This smart village restaurant - sharing its entrance with a trout farm - has a light, airy dining room, decorated in primrose, the tables are well-spaced, making it ideal for that important business lunch. The cooking here is of a high standard and certainly worth a serious detour.
Chef John Morris offers dishes such as 'Pan-fried Red Mullet with Nicoise Salad and Lobster Oil'; 'Tempura Scallops with Pan-Fried Squid & Chorizo'and 'Salmon Confit and Foie Gras with Apple Jelly and a Cider and Walnut Vinaigrette' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Braised Pork Belly with Roasted Langoustines, Wild Mushrooms and Seaweed-Crushed Potatoes'; 'Roasted Rump of Lamb with Spinach and Ratatouille'; 'Pan-Roasted Loin of Venison with Venison Shepherds Pie, Braised Red Cabbage, Parsnip Purée & Red Wine Jus' or 'Wild Sea Bass with Ceps and Fennel Tortellini' among the mains.
Desserts are equally interesting - perhaps 'Prune and Armagnac Frangipane Tart with Prune and Armagnac Ice Cream' or 'Lemon Possett with Lemon Meringue Ice Cream & Flapjack' - and there are excellent British and French cheeses. Service is formal, but friendly.
Smart dress is required.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Fri 12.00-13.30; set L £21.50 (2 courses) to £24.95
- Dinner: Tues-Sat, 7.00-21.30; mains £24 to £30
- Seats: 32
- Wine: an interesting wine list, has some choice under the £20 mark, and 10 by the glass
- Children's portions: No
- Wheelchair access: Yes (but not lavatory)
- Nearest station: Dorking or Guildford
- Directions: on the A25 between Dorking and Guildford. See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: Sat L; all Sun & Mon; 2 weeks Aug-Sept; a few days at Christmas; Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned