<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Surrey Life today click here

Chef’s Table with Waters Edge café’s Aneke Spacie

PUBLISHED: 11:34 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:34 21 July 2017

From creative pop-up restaurants to her bustling cafe, Aneke is just happy cooking

From creative pop-up restaurants to her bustling cafe, Aneke is just happy cooking

Archant

Every month we discover what inspires Surrey’s top chefs. This time, we meet Aneke Spacie, owner of the Waters Edge café at Horsell Common, Woking

Norbury Blue would make Aneke's Surrey banquet dish Norbury Blue would make Aneke's Surrey banquet dish

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2017

***

What first inspired you to become a chef?

When I was seven a friend’s mum gave me an avocado filled with prawn mayonnaise and a flag on top. I was in awe of what I thought was food art – this was the 70s after all! I fell in love with the idea of playing with food. At the age of 13, I started washing up in our local restaurant. I’ll never forget it, £1.80 an hour to fill lemons with lemon sorbet (back to the 70s again!).

How did you come to be at Waters Edge?

I was balancing my career as executive chef at McLaren with looking after two small children. The journey began with intimate pop-ups at Byfleet Manor in 2012 but these grew to be such a success that a customer, who was fed up of not getting a table, offered us a site – what is now Waters Edge.

Tell us about your proudest achievements so far…

Winning the Surrey Life Food and Drink Award for best family dining, of course! Having a family and owning a family-focused business is wonderful.

Do you have a signature dish?

We are well known for our w’edge breakfast and brunch. My personal favourite is a simple choice of tomatoes and basil on posh toast with smoked garlic aioli and rocket. Our bread is made by a small independent bakery in Horsell with the ale mash from the brewery. This is what makes us special.

How do you go about sourcing your ingredients?

Just the other day, a cold and wet Sunday, we ran out of Sir Hans Sloane hot chocolate, which is based in West Byfleet. We called Brin and 10 minutes later we were re-stocked! Boz, our veg guy, is great at going to the market everyday and sourcing unusual varieties of vegetables and fruit.

Do you still enjoy cooking at home?

Yes! Always! Every day! My kids, Elysee and Etienne, simply love cooking with me too. They can make katsu curry by themselves and pancakes waffles. Elysee makes a lemon meringue pie that is simply heaven.

Finally, if you had to create the ultimate ‘Surrey’ dish for a banquet, what would it be?

Gosh, there are so many. Silent Pool Gin and tonic panna cotta with Chobham honey and lemon cake? Or a Norbury Blue soufflé with foraged berries and dandelion? I could go on if you want?!

• Waters Edge, Heather Farm, Horsell Common, Woking, Surrey GU21 4XY. Tel: 01483 726556. Web: http://surreywatersedge.com

***

NEXT UP: The French Table’s Eric Guignard appears in August’s Surrey Life magazine

If you would like to feature in Surrey Life’s Chef’s Table column, e-mail matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk

***

Chef’s Table with The Latymer’s Matt Worswick

Chef’s Table with The Tudor Room’s Douglas Balish

Vote for your favourite local chefs in the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Surrey visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Surrey staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Surrey account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

Tue, 10:39

Surrey’s oldest French restaurant, La Barbe in Reigate, celebrated its 35th anniversary this year. As part of the birthday celebrations, La Barbe has created this recipe for Marquise au Chocolat; a French classic perfect for celebration dinners

Read more
Friday, December 8, 2017

From ancient hostelries with roaring inglenook fireplaces to craft- beer bars and whisky havens with a twist, Surrey is blessed with some truly tantalising pubs for a cosy winter lunch or leisurely couple of drinks. We pick 29 of the best

Read more
Thursday, November 30, 2017

With the light falling just right, you can imagine yourself in Tuscany when at Beaverbrook. While the setting is European, their Dining Room whisks you to the Land of the Rising Sun. Matthew Williams visits

Read more
Monday, November 20, 2017

With the festive season fast approaching, in no particular order we pick 10 of the best butchers in Surrey to pick up your turkey this Christmas

Read more
Monday, November 6, 2017

We pick some of the best places in Surrey to enjoy a festive take on the quintessential English tradition of afternoon tea at Christmas

Read more
Friday, November 3, 2017

We are offering one lucky winner all they need for an organic Christmas feast, with a Christmas Dinner Box from Riverford.

Read more
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dark and chilly winter evenings are perfect for huddling in the corner of a country pub with friends, catching up over beer and supper in front of a log fire. Surrey is home to cosy pubs a-plenty – here are ten of the top places to go…

Read more
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

When one Surrey pub group were looking for a new wine to set them apart from the crowd, their search led to the gates of the family-owned Château Carbonneau near Bordeaux. More than one year on, it’s a relationship which continues to blossom

Read more
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Having coordinated Surrey’s first Goatober campaign in Dorking last year, The Salt Box has teamed up with the Stone House Vinyl Café to bring the event to Reigate in October 2017

Read more
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Creative twist on traditional Indian cuisine.

Read more
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The festive menu at The Anchor Ripley is available from 1st December until the 24th December.

Read more
Sunday, October 8, 2017

Living in England’s most densely wooded county, it’s always a pleasure to witness Surrey donning its autumn finery. Here’s some of the best places to do just that - plus a few pub pit stops to enjoy on route!

Read more
Monday, October 2, 2017

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs, compiled from Surrey Life reviews in recent years

Read more
Monday, October 2, 2017

Every month we discover what inspires Surrey’s top chefs. Here Fred Clapperton, head chef at The Clock House in Ripley, shares his story

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Surrey Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Surrey's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search