“Hugely impressive dining in an equally impressive Tudor mansion” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Great Fosters is a splendid, many-gabled red-brick Tudor house with 50 acres of gardens and parkland. The main dining room, with its ornately carved fireplace and dramatic 17th-century Flemish tapestry, is an intimate space of just seven tables. Here you’ll find restrained, sophisticated dishes, and fantastic ingredients handled with skill and precision. The precise menu descriptions give little away. Start the memorable journey with Jersey Royals, smoked eel, horseradish, Granny Smith; or Orkney scallops, finger lime, ginger, spring onion, hot and sour broth, then Newlyn turbot, elderflower, cucumber, jalapeño, or Cornish lamb, asparagus, pine, girolles and black truffle.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 24
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 2 weeks in January, 1 week at Easter, 2 weeks in August
- Wines over £30: 245
- Wines by the glass: 16
- Cuisine style: Modern European
- 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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