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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“A sublime experience” – Serina Drake’s “lovely” converted Georgian house is a “delightful building in a lovely village” which provides “fine dining, but without the associated pretentiousness”. Fred Clapperton’s deft but un-gimmicky cuisine is credited with many “exceptional” meals here, aided by the attitude of the “friendly and personable staff”. “It’s particularly gorgeous in the beautiful walled garden on a warm day”.
“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.
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
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|