The Clock House
“Confident contemporary cooking at the sign of the clock” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
Located on well-healed Ripley’s pretty High Street, the dining room and adjoining bar here has been jazzed up; all on-cue clean lines and pastel shades of sage and grey set against stripped-back old wall timbers and tall street-side windows, while white linen reveals its fine-dining credentials. Fred Clapperton’s refined, creative modern cooking revolves around a choice of fixed-price menus, including tasting and vegetarian options. The watchwords here are lightness and flavour, with fresh, confidently engineered, well-dressed dishes that include some unusual combinations; take stunning Norwegian Skrei cod with its melting white flaky flesh, served with carrot, alexanders (horse parsley) and vadouvan (a French spice blend) combined here with crispy puffed rice and lentils. Openers, like wonderful smoked eel, hit a flavour high too, delivered with leek, cockles and horseradish. Finish with white chocolate, compressed pineapple, candied pistachios and chamomile ice cream, while formal-code canapés, petits fours and in-house breads are classy too. The walled garden is a bonus for alfresco drinks.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 40
- On-site parking available
- Steps for wheelchair: 3
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 7
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 10
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.
Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie.
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