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The Dolphin, Betchworth

The Street
Phone: 01737842288

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Quinno _ left this review about The Dolphin

Youngs owned country pub which is around 400 years old as stated below. Pretty unspoilt gem inside with three rooms, two at the front and one at the rear. The main bar has a huge hearth, original flagstone flooring, dark wood fittings and a general air of timelessness. The other two rooms are a bit more modern in appearance but still decent. Newspapers available. Five pumps with two of the Youngs standards plus three local ales from Hogs Back, Dorking and Surrey Hills. My pint of the latter was very expensive (£4.60) but was in excellent shape and went down without any prompting. A slight downside was the presence of a number of bar blockers (I just shimmied my way in anyway). A good little find and is well-worth making a special trip out to enjoy. 7.5

On 29th October 2017 - rating: 7
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Nick Davies left this review about The Dolphin Inn

The Dolphin is a 400 year old building at the bottom of this spread out village down by the church on the road out to Leigh. There are three distinct rooms, a very traditional stone floored public bar to the front with a cosy snug with big fireplace to the left and rather ordinary eating area further on which I reckon was added sometime between the wars. There are various outdoor areas and the usual 'temporary' structure for smokers. It has managed so far to evade Young's rabid corporate refurbishment team.

It's had more than its fair share of ups and downs in recent years. Due to the way it's laid out people tend to congregate in the public bar and it doesn't take many to block up everything up, the bar and the doorways, and so making actually getting in and buying a drink a stressful exercise. That many of the regulars were not, shall we say, representative of the residents of the village further detracted from the experience.

After a couple of changes of management it all seems to be on a firmer footing now and the present incumbents have got a grip on things, and once again it's well worth a trip out.

It's a Young's pub sothe usual Wells and Young's range skewed towards Young's brews. It used to be a GBG regular but recent indifferent management put paid to that. On present form it should be back in the guide soon

On 28th June 2010 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Dolphin Inn

Looks a picture, and the historic nature of the building is acknowledged by a SCC plaque above the main door. Inside it has a traditional village inn feel, with a welcoming array of Youngs / Charles Wells handpumps. My pint of Ordinary was very good, and the bar staff were friendly. Went at a quiet time during mid-afternoon, but it seemed a nice-enough place to me.

On 28th May 2009 - rating: 7
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