The Running Mare

The Running Mare

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
45 Tilt Road, Cobham, KT11 3EZ

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In the current economic climate one doesn't expect pubs and restaurants to be doing so well - but The Running Mare at Cobham is an exception. This traditional English country inn overlooks Tilt Green - a place once used for maypole dancing and village cricket matches.

Upon arrival, this lively, thriving hostelry was buzzing with the chatter of customers; further testament to the quality of this establishment was the fact that the customers were eager to talk and praise the quality of the exceptional food served up by chef Neil Ling, who has been with the pub for nearly a decade.

Historic records first mention the pub as early as the 18th Century. The old-world charm is evident as soon as you enter the snug, cosy bar, which is criss-crossed with dark oak beams and old wooden floors. However, the pub has recently been refurbished by owner Adrian Bailey, with one area completely decked out with photographs and memorabilia of racing drivers in homage to his brother Julian, a former Formula One driver and also one of the anonymous 'Stigs' on Top Gear - this corner is a must for racing fans.

All this, however, does not overshadow the food. The menu is extensive - quirky starters included my Moroccan-influenced toasted bread topped with grilled halloumi, served with a delicious chickpea salad that was drizzled with vibrant, spicy harissa dressing. My husband was equally impressed when he sampled a selection of locally foraged wild mushrooms. Both our main courses - pan-roasted chicken with a wild mushroom and Madeira sauce and tender, succulent roast rump of English lamb in a red wine, rosemary and tomato jus - demonstrated great depth and richness of flavour. Accompaniments included unusual potato cakes - mine was made with sage and fried onion and fantastically complemented my meal, while my husband's choice of sweet potato and Dauphinois oozed with delicious cheese. To finish, we opted for the moist chocolate and pecan brownie as well as the crisp, crunchy creme brulée - sharpened with the addition of passion fruit, which rounded off our meal perfectly.

The restaurant also offers a catch of the day. On our visit it was a sea bass with garlic, prawn and spinach stuffing, plus a colourful tomato salsa verde. Those with larger appetites can tackle the whole lobster - grilled and doused in garlic butter, accompanied by a generous portion of skinny fries. Hearty roasts are served every Sunday, and a bar menu is also available for those who prefer something a little less elaborate.

The management's aim is simple - to fulfil the time-honoured function of the English country inn and provide the highest standards in food and drink. It was clear from the satisfied smiles all around that they have succeeded in doing so.
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Open: Mon-Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-11pm