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Yes of course I have. A huge fireplace decorated with dried flowers in the summertime when I was last there.
slerpy - 12 Oct 2016 11:37
But what's the pub like slerpy - ever been there?
croydonpeer - 18 Aug 2016 08:25
The loud landlady had a personality bypass -croydonpeer. Probably doesn't like loud mouthed idiots in her pub so like any sane person took exception to you.
slerpy - 17 Aug 2016 17:54
The loud landlady had a personality bypass
croydonpeer - 23 Jul 2016 21:58
Love this pub as we checked it out several times before we agreed our move to a property locally. The staff are so attentive, the beer is well kept and the food is to die for. Well done Tracey x
fairyairline - 12 Mar 2014 19:39
Went a few Sunday's back after continuing my Surrey hills pub tour. Had a fantastic roast dinner. Tied pub so beer choice limited but a well kept pint was served. Place was very tidy and aesthetically is a lovely place to visit. Downside bar not that big so took a while to get served when it got busy.
RolfHarris - 21 Apr 2012 10:13
Cannot quite work out why this pub did not work, nice setting, old beams and log fire, old timber furniture, decent pint, all the things that make a good pub. However, this is not enough. Old is good but the pub was grubby. Perhaps there is an element of blindness going on. The staff were good fun, maybe a little over the top but at least making the effort. The food was not very good, out of the number of dishes ordered by us none actually got it all right.
maroonmachine - 26 Feb 2012 10:48
Outstanding pub, 4 of us had dinner, great starters, nice wine and beer, been there a couple of times before, really nice.
theglade - 22 Jan 2012 09:21
Visited several times with friends for lunch and dinner over the Summer months. Charming little unspoilt pub with excellent food and a pleasant garden. Haven't been recently and chosen elsewhere as a little disappointed partly with the bleakness of some of the rooms and not too comfortable seating in the bar area but mainly because of the loud "music", the inability to escape one of the speakers (in the Winter months as inside is a necessity) and their reluctance to turn it down.
HJ26 - 20 Jan 2012 14:53
We went to this pub for the Malaysian evening at the end of September. It is a popular event and was, as a result, very busy. With good reason. The staff were running around to keep everyone as happy as possible. This included the landlady who hails from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.The food was good--our party all know their Malaysian food--and plentiful. The beer was also good.
If the service was a tad slow. it was understandable.
We have been to this pub a few times before for normal pub food and I would recommend it. The service was quicker though as it wasn't crowded.
Hugh.Williams5 - 31 Oct 2011 14:54
Very nice pub to come out to on a Sunday lunchtime, beautiful setting.
tommo5 - 1 Aug 2011 11:53
Loved the atmosphere in this pub, friendly but not intrusive. Really high quality food with a fantastic line in originality. We went for a Malaysian night which was just great, and on another occasion we had Hungarian Goulash, which was simply delicious, but all the traditional pub food served in style too. We had a really good time and appreciated the garden for our kids and dog. Oly and Sam give a really warm welcome which is totally genuine. We will definitely be going again.
LucyIvan - 13 Apr 2011 19:51
We celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary at the Scarlett Arms and were absolutely delighted with the superb buffet menu with a Hungarian theme and quality of service. All our friends and family commented on the uniqueness of the pub with its friendly atmosphere and unspoilt decor, all within a large open garden. The wines were excellent and they even provided a cake for the occasion. In all we would heartily recommend this pub for a special occasion like ours. Chrismaseve
christmaseve - 27 Mar 2011 16:06
We stumbled across this pub quite by accident, but were very pleased we did. We planned to visit the Parrot up the road but were rather rudely turned away (we had been told on the phone they were fully booked but were told that it would be no problem eating at the bar if we arrived early, but were give fairly short thrift on arrival).

What a contrast the Scarlett Arms was though the landlady was very welcoming (if a little flustered at the number of customers all arriving at once), as was the chatty old boy sat at the bar.

Unfortunately we were placed on our own in a small (and cold) room behind the main bar, but given it was almost 1300 on a busy Sunday lunchtime, we were grateful for any table at all. The room was a bit grim, but the rest of the pub was lovely with plenty of log fires. Despite this the food was first class, which more than made up for it.

As a starter the four of us shared a 'charcuterie platter' which was a superb pile of bread, hams, olives and salamis - and real value for four people at 12 (we were expecting half the amount for that price, but there was plenty to go round four people).The Sunday roast had big portions and at around 10-11 was good value, unlike many country pubs which I note are creeping toward London pricing of 15 for a main course.

Would definitely revisit, although would make sure booked a table in the main bar and not take pot luck again.
vonhentzau - 21 Mar 2011 12:40
I smell a Roland !!!
Whats this pub and The Dolphin Betchworh got in common Mmmmmmm I wonder ?
Not rated this pub as yet.
Dementer - 24 Feb 2011 16:18
What a pub this is turning into. I've eaten there twice, steak and ale pie the first time and bubble and squeak with smoked salmon second, both excellent. Friendly and fun staff, log fires, clean loos. Can't wait for the summer when it's warm enough for the garden which seems to be improving each time we go there. criticisms? Small bar can get packed on a Sunday but who cares, this is turning into a really great little pub.
turbonutter - 24 Feb 2011 15:54
Popped into the pub a couple of weeks ago, the first time in nearly a year. New people have recently taken over and I have to say the atmosphere was great. Some of the pub goers were dressed in school uniforms, playing conkers. I bet it was a hoot when everyone had downed a couple of beers. I noticed that the bookings for the next two Malaysian nights were sold out, so I'm guessing the food must be good. Keep it up....... we'll be back soon.
5555 - 31 Oct 2010 09:27
Dropped in for the first time in a long while. The new (to us) landlord and lady were most welcoming .... as were the locals. A really nice surprise!
pooying - 20 Oct 2010 15:53
Unrecognisable from what it used to look like before Oli and Sam took over.
Food and beer of high quality and the place is now infinitely cleaner. We went along for the classic car event which was great fun.
It might be off the beaten track but I'd agree with other comments that it is worth the effort.
swphil - 22 Sep 2010 16:34
What a transformation!!! We visited in March and were disappointed. The new tenants have been in post about two months and have worked wonders on the garden and food. It is now a lovely welcoming pub with a cheerful atmosphere. We are looking forward to the Malaysian feast night.
christmaseve - 22 Sep 2010 10:56
We ate at the Scarlett Arms 10th September 2010 and I have to say it was really great, much much better than you would usually expect from a small country pub. I would highly recommend it, and we will certainly be back.
jamesroberts - 11 Sep 2010 15:03
Visited this village pub today 03/09/2010. Very friendly reception, good service and very good menu and ambiance. The owners have only been there for 5 weeks and their furniture from Malaysia arrived that morning. The pub is a bit on the rustic side but we think that the personality and energy of the owners will return the pub to a country pub to go to. We live in France and will make this a place to visit every time we are in England.
alanlloyd - 3 Sep 2010 15:09
Current landlord has only been there three weeks or so. Hall & Woodhouse Badger & Tanglefoot on but I had the K&B Sussex ale which was excellent. Even though 18 of us walked in together the food arrived quickly and was good. Staff very friendly and went out of their way to look after us. Well impressed.
alan_From_SAWW - 21 Aug 2010 18:01
Would like to comment on the food but, unfortunately, have been turned away hungry both times I have tried to eat here! The first time we got a bit lost trying to find the pub, so turned up at 2.30 just as they had stopped serving. The second occasion, we arrived in plenty of time but was told that there was no food left. It wasn't really this that annoyed me but rather the condescending manner in which I was told "well it is a Bank Holiday" as if I was a moron for expecting there to be food left! My reply "perhaps you should take in the boards outside announcing that you are serving food" was met with a blank stare. On both occasions we nipped down the road to The Parrot where we were welcomed with fresh food, prompt friendly service and a lively atmosphere. I won't be trying the Scarlett Arms again!
AndyS1234 - 3 Sep 2009 10:18
My husband and I went mid week for a meal and had some lovely food. The pub is in a lovely picturesque location and were pleasantly surprised.

We boh had bangers and mash, the mash was the nicest we have had and the sausages were lovely. We then both had puddings, again excellent and tasted like proper home cooked food.


harry2 - 21 Jun 2009 13:10
This is a superb pub; I had passed it many times cycling and resolved one day to go in. That day came yesterday and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The menu is varied though not extensive, all the food is home cooked and served in generous portions. The prices are just right.
We went in the evening, it was not too busy but it was a very cold night for June and I will definitely be returning to sit outside when it is sunny one day.
I am going to recommend this to lots of friends.
Try it soon!
lonecyclist - 6 Jun 2009 12:46
Charming, unspoilt country pub. Friendly, helpful staff. We had the weekday lunchtime and early evening 2 courses for 7 offer and it was excellent value. We started with smoked salmon salad and vegetable soup followed by beef and onion pie (clearly homemade) and mash and hake with new pots, baby tomatos and baby spinach. All very good. It has been under the current management for about 2 years and they deserve every success. We will go back soon.
Beertrix - 5 May 2009 21:09
Stopped by on Sunday in the middle of a walk, they didn't mind boots. Stone and wooden floors so you can't mess it up too much. First Gold, Tanglefoot and Sussex which were all in good order. Sausage an mash nice but a bit pricey for what it was. Place looked a rabbit warren but didn't explore all the rooms.

Worth a visit but you're not going to find it by accident.
GuideDogSaint - 9 Feb 2009 21:09
This is a gem of a pub and well worth the effort involved in getting there. Excellent beers, excellent food (they will need to guard against going down the over-priced route) add to the pleasure of visiting the Scarlett Arms.

Especially superb in the summer.
Reasonedview - 23 Dec 2008 11:40
Were out with friends and passing so stopped off for a bite to eat,it`s all been referb`ed since our last visit and it looks fab, clean and tidy.Small bar so not a bar flies pub,it`s a Hall and Woodhouse outlet so if you like their beers your sound here (no Tangle foot),but alas if your a lager drinker your limited to one (Hoff Brew yuck).Food was above average (dont have the fish and chips tho.all batter no fish),garden has been laid out well.
Worth a drive out.
Beersupper - 10 Sep 2008 20:22
(VISITED: Sun 30th April, 2008)

I'm not the sort of person to sign up to a website and type up reviews, but this is 1 place I think deserves the accolades.

Having just recently moved to Mole Valley from south London, finding the quintessential British country pub to frequent on a lazy Sunday was a priority for my partner and I.

After reading the reviews on this site, and others, we narrowed it down to 3 pubs.

My partner phoned first to see what time they finish serving lunch. She was told 3pm, so we quickly programmed the satnav, and headed to Walliswood to test this pub for ourselves

Our satnav took us on a beautiful but ridiculously unnecessary detour through a forest, and we eventually arrived at The Scarlett Arms 5mins before deadline.
Being a traditional pub, and I 6ft 3, I knocked my head a few time on the beams, but thought the place lovely. The barmaid and patrons were very friendly and welcoming. I can imagine whiling away the evenings in such a place.

We ordered our meals and took a seat in the dining area. It's a small pub so I can imagine it gets very busy around lunch times, but was quite empty when we arrived.
The food arrived quite quickly and we were suprised how fresh it all looked. My partner ordered the Sunday roast with beef (9.95). This was accompanied with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, parsnips, and a separate bowl of broccoli and cauliflower. I had the rib eye steak (13.95) which came with tomatoes, chips, a fried egg and a fresh salad.
These were not stingy portions either, so a full belly is guaranteed.
We both loved our meal. Everything was cooked to perfection, was steaming hot, the roast beef melted, absolutely no gristle. Even the mayonnaise I requested was a revelation! But the best thing about the Sunday roast was the unbelievable gravy. DEFINATELY NOT BISTO!!!!
Next time... yes I said it... NEXT TIME I will get there earlier to try some of the puddings because the list looked good.

More important for us is the atmosphere or ambience of a place. I have been to many places where as an 'outsider' your are looked on with derision and have bad service as a result. Not so here. From the moment we walked in it was warm and friendly. The villagers there were also engaging and helpful, offering us tips and other places to see. THIS must be the English countryside I heard so much about.

We complimented the chef and made a promise to spread the word before our return.
Here I keep my word.


BigSteveLondon - 31 Mar 2008 13:49
Found this place using this website. Wanted to try somewhere different for Sunday lunch and we didn't want to travel too far away from Dorking. I have to say I felt I was taking a bit of a punt as the comments about this place was mixed but actually it was excellent.

I'm not sure what the place was like before being "done up" but I don't really care. From the moment we walked through the door (myself and the missus and our 3yr old little chap) we were made to feel very welcome by both the bar staff and the locals. It has a nice clean and slightly modernised feel. Its bright and warm inside (with plenty of eral fires). The beer was good and the food was good too. Pricse wise 9.50 for a roast seems to be par for the course in the more upmarket pubs so I didn't begrudge that. The menu looked good and we have the roasts of the day (beef/pork) and the boy had the choice of either a child's portion roast or fish n chips or (proper bits of) chicken goujons with chips. He had the latter. The chips were gorgeous. So nice to find a pub that does proper home made chips rather than the frozeon "oven" style that seems to be ubiquitous in most pubs these days.

The food was very tasty and more than enough for my appetite. Certainly not measly. The puddings (we mostly ordered sticky toffee puds) were light and delicious.

There was a group of 7 of us there including 2 children (ours and ourt friends' 4 week old baby) and although its a fairly small pub they seem to be fairly family friendly (not baby changing in the mens though as far as I could see. Can't comment on the ladies').

So I'm scoring this place 8/10 as we had a lovely time and the food and beer was good. I'd whole heartedly recommend the place. Plus the bar maids were very cute ;-)
Jimmski - 9 Dec 2007 15:44
Revisited the Scarlett post renovation (the pub not me) and still has the same relaxed atmosphere and beers. Food has gone from good generous home cooking to food served in tiny pots (ramekin type things). Food tasty but if you have a large appetite might be a tad disappointed.
mikey64 - 25 Sep 2007 18:46
Newly refurbished
Not much change except moving the kitchen and replacing the old bar (shame)
A Hall & Woodhouse pub so the real ales ok
Friendly out of the way pub ideal for a hot summers day when we get one
bitterlover - 23 Aug 2007 15:23
Closed for refurb until early July 2007.
Dorkingtom - 28 May 2007 23:42
Still doing a top job at the Scarlett. Had a very good meal there last week.

A good old fashioned unpretensious pub in a quiet country setting.
mikey64 - 22 Jul 2006 18:33
Recently taken over by Frank and Karen - lovely couple.
Real ale choice limited to Fursty Ferret or Sussex ('Badgered' Sussex if you know what I mean).

Food, good honest home cooking, reasonably priced.

mikey64 - 1 Jul 2005 18:17

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