Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Dorking
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Dorking restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 9 restaurants in Dorking and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Dorking restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Dorking Restaurants
1. Restaurant Two To Four British, Modern restaurant in Dorking 2 - 4 West Street - RH4
2017 Review: “Charming beamed restaurant”, on the edge of town, where the food’s always “reliably good”, with “excellent and unobtrusive” service to match.
2. The Pilgrim British, Modern restaurant in Dorking Station Rd - RH4
2015 Review: This “hospitable” boozer defies its “poor location, near the railway station” to offer “super” food at “reasonable” prices; “well-kept ales” too.
3. PizzaExpress Pizza restaurant in Dorking 235 High St - RH4
For the first 20 years of this guide, this famous pizza chain with its “surprisingly distinctive branches” was – with tedious regularity – the survey’s most mentioned group: constantly re-inventing itself to remain everyone’s favourite standby, especially with kids in tow. Competition is sharper nowadays however, and since its ownership changed a couple of years ago (to Hony Capital) ratings and the volume of feedback have slipped well below their historical average. Yes, it is still much-mentioned, and still “as reliable as ever” to armies of loyal supporters, but harsher critics “are stunned by the complacency and staleness of the brand: even the ubiquitous, good value voucher deals are starting to lose their shine”.
4. Café Rouge French restaurant in Dorking 170-172 High St - RH4
2015 Review: “Best avoided unless the children really won’t wait” – these “fake French bistros” have their fans as a breakfast destination, but other meals are sometimes “so badly prepared and served” as to be simply “dire”.
5. Sorrel British, Modern restaurant in Dorking 77 South Street - RH4
In October 2017, Steve Drake (who established nearby Drakes, now re-named The Clock House) opened his new, 40-cover fine dining venture, with open kitchen, of which the highlight is a 9-course taster menu (but there is a 5-course alternative), showcasing British cuisine. “Obviously there will be a few similarities [with Drakes] but I want to move it on”.
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