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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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Confident contemporary cooking at the sign of the clock

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Service charge

The great chronometer above the portico entrance on the high street is a graphic enough explanation of the name of a place that has seen a fair few years' service to Ripley. Inside, the dining room is done in defiantly plain but tasteful style, with the option of terrace seating in the Surrey sun, and with the emphasis on Fred Clapperton's impressively confident contemporary cooking. A seasonally evolving carte is the core of the operation, with a seven-course taster drawn from it, and a vegetarian alternative too. There is a marked enjoyment of earthier flavours, parsley roots and leaves with a haddock and shrimp starter, alexanders with a pork belly and apple pairing, and kohlrabi and chanterelles to accompany a majestic main course of thoroughbred beef and sweetbreads. For the veggie option, the main matter might be a truffle-scented array of cauliflower with field mushrooms and sea beets, and the final stage mingles sweet and savoury notes productively for chocolate and orange with goats’ milk and olive oil, or a daring combination of pineapple and white chocolate with the smoky fragrance of chamomile.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1 week in January, 2 weeks in August, 1 week at Christmas and after Easter
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Fred Clapperton

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 7
  • Wines over £30: 200
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £31
  • 3-course lunch from: £35
  • 2-course dinner from: £50
  • 3-course dinner from: £60
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 3
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

M25 junction 10, A3 towards Guildford. Follow Ripley signs. Restaurant in village centre.

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Woking, Guildford
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