Eating out in Surrey - best restaurants

PUBLISHED: 15:19 17 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:11 06 September 2016

Surrey Life magazine restaurant reviews

Surrey Life magazine restaurant reviews


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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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

Drake’s Restaurant, The Clock House, High Street, Ripley, Surrey GU23 6AQ: 01483 224777
Reviewed: February 2013

The Glasshouse, 14 Station Parade, Kew, Surrey TW9 3PZ: 020 8940 6777
Reviewed: October 2008

4 AA rosettes
Stovell’s, 125 Windsor Road, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8QS. Tel: 01276 858000
Reviewed: November 2012

Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards

Recommended by readers, then judged by us


Restaurant of the Year: 2015 The French Table, Surbiton | 2014 Stovell's, Chobham | 2013 Kinghams, Shere

Chef of the Year: 2015 Steve Drake of Drake's, Ripley | 2014 Steve Drake of Drake's, Ripley | 2013 Fernando and Kristy Stovell of Stovell's, Chobham


Other great Surrey restaurants we've reviewed

As featured in Surrey Life magazine over the past few years

Abinger Cookery School, Guildford Road, Abinger Hammer, Surrey RH5 6RZ: 01306 730470

Reviewed: May 2015

"As dish after dish arrived across the evening, guests (mainly from the village, but word is sure to spread if the places aren’t snapped up before sale by the locals) sat back in wonder..."


Al Boccon Di’Vino, 14 Red Lion Street, Richmond upon Thames, Surrey TW9 1RW: 0208 940 9060

Reviewed: March 2011

‘For the adventurous diner, Al Boccon Di’Vino is a not-to-be-missed experience.’

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

Reviewed: April 2014

‘All in all, the afternoon proved to be a laid-back way to enjoy exceptional food without a hint of pretension...’


Aneke Spacie at The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA:

Reviewed: April 2016

“For any discerning food and art-lover, the experience at The Lightbox’s pop-up restaurant is clearly going to prove hard to beat.”

The Bakery Restaurant, Westmore Green, Tatsfield, Surrey TN16 2AG: 01959 577605

Reviewed: May 2012

‘Set in a former Surrey Village of the Year, this modern English and European restaurant proved a very pleasant discovery.’

La Barbe, Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7AN Tel: 01737 241966

Reviewed: December 2012

‘Celebrating its 30th year, French restaurant La Barbe is something of a Reigate institution, bringing a Gallic flavour to the well-stocked streets of the east Surrey market town.’

BBQ Whisky Beer at 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...'

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 Bell, Bell Lane, Fetcham, Surrey KT22 9ND: 01372 372624

Reviewed: March 2012

“Recently voted Surrey’s best winter pub in our poll at, it’s not only film stars who have been appreciating the changes that have been taking place at this rather grand hostelry of late.”

Brasserie Vacherin, 12 High Street, Sutton, Surrey SM1 1HN: 0208 722 0180~

Reviewed: January 2011

‘Despite receiving plaudits in its first year, Brasserie Vacherin had an awful lot to live up to in order to meet this particular day’s expectations. It did.’

La Buvette, Church Lane, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1SN: 0208 940 6264

Reviewed: February 2012

‘When other local restaurants start recommending that you try out a competitor, you know you have a treat on your hands.’

Carlo’s Trattoria, Shere Road, Newlands Corner, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8SE: 01483 224180

Reviewed: August 2011

‘Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, with the now 60-year-old Carlo Crosta leading the kitchen for the duration, it has established a reputation as a fun and friendly place that takes its food seriously.’

Chez Vous, 432 Limpsfield Road, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9LA. Tel: 01883 620451

Reviewed: July 2012

Chez Vous offers the kind of menu where you immediately feel disloyal to favourite dishes, as you realise you can only pick one. From starters to main courses, if we’d been left to our own devices we could have still been sitting there tomorrow deciding.’

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 Dining Room, 59a High Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 9AE: 01737 226650

Reviewed: September 2011

“Perched above Reigate High Street, it has been a mainstay of the area’s dining scene since the Ready, Steady, Cook regular became head chef there in 1993.”

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."

El meson de Los Hermanos, 20 Baker Street, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8AU: 01932 851333

Reviewed: October 2011

“It’s the kind of place where any stresses and strains melt away and brings back memories of one of my favourite Spanish phrases: mañana. With food this good, frankly anything else can wait.”

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…'

Firefly @ The Keystone, 3 Portsmouth Road, Guildford GU2 4BL. Tel: 01483 575089

Visited: March 2015

“Got to be the best burger joint in town – great food and beers, all wrapped in a cool, artsy vibe. We loved the ChocoChilli option!”

Food by Aneke, West End, near Woking


Reviewed: May 2014

"As with our previous encounter with Aneke, the menu proves a constantly exciting encounter..."

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.'

The Grantley Arms, The Street, Wonersh, Surrey GU5 0PE. Tel: 01483 893351

Reviewed: February 2016

'It’s early days yet for The Grantley Arms but all the signs point to a very exciting future ahead. This is the kind of place that once again proves that a balance between village pub and fine dining can be found, and the results are thrilling.'

The Grumpy Mole, Brockham, Surrey RH3 7JS: 01737 845101

Reviewed: December 2011

‘Sitting at our table overlooking the recently named Surrey village of the year’s green, our waitress approaches apologetically: “We’ve had a call from one of your party and, well, they’ve gone to Tadworth instead…”’

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

Reviewed: November 2013

‘Again and again, our taste buds were assaulted with a medley of the finest ingredients, beautifully combined in creative combinations,’

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.'

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.’

London House, Moving to 31 Station Approach, West Byfleet KT14 6NF. Tel: 07930 113809

Reviewed: August 2015

"Will we visit Ben and Lornette when they reopen following their move to West Byfleet? We certainly hope so!"

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...”


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.”

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.’

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...'

Mulberry Restaurant, Langshott Manor, near Gatwick, Horley, Surrey RH6 9LN: 01293 786680

Reviewed: April 2012

‘A grand old 16th century building that has counted a Governor of the Bank of England among its owners, Langshott Manor is surprisingly serene considering its proximity to Gatwick...’

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
***Pub of the Year at the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2015***

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 Pendleton, 26 St John’s, Earlswood RH1 6QF. Tel: 01737 760212

Reviewed: September 2013

‘The Pendleton has a very unpretentious air for the quality of food on offer, and by the time it came to leave, we were reluctant.’

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.'

Le Raj, 211 Fir Tree Road, Epsom Downs, Surrey KT17 3LB Tel: 01737 371371

Reviewed: May 2011

The reputation of Le Raj precedes it; stretching not just across Surrey, but right across the world’

RaysIndian, Victoria Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 7PB. Tel: 01483 724452

Reviewed: August 2015

If you want to try something a bit different, give RaysIndian a try. I would return for the street food alone."

The Red Lion, Castle Street, Bletchingley, Surrey RH1 4NU Tel: 01883 743 342

Reviewed August 2015
'An excellent community spirited pub, with a great food and drink offering - and quirky decor...'


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 Richard Onslow, 113-117 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8AU: 01483 274 922

Reviewed: September 2012

‘So, in conclusion, how to sum up a pub that is offering so much? The Richard Onslow is an intriguing mix of drinking pub, top quality restaurant and relaxing weekend hideaway.’

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 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 Horse, The Street, Hascombe GU8 4JA. Tel: 01483 208258

Reviewed: August 2016

“Found down the sort of country lanes where a fallen mushroom would cause a week-long tailback (at least if you follow our satnav…), you’ll discover one of the county’s most exciting chefs making a new home…”


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