Kinghams Restaurant

British, Modern European·
££££
·
·

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British, Modern European
Ambience
Cool, Fine dining
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

If you love the history and charm of the English countryside, there are few places that will capture your attention like Kinghams Restaurant in Shere, a quaint restaurant serving high-quality food with roots that go back hundreds of years.

Nestled in the lush Surrey hills, Kinghams is housed in a sweet cottage-like building which was first built back in 1620. Over the years, the building has taken on many changes with doors moving, surrounding cottages becoming converted and its purpose developing as a result. But, in 1993 Kinghams as we now know it was born, and for 30 years it has stood, catering for locals and out-of-towners alike. 

Now, the restaurant is helmed by duo Jack and Mohssine, who together have shaped its offering to be worthy of two AA Rosettes which were awarded in 2022. While Jack covers off all areas of hospitality management, Mohssine has been a chef for 20 years and recently received his Diploma from Cordon Bleu Cookery. 

The menu has a strong focus on seasonal produce, using local suppliers wherever possible. The options are varied with a lot to choose from across the typical three courses, as well as an 'in between'. To start with, guests might enjoy smaller plates such as Cornish langoustine bisque with chervil Chantilly, as well as duck liver parfait with cherry glaze, black cherry chutney and malted brioche. 

If you're not quite satisfied, why not indulge in an 'between' dish, as advertised by the restaurant. Options include venison and butternut squash cannelloni, alongside butter poached hake with lentil vinaigrette and mussel foam, you know, just to keep you going. And, for mains, expect the likes of glazed octopus with octopus bolognaise and broad bean salsa, or Surrey Hills Farm beef fillet with Jerusalem artichoke, which all sounds delicious. 

Desserts don't dissapoint either with afters such as chocolate and rhubarb fondant with cremeux and popping candy, offering a playful but tasty way to end the meal.


FAQs

Can I book online?

Yes

Helpful? 0

Location

Gomshall Lane, Shere, Shere, Surrey, GU5 9HE

01483 202168 01483 202168

Website

Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun 12:00-14:00
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 19:00-21:00
Wed 19:00-21:00
Thu 19:00-21:00
Fri 19:00-21:00
Sat 19:00-21:00
Sun Closed

Reviews

Share your thoughts with other diners

Write a review


10 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

jamie B

15 September 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

James C

17 August 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5

Everything about this restaurant is absolutely perfect and I would recommend it to everyone.

Anon

08 August 2020  
Food & Drink 3
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 1
Menu change

I was astonished to see what amounted to a return to Neuhaus Quisine. This was excused on the menu by a note from the chef (is he new?) that the courses had been made smaller to allow diners to select from all four courses. Smaller portions no change prices. This and some less than perfect duck will remove this restaurant from our favourites list.

Anon

08 August 2020  
Food & Drink 2
Service 4
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 1
Such a pity

Four for lunch yesterday. Service good, but Oh dear.. the food. What has happened to this restaurant since lockdown? My starter was two only prawns with a liquid, which tasted very pleasant. Main  consisted of two tiny pieces of almost inedible duck and no added vegetables. Duck was tough. Ordered some crushed potatoes. We ordered deserts, which had very mixed revues. Chef deleted puddings charge when a complaint was made about the very tough duck.

A restaurant over the many years we have used is sadly not on our list any more.

 

 

Michael A

06 December 2019  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 1.5
disappointing...

 

We chose this restaurant for a family event – to celebrate the life of our father who recently passed away. The restaurant offered us a private room and asked us to pay a surcharge of 100 pounds to reserve as apparently the min. no. of people to book the private room was 18. (We were a party of 15pax). On arriving at the restaurant we asked if the tables could be re-arranged but were told quite bluntly that this was not possible. 

We certainly felt the restaurant staff could have been more accommodating, as the main purpose of booking a private room was to enjoy our dinner as one group seated together. The room itself was not at all private – located across from the kitchen and near the restaurant entrance, we had another couple at a table sitting behind us.

 

Some of us had the fish as a main course based on the restaurant’s recommendation – I ordered the John Dory fillets that came with a piquant pepper sauce and some other vegetables. The taste was very bland and the portion itself was remarkably small. Some of us had the Gressingham duck for the mains and were equally disappointed, stating the duck was tough – I tried a piece and found it impossible to chew and digest as it was so tough.

The starters that some of us ordered were fairly good albeit a little cold – for a soup we expected the serving temperature to be hot not warm. The steaks as a main course were good.

We chose this restaurant based on the good reviews that we had researched beforehand. Sadly the whole experience left me regretting I had not booked a different restaurant for the occasion.

Howard W

03 January 2010  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
As Surrey goes, this has to be without question, one of the finest & most delightful restaurants to dine, relax and enjoy oneself in. I have always had impeccable service and my food has simply been divine. I am not someone who can afford to eat out on a regular basis so Kinghams for me is for special occassions and each time I have been blown away. Surrey has it's share of TV Celebrity chefs with superb restaurants but with Kinghams, you dont need them, you can beat them. I would strongly recommend a visit to Kinghams and you will not be disappointed.

Tim H

02 January 2010  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
Had a wonderful evening, the food was superb and the service first class. I've eaten in some of London's “top tier” restaurants and the food at Kinghams easily matches that standard. The service was attentive but not over-bearing, it really makes a huge difference when you are looked after so well. The restauarant itself is full of charm and character, it's so good to go to a genuine country restaurant. I'll definitely be going back.

Barbara H

01 July 2009  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 3.5
Food was lovely, service good but not too obtrusive, atmosphere romantic – especially outside by candle light. Plan on going back – what more can you say. Downsides – a bit over-priced for what you get and you will probably have to drive there. Limited menu for ceoliacs but they were happy to cook alternatives on request.

Guy C

11 March 2009  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4
I had fairly high expectations of the food after visiting their website and reading a couple of reviews and these expectations were exceeded. The atmosphere is calm, intimate and welcoming as you arrive. The interior is low ceilings, dark beams and a roaring fireplace. The staff are pleasant, polite and attentive when you need them to be and thankfully not obsequies or fawning. The quality of the photography of the food on the website is awful and I am happy to say it is lot better in real life. If you like country fare creatively and innovatively prepared and very well presented, then you will not be disappointed. I truly relished and enjoyed the chef's combinations and delicate treatment of traditional ‘heavies’ such as black pudding and haggis. He or she is a very welcome surprise tucked away in a small Surrey village. On the wine… rightly or wrongly, I like to judge restaurants by their choice and price of house wines. Our house choice proved to be an ideal full bodied accompaniment to our choices and the price was reasonable. Whilst the portions where not huge I was fully sated and unable to manage pudding – another day! What's not to like? I'm struggling a little here… but I found the chairs uncomfortable, but only later on. All in all, this is my sort of place so I shall certainly be going back.

RA B

01 October 2008  
Food & Drink 4
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 1.5
Value 1.5
I used to really enjoy this restaurant – the food is good and well thought out. Until the service I just received was appalling. I unfortunately had to cancel a booking -I had been trying to get hold of the restaurant since the previous week – but the phone was either engaged or no one picked up. I was told that this was ' very hard to believe' by the rude man on the other end of the phone. I also suggest that they improve their website, they should list an email address as another option of contact instead simply the phone. It is a real shame as the food was good. But I was treated as a liar – what ever happened to customer service? I won’t be going again.
Book a table

Find a table

Other restaurants we like near Kinghams Restaurant

Check availability