The White Horse welcomes Head Chef, James O’Grady at The Dozen

The White Horse, part of Bespoke Hotels in Dorking welcomes Head Chef, James O’Grady at the new ‘drink, dine and deli’ restaurant concept, The Dozen

Beccy Gunn, General Manager at The White Horse explained: “Since the £4million investment by Bespoke Hotels and the opening of the new restaurant we have been generating new jobs for the community and shining a spotlight on the region. James brings a wealth of experience to the team and we look forward to developing a new foodie destination for Surrey locals and hotel guests.”

With a strong background in restaurants, hotels and events from Michelin-starred restaurants to the Dean Street Townhouse brasserie in Soho, James is passionate about sharing his skill set with the new team.

James commented: “I am thrilled to bring my experience to The White Horse team and I am excited to develop The Dozen to ensure guests enjoy the high standard of local food and the vibrant atmosphere.”

A first for Dorking, The Dozen offers an informal all-day dining experience, effortlessly blending timeless British classics with locally sourced produce. Working extensively in partnership with local producers, all aspects of the restaurant and bar come infused with a local Surrey flavour. From the Dozen sausage, produced exclusively by the Dorking Butchery, to the cheese board featuring a selection of cheeses from Sussex & Surrey and Debbies’ local chutneys.

Room rates at The White Horse start from £109.00 for a Cosy Room. Classic dishes at The Dozen are priced from £12.50. For further information or to book visit;


Housed in an original 18th century coaching inn, The White Horse is centrally located within the vibrant Surrey market town of Dorking, within easy reach of the famous West Street and its outstanding collection of independent stores.

Conveniently located just a few minutes from Dorking Train Station, it is 30 miles from Central London and 7 miles from Gatwick Airport.

Nearby sights include the world-famous Epsom racetrack (3 miles), alongside Bletchworth Park (1 mile), Denbies Vineyard (2 miles), Box Hill (2 miles), Chessington World of Adventure (5 miles), as well as both Dorking and Effingham Golf Clubs (2 miles).