Sunday Lunch and my husband and I decided to check out the new Duke of Wellington in East Horsley.
Current (independent) owners took over about 9 months ago and completely revamped the interior and the menu.
The exterior of the building is full of character, an old flint coaching house with lots of interesting detailing, the establishment dates back to 1541.
Inside is fresh and ecclectic with a touch of whimsy. This is a place that doesn’t take itself too seriously and has successfully created an appealling space to be in.
There’s a nice mix of proper tables and comfy seating.
A fake cow head is mounted over one of the fireplaces, pineapple wall sconces grace the bar area and one dining section is wallpapered with vintage collectable coupons are just a few examples of the fun.
Another section is a smart dining area.
There’s a yet another cosy seating area tucked away behind the bar. You can tell I liked it – I took so many photos.
A mark of quality – the menu is fairly small with daily specials. The only Iron Duke here is their smoker, imported from the US. As you’d expect in a place with its own smoker, the menu is fairly meat heavey, howwever they do have a yummy sounding Sweet potato and cauliflower Aloo Gobi for vegetarians.
Service is friendly and efficient.
I quite like the wine in lock up.
The outdoor dining area is filled with picnic tables, including an intriguing small covered area that looks like it was once a hermit’s hut.
My husband could not resist the call of meat, meat and more meat so opted for the three meat (rib-eye of beef, hogget & ham) roast served with roast potatoes, roast veg + Yorkshire pudding £15.95. We learned something new – hogget, it’s not a wee pig but in between lamb and mutton. He wasn’t as impressed with it as he was with the super yummy beef. The rest of the dish wasn’t half bad either.
Nothing really jumped out and screamed ‘eat me,’ so went for a fall back of mine – the fishcake – smoked haddock fishcakes, leeks and savoy, peas, liquor £12.50. Oh man, am I so glad I chose this, it was insanely delicious. Full of interesting flavours and textures and not heavy. I would advise that the single fishcake (£8.50) is sufficient for lunch.
The Duke of Wellington is another great addition to the Surrey pub scene. I particularly love the uniqueness of the decor. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Guildford Rd, East Horsley, Surrey, KT24 6AA
Large car park
Dogs welcome inside to the left as you walk in