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Twinkle twinkle Michelin stars

It’s the gong all chefs want, so whose wish upon a Michelin star came true in Surrey this year? Let's meet our culinary giants.

The judge’s scores are in – and this week the prestigious 2020 awards were announced. A staggering, 1,464 restaurants now form Michelin’s culinary constellation – adding 131 new twinklers including a nice starry smattering in Surrey. So next time you’re looking for a fancy pants night out, don’t book anything until you’ve checked the full line-up for our region.


Sorrel, Dorking – 1 star 

Steve Drake’s fine dining restaurant Sorrel has been popular since it opened in Dorking two years ago. Steve is known for his creative modern and original dishes, which he serves in the restaurant’s classic, intimate and understated surrounds.

The Clock House, Ripley – 1 star 

Formerly the Michelin-starred Drakes – with Steve Drake at the helm – The Clock House now has Steve’s former protege Fred Clapperton at the stove.  The food is sophisticated, the decor stylish and the staff are attentive.

Tony Parkin at the Tudor Room, Egham – 1 star 

Tony Parkin sashayed into the Tudor Room at Great Fosters a few months ago, stepping into the big Michelin-starred shoes of Douglas Balish. And he’s wasted no time pinning a Michelin star to the door. The food is classic, with many of the ingredients coming from the restaurant’s own kitchen garden.

The Dysart Petersham​, Richmond – 1 star (NEW ENTRY)

The Dysart Petersham, Richmond, interior

Overlooking Richmond Park, this high end gastropub is family owned and run, with head chef Kenneth Culhane in the kitchen. Says Michelin: “The classic, ingredient-led menu features well-crafted dishes with bold flavours and no unnecessary gimmicks.”

Matt Worswick at The Latymer, Bagshot – 1 star

Matt Worswick won his first Michelin star for The Latymer, the fine dining restaurant at Pennyhill Park, soon after he arrived in 2016. And he’s had no problems retaining it. He’s know for his bold masculine flavours.

The Glasshouse, Kew – 1 star

The Glasshouse is part of a fine Michelin-starred family, a sister to the one-starred Chez Bruce in Wandsworth and one-starred La Trompette in Chiswick.  Next year it will celebrate its 21st birthday. Food is unfussy and natural with a focus on seasonal ingredients.

La Trompette, Chiswick – 1 star

A delightful neighbourhood restaurant serving up terrific food without the pomp and prices that often goes with top end London eateries. There’s also a cracking wine list.

The Anchor, Ripley – Bib Gourmand

Creative and inventive cooking from head chef Mike Wall-Palmer, former protege of Michelin-starred chef Steve Drake, now of Sorrel in Dorking, and a former owner of the Anchor. The pub is brimming with character – low ceilings, exposed beams, log fires and lots of cosy nooks and cubbyholes – reflecting the pub’s early 16th century heritage.

Dastaan, Ewell – Bib Gourmand

Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett is a big fan of this rustic curry house in Ewell. She worked with owner and chef Sanjay Gour in Dubai, and brought him to London to work in her London flagship Murano. His CV sparkles with other high end Indians, including Tamarind of Mayfair, Zaika of Kensington and Gymkhana in Mayfair.

Coworth Park, Ascot – 1 star 


Executive chef Adam Smith showcases his gastronomic talents by taking classic British flavour combos and giving them a modern twist, creating dishes that are as pretty as a picture. And who doesn’t love a view across a croquet lawn?

Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead, West Sussex – 1 star
Taking its lead from the seasons and sourcing all produce from their own gardens or local producers, Gravetye Manor, serves up exceptional food in stunning surroundings.
Restaurant Tristan, Horsham – 1 star
The first Michelin-starred restaurant in Horsham, the Michelin judges say the “carefully crafted, creative dishes are delivered with a modern touch; ingredients are excellent and flavours, distinct and well-matched”.


For a full list of Michelin starred pubs and restaurants click here, but if you don’t feel like being fancy pants, don’t forget I review a stupendous number of really brilliant eateries on a weekly basis!


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