Harden's survey result
“Well worth the journey out from London”, this imposing seventeenth century manor house set in extensive formal gardens boasts a very “beautiful setting”. Its small (24-cover) dining room achieved consistent ratings this year, although it’s been a time of change with Douglas Balish leaving the stoves to be replaced by Tony Parkin.
“That it’s one of very few Michelin stars in Surrey is a sad state of affairs but this small restaurant within a 17th century manor house could easily sit shoulder to shoulder with any of its neighbouring counties’ abundances!” – so say most reports on this much-accoladed and “most gorgeous” venue, where the cuisine is overseen by Douglas Balish. Top Tip: very “well-presented afternoon tea (take home what you can’t eat)”.
“The setting is superb” at this “attractive Elizabethan manor in lovely gardens” and “you really feel you are being spoilt from the moment you arrive”. “The Tudor Room is their fine dining option” (there is also the more affordable ‘Estate Grill’) and – though it’s “expensive” – “chef, Douglas Balish, does not disappoint... every course is brilliant”. Afternoon tea here is actually its most reported-on feature – it’s relatively “affordable”, “generous and elegant” (complete “with comfy seating and roaring log fire!”)