The Clock House Ripley

Modern European·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Clock House Ripley

Silver Award

Famed as “the best restaurant in Surrey by miles”, The Clock House in Ripley occupies an imposing Georgian building that has been jazzed up with contemporary flounce and clean, modern lines. The dining room’s classic, yet contemporary look is unchanged, while the food revolves around a choice of menus and high-end combos that are all focused intensely on flavour.  

Simple and sometimes unusual ingredients (but largely British and locally sourced) are united to create something magical, delivered with bags of technique and innovation. Think Norfolk quail with fennel and ‘black curry’, Isle of Wight tomatoes, smoked eel and nasturtium, or lamb with aubergine, shiso and ewe’s curd. It clearly works as one diner said: “Excellent Modern British cuisine in a friendly and relaxed dining room with a great value set lunch”. The lunch also showcases more traditional dishes such as hanger steak with beetroot and roscoff onion and desserts of the lieks of strawberry, clotted cream and elderflower.

Other fans say The Clock House is “consistently entertaining” and “outstanding in every respect”, with “just fabulous” service and some “dangerously generous” wine pairings. Speaking of wine, the list has been created with care and shares the same philosophy and passion as the food. Expect classics as well as some exciting serves from smaller artisanal winemakers.

On top of that, one visitor said the restaurant was “very accommodating for allergies and had fantastic food”. Still not convinced? A trip to the Lounge Bar beforehand for an aperitif (or after for a night cap) should do the trick. So will sitting outside in the garden on warmer months do: with outdoor terrace heaters in place, it means to can enjoy the area long into the summer evening. The garden even has its own gardener – Alistair – who has tended the garden since the restaurant opened 16 years ago, so rest assured the flowers and greenery will be on point.  

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Fine dining
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Food Hygiene Rating

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The Clock House, High St, Ripley, Woking , Ripley, Surrey, GU23 6AQ

01483 224 777


Opening Times

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


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4 Reviews 

Michael S

05 April 2019  
Excellent Modern British cuisine, friendly and relaxed dining room, great value set lunch.

Lisa V

29 March 2019  
Very accommodating for allergies and fantastic food.

Karen O

04 June 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Divine food
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.

Lara C

02 January 2011  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
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!
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