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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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A thrilling culinary journey in a sleepy Surrey village

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At a glance

Open all year
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

The charming village setting, the wonky Tudor building, you may think you have the measure of Stovell’s, but Fernando Stovell’s place is pretty much unique…a union of Mexico and Britain in sleepy Surrey. Fernando hails from Mexico and has brought his culinary heritage to bear alongside his training in contemporary European cuisine. The result is creative, compelling and joyful. The dining room has plenty of beams to confirm the antiquity of the building, and a contemporary gloss to set the mood. Cookery lessons and a hand-crafted gin reveal a free-wheeling enterprising spirit. The flavours of Mexico are present, certainly on the Taste of Mexico menu, but there is nothing generic about the cooking here. The à la carte might get you started with aromatic foie gras, with burnt grelot onions, toasted hazelnuts, and a dressing made with hay-smoked tea and pennywort, before moving you onto pan-fried Cornish wild sea bass with pickled mushrooms, cardoons and yuzu. Presentation is always creative, usually pretty stunning, and the technical skills on show ensure everything works and flavours hit home. A céviche might be expected, and there it is, yellow fin tuna, say, with pickled radishes, while a vegetarian opener might be apple smoked aubergine with Isle of Wight tomatoes and winter leaves. Fermentation, a favoured contemporary technique with an ancient heritage, sees turnips treated thus, in a dish of ‘nose to tail’ rabbit, and again in a tepache dessert (fermented peel and rind of pineapples) with piloncillo sorbet (unrefined cane sugar) which is full of Mexican spirit. The wine list is a tour de force through Europe and South America in particular.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday to Wednesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Fernando Stovell

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 16
  • Wines over £30: 87
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £22
  • 3-course lunch from: £26
  • 2-course dinner from: £42
  • 3-course dinner from: £48
  • Tasting menu from: £60
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

M25 junction 11. Join A317 then take A320 towards Chobham, A319 turn right Windsor Road.

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Nearest train station

Woking, Sunningdale
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