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Cobbetts Bottle Shop and Micropub, Dorking, Surrey

Cobbetts is in the town centre of Dorking in Surrey, a region that has been slow to catch on to the micropub trend.

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Run by Steve and Tim, the business started as a quality bottle shop that also served cask ales to take away.

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The idea of adding a micropub originated from a remark made in jest by one of their customers. And Steve and Tim thought why not give it a go?   Their premises had a back office that they decided was surplus to requirements, so they converted it into the micropub room.  So, you order your drinks in the shop and carry them through a little doorway and down a short corridor to the micropub at the back.  The room itself is quite small, having a couple of tables, but with a bar-height shelf with barstools around most of the wall.  There’s also a pleasant garden behind the building that serves as an outdoor drinking and smoking area.

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There are generally two cask ales on offer, plus cider from polypins and, of course, a whole cornucopia of bottled ales from just about every corner of the world.

It’s a different arrangement to most micropubs. The absence of a landlord (or any bar staff) in the drinking area took a bit of getting used to but overall I really liked Cobbetts.   They also organise various courses, such as Beer Tasting for Women, and also trips to visit notable pubs. So, all in all, a valuable asset to the real ale community in this area.

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And so much more than just a bottle shop!

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