Dorking Beer Guide: Your Dorking guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Dorking

80 /100 23 WEST STREET
“Bottle shop with small room out the back to drink in. Good range of mainly UK beers with some from the Continent. Friendly service and good value.“
kwik-lime 417 days ago
58 /100 45 DENE STREET
“One of the more unusual places I've visited. It's a traditional looking Good Beer Guide pub, a bright lounge/cocktail bar, and a fancy restaurant all rolled in to one. It's clearly working for locals as was really busy on the Wednesday evening when I visited. But beer wise it doesn't offer much, a couple of Surrey Hills and a Tim Taylor on this visit, otherwise just fizz. Not really worth a look for that, and not sure it's worthy of being in the GBG. But in a town with lots of generally uninspiring pubs (beer range wise) many of which I'm told are struggling this one seems to have found its niche. So good for them.“
Grumbo 723 days ago
62 /100 81 SOUTH STREET
“Traditional pub clearly popular with (friendly) locals (and their dogs). Reasonable range of Fullers beers. Patio garden at back. Bit pricey. Worth one visit if in town.“
Grumbo 723 days ago
76 /100 23 WEST STREET
“Good bottleshop with drink in option and also some taps. Good quality beers available. Service was good. Seating was mediocre.“
saxo 775 days ago
76 /100 23 WEST STREET
“Small bottle shop with a really good selection of local beers and beers from neighbouring counties as well. Good service and drink in, but the toilet was pretty dodgy.“
Rasmus40 776 days ago
84 /100 23 WEST STREET
“Compact micropub and bottle shop, worth making a detour to Dorking for. Friendly service and regulars. Very good selection of bottles, not much from Surrey but plenty from the likes of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Berkshire plus a decent quality selection from further afield. Closest station is Dorking West about a 5 or so minute walk, but as we were heading back to the main station Tim the owner kindly called us a taxi and it was less than a fiver much better than making the walk in the rain with our bags of beer. Good visit, certainly a place I'd like to return to. (PS - whilst there, visit the loo, it's outside and adorned with hundreds of bottle tops and pump clips making it surely the most attractive outside loo in the world!).“
Grumbo 777 days ago
70 /100 81 SOUTH STREET
“Visited on 1st August 2017. Large pub on the busy South St toward the edge of town. Inside the venue is pretty nice and traditional old boozer, food is served too. Decor is nice and homely. Plenty of seating. Beer range is from Fullers so was solid enough, the beer was well kept, service and prices were decent enough. Another GBG entry and a solid boozer, not sure I’d rush back again but handy to know it’s there!“
WingmanWillis 959 days ago
64 /100 45 DENE STREET
“Visited on 1st August 2017. Quite a large, modern venue a good trek from Dorking station (we got a cab to get there but it’s a 15 min walk). It’s a really smart looking place and has a focus on food and beer. Decent range of real ales, nothing too exciting but it was well presented and decently priced. It’s a GBG entry for 2017 so was deserving of that place, would I dash back again? Probably not but it’s a solid local venue“
WingmanWillis 959 days ago
78 /100 23 WEST STREET
“Visited on 1st August 2017. Nice bottle shop and bar in the town centre in Dorking. It’s a really smart store with beers on a central stand and on tidy shelving. The beer range at the bar was pretty good with a mix of styles. Place was popular with locals, service friendly and prices are good. Definitely one to return to.“
WingmanWillis 962 days ago
84 /100 23 WEST STREET
“A real find. A combination of old-fashioned bottled ale shop and craft beer micropub. A world away from the post-nuclear dystopia of the trendy craft bar, it feels like drinking in someone’s back room. They obviously love what they do here: not so much friendly as ebullient. You can choose from more traditional brewers (focusing on local), or the likes of Thornbridge and Weird Beard. Beer available in key keg, cask and can/bottle although there is a 50p drinking in fee. They’re advertising an upcoming De Molen takeover. In Dorking. Awesome.“
jjsint 1098 days ago
68 /100 23 WEST STREET
“Small shop really, beers displayed are by styles. Decent selection of beers from England and some foreign beers as well. No car park at the shop.“
joe19612 1754 days ago
36 /100 DENBIES WINE ESTATE, LONDON ROAD, DORKING, SURREY, RH5 6AA
“Denbies is England’s biggest vineyard and worth a visit to see the process and sample some sparkling wine. It is located about 15 minutes walk north of Dorking Train station. The shop itself is rather large....as well as wine there is a very small beer selection i.e. less than 10. Considering the building is located right in front of the Surrey Hills brewery I found it weird that there was none of their beer on offer (& the brewery shop was closed). Range was a couple of surrey breweries, but mostly Hog Back. Your best bet is to buy beer at Cobett’s instead of here.“
Scopey 1901 days ago
78 /100 23 WEST STREET
“Cobbett’s Real Ales is a rather great combination of beer shop and "Micro Bar". The shop section has a great range of about 300ish? bottles. Plenty of local stuff (including their collaboration with Surrey Hills), great UK breweries (like Kernel, Weird Bear etc), Belgian, US and further afield. As well as bottles they have 6 draught beers (keg & cask) available to take-away in growlers or drink in. The back room of the shop offers seating and a small patio area to drink in. Had a couple of Kernels on draught, as well as Cobbett’s collab beer. Only negative was there was a bit of stinky stench coming from the drains in the patio area, so we moved indoors. Friendly and helpful staff. The only place to go for good beer in Dorking.“
Scopey 1901 days ago
48 /100 DENBIES WINE ESTATE, LONDON ROAD, DORKING, SURREY, RH5 6AA
“Perhaps a surprising location to find on ratebeer as Denbies is renowned for its wine with one of the biggest vineyards in England. However, Surrey Hills Brewery have been brewing behind the main shop/restaurant/visitor centre for a couple of years now. The shop itself stocks a reasonable selection from hogs back, a couple of Sussex brewers at last visit as well as cider from the garden cider co which is based in Surrey. Prices are pretty steep but it’s to be expected for the location. Food is also served in the café but I have never tried it.“
olliejobbins 1967 days ago
80 /100 23 WEST STREET
“An oasis in a desert called Dorking (aside from the Red Bar), Cobbett’s have a compact store with shelves bottled to the hilt with local, national and international selections. Pleasant friendly service, rounded prices and a few rarities (quite a few from Brewdog on my visit). It’s about 15 minutes walk to the Main station (bear this in mind when lugging your beer stash back)....“
pkrpmusic 2115 days ago
86 /100 23 WEST STREET
“My local beer shop. Great choice of beers including a couple on tap - always nice to have a pint whilst browsing the shelves. Excellent service with an extremely good choice of local beers and a fair few from further afield.“
olliejobbins 2665 days ago