The Clock House Ripley 22

The Clock House, 13 High Street , Ripley, GU23 6AQ

4 reviews

75 Modern European Surrey

Drake's Restaurant Ripley 2013

SquareMeal Review of The Clock House Ripley

Famed as “the best restaurant in Surrey by miles”, The Clock House (formerly known as Drake's) occupies an imposing Georgian building that has been jazzed up with contemporary flounce and clean, modern lines. For years, it was synonymous with Steve Drake’s precise, boundary-pushing food, although he is no longer involved and the kitchen is now in the hands of his one-time sous-chef Fred Clapperton, who has succeeded in regaining the restaurant’s Michelin star. The dining room’s classic, yet contemporary look is unchanged, while the food revolves around a choice of menus and high-end combos ranging from Norfolk quail with fennel and ‘black curry’ to desserts such as rhubarb with buckwheat, ginger and sorrel. In between, there’s creativity in spades – witness a dish of beef with sweetbreads, kohlrabi and black trompette mushrooms or sea bass partnered by courgettes, basil and black olives. Fans say The Clock House is “consistently entertaining” and “outstanding every respect”, with “just fabulous” service and some “dangerously generous” wine pairings.

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Wine List Of The Year

With wines split up by style (‘Dry, Crisp and Refreshing’; ‘Aromatic and Floral’ for instance) and including helpful tasting notes and info on the grape varieties, The Clock House's list conveys an awful lot in a painless, easy-to-follow fashion. Nice to see some local vineyards in there, but a few more suppliers wouldn’t go amiss. Shortlisted for the second year on the trot, The Clock House offers a lesson in clarity.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Clandon Station 4km

Horsley Station 4km


Address: The Clock House, 13 High Street , Ripley GU23 6AQ

Opening times

Tues-Fri 12N-1.30pm Tues-Sat 7-9.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

Newark Priory 1km

Pyrford Golf Club 1km


Telephone: 01483 224 777


Cuisine: Modern European

Lunch: £30/40 (3/4 courses)


Food & Drink: 9.5

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 8.8

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Karen O. 04 June 2015

Wonderful meal, we had the discovery menu. Tried a few new beverages, spent a small fortune but was worth every penny. Will go back again soon.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Lara C. 02 January 2011

Been here twice without any fault. Fixed price menus ridiculously good value. Imaginative, delicious food thats thoughtfully presented. Tastefully decorated space with some tables having a view of the very pretty walled garden. A gem outside of the overpriced and over-rated London market. Save the train and taxi fare!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Foodess platinum reviewer 05 February 2009

It was clear that everything on the plate had good purpose to be there. Steve Drake managed to make the most of the flavour of every ingredient that graced the plate of each course. Great execution in all from well balanced canapé, to a layered amuse bouche (cold pea veloute with a complementary citrus fruit layer, which I think contained satisfyingly salty stock from the ham hock component of a pork main course), to perfectly cooked scallops matched with cep and chicken wing plus chutney, followed by a satisfying belly pork dish with squid. My partner’s venison main course tasted divine (two heavenly mouthfuls were forfeited for my benefit). Bread could not be overlooked and incidentally proved to be an accurate indicator of the standard to follow. A comprehensive wine list and attentive service added to an enjoyable evening mid week Dec 08.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Steve M. bronze reviewer 11 October 2008

This restaurant is an oasis for gourmets in an otherwise poorly served area. I understand it to be one of, if not the only, Michelin starred restaurants in Surrey. The food is innovative, exciting and always of great quality. The service in the front of the house is friendly, efficient and yet unobtrusive. What neither my wife nor I can understand however, is that the atmosphere is really quite flat. The pictures on the wall, furnishings etc are of eclectic taste and don't really seem 'to go'. In our view the restauarant lacks some light background music and can appear a little too 'hushed' when it's not busy. Nevertheless, our overall assessment is very positive and we regularly return for anniversaries, birthdays etc. A must to try is Steve Drake's signature dessert: Creme Reversee with Granny Smith sorbet.

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