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PUBLISHED: 10:05 15 June 2016 | UPDATED: 13:10 15 June 2016

Pulling Pints at the Platform 3 micropub in Claygate

Pulling Pints at the Platform 3 micropub in Claygate

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Gourmet Life snippets

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2016

Main stories:

  • Oxted Food & Drink Festival
  • Pulling Pints at Bel & The Dragon, Churt
  • Pick from the farmers’ markets with Hogs Back Brewery

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Having previously held two Michelin stars, chef Martin Blunos is to join The Talbot Inn at Ripley as its new head chef. Most recently, he ran the Blunos restaurant inside the County Hotel in Bath. More at thetalbotripley.com

As this magazine reaches the shops, brothers Claude and Cedric Bosi will be preparing to re-open The Swan Inn in Esher, offering “English food from a Frenchman”. Double-Michelin-starred chef Claude will oversee what promises to be a delicious menu with head chef Justin West. More at theswanesher.co.uk

Woking’s Cellar Magneval Wine Bar & Caveau will host their all-day Fête de la Musique on Saturday June 18, a day of music inspired by the French celebration of music every summer. More at cellarmagneval.com

The manager at Milford’s Black Barn Butchers, Damon Buckingham, is among a team of six representing Britain’s best butchers at the World Butchery Challenge against Australia, New Zealand and France in September. More at blackbarnbutchers.co.uk

Guildford fine-dining restaurant, Britten’s, is currently closed until the autumn, with a major rebranding and refurbishment set to take place. More at brittensrestaurant.com

 

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2016

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Albury’s Silent Pool Gin has taken on the world’s best and won gold in the World Spirits Awards, held in Austria, and silver in the World Spirits Competition, held in San Francisco. More at silentpooldistillers.com

Guildford’s Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel has been rebranded as the Guildford Harbour Hotel. It means the Steak & Lobster restaurant will also be completely changed as part of the new concept for the 183-bedroom hotel. More at guildford-harbour-hotel.co.uk

The famous Surrey Oaks Beer Festival, featuring over 50 ales, ciders and perries, takes place at the Newdigate pub from Friday May 27 to Monday May 30. More at surreyoaks.co.uk

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2016

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Following a £1,000,000 renovation, Worplesdon Place near Guildford reopened its doors mid-March. Now billed as a ‘boutique country pub with rooms’, the menu ranges from pub classics to seasonal specials for the ‘more discerning diner’. More at worplesdonplace.co.uk

The owners of Brook’s The Dog & Pheasant and Guildford’s The Albany have added The Olive Tree in Sutton Green to their little pub company. Aiming to bring a new lease of life to the place, owner Dave Hall has returned to the pub after originally running the place 10 years ago. More at theolivetreesuttongreen.com

Godalming wine specialists Giraffe & Hobbit are set to face the wrath of the American trademark-owner of the word ‘Hobbit’, with the case to be trawled through the courts. More at giraffeandhobbit.co.uk

The opening of a new independent butchery in Dorking has caused much excitement. Dorking Butchery specialises in dry-aged beef but has plenty more to offer too – including some locally-themed bangers. More at thedorkingbutchery.co.uk.

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2016

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Last seen on our screens competing in BBC Two’s Great British Menu, Matthew Worswick has been named as the new head chef of Pennyhill Park’s award-winning restaurant, The Latymer, in Bagshot. Much excitement as we wait to see what’s in store. More at pennyhillpark.co.uk

Glowingly reviewed in February’s Surrey Life magazine, The Grantley Arms in Wonersh has since been named ‘one to watch’ in the Morning Advertiser’s annual Top 50 Gastropubs awards. Currently, no other Surrey pubs feature on the list, which we certainly hope to see change in the near future.

The general manager of London’s Berkeley hotel for three years, Justin Pinchbeck is to take up the role of chief operating officer at Beaverbrook, the new country house hotel and golf resort in the former Leatherhead home of media magnate Lord Beaverbrook. Expected to be launched in 2017, membership will be strictly by invite only. More at longshotltd.com

The White Brasserie Company has taken over The Victoria pub in Oxshott, with the premises expected to reopen in the summer. Other pubs in their fold include The Cricketers in Cobham; The March Hare, Guildford; The Queen’s Head in Weybridge; and The Sun Inn at Chobham. More at whitebrasserie.com

Meet the millers from Haslemere’s Imbhams Farm Granary at a baking event and mill tour at the National Trust’s Shalford Mill on Wednesday March 30, 11am to 4pm. More at nationaltrust.org.uk/shalford-mill

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine February 2016

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After much success with his restaurant Britten’s in Guildford, chef Daniel Britten is moving on to pastures (or should that be wetlands?) new. He will join chef Aneke Spacie at the exciting Water’s Edge café/restaurant project at Horsell. Watch this space for more news of the exciting plans expected at his former restaurant. More at surreywatersedge.com

With Michael Wignall having left the building, Pennyhill Park in Bagshot has announced that Steven Edwards, winner of BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals 2013, will be a guest chef at its restaurant, The Latymer. Offered as a series of exclusive dates throughout February, Steven and his business partner, Josh Stanzl, have developed elegant six-course tasting menus for their takeover. More at pennyhillpark.co.uk

Kingston’s Becketts Gin used juniper berries collected from the National Trust beauty spot Box Hill in the latest batch of their tasty tipple. In return, they are now running a conservation project to propagate a new population of juniper from seed, which they will be planting at the Juniper Top area of the hill. More at beckettsgin.co.uk

With former owner Eric Payet having opened La Rive in Cobham last autumn, the Hare & Hounds in Lingfield has been taken over and rebranded as La Frasca, an independent Italian eatery. More at lafrasca.co.uk

The Guildford Wine Experience, featuring over 150 local and world wines and proseccos, will be taking place in the grounds of Guildford Cathedral on Friday February 26 and Saturday February 27. More at drinksfestivals.co.uk

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2016

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Following on from the huge success of their wine bars in Woking and Fleet, Jo and Thierry de Magneval have opened their Cellar Magneval Boutique de Vins & Épicerie Fine (a fine wine store) in the gastro-village of Ripley. A welcome addition alongside the likes of Drake’s, The Anchor, Pinnock’s and Nest, find out more at cellarmagneval.com.

Renowned restaurant critic and sometime jazz pianist Jay Rayner is embarking on A Night of Food and Agony in 2016, a tour combining his storytelling and acerbic wit with a hitherto hidden talent as a musician. The show heads to Kingston’s Rose Theatre on Tuesday February 23 and Camberley Theatre on Saturday April 16. Tickets can be purchased from the venues.

MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace ran the rule over a foodie evening at Lingfield’s picturesque The Wiremill pub. The event focussed on how sustainability and home-grown products affect the tastes of dishes. More at thewiremill.co.uk.

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Gourmet Life snippets

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2015

Main stories:

  • Where to source local ingredients for your Christmas dinner
  • Pulling Pints at The Dog & Pheasant, Brook
  • Our pick of the Farmers’ Markets

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Having taken The Latymer at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot to the heights of two Michelin stars, Michael Wignall is moving on to pastures new and taking over from one of the nation’s great chefs, Michael Caines, as executive head chef at Gidleigh Park in Devon. Wignall will move on to his new role in January and we await news on who will be replacing him at Pennyhill Park with interest.

The BBC Good Food Show will be bringing Christmas to Hampton Court Palace this month with its first festive food fair. Running from Friday December 4 to Sunday December 6, The BBC Good Food Festive Fayre promises guests the chance to stock up their pantry and seek advice from top exhibitors and chefs. What is more, tickets include entry to the palace as well.

Surrey chef Nabin Surya Ale has scooped a 2015 Curry Life Chef Award for his work at Warlingham restaurant, India Dining. Said to have displayed “outstanding performance” and “culinary excellence” at the upmarket curry house, he was among 40 chefs to win the accolade, which rewards individuals who work “tirelessly behind the scenes to bring a great experience to our tables”.

Finally, you may have got an aroma of coffee while driving up Cooper’s Hill Road in Nutfield recently and wondered why. Well, local food and drink technology company Campden BRI have been using a new roaster to research barley, which when roasted smells a lot like coffee.

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine November 2015

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  • Winners of the innovation award at the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2015, Silent Pool Distillers are now stocked by Fortnum & Mason, as well as local stockists and cruise liners. More at silentpooldistillers.com
  • Reigate’s Venture Inn has just undergone something of a transformation. Gone are the dark panels and Thai cuisine and in comes a slick bar serving top drinks and an American grill menu. More at venturebarandgrill.com
  • Get your festive season in order this year with the Tante Marie Culinary School. With Create a Christmas Cake (Wednesday November 4 and Wednesday November 25) and Christmas Trimmings (Thursday November 5 and Thursday November 26), there’s plenty of help for your seasonal arsenal.  More at tantemarie.co.uk
  • It’s been an exciting time for Ray and Shoba Aziz of RaysIndian, who recently appeared on the hit TV show Come Dine With Me. They even had the film crew into their Woking restaurant. More at raysindian.com
     

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Gourmet Life snippets

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine October 2015

Main stories:

  • Hopping mad at Hogs Back Brewery
  • Pennyhill Park’s Wines of the World
  • Pulling Pints at The Three Horseshoes, Thursley
  • Our pick of the Farmers’ Markets

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  • Taking over from La Capanna in Cobham, La Rive is a new restaurant serving Provençal cuisine. Making the most of the 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 in Lingfield. Website coming soon… 
  • In news that will hardly surprise most avid pub-goers, the latest Good Pub Guide survey of national drinks prices had Surrey at the steeper end of the curve with the average pint at £3.63 (the national average is £3.46). Meanwhile, The Inn at West End was named Surrey’s dining pub of the year by the guide.
  • Head to Great Fosters in Egham for a talk by artist Philip Sutton and a two-course lunch on Thursday October 1 at 12noon. Tickets: £55. More at greatfosters.co.uk.
  • Pop over to RHS Garden Wisley for a celebration of autumnal food from Monday September 28 to Monday November 30. Wisley has over 670 different cultivars of apple, and a Taste of Wisley will showcase some of these. More at rhs.org.uk/wisley.
  • Found off the beaten track, The Blue Ball in Walton on the Hill has been transformed. Whiting & Hammond will be operating the new-look pub, which has now reopened its doors.

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2015

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  • Visitors to this year’s Haslemere Food Festival on Saturday September 19, from 10am to 4pm, could become the town’s first ever ‘Bake Off’ winner. Miranda Gore Browne, a finalist on the first The Great British Bake Off, will be judging the event. More at haslemere.com/foodfestival
  • The Fortnight of Food is a celebration of everything foodie
    in Farnham, running from Saturday September 12 until its conclusion with the annual Food Festival on Saturday September 26. More at farnham.gov.uk
  • Filled with local ales, music and food, the G Live Beer Festival is back on Friday September 11 and Saturday September 12. Featuring some of our leading independent brewers, including Hogs Back, Little Beer Company, Surrey Hills and Frensham, there is also a BBQ and hog roast. More at glive.co.uk
  • Innovative and long-standing owners of the award-winning Jolly Farmers near Betchworth and The Fox Revived at Norwood Hill, Jon and Paula Briscoe have left following the sale of the pubs by investors. Renowned as champions of local produce, we wish them all the best with their future endeavours. More at justsojellies.myshopify.com
  • This year’s Cranleigh Food and Music Festival will see Cranleigh Arts Centre hosting dozens of stalls selling a wide range of delicious locally-produced food and drink on Saturday October 3. More at cranleighartscentre.org

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2015

Main stories:

  • Woking Food and Drink Festival
  • Pennyhill Park’s World of Wine
  • Pulling Pints at Botley Hill Farmhouse, Warlingham
  • A Surrey Royal – a local summer tipple twist…

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  • The Caribbean chef at Guildford’s Firefly at The Keystone, has launched a new ‘Soul Station’ at the pub every Tuesday evening. Expect plenty of jerk chicken, oxtail stew and curried mutton, as well as a veggie option. More at fireflyvenues.com.
  • One of the few Indian restaurants in the country to have been awarded two coveted AA rosettes, the team at India Dining in Warlingham has been celebrating this leading accolade. The award means they are now in the top 10 per cent of restaurants nation- wide. More at indiadining.co.uk
  • Guildford’s Radisson Edwardian Blue has launched its new alfresco terrace and is now offering VIP packages for the Rugby World Cup this autumn. £50 gets you the game, two hours of unlimited barbecue and five drinks. The offer is available for all England games and then the knock-out stages. More at radissonblu-edwardian.com.
  • After celebrating a successful decade in business last year, Red Mist Leisure, the Farnham-based pub company started by two friends, Mark Williams and Mark Robson, is again raising a glass – this time to the £13,117.14 it has raised in the last six months for local charities. More at redmistleisure.co.uk

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2015

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  • The sixth Godalming Food Festival takes on a Taste of the World theme this year, with a variety of mouth-watering street food and drink to be found in the town on Saturday July 4. New for this year’s festival will be an outdoor beer festival hosted by the Star Pub in Church Street, where a traditional South African braii will also be located. See godalmingfoodfestival.com.
  • The Horseshoe pub in Warlingham has been given a smart refurbishment by the Barons Pub Company. For more on what you can look forward to at this contemporary community pub, which also has plenty of places to sit outside on the front decking, pay a visit to their website at baronspubs.com.
  • Join the Mad Hatter’s Picnic Tea Party at RHS Garden Wisley, near Woking, from Wednesday July 22 to Monday August 31, at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm or 3pm. Expect Wonderland-themed treats! Seating is limited and pre-booking is required via 01483 225329 / rhs.org.uk. Tickets: Adults, £12; children (seven and under), £10. Prices exclude garden entrance.
  • When ownership changes arise at pubs, there’s often a certain trepidation among patrons about what the future might hold. No such worries, however, at The Stephan Langton in Friday Street, near Dorking, where the new owners have a background at Surrey Craft Beers and Shere’s Tillingbourne Brewery, so have understandably been welcomed with open arms.
  • Egham Beer Festival celebrates its 21st year at the multi CAMRA award-winning United Services Club, Egham, from Thursday August 6 to Sunday August 9. Sessions cost £3. For more information, visit their website at eghambeerfestival.co.uk.

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Gourmet Life snippets

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2015

Main stories:

  • Join the rural way of life at Open Farm Sunday
  • The world of wine at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot
  • Heating up for the Amazing Thailand Festival in Milford
  • Pulling pints at The Antelope, Surbiton
  • Pick of the farmers’ markets

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  • Jazz aficionado? Then Guildford’s Firefly Jazz Café could be the place for you. Every other Sunday, enjoy a chilled afternoon of free music – complimented by top-notch beers and burgers. More at fireflyvenues.com.
  • Discover the inside story at The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down in Sutton. Every Wednesday, between 12noon and 2pm, guests can enjoy a three-course lunch, cooked and served entirely by the prisoners training in the restaurant. The event is £24.95 per person and includes welcome drinks, a three-course meal, tea and coffee as well as a free prisoner art and poetry book worth £8.95. More at theclinkcharity.org.
  • Meet the bees and enjoy a fascinating tour of Egham’s Great Fosters estate with lunch on Friday June 12 and Thursday June 25, 10am to 3.30pm on both days. Tickets are £70 per person, including coffee and cookies on arrival, garden tour, pre-lunch Champagne and three-course lunch with a glass of wine. More at greatfosters.co.uk.
  • High Clandon Estate Vineyard launches its new vintage, the 2010 Magna Carta Cuvée, with a spectacular sculpture exhibition from Sunday June 21 to Sunday July 5, 11am to 5pm daily. More at highclandon.co.uk.
  • Spoil dad with a two-course ‘Dad’s favourites’ lunch this Father’s Day, or enjoy a sweet and savoury high tea, at RHS Garden Wisley’s The Restaurant. Lunch or high tea, £25 per person, excluding garden entrance. More at rhs.org.uk/wisley.
  • Kingston’s The Spring Grove has reopened recently following a refurbishment that has also restored original features. As well as seasonal grub and a great garden, dogs are welcome to enjoy the pub’s homemade ‘Pot Poodle’ treats.

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2015

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  • Old Woking’s acclaimed London House restaurant is on the move, but their new location is currently being kept a close secret. All the owner, Ben Piette, will say is: “We can confirm, however, that we will not be moving too far.” More at londonhouseoldwoking.co.uk
  • The Albert Arms in Esher (a corner pub with a u-shaped bar) and Woodies Freehouse in New Malden (a former cricket pavilion turned Aladdin’s cave) took the joint ‘Pub of the Year’ honours from CAMRA’s Kingston and Leatherhead group. More at camrasurrey.org.uk
  • The Guildford Institute’s Summer 2015 Special Event will lure in those with a penchant for a beer or two! Tongham’s Hogs Back Brewery will be talking about the art of making the perfect pint on Thursday May 21 from 7pm. More at guildford-institute.org.uk
  • Among the winners at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National Beer Competition 2015 were Dorking Brewery (gold for their Red India Ale) and Hogs Back Brewery (gold for their Hogstar lager).
  • Small independent microbrewery, Frensham Brewery, is involved with the Countryside Restoration Trust in the Festival of Food, Farming and Wildlife heading to Pierrepont Farm on Sunday June 7, between 11am and 4pm. More at crtinsurrey.org.uk

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2015

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  • A chef at the Burford Bridge hotel in Dorking, Luke Fouracre has been named as one of the 18 regional finalists in the prestigious 2015 Roux Scholarship. Another Surrey chef, Steve Drake of Michelin-starred Drake’s at Ripley, who was Surrey Life’s Chef of the Year for 2014, is a previous winner of the scholarship. More at rouxscholarship.co.uk
  • Farnham’s Brasserie Blanc reopened at the end of February with an exclusive bash attended by owner of the chain Raymond Blanc, following the restaurant’s new makeover. More at brasserieblanc.com
  • Head chocolatier at Richmond’s William Curley, Alistair Birt has won the UK and Ireland pre- selection for the World Chocolate Masters 2015. He received the award for his innovative creation, inspired by Richmond Park and featuring deer motifs, from chef Michel Roux Jr. Alistair will now compete for the world title in Paris this October at the Salon du Chocolat Professionel. More at williamcurley.com
  • From May, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew will explore the world of spices: from the distant lands in which they grow to the botanists authenticating them at Kew. Throughout the gardens, there will be suitably spicy street food from around the globe. More at kew.org
  • Head chef of Godalming’s Manor House, Gavin Kellett has been named in the top 10 for UK and Ireland in the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition. Gavin had originally planned to send his sous chef until fate intervened, and his dish, nettle pasta with asparagus and garlic, stole the show. More at themanor.co.uk
  • The family-owned Thai restaurant chain Giggling Squid, which opened its first Surrey branch in Reigate in 2013 (having started life in Sussex in 2009), has now acquired the former Café Rouge site in Guildford. The group plans to have four branches in Surrey by the end of the year. More at gigglingsquid.com

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2015

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  • With the juniper on Box Hill having a tough time lately, reflecting the countrywide decline, the National Trust has teamed up with Kingston gin maker Beckett’s, who use Box Hill juniper berries in their recipe, as well as Natural England and the Forestry Commission to actively plant more on the hillsides. More at beckettsgin.co.uk
  • Surrey’s restaurants appear to have taken on something of an international twist for 2015, with the latest, Bocadito in Esher, focusing on Spanish tapas and Latin American bocaditos (“little bites”). More at bocadito.co.uk
  • Found in a former congressional church, the Bel & The Dragon restaurant in Godalming hosts all-day brunches once a month on Sundays. What’s so different with that? Well, how often do you have a gospel choir singing from the mezzanine above while you eat? More at belandthedragon.co.uk
  • The Abinger Cookery School is to launch new supper clubs, with Après Ski Fondue and Italian Supper Club pencilled in. Expect them to cost £35 per head. More at abingercookeryschool.com

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine February 2015

Main stories:

  • Chocolate inspiration for Valentine’s Day
  • Guildford’s The Mandolay Hotel named newcomer of the year by the Les Routiers Guide
  • Pulling Pints at The Stag on the River, Eashing
  • Pick of the farmers’ markets

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  • For something a little different this month, head to one of The Vineking’s pop-up restaurants. Chef Max Mckenzie gets things cooking and the experts match it with a wine flight to delight. These special events take place in Reigate on Tuesday February 10 and Thursday February 19, and in Weybridge on Thursday February 12. More at thevineking.com
  • Having visited local community gardens such as Grace & Flavour in Horsley, Leatherhead Community Garden and Pixham Potager in Dorking for inspiration, the Cobham Community Garden is hoping to open in time for the 2015 growing season, having crowd-sourced funding for fences. More at transitioncobham.org.uk
  • The luxurious Pennyhill Park hotel in Bagshot is hosting a ladies’ lunch with Edd Kimber, winner of The Great British Bake Off, on Monday February 9. Tickets are £38 per person. More at pennyhillpark.co.uk
  • With Chobham already gaining something of a reputation as a gastro village at the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2014 (while Stovell’s was named Restaurant of the Year, The Four Horseshoes took the Pub of the Year crown), the village’s Sun Inn has now been reopened for foodies after a swanky refurb by new owners, the White Brasserie Company. More at suninnchobham.com
  • Discover the joys of foraging this month with the charismatic and knowledgeable chef and horticulturalist, Claudio Bincoletto, at Petersham Nurseries near Richmond on Sunday February 22. Tickets are £35 (including walk, light foraged lunch, tea/coffee and a glass of wine). More at petershamnurseries.com
  • Britain’s first independent cookery school, the Tante Marie Culinary Academy completed its move to new state-of-the-art premises in central Woking in January. As well as a demonstration theatre, eight professional training kitchens and lecture rooms, the new venue also boasts a fully-functioning training restaurant, The Restaurant at Tante Marie. It’s now been confirmed that the latter will open to the public in the spring. More at tantemarie.co.uk

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2015

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  • The second independent, eco-friendly and sustainable restaurant in Elmbridge, Henry’s Grill was officially opened in Esher by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Dame Sarah Goad. ‘Brother’ to the successful Henry’s Kitchen in Hampton Court, the restaurant also welcomed the Mayor, Cllr Barry Fairbank and Mayoress of Elmbridge, Gillian Smith, as well as Edward Davey MP and Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change. More at henrysgrill.co.uk.
  • It’s been almost 15 years since  Camberley had a fresh fish shop, but husband and wife Duncan and Sue Lucas have taken the plunge to live out their dream of opening a traditional fishmongers in their hometown. The Fish Shop opened its doors at 110a Frimley Road, just along from the local family butcher Hatto and Sons, in December. Sue’s mum and dad owned MacKenzie Fish & Game in Camberley from 1979 until it was sold in 2000. More at passionateaboutfish.co.uk.
  • Dorking’s Denbies Wine Estate picked up medals for two of its white wines at the International Wine Challenge 2015. Their 2013 Bacchus won a Silver medal and their Bacchus/Sauvignon Blanc 2013 was awarded a Bronze. More at denbies.co.uk.
  • The Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa, near Camberley, has appointed 29-year-old Michael Ball as head chef, responsible for the two AA rosette Linden Restaurant. Michael previously worked as senior sous chef at the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel. More at macdonaldhotels.co.uk/FrimleyHall.
  • Billed as ‘bringing Belgravia to Cranleigh’, Maddalena is a family-run, friendly, stylish café with a hint of Italian newly opened in the village. Expect an array of home-made cakes, light lunches, and speciality afternoon teas.

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2014

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  • Make your Christmas dinner extra special this year by sourcing your ingredients from our county’s fine food and drink suppliers... (suggestions listed)
  • Pulling pints at The Fox and Hounds, Englefield Green
  • Pick of the farmers' markets

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  • Priory Farm in South Nutfield hosts its annual Christmas Food Festival on Saturday November 29, from 10am to 4.30pm, and Sunday November 30, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Entry is free. More at prioryfarm.co.uk
  • Executive chef at the Fetcham Tandoori restaurant, Juber Ahmed has been voted one of the best curry chefs in the UK at the 2014 Curry Chef of the Year Awards at the Lancaster Hotel, London. He was one of 33 chefs to receive official recognition for their contribution to an industry worth more than £4.2 billion a year. More at fetchamtandoori.com
  • Nine rare breed Mangalitza piglets were born at Feel Good Farm in Ockley recently. Known as the ‘sheep-pig’, their meat is revered for charcuterie because of its high quality. The farm’s products are stocked at Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards finalist Village Greens Farm in Ockley. More at wearefeelgoodfarm.com
  • Henry’s Grill, the ‘brother’ to the successful Henry’s Kitchen in East Molesey, is to open in Esher. Once again, this restaurant will be using local suppliers and ingredients and will include eco-friendly and sustainable features. More at henrykitchen.co.uk
  • With the previous owners having run the Running Horses in Mickleham for nearly 20 years, the award-winning pub reopened in November after a major makeover. More at therunninghorses.co.uk
  • Start the new year with a wild food walk, as the chef and horticulturalist Claudio Bincoletto leads a foraging stroll from Petersham Nurseries on Sunday January 25. A light brunch, glass of wine and cooking demonstration will follow. Tickets: £35. More at petershamnurseries.com

 

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine November 2014

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  • More people have flown into space than become a Master of Wine, so it’s no surprise that independent wine importer and shop, Taurus Wines of Bramley, is celebrating the achievements of one of its employees, Rob MacCulloch, who has joined their number (319 in the world!). More at tauruswines.co.uk
  • Surrey-based catering company Caper and Berry have become the exclusive caterers at Loseley Park near Guildford. The historic estate hosts 90 weddings a year and also offers fine dining for special family occasions and corporate events. More at loseleypark.co.uk
  • Mezzet, Hampton Court’s popular Lebanese restaurant, has opened a new tapas bar, Mezzet Dar, just two doors away in Bridge Road. The couple behind the restaurant are local Molesey residents who were originally born in Lebanon and Spain. More at mezzet.co.uk
  • Michelin-starred chef Adam Simmonds has joined The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down near Sutton as chef ambassador to support the prisoners working in the kitchen. Adam has worked in some of the UK’s top luxury hotels and been a part of kitchen teams headed up by Marco Pierre White and Raymond Blanc. More at theclinkrestaurant.com
  • From the makers behind the popular Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar in Carnaby Street and the trendy Tonic Coffee Bar in the heart of the West End, coffee specialists the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs are to open a brand-new coffee shop in St Martin’s Courtyard in Dorking some time during November. More at departmentofcoffee.com
  • Turtle Bay, a new Caribbean themed restaurant, is opening in the heart of Guildford on Friday November 14. Expect to be whisked away to an island paradise, where reggae, jerk and rum are the order of the day. More at turtlebay.co.uk
  • Plans to develop the former home of Lord Beaverbrook, Cherkley Court near Leatherhead, into a luxury hotel and golf course look to continue after a request for a second judicial review was turned down by a High Court judge.

 


 

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From Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas markets and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Surrey this season

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Yesterday, 10:47

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

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Yesterday, 10:41

Having bloomed in Brighton’s restaurant scene over the past decade, The Chilli Pickle opened its second site in Guildford this summer

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Mon, 14:32

Historic Royal Palaces and IMG have announced that Kylie Minogue is the first headliner confirmed for Hampton Court Palace Festival 2019. These will be her only London shows of summer 2019. Here’s how you can get tickets

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Mon, 12:56

Enjoy this linear rail to ramble section of the Thames Down Link route taking the short train-ride from Box Hill & Westhumble to Ashtead before walking back

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Mon, 12:13

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend (16, 17 and 18 November): art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

We round up 10 of the most beautiful photos of Surrey shared on Instagram this week…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It’s that time of year when our beautiful countryside is alight with the colours of autumn. Here, we pick out some of her favourite spots to enjoy the seasonal splendour – as well as some perfect places for a post-walk refresher

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Found on the stretch of the River Thames between Weybridge and East Molesey, Sunbury-on-Thames is blessed with a village feel where it meets the water. From antique hunts to the joys of river life, here are a few of our favourite reasons to visit

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Verity & Violet are Loui and Jess – a singing duo from Surrey who specialise in blending vintage classics with modern favourites. The two have achieved success in the capital, but are now hoping to attract an audience closer to home

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Friday, November 2, 2018

With the Christmas celebrations seemingly starting earlier every year, it all feels a little too ‘soon’ sometimes, but what if you want to look your best for Christmas & New year celebrations and are considering having cosmetic non-surgical procedures? The Bella Vou Pantiles Clinic offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures and treatments from a purpose-built private clinic in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Living in England’s most densely wooded county, it’s always a pleasure to witness Surrey donning its autumn finery. Here’s some of the best places to do just that - plus a few pub pit stops to enjoy on route!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We are regularly reminded of the high cost of housing with statistics revealing that only one in three millennials will be able to afford their own home during their lifetime and that most will remain in the category known as Generation Rent

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Year 5 pupils at Reigate St Mary’s School (RSM) who designed and carried out a community project as part of a UK wide Make a Difference Challenge, have won the London area competition for their stunning scrapbook record of their project

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