This quaint Surrey village restaurant formerly known as Drake's has, under the ownership solely of Serina Drake (she and husband Steve parted ways, she got the restaurant), regained its Michelin star as the Clock House, with former sous chef Fred Clapperton as head chef.
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“Maybe even better than when it was Drakes” – there’s certainly been no dive in quality at Serina Drake’s “delightful” property (renamed after the split from her husband, who is now at Sorrel in Dorking). “You are made to feel like you are the only guests in the restaurant by the very friendly staff” and Fred Clapperton’s cuisine is “sensational and very good value”.
“Despite the departure of former chef proprietor Steve Drake and the change of name last year, this place goes from strength to strength, and it’s better than ever!” Chef Fred Clapperton has helped regain a Michelin Star for Serina Drake’s Georgian property, which changed its name from Drakes this year following her split from husband Steve (who owns the Anchor pub opposite, and has just opened Sorrel in Dorking). There’s the odd grumble, but nearly all reports feel “the tradition of excellence continues here”.
The future is a little unclear regarding this acclaimed restaurant, as it was awarded to Serina Drake in a divorce settlement in summer 2016. Husband Steve Drake was awarded the Anchor pub opposite, but will no longer be at the stoves here (and Michelin removed their star in October). In November 2016 he announced a new venture, Sorrel, but its location is still not confirmed.
“If you look up culinary excellence in a dictionary, it would say ‘See Drakes’!” – chef/patron Steve Drake’s “adventurous” tasting menus “show a talent for extracting the purest of flavours and marrying them with unusual pairings”, and maintains his village restaurant in the UK’s premier culinary league. “You sometimes have no idea of what is to come from the sparse menu descriptions, but you will always be pleasantly surprised.”
The restaurant is housed in a beautiful Georgian building. Serina has created a stylish, contemporary, luxurious space, with attention to every detail. The dining area has seating for up to 44. We offer a relaxed and friendly dining experience and so we do not operate a dress code.
FRED - HEAD CHEF
Many of you are commenting on how much you are enjoying our head chef Fred Clapperton’s food. As part of our occasional ‘A Minute or Two on the Clock’ series, we have coaxed Fred out of the kitchen for just long enough to answer a few questions.
1. Salty or sweet? Tea or Coffee?
I love salty and sweet, nothing to choose between them. As an everyday drink tea, but I do love a freshly ground coffee. 2. Where do you like to eat out?
Not that I get the chance to very often, but I like to eat honest, simple, freshly cooked food when I do. Be it pub grub or otherwise.
3. Lazy Sunday breakfast treat?
Very well toasted crumpets with plenty of salted butter.
4. Favourite tipple
Smoky single malt whisky.
5. Secret indulgence?
Beans on toast, with plenty of mature cheddar and a drop of Lea & Perrins.
The Clock House Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Excellent classy cuisine in what was previously Drakes but with improved ambience."
The Clock House, High Street, Ripley, GU23 6AQ
|Wednesday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|