“Cooking of confident artistry in a Tudor inn” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
This old inn wears its age on its sleeve, with a timbered façade under red slate roof and a beamed interior with open fireplaces and mind-your-head ceilings. It makes a diverting setting for high-end creative cooking, sourced locally and presented with confident artistry. A domed terrine of pig trotter, ham hock and apple is garnished with pickled red onion and carrot for a robust opener to poached cod with brown shrimps and samphire from the set lunch menu. Elsewhere, it might be venison carpaccio with ash-baked beetroot as a prelude to properly hung seasonal roast grouse in blackberry jus with the sharpening flavours of endive, fennel and pomegranate. Side-dishes are hard to avoid adding, when they might include charred broccoli dressed in anchovy and chilli. Two-tone Valrhona chocolate mousse, caramelised banana and seductive milk ice cream is a classy finale or go for artisanal English and French cheeses.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 60
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 16
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 14
- Cuisine style: Modern European
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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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