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Drakes - Ripley

The Clock House, High Street, Ripley, Surrey, GU23 6AQ
Find this excellent restaurant in a Georgian house on the village High Street. The dining room is elegant, and there's a terrace and garden to the rear, used for pre-prandial drinks in fine weather. Chef Steve Drake buys locally whenever possible, plus fish from his supplier in Brixham. Combinations are 'brave', but work in the main, as his skills are of the highest order.

Expect the likes of 'Lasagne of Pork Belly and Langoustines; 'Salad of Pigeon, Fine Onion Tart, Beetroot, Chicory Vinaigrette'; 'Sautéed Foie Gras with a Purée of Beans and Apricots' and 'Scallops, duck and Sesame Salad' among the starters.

Possibly 'Venison with Wild Mushrooms and Peppercorn Sauce' 'Rabbit Saddle, cooked with Parma Ham and Pistachio, Pea Casserole and Stuffed Apricot' and 'Sea Bass with a Passion Fruit Sauce' among the mains. Lamb - cooked two ways - is another speciality.

Desserts also include dishes you wouldn't think of at home, such as 'Banana Parfait rolled in Praline, with Pineapple Sorbet' or 'Rhubarb Jelly and Basil Ice Cream'.

Other Details

  • Food Style: Modern French
  • Lunch: Weds-Sun, 12.00-14.00; set L £30 (3 courses); Flavour Menu Weds-Sat £49.50 (6 courses); Tasting Menu £45; Discovery Menu Weds-Sat £80 (10 courses)
  • Dinner: Tues-Sun 19.00-21.30; set D from £50 (2 courses), £60 (3 courses); Flavour Menu Tues-Sat £60 (6 courses); Discovery Menu Tues-Sat £80 (10 courses)
  • Seats: 44
  • Wine: An interesting list, with its roots in France, kicks off in the low £20's, and offers 8 varieties by the glass
  • Children's portions: No, and no children under 12
  • Wheelchair access: Yes (but not lavatory)
  • Nearest station: Woking Rail
  • Directions: See the map on this page
  • Parking: Yes, but limited
  • Closed: all Mon, Mon & Sat L, a few days over Christmas and 2 weeks in Aug.

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Contact Details

Tel: 01483-224777
Address: The Clock House, High Street, Ripley, Surrey, GU23 6AQ