Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Surrey
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Surrey restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 408 restaurants in Surrey and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Surrey restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The French Table French restaurant in Surbiton 85 Maple Rd - KT6
“Eric and Sarah Guignard continue to command a loyal following with their innovative modern French cuisine, relaxed and friendly hospitality and carefully chosen wine list” at this long-standing bright spark in the ’burbs: “a surprising find” (if a “cramped” one) for first timers, providing “amazing value in the heart of suburbia”. As one of Surrey’s better restaurants, it commands a much-more-than-local clientele: “we travel for at least one and a half hours by car/taxi then train to eat here; if we lived closer we would dine at TFT at least twice a month”. Top Top – “lunch is a steal that’s well worth braving Surbiton for”.
2. The Glasshouse British, Modern restaurant in Kew 14 Station Pde - TW9
“A five-star experience” – this posher-than-usual neighbourhood haunt, by Kew Gardens tube station is “the lowest profile in the Chez Bruce stable”. Arguably “the dining room itself is a little uninspiring, but it has a good atmosphere when it’s full”, and the operation generally shows “similar care and professionalism” to its siblings, down to the “expert cuisine”; “well chosen, affordable wine list”; and “top cheeseboard”. After a rocky patch, long term fans feel it’s “sprung back to form”, but scores have yet to hit their old highs here, and a more representative view is that “it’s not as superlative as it was, but of very high quality nevertheless”.
3. Le Salon Privé French restaurant in Twickenham 43 Crown Rd - TW1
“Excellent French food prepared by an Italian chef” – Gianluca di Monaco, who trained under the great Pierre Koffmann – wins solid ratings for this “very pretty” St Margaret’s bistro. Its prix-fixe menu offers “excellent value and choices”, ensuring it is “always busy”. Top Tip – “good venue before the rugby at nearby Twickenham”.
4. Meejana Lebanese restaurant in Weybridge 49 Church St - KT13
2018 Review: Limited but positive feedback on this ten-year-old Lebanese (which also has a Kensington sibling), praising its high standards, including enjoyable mezze, lunchtime wraps and more substantial fare.
5. Mezzet Dar Lebanese restaurant in East Molesey 39 Bridge Rd - KT8
2019 Review: “An unusual blend of cuisines that really works” – this café a short walk across the bridge from Hampton Court mixes Spanish and Lebanese inspirations in its tapas dishes, and inspires positive (if limited) feedback.
6. Coppernose British, Modern restaurant in Hampton Court The Mitre, Hampton Court Road - KT8
Riverside views from a new boutique hotel will make this all-day restaurant (including afternoon tea), named after Henry VIII, a popular spot. Ronnie Kimbugwe, who worked with Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and also ran the food at the Bel and the Dragon inn group, is in charge of the food here and at 1665 (see also).
7. The Victoria Oxshott British, Modern restaurant in Oxshott High Street - KT22
The first pub for Igniting Hospitality, led by former JKS Ops Director Simon King and former Crown at Bray head chef Matt Larcombe.
8. The Clock House British, Modern restaurant in Ripley The Clock House, High Street - GU23
“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”.
9. Al Boccon di’vino Italian restaurant in Richmond 14 Red Lion Street - TW9
“Always a surprise” – you get what you’re given (there’s no menu choice) at chef Riccardo Grigolo’s set-price Venetian feast in Richmond: an unqualified delight, with multiple courses of “amazing, delicious food” and “excellent service”, creating “an atmosphere rarely found elsewhere”.
10. Sorrel British, Modern restaurant in Dorking 77 South Street - RH4
“You begin to wish you could dine on the amuse-bouches alone they are so good, and then along comes a stunning meal and contentment reigns!” – Steve Drake’s “brilliantly presented and superbly tasty cuisine” delivers consistently “wonderful and creative dishes” at his “lovely if slightly formal” 40-seater, with fans crossing the county to get here. Now two years old, it still feels like a relatively new arrival here since he relocated from Ripley. “Staff are invested in the place” too – “they have a detailed knowledge of the plates, are helpful and engaging without being fussy and intrusive”.
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