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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”.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.


“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”.

* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.


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.

* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

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.


Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £31.00 £35.00
Dinner £55.00 £65.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 55.00 L only 5
Menu2 85.00 D only 7
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details


The chef


Fred Clapperton

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

Reviews of The Clock House Restaurant in GU23, Ripley by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Clock House restaurant.
Paul F
Booked for lunch, arrived a bit early so ha...
Reviewed 4 months, 19 days ago

"Booked for lunch, arrived a bit early so had a walk around Ripley, well worth doing! Great attentive staff who clearly care. The weather was really warm so I had a pre drink in the very pretty garden. Amuse bouche was delicious. Not usually a fan for goats cheese butbthe starter was beautiful I then chose the eel over the quail. Not eaten Eel much, but loved the dish. The plaice was absolutely superb and cooked to perfection. Then had a sensational hanger steak that was absolutely delicious Dessert was fruit panna cotta and shortbread absolutely perfect too. Toilets were clean, although two previous users hadn’t bothered to put their hand towels in the container, worth checking. Overall a great experience, loved the food, delighted by the service and venue plus location, would I return the 70+ miles each way? Oh yes!"

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The Clock House, High Street, Ripley, GU23 6AQ
Opening hours
Wednesday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm
Friday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm

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