The Watermill, Dorking

A chic country inn surrounded by history with some of the best views in Surrey

25 July 2023Add to My FavouritesSave

The Watermill Inn tucked away in the tiny village of Pixham, near Dorking must be a contender for one of the most stylish pubs in the county. Given a serious glow-up in 2021, its interiors and gardens are giving us major design inspo and it’s enviable views overlooking Box Hill mean it looks just as good from the outside.

Its foodie credentials are great too – as well as the usual pub classics with a twist the menu showcases more adventurous seasonal options like tempting Tempura soft-shell crab burger, watermelon and coconut feta salad and gourmet pizzas including fig, serrano ham and chilli jam.  The drinks range includes some unexpected additions too, we love the sound of the Rhubarb Martini and their non-alcoholic Wild Strawberry Spritz , (as well as, of course, all-day artisan coffee, craft beers and an impressive wine list!).

Outside, the gardens have been cleverly expanded to create lovely year-round seating with booths next to wood burners and fire pits and a stylish new terrace with views over the rolling Surrey Hills.

The village of Pixham houses a multitude of cultural gems that belies its small size;  the Grade II* listed church completed in 1901 was designed by acclaimed architect Edwin Lutyens and the attractive Grade II-listed mill complex, an important site of industry during the mid-19th century still stands in the village. Pixham was also the home of revered writer Daniel Defoe – author of Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders – widely considered to be the first novelist.

Whatever the reason for a visit The Watermill it’s a beautiful and historic setting for enjoying delectable traditional pub food including seasonal specials and relaxed Sunday lunches in stunning surroundings.


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Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1NN

The Watermill, Dorking

01306 883248

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Opening hours
Monday: 8:30am - 11:00pm (serving 8:30am - 10:00pm)
Tuesday: 8:30am - 11:00pm (serving 8:30am - 10:00pm)
Wednesday: 8:30am - 11:00pm (serving 8:30am - 10:00pm)
Thursday: 8:30am - 11:00pm (serving 8:30am - 10:00pm)
Friday: 8:30am - 11:30pm (serving 8:30am - 10:00pm)
Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30pm (serving 8:30am - 10:00pm)
Sunday: 8:30am - 10:30pm (serving 8:30am - 9:30pm)

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