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Red, Dorking

45 Dene Street
Dorking
RH4 2DW
Phone: 01306882222
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Red

Modern side street pub, in Good Beer Guide

On 18th September 2019 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Red Bar & Lounge

Originally the Jolly Butchers, this is a smart side street pub, just a short diversion from Dorking's High Street, which has been given a sensible contemporary makeover. You enter into a bare boarded room with an island servery directly opposite. The pub appears to have had a two bar layout in the past, but partitioning walls have been removed, leaving the bar stranded in the centre of what is now essentially one large room. A good deal of smart seating runs around the perimeter of the pub including some comfy looking chairs on the right hand side and nice padded banquettes in the rear left section. The pub adopted its current guise as far back as 2010, but still retains the fresh feel of a pub that has undergone a recent refurbishment, with lots of new looking bits of decor dotted around the place and a fairly bright, airy colour scheme giving the place a swanky, contemporary vibe. For all this, the place still felt like a typical local's pub when we visited on a Friday evening, prior to a night at Dorking Beer Festival. Even at 18:00, the pub was surprisingly busy with very few seats available and plenty more customers crowded around the bar. To the left, a door leads through to what appears to be a modern extension housing a dining room with fancy new tables and chairs all set for formal dining but empty on this particular occasion.
There were three ales on the bar when we arrived - Dark Star Hophead, Surrey Hills Shere Drop and one other from a local brewer that I forgot to note. The barmaid gave us a fairly friendly welcome and the Hophead was in pretty good shape, as you would expect from a pub that has made it into recent editions of the Good Beer Guide.
This is a pretty decent example of how a failing traditional pub can be given a modern makeover and draw the crowds back again. Whilst the aesthetic wasn't really my cup of tea, I still found the place had a proper pub atmosphere thanks to a decent sized crowd and the well kept local beer makes the place worth seeking out if you want a quick pint or two in Dorking.

On 13th January 2018 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about Red Bar & Lounge

It seems odd that anyone would want to turn a back street former Ind Coope pub into this modern bar. Having said that, what do I know as there were quite a few people in on my Friday afternoon visit both inside and in the patio area outside. The interior has a polished wooden floor, is very modern and has an assortment of tables chairs and sofas. There is a sort of conservatory to the left leading to the patio.
The bar has four hand pumps which had a Thatcher's cider, Hogs Back HBB, Dark Star Hophead and Surrey Hills Shere Drop. I went for the Shere Drop (£3.50) which was in very good condition.
This isn't really my sort of place and I thought the beer choice was a bit regimented (all circa 4% bitters). Nevertheless it seems to be doing OK and I'm sure they won't miss me not making a repeat visit.

On 4th October 2015 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Malden man
Dorking Deepdene, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Dorking West, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Dorking, 0.93 miles, 17 min walk (show)
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6th Oct 2019, 19:52
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6th Oct 2019, 19:52
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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
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  • Car Park : Yes last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 13 January 2018 by Pub SignMan
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  • Live Music : Yes last updated 13 January 2018 by Pub SignMan
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 13 January 2018 by Pub SignMan
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