Review on The Running Horses
Standing on the old coaching road between London and the South Coast at the foot of Box Hill, this traditional inn acquired its equine name, The Running Horses in 1828, when the Epsom Derby ended in a dead heat. Two nags – Colonel and Cadland – passed the post at the same moment, and their names are fondly remembered in the pub's two bars, which include a highwayman's hideaway and inglenook.
Formal meals are served in the dining room, which leads straight off the bar and soaks up plenty of its convivial atmosphere. The kitchen sends out ambitious, intricate dishes including shell-roasted queen scallops with warm smoked salmon and a trio of dressings, honey and soy-glazed fillet of pork on beetroot and rocket risotto with Calvados cream sauce, and roast venison on a char-grilled peach and sweet potato 'tower' with mushroom and port sauce. Plain char-grills are also popular, while desserts like vanilla pannacotta with melon coulis set the seal on proceedings.
For lighter meals there is an extensive bar menu. Try the famous Running Horses Sandwich, Taleggio cheese, sun blushed tomatoes and rocket, wrapped in Parma ham and then pan fried. Children are welcome but under fourteens are not allowed in the bar area.
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Gastro pub / European
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 – 3.00pm (12.00 - 6.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm Mon-Thu (6.00 - 10.00pm Fri & Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card