When you’re famished after a mountain bike ride in the Surrey Hills all you may want to do is eat, for pleasure and for fuel. It’s not a time for the complex or inventive, just good food and lot’s of it! The Wotton Hatch pub with its 300 year history was only a stone throw away seemed to fit the bill. Recommended by a fellow rider as a really nice rural pub with good food, real ale on tap, craft beers and cosy setting – we’re all bought in.
If these make you want to eat more guilt free, it has to be a good thing. Don’t ever question it.
Our view with Leith Hill.
They have definitely put their best foot forward with the whole set-up. Overall it’s a good place to be with the conservatory, well kept garden and cottage-esque look.
Siren Craft Brew – I loved this brew, especially the fruity palate reminiscent of grapefruit to me.
I went for the Wagyu burger with smoked cheddar, crispy onions, relish, sweet potato fries and aioli (£15.95) with half a lobster tail (£5.95).
Visually a good burger must have a well seasoned brown textured crust from the hot sear of the pan that it’s exposed to, sitting flush to the bun edges and oozing with juice with every bite. Sadly this one wasn’t as the patty, engulfed by the generic bun, albeit a nice mahogany colour was dry, cooked to a level beyond well done with none of the falling apart juiciness hall-marked by a good burger. It was fair to say that it was a dry beef sandwich.
The half lobster tail which has probably spent too much time in the freezer as well as the deep fat fryer wasn’t here to make a lasting impact but cheer-lead the crispy onions and sweet potato fries. They were much more appealing to eat.
When did I go? June 2016
The damage: Expect to pay £25-£35 per head with drinks.
The good: The venue is everything you need from a country pub, for all its cosiness, open log fire and craft ales it makes for a good escape from the city. It has potential, I’d be up for giving it another shot.
The bad: Please don’t order the wagyu burger.
Address: Guildford Road, Wotton, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6QQ
Closest train station: Dorking