Discover the top 10 Surrey restaurants
After restaurant critic Jay Rayner once wrote that Surrey had a “staggeringly dull restaurant scene”, he’d be surprised by how much as changed in recent years. With a smattering of Michelin stars as well as popular hotspots, here is our guide to the Top 10 Surrey Restaurants
Chef Steve Drake recently won his second Michelin star for his restaurant, Sorrel, situated in a stunningly refurbished 300-year-old building on Dorking High Street. Sorrel’s seasonal menus fuse together a sublime mix of different flavours and textures which include dishes such as scallop, smoked cauliflower with curried oat granola and cucumber ketchup. In elegant surroundings, Sorrel is still wowing foodies from all over Surrey and beyond and it’s no wonder there is a three-month waiting list for tables.
Excellent south Indian cuisine is served up in Daastan which has been won a Bib Gourmand two years running. Head chef Nand Kishor who is also known as the ‘spice master’ is passionate about his craft and nothing other than seasonal ingredients and freshly prepared food will do. Every single dish in Dastaan is made to order and tasted by himself before leaving the pass which is why the menu is constantly changing to reflect seasonal produce. Popular dishes include Chicken Tikka Biryani and Lamb Rogan Josh.
The Clink, Sutton
If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, then lunch at The Clink will be an experience to remember. The restaurant is situated inside a real working prison, HMP High Down in Sutton and not only do you have to take your passport and leave all belongings behind before you dine for lunch, but you’ll also be supporting the amazing work of The Clink charity which is all about rehabilitating offenders through catering qualifications. The food is outstanding, considering the chefs are training – and you can look forward to dishes such as braised saddle of rabbit, prune and mustard jus, pearl barley and girolle mushrooms.
The Ivy Brasserie, Cobham
For an all-day dining experience which delivers on impeccable surroundings and a menu that has been delighting Ivy customers for decades, The Ivy Brasserie Cobham is a firm favourite. The vibe is chic meets leafy suburbs with Chesterfield sofas, fine art, and huge outdoor area perfect for sipping drinks with friends or loved ones. The Ivy is a popular spot for brunch – with dishes such as Lobster scrambled eggs and chicken Milanese with truffle.
The Tudor Room, Egham
Located in Great Fosters, a luxury country house hotel in Egham, the award-winning Tudor Room is revered for its use of first-class ingredients many of which come straight from their kitchen gardens. Recently a winner of their first Michelin star under the helm of chef Douglas Balish, the fine dining menu consists of sea bream cucumber, caviar, sea herb, as well as buttermilk, rose and lychee. Guests will be treated to excellent service in a historic dining room full of character.
The Dining Room at Beaverbrook, Leatherhead
Beaverbrook Hotel has an air of elegance amongst the rolling Surrey Hills countryside. And while the hotel has several dining options it’s their Japanese Grill at The Dining Room which is proving a hit with discerning guests. With ingredients fresh from the gardens, there is a wide range on offer for fans of this Asian cuisine – tuck into Japenese tacos and miso seafood ceviche paired with a delicate white wine for instance. Meanwhile, enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the estate from your seat. A true fusion of east meets west.
The Running Horses, Mickleham
Near Box Hill, The Running Horses is a historic inn which is serving up outstanding classic British pub grub. Feel at home amongst the historic prints and riding collectables in the traditional but welcoming interiors. A particular favourite is the button-backed leather booths which are great for couples wanting some privacy or a crowd of friends dipping into the sharing platters. From Tomahawk steaks to market fresh catches of the day you’ll easily find something to suit your mood.
The Latymer, Bagshot
Pennyhill Park’s fine dining restaurant brings guests an ultra-sophisticated experience in one of the oldest parts of the hotel – with plush furnishings and beautifully ornate wood panelling and beams. Enjoy Matt Worswick’s tasting menus including poached pavé of halibut, purple sprouting broccoli, smoked almond pesto and seaweed beurre blanc, alongside some fine wines and discover why Matt and The Latymer has been awarded a Michelin star for its food.
The Plough Inn, Cobham
Head chef John Sparks is championing the best of British at firm local favourite The Plough Inn in the village of Downside. Watch them at work in the open plan kitchen producing dishes such as salt beef hash and pan-fried hake. It’s the fine cuts of meat, though, that are the real stars of the menu. The team have built their own butchery and are skilled in delivering a raft ever-changing cuts, from the well known to the more unusual, all cooked on a Robata Chargrill.
Stovell’s unique setting in a 16-Century Tudor farmhouse sees discerning diners will sample contemporary European cuisine with a Mexican twist in this four AA Rosettes awarded restaurant. Chef Patron Fernando Stovell and his talented team use only sustainably sourced local produce and it is their infamous clay oven that really fires palettes. Try Stovell’s meat and fish chargrilled over compressed hardwood and applewood coals for an intense flavour.