Surrey is a historic, picturesque and peaceful county that belies its proximity to London's hustle and bustle. It has huge woodlands, vast green spaces and rolling hills that have been designated as areas of outstanding natural beauty. Visitors love the beautiful villages, ancient castles, stretching waterways, landscaped gardens and royal palaces, and the thriving market towns offer shopping, entertainment and a superb selection of Surrey restaurants. For those seeking action, Go Ape and the famous race courses offer adrenaline, while visitors seeking peace will find Hampton Court and Kew Gardens to be ideal quiet spots. When you're ready for food, you'll be in a for a treat with a superb range of cafes, bars and restaurants across Surrey and a lively dining scene that takes its food heritage seriously.
Originally made in Kew, Maids of Honour are one of the most famous local delicacies. These custard filled tarts come in a range of flavours including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and even brandy, and they date back to the sixteenth century when they were originally made for Anne Boleyn and her maids of honour at Hampton Court Palace. Look out for a wide range of other local foods at Surrey's restaurants, too, including beef, lamb, pork, fruit and vegetables from the local farms and ales from the microbreweries. The surrounding countryside provides a wealth of seasonal, fresh and often organic food, and you'll find the restaurateurs are passionate about the provenance of their locally-sourced ingredients.
Many of Surrey's restaurants and gastropubs are located in the countryside where you can pair a meal with stunning views and the option of a good walk after your feast. Bertram Bees in Westcott is a great example. Quandoo diners have raved about the friendly atmosphere here and superb English and European menu, with the raclette being particularly popular. Just remember to book in advance with Quandoo as this, and the many other restaurants in the Surrey countryside can get surprisingly busy when hungry locals are on the prowl.
For a special dining occasion, you'll find restaurants in Surrey featured in the Michelin guide, AA Rosettes, mentions in the Good Food Guide and other awards and accolades. There are also sister venues to some of the most exciting eateries in London, including Jackson + Rye in Guildford, which serves the finest American food with an exciting, stylish drinks menu. No.7 Temple in Weybridge is also a must-try. It's a superlative Indian venue offering a la carte dining, paired wine menus and even Indian cookery classes, all in a stunning, contemporary environment. Just remember to leave your review afterwards so that other Quandoo diners can explore!