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The Running Horses

Old London Road, Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6DU

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The Running Horses

Old London Road, Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6DU

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Offering five comfy ensuite rooms in addition to The Gatehouse, The Running Horses offers accommodation to suit all budgets. Boasting Hypnos mattress and Feather & Black bed frames, guests are promised a relaxing night’s sleep.

With a bike shed that’s free to use whilst staying, The Running Horses is an ideal base for any cyclists exploring the famous Box Hill, in the Surrey Hills.


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Top 10 Hotels for Country Walks by Adrian Mourby

"If you’re looking for a walk with a rewarding view at the top then The Running Horses lies on a glorious route up to Box Hill. The 95 acres of this hill were bought by financier Leopold Salomons in 1914 and then donated to the nation to save it from development. It’s a fair climb up to the summit of from Running Horses, two and a half miles along a road known as the Zig-Zag but at the top there are great views over the Mole Valley and Dorking. You’ll even see airplanes departing from Gatwick Airport in the distance. 850,000 people walk, cycle or drive up here every year.

Running Horses itself was built as a coaching inn in the seventeenth century. Its dining room used to be the courtyard where coaches were turned round and fresh horses were hitched up. The inn originally stood on the road from the Surrey Hills straight into the City of London, and when it was built it was named The Chequers (as so many English pubs used to be). In 1828 it was renamed “Running Horses” after two racehorses – Colonel and Cadland – that tied in the nearby Epsom Derby. Meanwhile in the twentieth century the A24 was built turning the road in front of the pub into a quiet side street.

Today the inn’s two bars are named Colonel and Cadland after the two competing horses. Colonel has a blue tartan carpet and Cadland a herringbone pattern of woodblock tiles. In the Cadland Bar the lovely open fire place has a dog grate decorated with four running horses while its beams are covered with racing rosettes and badges to admit the bearer into the owner’s enclosure.

Running Horses has a menu that will set you up for a great day’s walking – or reward you when you get back. Meat - yorkshire lamb, roast pheasant, steak rossini and cote de boeuf - dominates but there is also plenty of fish on the menu as well as mushroom dumplings and butternut squash tortellini for vegetarian walkers. Upstairs the theme continues in six delightful bedrooms named after famous English racecourses. There are big beds, sloping floors, sturdy old furniture and freestanding baths. This is a great place to collapse after a good day’s walking and the welcome from Kat and her team is warm."

Top 10 Pre-Christmas Escapes by Adrian Mourby

"Lying close to the busy A24, on what was once the road from the Surrey Hills into the City of London, there stands an old coaching inn. It used to be called The Chequers but in 1828 it was renamed “Running Horses” after two racehorses – Colonel and Cadland – that tied in the nearby Epsom Derby.

Back in the nineteenth century the inn was a favourite place for stabling horses that were racing at Epsom and until recently, there were training gallops nearby up on Mickleham Downs. The inn’s stabling block has gone now, having been incorporated into the main building to provide a spacious dining room but the equine connection remains; the pub’s two bars are named Colonel and Cadland in the horses’ honour. Their portraits adorn the pub’s sign, one horse on each side.

Upstairs the racing theme continues in six delightful bedrooms named after famous English racecourses. They have big beds, sloping ceilings and sturdy old furniture that are.

Running Horses is a popular lunch spot for locals and it is also enjoyed by walkers who come here to yomp around on nearby Box Hill. The National Trust publishes a number routes for walkers in the area, including one that includes a stop at this very pub.

Running Horses is a warm, welcoming place to retreat to for that ever so slightly healthy winter weekend in the country. There’s even a real fire to greet you in the bar at the end of your walk."

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Information on The Running Horses , Old London Road , Mickleham , Dorking

No. of bedrooms: Total: 5     
Types of room: Three Standard Double Rooms and Two Superior Double Rooms
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Solo, Visa
When Closed:  Open all year
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly:  No
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  No

Room facilities: Television, Free broadband access (wifi), Linen and towels included
General facilities: Restaurant

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Posted on by Sarah CCustomer stayed Aug 2019


The Running Horses is a delightful pub with wonderfully luxurious accommodation. We had a room In the pub and also the Gatehouse, an independent cottage next door and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful and the staff were professional and looked after us so well. We would love to stay here again.


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