Arriving at the Running Horses, you first notice the beautifully traditional black and white exterior adorned with flowers. Situated in leafy Mickleham, this traditional pub straddles the border that separates Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Norbury Park and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Seven well-appointed and extremely comfortable en-suite bedrooms provide the perfect base from which to explore the countryside. A complimentary full English or Continental breakfast is freshly prepared the morning after your stay, ensuring that you have sustenance for your day out or onward journey. Cyclists will be pleased to learn that the pub offers use of a secure bike shed free of charge to overnight guests.
When it comes to dining, Running Horses is second to none – the kitchen team prides itself on showcasing the best seasonal produce on a menu of fine modern pub fare. If you’re stopping by for a drink and a snack, you may wish to share the garlic- and rosemary-studded Camembert with spiced apple chutney and warm French bread, or the Ocean Board, comprising crispy whitebait, chilli- and lime-cured herring, lemon and dill goujons, tartare sauce, taramasalata and crisp flatbread.
For the full three-course experience, start with the peppered tuna Carpaccio with crispy shallots, avocado purée, and horseradish crisp, and follow with pea and asparagus risotto with wild garlic, Parmesan and truffled egg. The pan-roasted lemon sole with parsley-roasted baby potatoes, green beans and caper and lemon butter is a highly recommended seafood treat. For dessert, choose from rich chocolate marquise with honeycomb and salted maple ice cream, blueberry cheesecake with blueberry compote and praline, and zesty lemon tart with raspberry sorbet.
With such delectable dishes on offer, it’s no wonder Running Horses holds an AA rosette for culinary excellence.