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King William IV, Dorking

Byttom Hill
Mickleham
Postal town: Dorking
RH5 6EL
Phone: 01372372590
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Pub SignMan left this review about King William IV

Set into the side of a steep hill on the edge of this charming village, this is a great walker's pub offering peerless views over the Mole Valley. To reach the pub, you have to climb a steep slope or long flight of stairs, making life rather tricky, if not downright impossible, for customers with access requirements. Once at the top, a choice of doors allow you to decide which bar to enter - we plumped for the second door which led us into the main bar area. This is a smart, traditional rural bar, carpeted throughout and filled with standard tables and chairs to the left, around a nice old brick fireplace with a portrait of the eponymous King above. The walls display some nice old brewery mirrors and local photos whilst there is a fine grandfather clock stood against the back wall. The servery is to the right, in the mid-section of the pub, and has a pleasant curved dark wood counter and matching tongue and groove gantry. A door to the right leads through to a smaller Private Bar, which appropriately enough was hosting a private function when we visited, making it tricky to get a proper look round. The room has its own, shorter and plainer section of servery and has more tables and chairs around the perimeter and its own access to the garden. The garden is arguably the pub's greatest asset, although this was an easy assessment to make on a glorious summer's afternoon. The tiered space gives you some fine views in the direction of Norbury Park and offers a wide range of seating options, including some chunky benches under a shelter to one side, lots of picnic benches, a few heavy iron tables and chairs and other traditional garden furniture. A hedge screens a lower grassy level, although this section has limited viewing potential due to its lack of elevation. There was a BBQ on the go in the far corner, with some quality looking meat being sent out, albeit at premium prices. A standard menu was available at the bar as well.
There are four handpulls on the bar and they were dispensing Fullers Summer Ale, Hogs Back TEA and rather appropriately, Surrey Hills Shere Drop, with the final pump left unclipped. A friendly barmaid served me a very nice pint of the Shere Drop which went down far too quickly in the relaxed surroundings.
This was a great place to visit after a day exploring Box Hill and the surrounding area. It's definitely a great bet for a visit on a summer's day thanks to the unbeatable scenery, but the cosy bars and warm welcome suggest time spent indoors would also be well rewarded.

On 21st July 2016 - rating: 8
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Malden man left this review about King William IV

An old pub originally built to serve the occupants and visitors of Lord Beaverbrook's estate nearby the number of which once included Winston Churchill who's portrait is in the smaller room overlooking Norbury Park and the Mole valley. The pub is reached up a steep slope with no room for turning, if driving you are best parking near Frascati restaurant off the main A24. Steps lead up to the entrance and further again to the gents toilets.
The main room has a small bar down one end, a carpeted space with tables along each side. There is a proper fireplace down the far end with a portrait of the king over as well as agricultural implements. A grandfather clock occupies an adjacent alcove.
The pub is rather food centric, our Sunday visit had all tables occupied with people mostly eating roasts. Portions are large and the food is high quality home made stuff. It is probably best to book. There is a terraced garden with good views from its elevated position which is a useful overflow area when weather permits.
The landlord is a bit of a character, a livewire who's batteries are clearly fully charged, but he is certainly on the ball and runs a good ship.
Four pumps in the main room plus one in the smaller area, Hogs Back TEA and Fresh Spring, Surrey Hills Shere Drop, one unclipped and Pride reversed in the other room. A decent pub, welcoming to walkers too, I may return in the summer to enjoy the garden.

On 30th March 2015 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about King William IV

This pub has not changed since previous reviewers' visits. As you enter you have the distinctive feel of going into a traditional country pub - which it is of course. Food seems to be the main player here, as when I was in on Saturday evening just about everybody in there had come for a meal. And I thought the food was good, most of it being homemade. Main meals were around the standard £10 - £12, and portions were generous. Of the four handpumps only two were in use, one being unclipped and the other with an Adnam's Bitter clip reversed, and the two ales available were Surrey Hills Shere Drop and Fuller's Red Fox.

One thing worth stressing about this Grade II listed pub is that it is disability unfriendly. You get to the pub up a fairly steep, rough track, and then up some steep steps to the pub itself. To get to the gents outside toilet you have to exit the pub and then go up even more steep steps almost to the top of the hill. That's no problem if you're reasonably fit, but a lot of people would have problems.

This is a pub that I would like to visit again, hopefully in the Spring or Summer to enjoy the views that others say are worth visiting for. I thought it was a real winner.

On 25th November 2013 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Nick Davies
Box Hill & Westhumble, 1.57 miles, 30 min walk (show)
Leatherhead, 2.27 miles, 43 min walk (show)
Dorking, 2.65 miles, 51 min walk (show)
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24th Jun 2018, 15:49
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24th Jun 2018, 15:49
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 25 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 25 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Car Park : Yes - But limited - last updated 25 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 21 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 25 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 21 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes - Private bar can be hired - last updated 21 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 25 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 21 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 25 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 20 August 2015 by . Wittenden
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 21 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 25 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Pool Table : No last updated 25 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 21 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 25 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 21 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
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