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Romantic restaurants in Surrey: 11 of the best places to go

PUBLISHED: 13:44 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:14 05 February 2016

Dining out in Surrey this Valentine’s? We pick eleven of the best places to go

Dining out in Surrey this Valentine’s? We pick eleven of the best places to go

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

1. Kinghams, Shere

It doesn’t get much more romantic than supper in a 17th century building in the picturesque village of Shere. Surrey Life Restaurant of the Year 2013, Kinghams has a long-standing reputation and the dining room oozes charm with low ceilings, oak beams and a roaring fire. Oh, and the food is fantastic.

2. Stovell’s, Chobham

Located in a beautiful historic building just outside the centre of Chobham – Stovell’s has made quite an impression since its arrival in Surrey. Grab a barrel aged cocktail and unwind in the bar before moving through to the slow ceilinged restaurant to wine and dine your partner for the rest of the evening.

3. Drake’s, Ripley

One of Surrey’s top chefs, Steve Drake’s restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star for ten years running and was voted 35th in the Sunday Times Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants 2015. Found in the beautiful village of Ripley, they were also awarded Wine List of the Year in the 2013 Good Food Guide. Well worth a visit if you really want to make an impression.

4. Al Boccon Di’Vino, Richmond upon Thames

As long as you’re open-minded, this menu-less restaurant promises an absolutely unforgettable night. Small, intimate and quirky, the food is fantastic but you do have to be able to cope with what you are given as the Italian chef hands out his selections on the evening. Booking in advance is essential.

5. Great Fosters, Egham

Walking into the lavishly decorated dining room, with its opulent red walls, huge 17th century tapestry and grand fireplace, fellow diners whispering in hushed tones, you know you are in for something special this Valentine’s.

6. Petersham Nurseries, Richmond upon Thames

With a reputation as one of Surrey’s most interesting eateries, the award-winning Petersham Nurseries has become a mecca for the famous, attracting the likes of Richard E Grant and Madonna. The idyllic setting, coupled with a delicate rose prosecco and delicious lunch, is nothing if not romantic.

7. The Mulberry, Horley

Located in a 16th century Elizabethan manor house, over-looking a medieval moat and immaculate gardens, the Mulberry at Langshott Manor is packed full of historic charm and a romantic setting for couples all year long. They serve freshly prepared food, made by talented chefs – so you know you’re in safe hands.

8. Little Dudley House, Dorking

With the original oak timbers contrasting with modern furniture and a stunning glass room, Little Dudley House is certainly a memorable place to dine and has left a lasting impression on the market town of Dorking since its opening in 2010. Take advantage of their carefully crated Valentines menu – designed for two.

9. The Restaurant at Lythe Hill, Haslemere

The leafy green countryside and hills surrounding Haslemere have long been famous for having attracted George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Conan Doyle and Tennyson to their bounty. Find your own inspiration at Lythe Hill - make sure to ask for seating in the old room.

10. The Latymer, Bagshot

Surrey’s first two Michelin star restaurant, The Latymer is hidden away in the famous ivy-clad hotel, which is a romantic destination in its own right and is also home to one of the best spas in the country. In another word: bliss. Be careful if your spouse has a fondness for rugby players, though. The England team is based here and you don’t want to leave empty handed…

11. La Rive, Cobham

Candle-lit dining rooms, French-Mediterranean cuisine, talented chefs… What more could you ask for when heading out for a romantic meal? Make the most of their Valentine’s menu, with canapés on arrival and three delicious courses for only £42.50 per person.

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