Want to eat somewhere new? Why not try one of the latest restaurants to open on the patch...
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1Kew Road, Surrey, TW9 2NQ
Asian food is on the ascendant in Richmond. I was alerted to the opening of Hanana, a new sushi and bento bar just by the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond by Ceviche chef and patron Martin Morales, who I interviewed for the January issue. It’s small, cosy and you’ll see the sushi prepared right in front of you. They do take away, too.
23 Church Road, Teddington, London, Surrey, TW11 8PF
If you’ve never experienced pub-style Japanese food before, then you must make a beeline for Itabashi, which opened in Teddington a few months ago. Izakayas are relaxed (but sometimes rowdy!) places in Japan, oft populated by salarimen letting their hair down for a post-work Mirin or three, while snacking tapas-style on the likes of yakitori chicken, nabe or gyoza.
3Winterdown Road, Esher, KT10 8LS
Garsons in Esher continues to flourish with the opening of a brand new restaurant, marking the culmination of widespread refurbishment work. Diners can look out over the pick-your-own fields, which will also provide fruit and vegetables to the restaurant come spring.
"It's a pleasure for any chef to work so closely with the food where you've got the produce growing just outside the kitchen," says head chef Melvyn Redding. "We're using lots of local produce, such as our meat from Bevan's butchers, and other local suppliers for our breads and more, which is fantastic."
4Old Lane Ockham, Surrey, KT11 1NG
The Black Swan in Ockham is one of the latest pub-turned-gastro-pub to break onto the Surrey circuit. A hugely popular destination for Sunday lunch, the lively new menu includes the likes of Berkshire game pie with buttered greens (£14); River Exe mussels with garlic, white wine cream sauce and fries (£10); and braised rabbit, Toulouse sausage, chorizo & haricot bean cassoulet (£16).
5Guildford Road, Ottershaw, Surrey, KT16 0PQ
Steak lovers rejoice! Over in Ottershaw, Miller & Carter Steakhouse has opened to much aplomb. It’s one of the few places you get your hands (and teeth) on a 30oz Lone Bone Tomahawk; an on-the-bone Rib Steak that’s becoming more and more popular as it’s an ideal cut for special occasions or a romantic meal.
6The Street, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey,, Surrey, GU5 0PE
A new chapter has opened for the Grantley Arms in Wonersh. The pub has been bought and relaunched by locals Richard Cryer and Chris Frederick who wanted to restore it to its former glory and place it at the centre of village life once again.
“The pub is still going to be a place to come and read the papers with the dog at the weekend and come to a quiz, but you have the option of eating dishes ranging from fresh diver-caught scallops to burgers, whilst you play,” says Chris.
Indeed, food will play a central role given that Head Chef Matt Edmonds is in charge; he comes straight from Searcy’s The Gherkin, and from the kitchens of The Army and Navy Club and Pennyhill Park before that.
On the menu, look out for South Downs vension, hay-smoked venison with blackberries, and pan-fried Cornish halibut with braised lentils and carrot purée (two-course dinner £28, three course £35).
7High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3DP
The restaurant on the first floor of The Angel Hotel on Guildford's High Street is now under new ownership and has recently relaunched as The Angel Upstairs.
Expect contemporary British dishes from head chef Danielle Janssenwillen such as; haunch of venison with parsnip dauphinoise and port wine jus; fillet of sea bass with potato scales, coastal herbs and caviar; or creamy butterscotch tart served with popping candy, candied peanut and Chantilly.
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