The Running Horses
Imagine the perfect country pub. I guarantee you are thinking of somewhere that looks and feels an awful lot like The Running Horses. Set in the picturesque village of Mickleham, this 16th-century country inn oozes olde-worlde English charm and class.
We entered via the cosy bar and were shown into an expansive wood-panelled dining area and to one of a row of comfortable and stylish booths. The menu presented a well-thought-out selection of tempting dishes. The fig, Parma ham and goat’s cheese salad was a delectable starter, and the wood pigeon Wellington with hot pickled red cabbage was equally superb.
I opted for the pan-fried whole lemon sole served with watercress, new potatoes, lime and grapes; the flavours were well-balanced and delightfully delicate. My partner chose the roasted breast of guinea fowl with a medley of fresh accompaniments. For dessert, the rich tiramisu roulade was well-matched with cherry ice cream, while my partner’s choice of treacle tart with clotted cream was suitably sticky. Both dishes were comfort food of the highest order.
If you’re just popping in for a drink, perhaps after a walk, or picking out a drink to complement the sublime food, you’re in for a treat. Try one of the smooth ales, or select from the impressive wine list; the attentive staff will be more than happy to recommend a glass.
The Running Horses is ideal for a business lunch, romantic evening meal, dinner with friends or a leisurely drink. If you find you want to stay a while, make use of one of the five luxury en-suite rooms upstairs, all tastefully styled. For a home-away-from-home experience, check into the one-bedroom cottage, 50 metres from the pub. Cyclists attempting nearby Box Hill can rest easy knowing their bikes are safe in the secure bike storage.