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New restaurant and cafe openings in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 10:45 23 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:45 23 November 2015

It's all change in Godalming, with Barbaracca replacing La Luna (Photo: Eddie Judd Photography)

It's all change in Godalming, with Barbaracca replacing La Luna (Photo: Eddie Judd Photography)

Eddie Judd Photography

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!

Primal Roost is bringing something a little different to BagshotPrimal Roost is bringing something a little different to Bagshot

While many locals were sad to see the apparent recent closure of La Luna, the Italian fine dining restaurant in Godalming, it quickly rose again, under the same ownership, as Barbaracca. They’ll be serving rustic Sicilian and Italian family food.

Taking over from La Capanna in Cobham, La Rive is a new restaurant serving Provençal cuisine. Making the most of the beautiful historic building, this is the latest project from Simon Rand and head chef Eric Payet, who hope to build on the success of their first venue, The Hare Bar & Grill in Lingfield.

Found off the beaten track, in Walton-on-the-Hill, The Blue Ball has also been resurrected with a brand-spanking new look drawing many admiring glances. Elsewhere, The Jolly Farmers near Betchworth and The Fox Revived at Norwood Hill have both been taken over by the national pub group Brunning and Price, with the first of the two establishments being renamed The Pheasant.

Then, on a slightly different curve, there’s places like Primal Roost in Bagshot and The Juice Smith in Cobham. The former is a paleo-inspired café and pantry, catering for health-conscious individuals and those wanting high-quality, nutrient-dense food and drinks, and the latter is dedicated to making nutritious cold-pressed juices.

Finally, and for this writer probably the most exciting of them all, is a new café opening in the middle of a nature reserve near Woking. The Waters Edge will be run by Surrey Life favourite and pop-up restaurant queen Aneke Spacie (reviews of her previous ventures can be found at and, as well as woodcarved crocodiles, thrones and barbeque huts, this new destination will run as a weekly café by day with the odd supper club thrown in on weekend evenings. Watch this space…

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