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A Surrey pub with an intriguing history makes a base for weekend walks

Pub breaks and scenic walks in Surrey

The type of character propping up the bar at the Running Horses has changed somewhat in the 500 years it’s been open. In the 18th century, travellers – and the highwaymen they attracted – would overnight at the coaching inn on their way between London to Brighton. One hundred years later, trainers and jockeys took over, stabling their horses here before racing at Epsom. Now, you’re most likely to bump into a rambler or cyclist recovering over a pint of Brakspear from the day’s exertions at nearby Box Hill, or oenophiles laden with wine from the rolling vineyards of Denbies Wine Estate. Most make their way into the more formal, wood-panelled dining room, for top-quality British dishes high on local, seasonal produce. The twice-baked cheddar souffé is a particular delight. Upstairs, the guest rooms are eminently comfortable places to rest limbs, weary or otherwise, with classic country styling, Hypnos mattresses and, in some, rolltop baths.

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