Anne and I met for lunch at The Sun pub on Chobham High Street. It may not look much from the outside, but inside is hugely charming and inviting.
The pub is part of The White Brasserie group, group of Surrey pubs that combines traditional Britishness with French food. The feel is very fresh without being soulless.
The original section of the pub is charming, complete with wood fires and cosy corners.
When the White Brasserie Company took over the pub in 2014, they sympathetically built a large extension to the side that now serves as the restaurant area. It’s a beautiful double aspect space with a huge amount of light. High ceilings and exposed beams give it character, even though it’s new.
It was very busy during our visit, but was quiet enough to easily carry on a conversation.
Service is friendly and attentive. The atmosphere relaxed but sophisticated.
A la carte menus change seasonally. Set menus change monthly. We both dined from the lunch menu, two courses £9.95.
I started with the Potted smoked mackerel, horseradish cream, toasted baguette. It was yummy, though I might have done with a bit more toast.
Anne went straight to mains withe the Steak frites ‘Express’ (£2 supplement.) She really enjoyed the meal. The steak was delicious, the salad well dressed and the chips crispy with fluffy centres.
While I wanted all of the appetisers, I struggled a bit with mains. Not because they didn’t sound delicious but because they sounded heavy for lunch. I settled on the Spanish omelette, roasted red peppers, potatoes, onions, olives & courgettes, roquette salad. I really enjoyed it, the delicious vegetables were generous and took centre stage over the eggs.
Mind also came with a pot of chips, which was far more food than I could manage.
Finally, Anne and her sweet tooth had dessert, the Steamed lemon sponge pudding, lemon curd sauce. It was chock full of lemon flavour cut through with the cream. Levels of great textures made for a tasty treat.
The White Brasserie has seven other pubs in Surrey (all of their pubs are in Surrey), including The Queen’s Head in Weybridge. The Cricketers Downside, near Cobham is currently undergoing a million pound renovation and due to open in March 2016.
The Sun is definitely a good choice for a meal in Chobham. It’s definitely worth venturing into the village for. The White Brasserie group has a reliable selection of Surrey pubs that offer both great food in charming old pubs.
High Street, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8AF
Small car park, large village car park nearby
Dogs welcomed in bar area
After attending the official launch of Garson’s Restaurant, I was so impressed and intrigued that I hurried back to see how it was on a regular business day.
As I’ve just blogged about it so recently, I won’t regurgitate the same thing again, but you can read the details of the new restaurant on my post Garson’s Restaurant official opening/
Daylight photos give you a much better sense of the space, of the glass ceilings and the impressive central glass lantern. (Bizarrely in the photo it looks like half the lights are burnt out, but I promise they were all on.)
In summer, the glass walls will fold back, blending the strawberry picking fields with the restaurant.
We visited on Sunday, probably arriving about one thirty. The restaurant was very nearly full. There was a nice background buzz but it wasn’t noisy, we could easily have a conversation and hear ourselves without having to strain, possibly because of the slant of the ceiling.
Outside is still a work in progress, which will no doubt be finished in time for summer. The area overlooks the strawberry picking area and fields to the right. (I didn’t photograph them because the work being done didn’t make for a pretty picture.)
There are tons of goodies to tempt you, for dessert or if you’re only coming for coffee.
All staff members we dealt with were cheery and friendly. A staff member was greeting guests at the door, to help people navigate the new restaurant. Tables seemed to be promptly cleared.
Order at the central cash area then take your fancy gadget to a table, it sends a signal out so the waitstaff can easily find you (the wooden spoon of the 21st century.)
We were shock when our food arrived shortly after we’d ordered it. I’d barely sat down from nosing around when it came.
For lunch, Jman had the Hot steak & cheese ciabatta erved with sweet potato fries & house slaw £8.95. He loved it, the beef was really tender, good slaw and nice sweet potato fries.
Being Sunday, I went for the Roast chicken & stuffing served with roast potatoes, carrots, green beans, Yorkshire pudding and gravy £9.95. Wow, I was really surprised at the quality of the food. Fresh thyme and even half a bulb of garlic was on my plate along with with food, and the flavours were definitely apparent. A real man sized portion, there’s no way I could have finished it. What excellent value for money.
Garson’s Restaurant definitely didn’t disappoint in the daylight. It’s a lovely spot with a great sense of light that serves up great food. I most definitely be returning.
Winterdown Road,West End, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8LS
Dogs welcomed in designated areas (inside and out)
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the new restaurant at Garson’s Farm in Esher’s West End official opening. I don’t know if you’ve eaten at Garson’s in the past, but throw all those memories of boring out the window, this new restaurant is sure to become a destination lunch spot in Surrey.
Housed in a brand new show stopping building, the octagonal room reminiscent of a city market, complete with art deco steel framework. Highlight is the raised octagonal lantern in the centre of the room, punctuated with a huge chandelier.
Only a small section of roof over the entire room isn’t glass. Retractable glass doors on four sides of the octagon fully open in summer, giving access to the patio and views over their fields down to the River Mole.
Interestingly, they’d laid 8km of pipes underneath their fields, and that provides geothermal heat for the restaurant and heats the water used in the kitchen and restrooms.
It’s a huge space. Inside, seating is a mix of comfy booths and traditional country style tables, broken up around the large space with accented seating areas of banquettes and mood lit tables.
Outside is a huge patio area for al fresco dining in warmer months.
We sampled a variety of delicious canapes.
The menu changes seasonally. All food is prepared fresh onsite. Often using ingredients grown onsite and picked that morning. Most baked goods baked onsite, including scones and tray bakes. Even Scotch Eggs and some breads are made onsite.
What isn’t made onsite is sourced locally as much as possible (local bakeries, etc.) Meat is sourced form a local butcher.
We sampled miniature versions of several dishes form the menu, (fish & chips, macaroni and cheese, burger with stilton, beef brisket and mash.) They were all tasty, my favourite was the mac and cheese, it was nice and creamy with lots of flavour.