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Dig out your stretchiest pants cos you're going to need them with all the latest food and drink openings in Surrey.

Here comes The Ivy Asia

We’re giddy with excitement at Muddy Surrey HQ at the opening of The Ivy Asia in Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford. And yes, peeps, we’ve got a date. Those stylish doors will swing open on for the launch party on Thurs 10 March and it will be open for bookings from Mon 14 March (reservations are now open!!).

The restaurant opens next door to sister restaurant The Ivy Castle View. This is the third opening from The Ivy Asia collection following on from the first in St Paul’s in central London in November 2020 and a second in Chelsea last summer. Expect Asian-inspired dishes alongside theatrical drinks and cocktails in a sumptuous and super glam setting.

The menus take inspiration from cuisines spanning the continent of Asia with highlights including seared Waygu beef tataki, an extensive sushi and sashimi selection and classics like aromatic crispy duck. The restaurant will be open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as afternoon tea.

While we’re on the subject of The Ivy… The Ivy Royal Windsor will finally open this summer. The team were forced to press pause on the project during the pandemic. The brasserie sits opposite the gardens of Windsor Castle in the a former Tower Hotel.

Wine tasting

While where on the subject of new places to grab a tipple, Denbies Wine Estate is extending its Vineyard Restaurant with the addition of the Wine Library Lounge, a bar and lounge area for the hotel which will also be available for private dining and tastings. It’s expected to open in April. Watch this space.

Tea, madam? Or would you rather gin?

Big news in Cranleigh – especially for lovers of gin and tea – with the opening of Brown’s Gin and Tea Cafe on the High Street in Cranleigh. It’s only just opened, but word on the ground is that it’s a stylish spot to indulge in a specialty tea or infused gin. Make mine a double!

Perky pop-ups

We love a supper club here at Muddy – so it’s with little squeals of excitement that we greet the news of the pop-up supper clubs coming to Café Chai in Banstead. The first event is planned for March with celebrity chef, and finalist in Masterchef: The Professionals, Charith Mallawa at the helm.

Oxted openings

It’s all happening in Oxted, with foodie openings aplenty – starting with a tapas and wine bar due to open in the former Santander building in the town centre this week (Tues 22 Feb). Pan and Vino is a sister venue to La Botija, cool Spanish tapas restaurant in Warlingham. We’re told we can expect a relaxed Spanish vibe from Pan and Vino with a focus on small tapas plates and drinks.

Meanwhile, we hear a new Japanese restaurant is coming to Oxted and a new wine bar may also be coming our way. It may be time to dig out those stretchy trousers people!

Cycling hub

Coming soon to Effingham – a brand new pub and hub paying homage to all things cycling. The Queen Stage – named in honour of the most demanding and prestigious stage of a multi-day road cycling race – will offer up food and drink, and a place for outdoor adventures to be shared. There will also be accommodation in the form of three apartments – ideal for families or groups. The menu was originally the Sir Douglas Haig pub which closed in August 2020. It’s open from Wed 9 March.

And finally… some sad closures

It’s been a hideous two years for the hospitality industry. And the latest casualty of the pandemic is Café Mila in Godalming. The health food café has been serving up vegetarian and vegan food for more than a decade. But the news isn’t all bad – the studio will remain open and yoga classes will continue as normal, and the venue will also be available for pop-up events and parties.

Another sad closure – this one the popular wine bar The Vineking Tasting Rooms in Reigate. But, it’s not all sadness – the venue is already planning a schedule of pop-up events including wine tastings, supper clubs and themed evenings.

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