The rise of the gastrovillage in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 00:01 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 00:14 01 February 2016

The village of Ripley is a jewel in Surrey's gastrovillage crown (Photo: Matthew Williams)

The village of Ripley is a jewel in Surrey's gastrovillage crown (Photo: Matthew Williams)


There’s been much fanfare concerning the death of the Great British High Street in recent years, but in Surrey’s villages things appear to be well and truly thriving – and especially for foodies.

Ripley, already home to the Surrey Life Chef of the Year for two years running, Steve Drake, now also boasts the Cellar Magneval Boutique de Vins & Épicerie Fine (a fine wine store), alongside the likes of the Drake’s and Toby Cottage restaurants, The Anchor gastropub and the Pinnock’s and Nest coffee shops.

Meanwhile, Chobham made a splash at the 2014 Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards, when Stovell’s walked away with Restaurant of the Year and The Four Horseshoes took the Pub of the Year title. They’ve both since been joined by an explosion of top¬class pub refurbs.

It’s no surprise that Cranleigh’s epic High Street is a breeding ground for lovely cafés and pubs, but they also boast one of the best butchers around, with Rawlings of Cranleigh, and a great fishmonger too, in Cranleigh Fish.

At the other end of the curve, proving that we shouldn’t get too complacent, Ockley lost one of its great institutions in the autumn when the owners of Bryce’s Old School House fish restaurant sold up after almost 25 years.

However, as we discover in this month’s restaurant review, there’s plenty of hope, too, and Wonersh could be next in line with the new owners of The Grantley Arms having plans to open a deli next door.


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