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Eating out in Surrey - best restaurants

PUBLISHED: 18:15 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:15 22 March 2017

Where to eat out in Surrey

Where to eat 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 over the 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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Best winter pubs in Surrey 2016/2017


Best summer pubs in Surrey 2016

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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 3 AA rosettes


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. Web: thebingham.co.uk

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

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

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.”

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.’

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Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards

Recommended by readers, then judged by us

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

Chef of the Year: 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: 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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More great Surrey restaurants and pubs we’ve reviewed…

As featured in Surrey Life magazine over the past few years

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.’


Barbaracca, 10-14 Wharf Street, Godalming 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 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 Dining Room at The White Horse, The Street, Hascombe, Surrey GU8 4JA

Reviewed: August 2016

“It’s clear this is a big thing for chef Daniel Britten, but that it’s also only the start. There’s major ambitions for this place.”


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.’


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.”


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 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.’


India Dining, 6 The Green, Warlingham 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 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.’

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.’


Layla Restaurant, 110 High Street, Esher, Surrey KT10 9QL: 01372 462333

Reviewed: November 2013

‘Layla is a place that, with each passing dish, magically transports you from an Elmbridge high street to a seemingly far more exotic location.’


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...”

The Manor at Foxhills, Ottershaw, Surrey KT16 0EL. Tel: 01932 704480

Reviewed: August 2013

‘Celebrating 30 years in the ownership of the Hayton family, Foxhills is set to host the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards later this year.’


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

Reviewed: October 2016

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

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...’


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...’


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 Restaurant at The Mandolay, 36-40 London Road, Guildford 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 Restaurant at Tante Marie, 59-61 Commercial Way, Woking GU21 6HN Tel: 01483 724173

Reviewed: June 2015


‘The Restaurant at Tante Marie is a shot in the arm for Woking.’


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 Stag on the River, Lower Eashing Lane, Eashing 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 Squirrel, Hurtmore Road, Hurtmore 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.”

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...”


Water’s Edge, Heather Farm, Horsell Common, near Woking GU21 4XY

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 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...’

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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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