Hot news in Surrey! New foodie openings left, right and centre - and one or two closures. Plus new gin and more!
Ivy Asia, Guildford
Plans are moving along nicely, we’re told, for the arrival of The Ivy’s new concept restaurant The Ivy Asia in Tunsgate Quarter with an expected opening date of February 2022. The first Ivy Asia opened at St Paul’s in central London in November last year, serving Asian-inspired dishes alongside theatrical drinks and cocktails in a super glam setting. A second restaurant opened in Chelsea in July.
Also new to Guildford – Atto, a family-owned Korean take-away on Swan Lane serving up authentic Korean cuisine. And Tattam’s reopens in Tunsgate Quarter in November after being damaged by fire in February. The family-run bar and coffee shop only launched towards the end of 2020.
The Fat Badger, Richmond
News just in of the impending opening of a new restaurant in Richmond called The Fat Badger. Coming from the Gladwin Brothers, the trio responsible for London-based restaurants Rabbit, The Shed, Sussex and Nutbourne, The Fat Badger will be along similar lines bringing a taste of the country, and featuring food and ingredients from their own family farm alongside other local suppliers. As well as the main dining room, the restaurant will also have a saloon bar.
The Crane Tap, Twickenham
Meanwhile, over in Twickenham, The Crane Tap, a neighbourhood bar and kitchen has opened up on the former M Bar and Grill site offering all-day dining and drinks. A sister to the Rare Restaurant group’s M and Gaucho restaurants, The Crane Tap will showcase Gaucho and M specials.
Kingston will soon be home to Eco Pizzeria, sister to the long-running Eco restaurant in Clapham. Eco opens on 18 October overlooking the river on Jerome Place, a site that was previously home to Carluccio’s. Like it’s older sister in Clapham, Eco will serve up pizza and pasta made using the traditional techniques of the restaurant’s founder, Egyptian-born Sami Wasif
Sad tidings for Reigate and Redhill peeps, with the news that Dexter Burger is leaving The Pendleton in Redhill. The popular burger restaurant closes The Pendleton doors at the end of December. But where one door closes another often opens, and so we’re crossing our fingers and toes that another venue will become available. Watch this space.
If you’re celebrating a ruby anniversary there’s only one thing for it – create ruby gin with a rosy red glow. Painshill landscape garden in Cobham is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the historic garden’s restoration and has created a limited edition 40th anniversary gin, the third in the Painshill gin collection. Developed by the Gin Kitchen in Dorking, the gin was created using a blend of raspberry, orris root, angelica root, coriander, cubeb pepper, lemon zest, cassia bark and Kossovan juniper.
Meanwhile, also in Reigate, the fate of Pilgrim Brewery – the oldest brewery and taproom in the south-east – is also hanging in the balance with plans afoot by the landlords to redevelop the brewery site and build flats. But fans of the 2021 Muddy Award winners for best Local Producer aren’t taking the news lightly, and a ‘Save our Brewery’ campaign is already well underway.
New day nursery
A brand new day nursery and pre-school has officially opened in the grounds of Godstone Farm, and naturally the farm’s official mascot Wiglet the Piglet was on hand to help with the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Children who attend the purpose-built nursery will make regular visits to the farm.