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Eating out in Surrey - best restaurants

PUBLISHED: 19:11 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 19:24 02 October 2017

Eating out in Surrey

Eating out in Surrey

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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

Have you recently discovered a dining gem in Surrey? Well, we’re always looking for new great places to eat out in Surrey, so get in touch by e-mailing matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk.


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Michelin star and three-and-above AA rosette restaurants in Surrey


Long the jewel in the crown for any ambitious restaurateur, here are Surrey’s current Michelin starred and three-and-above AA rosette restaurants; perfect for an evening of fine dining.

1 Michelin star and 4 AA rosettes

Matt Worswick at The Latymer, Pennyhill Park Hotel & The Spa, London Road, Bagshot GU19 5EU Tel: 01276 486156

Reviewed: July 2016

“While he’ll still be representing the north-west in the next instalment of Great British Menu, it’s clear we’ve got a hell of a foodie champion on our hands here in Surrey now. Book in soon, before there’s a waiting list.”


1 Michelin star and 3 AA rosettes


The Clock House, High Street, Ripley GU23 6AQ. Tel: 01483 224777. Web: theclockhouserestaurant.co.uk

Reviewed: May 2017

“The Clock House is a place that’s proud of its past but fully focussed on a bright new future.”

Great Fosters, Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 9UR Tel: 01784 433822

Reviewed: December 2016

‘Surrey’s top-end restaurants have been in a state of change this year, and fortunately Douglas Balish and Great Fosters have quietly strolled into the room, surveyed the scene and confidently picked up the reins.’

4 AA rosettes


Stovell’s, 125 Windsor Road, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8QS. Tel: 01276 858000

Reviewed: March 2017

‘A night at Stovell’s is an assault on your senses in the most welcoming way. Every dish hits you with bold and exciting flavours.’

3 AA rosettes

The Bingham, 61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 6UT. Tel: 020 8940 0902

Mulberry Restaurant at Langshott Manor, near Gatwick RH6 9LN. Tel: 01293 786680

Reviewed: July 2017

“Executive chef Phil Dixon has spent 10 years twisting, crafting and innovating the Mulberry’s menu into the flourishing three AA rosette offering found today.”

Michelin Bib Gourmand

The Anchor, High Street, Ripley GU23 6AE. Tel: 01483 211866

Reviewed: September 2016

‘So, in summary then, Michael really has got The Anchor firing confidently on all cylinders. It’s the kind of place you could find yourself returning to all too often if you lived nearby.’

Dastaan, 447 Kingston Road, Ewell KT19 0DB. Tel: 020 8786 8999

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Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards

Recommended by readers, then judged by us

Restaurant of the Year: 2017 The Anchor, Ripley | 2016 Emlyn Restaurant, Dorking | 2015 The French Table, Surbiton | 2014 Stovell’s, Chobham | 2013 Kinghams, Shere

Chef of the Year: 2017 Douglas Balish of The Tudor Room at Great Fosters, Egham | 2016 Eric Guignard of The French Table, Surbiton | 2015 Steve Drake of Drake’s, Ripley | 2014 Steve Drake of Drake’s, Ripley | 2013 Fernando and Kristy Stovell of Stovell’s, Chobham


Pub of the Year: 2017 The Cock Inn, Headley | 2016 The Stephan Langton, Friday Street | 2015 The Onslow Arms, West Clandon | 2014 The Four Horseshoes, Chobham | 2013 The Jolly Farmers, Buckland

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Best winter pubs in Surrey 2016/2017


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More great Surrey restaurants and pubs we’ve reviewed…

As featured in Surrey Life magazine over the past few years

Barbaracca, 10-14 Wharf Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1NN. Tel: 01483 414155

Reviewed: June 2016

‘While there may not be quite the same gastronomic boundaries being pushed as there used to be at La Luna, what we now have in Barbaracca is a very lovely place to relax over a leisurely lunch.’

The Dining Room at Beaverbrook, Reigate Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8QX. Tel: 01372 571300

Reviewed: September 2017

“With the light falling just right, you could easily imagine yourself in Tuscany while at Beaverbrook. While the setting is firmly European, head chef Taiji Maruyama whisks you off to the Land of the Rising Sun with his modern approach to Japanese cuisine.”

The Downing Street Deli, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PB. Tel: 07940 715579

Reviewed: September 2017

“I’ve absolutely no doubt these Downing Street Deli events would help Boris and Theresa to set aside their differences too - well, at least for one evening.”

The Garden House at Beaverbrook, Reigate Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8QX. Tel: 01372 571300

Reviewed: April 2017

“The fresh herbs and vegetables grown here are used within dishes from the Anglo-Italian inspired menu created by head chef Kaz Suzuki.”


India Dining, 6 The Green, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9NA: 01883 625 905

Reviewed: January 2016

‘Before visiting India Dining, I’d wondered if there was any way that it could possibly live up to the current hype but strangely, having been, this still feels like a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.’

The Inn at West End, 42 Guildford Road, West End, Surrey GU24 9PW. Tel: 01276 858652

Reviewed: November 2016

‘At The Inn conversation is relaxed, laughter is easy and by the end of the evening, you wish it didn’t have to come to an end.’

Karnavar, 62 South End, Croydon CR0 1DP. Tel: 0208 686 2436

Reviewed: January 2017

‘With the street-eats of Boxpark stealing the headlines, it’s easy to forget that not so long ago South End was rebranded as the ‘Restaurant Quarter’ – and it’s here you’ll find the hotly-tipped Karnavar blazing its spice trail.’

Mezzet Dar, 39 Bridge Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9ER. Tel: 0208 783 0149

Reviewed: October 2016

‘I’m later told that Antonio Banderas popped back in the following weekend. Based on our experience, I’m really not all that surprised. The place is a delight.’

Red Bar & Lounge, 45 Dene Street, Dorking, Surrey RH4 2DW. Tel: 01306 882222

Reviewed: June 2017

“Basically, Red is down-to-earth, high quality dining and a night out with friends, wrapped up in one.”

The Restaurant at The Mandolay, 36-40 London Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2AE Tel: 01483 303030

Reviewed: May 2016

“To bring things full circle, could The Restaurant at The Mandolay be the new fine dining option for Guildford?”


The Squirrel, Hurtmore Road, Hurtmore, Surrey GU7 2RN Tel: 01483 860223

Reviewed: March 2016

“Their goal is to put The Squirrel on the map as one of the best food pubs in Surrey. High ambitions indeed.”

The Stag on the River, Lower Eashing Lane, Eashing, Surrey GU7 2QG. Tel: 01483 421568

Reviewed: February 2016

‘At some point, Red Mist clearly cracked the informal pub dining formula and they continue to exploit that knowledge expertly – it’s not about fireworks and frills, but it is all rather good.’

The Stephan Langton Inn, Friday Street, near Dorking, Surrey RH5 6JR. Tel: 01306 730775

Reviewed: July 2017

All in all, The Stephan Langton Inn is a lovely little pub that’s championing Surrey at every turn and I can’t help but encourage and applaud their efforts. Long may it continue.”

Water’s Edge, Heather Farm, Horsell Common, near Woking, Surrey GU21 4XY. Tel: 01483 726556

Reviewed: January 2016

“Headed up by chef Aneke Spacie, Water’s Edge is a café with a difference: situated in the heart of a wetland nature reserve, their menu is endlessly creative.”


The Winterton Arms, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold, Surrey GU8 4UU. Tel: 01428 776151

Reviewed: April 2017

“The Winterton Arms is a place for those who enjoy the comfort food side of life just as much as they enjoy exploring the new and unusual.”

2015 REVIEWS:

Albert’s Table, 49 South End, Croydon, Surrey CR0 1BF: 0208 680 2010

Reviewed: March 2015

‘What’s immediately obvious on entering Albert’s Table is just how quickly you forget the “concrete jungle” outside.’

The Beano Restaurant, Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH. Tel: 01483 562142.

Reviewed: May 2015

“It is not only an unusual concept, serving as it does only vegetarian lunches, but it must surely be one of the town’s best-kept secrets too...”


Bel & The Dragon, Old Church, Bridge Street, Godalming GU7 1HY. Tel: 01483 527333

Reviewed: March 2015

‘A bar in a church? Gospel music on a Sunday? Gimmicks, perhaps, but they only heighten what’s already a very decent service at Godalming’s Bel & The Dragon.’

The Clink, Her Majesty’s Prison High Down, High Down Lane, Sutton SM2 5PJ Tel: 0207 147 6724


Reviewed: August 2015


‘Suffice to say, what’s on offer at The Clink is far more than some mere gimmick to spark idle chatter. The service is immaculately friendly, the cooking superb and the setting is far more relaxing than some might imagine.’

The Dog & Pheasant, Haslemere Road, Brook, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5UJ Tel: 01428 682763


Reviewed: August 2015


‘A quintessentially English country pub that takes it’s food and drink extremely seriously. If you’re a meat lover, make sure to check out their grill nights.’


Emlyn Restaurant, Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel, At the Foot of Box Hill, Dorking RH5 6BX. Tel: 01306 884561


Reviewed: July 2015


‘The storm being cooked up at the Emlyn Restaurant is incredibly exciting. It seems perfectly reasonable to suggest Box Hill is about to erupt…’


The French Table, 85 Maple Road, Surbiton KT6 4AW. Tel: 0208 399 2365

Reviewed: August 2015

“My main feeling on leaving this restaurant? How has it taken me 15 years to happen across this gem?”

The Mulberry Inn, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold GU8 4SS: 01428 644460

Reviewed: April 2015

‘The Mulberry proves that if you’re not really a fan of fine dining but you like your food fine, pubs are often the place to go now...’

The Onslow Arms, The Street, West Clandon GU4 7TE. Tel: 01483 222447

Reviewed: August 2015

‘With local beers on tap, a fine wine list, warm welcome and stunning food, all wrapped up in a beautiful, historic building and setting, they are everything that the modern country pub aspires to be.’

The Percy Arms, 75 Dorking Road, Chilworth GU4 8NP. Tel: 01483 561765


Visited: May 2015

“If you love your steaks, then there are few better places to get your eat on in Surrey.”


The Plough Inn, Plough Lane, Downside, Cobham KT11 3LT Tel: 01932 589790

Reviewed: September 2015

‘The Plough is everything that a top-end modern British pub aspires to be. I’d be amazed if it doesn’t go down a storm with the affluent diners in Cobham, Elmbridge and, indeed, as a destination for Surrey residents from further afield.’

The Running Horses, Old London Road, Mickleham, near Dorking RH5 6DU. Tel: 01372 372279

Reviewed: December 2015

‘The Running Horses is the kind of place that helps to create memories that are well worth writing about.’

The White Hart, Petworth Road, Witley, near Godalming GU8 5PH. Tel: 01428 683695

Reviewed: February 2015

‘Award-winning ribs by a London institution that’s escaped to the country? What’s not to like...’

2014 REVIEWS:

The Dysart Petersham, 135 Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AA Tel: 020 8940 8005


Reviewed: July 2014


“Suffice to say, The Dysart Petersham has joined the upper echelons of our very favourite restaurants. It’s certainly among the best we’ve reviewed over the years.”


The Gallery Restaurant, Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA.Tel: 01306 876616

Reviewed: July 2014

‘As England’s largest vineyard, Denbies is also one of our best-known visitor attractions – but what is less well-known is that tucked away on the third floor of the iconic flint-clad building is a fine dining restaurant with spectacular view.’

Kinghams, Gomshall Lane, Shere, Surrey GU5 9HE: 01483 202168


Reviewed: January 2014

‘Recently named Restaurant of the Year in the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards, as voted for by our readers, Kinghams more than lives up to the billing.’


Lythe Hill Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Petworth Road, Haslemere GU27 3BQ. Tel: 01428 651251


Reviewed: February 2014


“...this bold approach is exactly the sort of mentality that has helped distance countryside hotel restaurant dining from the old staid prawn cocktails...”

No 7 Temple, 7 Temple Market, Queens Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9DL: 01932 849847

Reviewed: September 2014

‘Popular Surrey restaurateur Shiraz Ali has been promising something a little special with his new Weybridge venture...’

Stephan Langton, Friday Street, Abinger Common, Dorking RH5 6JR Tel: 01306 730775

Reviewed: December 2014

‘If you can manage to combine it with a walk in that beautiful woodland as well, then I can hardly think of a better way to spend a winter’s day.’

The Three Horseshoes, Dyehouse Road, Thursley, Surrey GU8 6QD. Tel: 01252 703268


Reviewed: October 2014

“Peace and quiet and a perfect pub meal only a brief flick of the wheel off the A3...”

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Have you recently discovered a dining gem in Surrey? Well, we’re always looking for new great places to eat out in Surrey, so get in touch by e-mailing matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk.


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