“Comfortably luxurious dining in a very stylish setting” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Menus change seasonally at Sorrel, a 300-year-old Grade II listed brick building with a unique glass walled kitchen. Steve Drake’s cooking is stylish and contemporary and his seasonal, ingredients-led compositions are full of creativity, with the kitchen delivering inspirational dishes via a great value set lunch plus seven-and nine-course tasting menus. You might begin with a beautiful fillet of vibrant red mullet, served with smoked cauliflower puree, a wonderfully light dish full of precise flavour. A main of tender, full flavoured venison demonstrates kitchen’s skills, while a dessert of ‘chocolate breakfast’ is visually elegant and satisfyingly delicious. There’s a lovely cosy feel to the restaurant, rooms are divided by delightful exposed wooden beams which add both character and warmth. Immaculately set tables add to the luxury feel which is mirrored by the excellent and attentive service by the friendly, professional well drilled front of house team complete with knowledgeable sommelier.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 40
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6.00
- Dinner served until: 8.30
- Wines under £30: 5
- 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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