Hassrale Trips: Dorking & 2nd Surrey Beer Festival

Date: Saturday 23rd June 1990

The trip last year to Dorking and the Surrey Beer Festival proved to be a success so we plan to return again, hopefully without the trauma of getting off at the wrong station. There are three in Dorking!


A market town set among the wooded hills of the North Downs and not so far from Box Hill. The 210 foot spire of St Martins in the town is said to be remarkable but I am not sure why. A reasonably peaceful little town for a Saturday afternoon. Whilst the bulk of pubs are Allied there seems to be a growing choice in the area.

TRANSPORT - I'll try and get it right this time.

The nearest station to the actual festival is Deepdene but this is of little use to most of the members as it is located on a loop line joining Redhill with Guildford. The one to get off at is Dorking station itself. Trains from Waterloo leave at 22 minutes past the hour and take approximately 42 minutes. Trains from Victoria to the same station leave at 57 minutes past the hour arriving at 36 minutes past. All trains stop at Clapham Junction. I would suggest the 10.22 or the 10.57.

PUBS (Stage 1)

It would be useful to meet up before going to the festival so the obvious choice is:-

1. Start and Garter - Station Approach [11.45]

Beers: Friary Meux Bitter, Burton

Comments: Large hotel with seperate public bar, very convenient for the station.

We now proceed down London Road until we reach the roundabout where we turn right into the High Street. On your left you will find the Dorking Halls where the beer festival is taking place.


The festival is open from 1100 to 1500 and 1730 to 2300. Admission is £1.00 for the afternoon session and £2.50 (less 50p for CAMRA). This includes a half pint glass. There are supposed to be over 40 real ales and ciders.

Time of leaving the festival must be vague but as we have to leave at 1500 I have listed the pubs that should be open all afternoon. I have also included the full list of pubs from the local Surrey Beer Guide for those who wish to wander off on their own.

On leaving the festival turn left and continue down the high Street. Also on the left you will find Dene Street and:

2. Jolly Butchers - Dene St

Beers: Friary Meux, Burton

Comments: Garden, Food at lunchtimes, open all afternoon.

Turn left once again and continue down the High Street and into West Street where you should find on your right:

3. Kings Arms - 45 West Street

Beers: Friary Meux, Burton

Comments: Yes, another Allied I am afraid. 15th Century building in a street of antique shops. Opens all day every day but Sunday. Can get very busy and a little noisy. Has a garden if weather is fine.

Whilst these two seem to be the only pubs open all afternoon there has been a Youngs pub opened in the vicinity and with Youngs policy this could be open. We will need to look around. We will have to use these two pubs as the base and venture out to find when the other pubs open. A suggestion for the evening is :

4. Spotted Dog - 42-44 South Street

Beers: Courage

5. Cricketers - 81 South Street

Beers: Fullers

6. Bush - 10/11 Horsham Road

Beers: Beards Free House

Other pubs are included in the complete list and may be worth trying if we have the time. Some Fullers triallists may wish to go out to Wotton during the day although I have no knowledge of how to get there.

Trains back to London leave at 49 minutes past the hour to Waterloo and 22 minutes past the hour to Victoria. The last trains are 2249 and 2222 respectively.

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