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    Chargrilled local asparagus with...
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    Stephan Langton Inn
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    Spring Bluebells

    by zuriga Updated May 3, 2005

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    There are lots of National Trust gardens and other nature spots near Dorking that one can explore. We came across this place called The Rhododendron Gardens just in time to see beautiful bluebells and huge rhododendron plants in bloom. It's not an easy spot to find so use your map skills or look at the National Trust website for help. This place is included with information about Leith Hill.

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    UP TO BOX HILL

    by zuriga Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    Box Hill has long been mentioned in the literature of England. Emma herself went there for a picnic as she lived in nearby Leatherhead as do I. This is a view up from the bottom at the Burford Bridge. This is a National Trust Site... beautiful views over the Surrey Hills.. and a new path for those in wheelchairs. There's a small cafe for snacks and lots of walking trails.

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    by sue_stone Written May 31, 2008

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    A grey spring day found us exploring the Surrey countryside with visiting family, in search of idyllic villages and the perfect creamed tea with plenty of clotted cream. Well we found some quaint villages but it seemed all of the tea rooms were out of the evil clotted cream that day.

    After that disappointment, lunch became our priority, and we headed to the Stephan Langton Inn, hidden away in the tiny hamlet of Friday Street, a few miles out of Dorking. This is a traditional pub with a cosy bar, dining room and beer garden, popular with the locals, hikers exploring the surrounding countryside, and day trippers from the big smoke.

    Our quick lunch turned into an almost three hours feast of the best the pub had to offer, accompanied by very friendly service from the lovely waitress who seemed thrilled that we were enjoying our food, and the very amiable owner, Chris, who took time out for a chat about the pub and local life.

    Favorite Dish: We decided to get several dishes to share amongst the four of us, starting with the Chargrilled local asparagus with hollandaise sauce; the Ploughmans lunch, with cheeses, honey roast ham, fresh baked bread, chutneys & pickles; and the Stephan Langton Pork Pie with home made picalilly. All delicious, especially that just-out-of-the-oven bread and the local asparagus. Oh, and must mention the little complimentary cups of Courgette soup that the chef sent out as well. Much appreciated and tasty too.

    Then we moved onto the Poached pear salad with toasted pistachio and parmesan; the Pan fried lamb sweetbreads with tartare sauce; and the Pork & apple sausages with mash and onion gravy. Again, all meals were great - the pear salad would not have been out of place in a top London restaurant.

    Remember that clotted cream quest I mentioned? Well you wouldn't read about it - what was on the dessert menu but Apple & rhubarb crumble with clotted cream!! This made the visiting Aussies very happy, and our other dessert choice of the Warm chocolate fondant served with homemade ice cream sure put a smile on this girl's dial too!

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    THE WATERMILL

    by zuriga Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    The Watermill on the Reigate Road is one of the most popular spots in Dorking. The ambiance is nice and the food and service very good. On nice days, one can eat outside and look over the Surrey Hills.

    Favorite Dish: Good jacket potatoes.. fish and chips and above average gastropub fare.

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