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