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Friday, February 9, 2018

Perfectly placed to enjoy that famously protected view from Richmond Hill, which has inspired artists, writers and explorers alike, The Petersham is well worth a visit

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Having made his name as one of Surrey’s first celebrity chefs on Ready Steady Cook, things have been tougher for Tony Tobin recently with his long-standing Reigate restaurant closing in 2017. Matthew Williams joins him at The Punchbowl Inn, near Ockley, for a country pub night with a difference

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

To many, building a kitchen in a glass box might be considered one of the first signs of madness. When Surrey Life caught up with super chef Steve Drake in January, however, that was exactly what he was planning. He got his wish. Matthew Williams grabs a table at his new restaurant, Sorrel

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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

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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

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Friday, September 22, 2017

We announce our 2017 winner of Restaurant of the Year at the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Foodie store by day and gourmet supper club by night, The Downing Street Deli in Farnham has some serious Surrey food and drink pedigree behind it. Matthew Williams visits this hidden gem for a sparkling night of creative cuisine

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in style and taking part in Woking Food & Drink Festival, The Lightbox art gallery and museum hosts a Pol Roger Champagne dinner. Matthew Williams reports

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Guildford has some of the best restaurants in Surrey. From authentic Italian to tasty Thai eateries, in no particular order, we pick 10 of the best places to dine out in Guildford

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday lunchtimes are made for lazing in a cosy pub with a beer in hand and an overflowing plate of delicious roast dinner on the table. We pick 12 of our favourite places for Sunday lunch in Surrey.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Winner of best pub and best local menu at last year’s Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards, the Stephan Langton Inn has long been a popular escape to the country. Matthew Williams discovers whether it has maintained its award-winning touch

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Whether you prefer jam or cream on top, or Prosecco to English breakfast tea – we’ve found 15 of the best afternoon teas in Surrey for you to indulge in

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Kingston is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes and bars, offering something to tickle the taste-buds of just about everyone. In no particular order, we pick 12 of the best places to eat…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Award winning restaurant, The French Table showcases contemporary French cooking in a chic yet comfortable setting, perfect for special occasions.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Close to the commuter town of Horley and in the shadow of Gatwick Airport, you’ll find the tranquil sanctuary of Langshott Manor, which somehow retains its micro-climate of peace and quiet. Matthew Williams visits its highly-rated Mulberry restaurant

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Friday, June 23, 2017

A venue that’s a home-from-home for its regulars, Red Bar and Lounge, in Dorking, treads the line between lively bar and fine dining. Matthew Williams visits and discovers a hidden gem

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The vegetarian and vegan offering in Surrey seems to be improving by the week. Here are nine of the best restaurants and cafés for vegetarians and vegans in Surrey

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It’s been a year of change at The Clock House in Ripley, with many wondering what the future would hold for the restaurant formerly known as Drake’s. Matthew Williams finds the dawn of a new adventure

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The latest addition to a mini ‘pub empire’ that melds comfort food and expansive drinks lists to winning effect, The Winterton Arms has found a new lease of life in the village of Chiddingfold.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

When Stovell’s sprung up in Chobham five years ago, it was a shot in the arm of Surrey’s dining scene – a modern British restaurant with fiery Mexican heritage (it’s not a Mexican!). Matthew Williams visits and finds a magical mystery tour

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Monday, March 6, 2017

The problem with country pubs is that quite often you never want to leave – fortunately, The Stag on the River, in Eashing, comes equipped with a set of perfectly-appointed bedrooms. Matthew Williams eats, sleeps, wakes and would quite happily repeat

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

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

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Friday, December 23, 2016

After well-documented events this autumn, The Tudor Room at Egham’s historic Great Fosters stands as Surrey’s lone Michelin star restaurant. Matthew Williams visits to find a magnificent hotel and a distinctive head chef that were perhaps destined for each other

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Ranked as the best dining pub in Surrey by a certain national pub guide, The Inn at West End has a long-standing reputation for its top-quality food and drink offering (particularly its wine) and convivial atmosphere

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

With summer feeling like a distant memory, Surrey Life restaurant reviewer Matthew Williams seeks an escape to sunnier climes at East Molesey’s hotly-tipped Mezzet Dar – and post-tapas discovers one of the most unusual cheesecakes around. All will become clear…

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It’s been all change at Ripley’s restaurants recently, but in a few short years, the latest incarnation of The Anchor has become a much-admired and comforting part of the village furniture. Matthew Williams visits the historic gastropub and finds a relaxed eatery, confident of its place in the grand scheme of things

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Winner of Best Local Menu at the 2015 Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards, chef Daniel Britten has since made the move from Guildford town centre to a country pub in Hascombe. Matthew Williams visits The Dining Room at The White Horse to see if he’s maintaining his award-winning flair

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Ad Feature: The Inn West End

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Inn West End is renowned locally and beyond for its exceptional food, exquisite wines and warm hospitality.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Welcome to 1907 restaurant, bar & grill from Brooklands Hotel, Weybridge.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Only a few years ago, Pennyhill Park’s The Latymer was named as Surrey’s first two-Michelin star restaurant. The pressure was on then when head chef Michael Wignall moved to pastures new. Enter stage right, Matt Worswick, fresh from impressing on the Great British Menu. Matthew Williams visits

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

While the well-heeled streets of Guildford may be packed with places to eat, there are surprisingly few options when it comes to fine dining. However, The Restaurant at The Mandolay, recently awarded the coveted accolade of two AA Rosettes, has its sights set on changing that. Surrey Life pays a visit

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Monday, May 23, 2016

A delightful country pub tucked away in the woods, just outside Church Crookham.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

At some point in the past few years, someone appears to have cast a magic spell over Woking and now the town’s food and drink offering is firmly on the map. As The Lightbox art gallery launches its first much-anticipated pop-up restaurant, Matthew Williams visits to find excitement is hitting new peaks

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

As any regular reader of these pages will be well aware, the times are a-changing in the pub world, with many having aspirations far beyond simple, homely grub these days. The Squirrel at Hurtmore is among those with grand ambitions. Matthew Williams finds out if it’s hitting the mark

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Light the candles and pour the fizz - here are eleven delightful ideas for dining out in Surrey this Valentine’s...

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Monday, February 1, 2016

The accolades have been coming in thick and fast for Warlingham’s India Dining, with the latest seeing it awarded two AA rosettes. Matthew Williams visits this fine-dining Indian restaurant

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Already among Surrey Life’s top ‘restaurant’ tips for 2016, Water’s Edge at Horsell Common’s new wetland centre, Heather Farm, promises to be everything but just a café. Matthew Williams visits to catch-up with pop-up dining queen, Aneke Spacie, to discover what new foodie magic she’s planning on conjuring

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Once an important coaching inn on the route from London to Brighton, The Running Horses is more of a hidden gem these days, perched on the side of Box Hill at Mickleham. Matthew Williams visits to try out their winter fare

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Monday, November 23, 2015

It never seems to stop in the world of Surrey food and drink at the moment, with restaurants and pubs changing hands or branding quicker than we can keep up – and that’s ignoring the High Street chain gang!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

In this year’s final for Surrey Life Restaurant of the Year were three exceptional but very different establishments. Here, our esteemed judge, Dr Anita Eves, head of the department of hospitality at the university of Surrey in Guildford, shares her experience of each one

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Friday, November 20, 2015

In this year’s final for Surrey Life Restaurant of the Year were three exceptional but very different establishments. Here, our esteemed judge, Dr Anita Eves, head of the department of hospitality at the university of Surrey in Guildford, shares her experience of each one

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Friday, November 20, 2015

In this year’s final for Surrey Life Restaurant of the Year were three exceptional but very different establishments. Here, our esteemed judge, Dr Anita Eves, head of the department of hospitality at the university of Surrey in Guildford, shares her experience of each one

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Our Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards’ Chef of the Year for the second year running, Steve Drake’s food just gets better and better and you will be well advised to secure your pre pre-Christmas bookings soon.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Swing out of Cobham town centre and you’ll find a ‘countryside’ pub sizzling with new life and packed full of class. Matthew Williams
 pays a visit to The Plough Inn to discover just what’s cooking

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Giggling Squid, the family of Thai restaurants, opened in Guildford in August as a 90-seater restaurant in Chapel Street following major refurbishments

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

When Paul, Victoria and Becky set up The Hothouse Café they wanted to create exactly the kind of place they would like to visit themselves.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

When opened in 2009, The Clink at HMP High Down could claim to be unique in the culinary world. The first public restaurant to operate inside a prison, it proved such a success that it now has a number of imitators. Matthew Williams runs the rule...

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Having suffered at the hands of the winter floods of 2014, Dorking’s Emlyn Restaurant is back, with expectation and ambition soaring. Matthew Williams runs the rule over the jewel in the crown of the historic Burford Bridge hotel

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The UK’s longest established cookery school has made a leap into the 21st century, as Tante Marie settles into Woking town centre. Matthew Williams visits The Restaurant to find out if it lives up to the promise

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