The White Horse



High Street, DORKING, Surrey, RH4 1BE

Tel: 01306 881138

The White Horse


The White Horse is undergoing an extensive refurbishment to lovingly renovate the Grade II-listed pub and will be reopening in Spring 2024 as it becomes one of the award-winning Heartwood Inns. A haven for locals, families and those coming from further afield, The White Horse oozes character and charm.

Enviably positioned in the heart of Dorking’s medieval high street and on the edge of the Surrey Hills Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The White Horse is a characteristic 13th Century inn that has held a special place at the heart of the local community for many years. A stone’s throw from the artisanal West Street, town museum and heritage centre, this pub with rooms is perfectly located to explore the highly acclaimed Denbies Wine Estate, breathtaking Box Hill and the plethora of independent businesses and antique shops that Dorking has to offer.

Considered one of England’s oldest coaching inns and believed to be where Dickens wrote his first novel, The Pickwick Papers, the beautiful Grade II-listed pub features charming oak beamed ceilings, a roaring fireplace, a cosy local bar, fabulous dining area, outside terrace and 56 characterful bedrooms.

At Heartwood Collection we love to meet guests' furry four-legged friends too and the treat jar is always stocked! The bar and hidden courtyard is dog-friendly, as are a number of bedrooms.

Best price guarantee - booking a stay directly with The White Horse comes with a range of benefits including a best price guarantee - a hand on heart(wood) promise. Not only this, guests will be offered a complimentary upgrade (if available) and a treat in their room.



  • Banqueting
  • Bar
  • Cater for vegetarians - and vegans
  • Half board supplement (£) - From £20
  • Meals served all day
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch
  • Special diets catered for

Children & Infants

  • Cot
  • Facilities for children - Extra beds available
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Available for wedding receptions - Not licensed but can accommodate small wedding events
  • Central heating throughout
  • Conference facilities - up to 30 people
  • Event venue
  • Garden/patio for guests' use
  • Interconnecting Rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Open Christmas
  • Open Fire
  • Open New Year
  • Pets welcome - Yes with prior arrangement
  • Regular evening entertainment
  • Separate guests' lounge
  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given)
  • Welcome single sex groups, eg stag/hen parties
  • Wireless Internet Access

Languages spoken

  • French spoken
  • Italian spoken
  • Romanian spoken
  • Russian spoken
  • Spanish spoken

Leisure Facilities

  • Arrangements for riding/pony trekking - Yes can be organised in advance
  • Cycle Hire - Yes available at a cost
  • Eating Out Within Walking Distance
  • Fishing - Yes at Newdigate Farm – 15 minutes away
  • Golf Course close by - Yes – Dorking golf course close by
  • Gym - Not on site but free access to local gym
  • Health/Fitness/ Beauty Facilities - Not on site but free access to local gym
  • Swimming Pool - Not on site but free access at local leisure centre

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - charged at £10 per day

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Diners Club accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre - Yes in the centre of Dorking High Street
  • Non smoking establishment

Room / Unit Features

  • Air conditioning some rooms - Public areas only
  • All rooms non-smoking
  • Baths some rooms - one room
  • Colour television in all bedrooms
  • Ground floor bedrooms available
  • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
  • Radio in all bedrooms - via television
  • Shaver Point/s
  • Showers all rooms
  • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
  • Telephone in all bedrooms

Specialist Features

  • Aim to attract conferences and business meetings
  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly
  • Short breaks available
  • Special provisions for cyclists - cycle racks available
  • Special provisions for lone female travellers - accommodate in main house

Travel & Trade

  • Min group size numeric qualifier - 8
  • Packed lunches available


Map & Directions

Road Directions

The White Horse is located on Dorking High Street, less than a mile from the A24 and 10 minutes from Junction 9 of the M25. From Junction 9 follow the A24 towards to Dorking, passed Box Hill continue on the A24 at the Dorking roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A25 onto Reigate Road. The White Horse is ½ mile down the High Street on the right hand side opposite St. Martins Walk.

Public Transport Directions

Dorking has good links with public transport with 3 stations and bus services to Guildford and Horsham. Dorking station is 10 minute walk away and offers a direct service to London Waterloo. The White Horse is outside Bus Stop K on the high street.  


  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Silver Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Silver 2023

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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The White HorseThe White Horse, SurreyFollowing a refurbishment in 2017, The White Horse has been restored to its former Dickensian glory as one of England’s most storied coaching inns following a £4.5 million refurbishment.