Alex and I ordered the Chef's special of braised octopus confit pork belly, chorizo puree, and squid ink mayo and steamed asparagus, smoked tomato, olive and shallot vinegarette, garlic crisps and herb salad to start and share - two bloody delicious starters!

For the main course, I had Lion of rabbit, confit leg pie, carrot puree, sauteed spinach finished off with a drizzle of thyme jus and Alex had a squid ink pasta, washed down with a couple of glasses of house red each! We both absolutely loved dinner and were pleasantly surprised at the gourmet food options. 

We will definitely be dragging our parents back for a meal in the near future :)

For more information about the pub and rooms:

The Running Horses, Mickleham:
double en-suite bedroom priced from £89 per night 

For other hotel options in Surrey, see my review of Ripley's historic coaching Inn or a cosy country inn retreat in Churt. 

(*) Our overnight stay at The Running Horses and evening meal 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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