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The Star, Dorking

36 West Street
Dorking
RH4 1BU
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Moby Duck left this review about The Star

A single room pub, fairly traditional with wooden floor and mixed comfortable seating, the walls for the main part were wallpapered with old dorking newspapers which I'm sure would make for interesting reading should you have time. There was easy listening background music at an unobtrusive level, the service was friendly.I wasn't as lucky as previous reviewers with the beer choice , GK IPA and a GK derived collaboration between Orkney brewery and Belhaven,the resultant beer, Kittiwake was predictably ordinary, a third handle had Rosie's Pig Cider on offer. Beer aside I found this to be a nice relaxing pub and would happily try it again, but Cobbetts being just over the road makes it less likely.

On 1st October 2017 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Star

This certainly is a rather quirky place, on arrival the door was closed, another punter was waiting outside. Presently the door opened slightly and a bloke dressed and made up like a pantomime dame advised that the doors would be open again in two minutes, some sort of filming was going on. Once normality resumed and access was gained, there is a small L-shaped interior with a boarded floor, raised at the far end with what looks to double up as a stage judging by the speakers and lighting rig. Etched windows have the pub name inscribed, décor includes Bakelite radios and a 30s looking TV set, there is a shelf containing well thumbed books and a few board games and a piano sits on the side wall. The possibility of bringing in your own takeaway food is reinforced by a holder on a cill containing various takeaway menus. Regular seating with a couple of pew style benches.
Signed externally as a GK pub, there were however better options. Three handpumps offered GK Olde Trip, Thornbridge Wild Swan and Robinson's Trooper. The Wild Swan was first rate.
The toilets were up a steep and winding stair with a confusing tread pattern, care is needed, strangely the toilet door was wedged open leaving any urinal activity on full view to the clearly domestic parts of the pub adjoining. The panto dame and cohorts were in the room at the end editing their production.
The pub seems to be gay friendly but it doesn't seem to be an exclusively gay pub, the clientele were from all walks of life; despite the unusual aspects of my visit I enjoyed my brief stop here and would visit again.

On 8th March 2015 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Star

A small Greene King pub with a slate-hung exterior and a smattering of café-style outside tables. Dog leg shape interior with stripped floorboards. To the right, some attractive high back wood pews and an upright piano. To the left, further seating and a bookshelf. Appears to be gay-friendly if the rainbow stickers on the door are anything to go by. There’s also a lot of cultural events advertised that take place here throughout the month. Modern electronica playing through the speakers which I found enjoyable but won’t be to everyone’s taste. No food but apparently you can bring in your own and they’ll provide plate and cutlery (best checked prior I think!). At the bar were three ales and a leftfield selection given the ownership; Olde Trip, a GK collaboration ale with Brighton Bier and Oakham JHB (exceptionally good). Not exactly a daytime destination venue but the quality of my ale means that I'd try it again. And it sounds like a good evening bet.

On 30th October 2014 - rating: 7
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26th Apr 2020, 22:48
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26th Apr 2020, 22:38
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No - smattering of tables out front - last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 10 April 2007 by Moby Duck
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 31 October 2014 by Quinno _
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