Stovell's

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Stovell’s first opened its doors back in 2012, and is the brainchild of chef patron Fernando Stovell, whose vision sees modern European dishes given Mexican accents. The restaurant finds its home in a sympathetically restored “mind-your-head” 16th-century farmhouse that blends rough-hewn beams, mullioned windows and low ceilings with vivid wallpaper, contemporary furnishings and deep-pile carpets – a “glorious setting”, says one reader.

Chef Stovell’s “epic food” continues to receive rave reviews as he fashions complex, finely honed dishes strewn with global influences – from an octopus ceviche bursting with freshness to Goosnargh duck served with cherry and pistachios, or citrus wood roasted Cornish Lobster which you can pair with a side of duck fat chips.

There are also pleasingly simple dishes from the wood-fired grill, such as cured côte du pork served with burnt broccoli, mash and persillade or perhaps the fish of the day which is grilled over citrus wood. Those looking to have the full Stovell’s experience can choose to dine from the dedicated tasting menu, which is inspired by Fernando’s Mexican homeland – think Mexican-style street snacks followed by the likes of soft shell crab with pumpkin and serrano, and white mole with wood-roasted carrots.

To round off your meal, don’t miss out on Stovell’s fun range of puddings. Tuck into sweet treats such as a pineapple and coconut cheesecake or the ‘pinata’ which is made with chocolate nougat, Brazilian nuts and milk. The restaurant’s selection of uniquely flavoured ice creams and sorbets is worth exploring too – flavours include fig leaf, smoked milk and beetroot, lavender and elderflower.  

The global wine list offers plenty of keenly priced drinking, but also check out the fab barrel-aged cocktails and “amazing” home-distilled gin, while the amiable staff “make you feel very welcome”. “Outstanding food, beautifully presented” says one diner – we couldn’t agree more.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Fine dining
Other Awards
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch

Location for Stovell's

Windsor Road, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8QS

01276 858000

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-15:00
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-22:00
Wed 17:00-22:00
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-22:00
Fri 12:00-22:00
Sat 12:00-22:00
Sun Closed

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14 Reviews 
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Sarah B

24 April 2018  
Opulence and history beyond belief.

MOLLY H

27 March 2018  
Superbly presented food, excellent service, bread to die for and washed down with fairly priced wine.

Paul A

Better than most
06 January 2018  
The restaurant has not been open on the first working day of the New Year for a number of years, but it was clearly the right thing to do in 2018 as the lunch sitting was very well attended and the diners were certainly able to profit from the high standard set by Fernando Stovell in his mind-your-head 16th century mansion. Although the Mexican tasting menu looked interesting, we decided to go à la carte, and, unusually, we selected different options for each of the courses. The amuse-bouches tickled the palate appropriately, tapioca crisp with garam masala and creamy aubergine dip, and a sweet celeriac, parsnip and potato soup with horseradish foam setting us up for some very good open fire-roasted Norfolk guinea fowl with quince and a lovely warm foie gras dish with toasted hazelnuts, Grelot onions, hay tea dressing with sherry and a cooling pennywort juice. Next came a deconstructed beef Wellington, tasty char-grilled local beef sitting on top of a flaky pastry “bun” with a lovely truffle mash, oxtail, brassica and perfect duck-fat cooked chips, and wood-roasted Iberico pork neck which was beautifully tender, had the authentic Spanish taste and was enhanced by pork “popcorn”, avocado served three ways, and onion crisp. A pre-dessert of lime granita with raspberry and hibiscus sorbet was extremely good as well as acting as a palate cleanser for what the menu claimed to be a chocolate mille-feuille but was actually a tennis ball sized sphere cleverly filled with a ganache and accompanied by banana sprinkled with caramelised sugar and vanilla cream, while the other dessert, carrot cake, came in a mini garden pot with confit baby carrots and smoked sour cream. These thoughtful variations on standard themes and the good biscotti, chocolate balls with a touch of Bailey’s, a macaron with a touch of chilli and a chilli choco-brownie which finished our lunch all made a very good impression and confirmed once more that, for us, Michelin is less likely to get restaurant ratings right than the other guides.
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Stuart M

29 May 2017  
It's the whole package, service, food and ambiance. We keep returning as we've yet to find a fault, cannot understand why it's not yet got a Michelin star. On top of all this they distill their own excellent gin, as I say the complete package.

Matthew M

05 May 2017  
Exceptional service, delivery, delicious food.

Tanya T

04 May 2017  
Food is amazing and beautifully presented with care and consideration by staff. Very good wine list and the pre/ post dinner bar area dor deinks or coffee is a lovely touch and makes you feel relaxed. Its a whole experience to enjoy the meal from the moment you walk in. Decor is neutral and warming. Whilst some may think its pricey. I personally feel its excellent value for what you get and more than comparable to top london estaishments. One of my favourites and never disappoints.

David H

Good quality, interesting food with fine service
26 February 2015  
Our first visit at lunch today, fixed up on the spur of the moment when we discovered that Stovell's is closed Saturday lunchtime . We both opted for starter and main from the a la carte menu and a glass of tasty Rosso di Montalcino, and we left thinking we'd had a good time and that it's likely we'll return We've travelled fairly widely within our local area (Berks/Bucks/Surrey) to find places we can really enjoy and look forward to. Its harder than you might think, albeit that we have a huge number to choose from. Sure we have some very fine restaurants, but they're mostly hugely expensive and hard to secure a table. We have a raft of one, occasionally two, Michelin star restaurants, but most of them disappoint by comparison to their London peers and frankly we don't use them much in our local area these days. And then we have gastropubs or equivalent by the zillion, and some are very good without offering quite the quality and imagination we'd like to enjoy locally if we could. It's in that context that we chose Stovell's today, and indeed we think that this might be a find. Everything we ate today was cooked properly and presented nicely, from Amuses Bouches to coffee. The food was tasty and nothing jarred. The flavours are not as intense as we'd ideally hope for, but its better than decent. We were a little taken aback by the pre-starter food delivery. A little glass of butternut squash soup, a variety of good bread, smoked and salted butter, two spreads, one of pork dripping and one of what tasted like taramasalata, and ( I think) a semolina? cracker topped with Bacala and some fennel. Maybe a little OTT? We always consider these free dishes carefully as its often a taste of what's to come. Here, the soup and semolina dish were rather bland , and the dripping served perhaps too soft and warm, and it did get me a bit concerned about what we might get next. For me its very simple- unless your freebies are as good as the food on your menus, don't give them. But my wife's broth of leaves and my scallops , both complex dishes with lots going on in them, put our minds at rest, and likewise the main courses of rabbit for me and slow cooked pork in a very tasty jus confirmed that this kitchen cooks very nicely . We enjoyed our side of turnip bubble and squeak too. Service was well timed and pleasantly delivered throughout, and is a strength we thought. The restaurant itself bears some comment. Its a kind of traditional, comfy, country kind of place , and pleasant enough. However the food they serve in it is rather more contemporary and in my mind there's a little jarring between the food and the environment in which its served. At £110 including service for two courses, a glass of wine each and coffee . If the wine had been a bottle , and two courses became three, then the bill might easily pass £150 for two- by no means outrageous for quality food and attentive service, but neither is it a bargain. But all in all we enjoyed it and I'm sure we'll be back.
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Dale Y

01 July 2014  
We spent wonderful evening at Stovells to celebrate my wife's birthday in the private dinning room. The food was truly excellent and the service was attentive without being intrusive. I couldn't fault a single thing and would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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Cla R

01 July 2014  
It's always refreshing when a meal lives up to your expectations, and my expectations were high! The food was exquisite, my girlfriend and I dined from the A La Carte menu, part of me wishes I had gone for the bespoke tasting menu, but being able to choose one of the nicest desserts I've ever had more than made up for it, though every course excelled, beautiful flavours and variance of textures! The service was attentive and very friendly, professional, warm and approachable, they have really found the right balance and there is a real sense of clockwork fluidity to how they coordinate their service. The setting is also very nice, tasteful and intimate… really I struggle to find any complaint. 10/10. The last review leaves me with one point to make. Overpriced? And small portions? Fem critic quite clear;y has no understanding of what a well balanced, well sourced food at a very competitive price. May recommend Bella Italia in Camberley for people like you. BIG PORTIONS FOR A BIG MOUTHED WANNA BE FOOD CRITIC!!! Long live Stovells.
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Cla R

01 July 2014  
It's always refreshing when a meal lives up to your expectations, and my expectations were high! The food was exquisite, my girlfriend and I dined from the A La Carte menu, part of me wishes I had gone for the bespoke tasting menu, but being able to choose one of the nicest desserts I've ever had more than made up for it, though every course excelled, beautiful flavours and variance of textures! The service was attentive and very friendly, professional, warm and approachable, they have really found the right balance and there is a real sense of clockwork fluidity to how they coordinate their service. The setting is also very nice, tasteful and intimate… really I struggle to find any complaint. 10/10. The last review leaves me with one point to make. Overpriced? And small portions? Fem critic quite clear;y has no understanding of what a well balanced, well sourced food at a very competitive price. May recommend Bella Italia in Camberley for people like you. BIG PORTIONS FOR A BIG MOUTHED WANNA BE FOOD CRITIC!!! Long live Stovells.
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