One of the places I have been missing whilst I've been in Hong Kong is the Arkle Manor, near Dorking in Surrey. It is a traditional looking and huge country pub, with a refreshingly modern menu. This is no gastro-pub though, more a reasonably priced and tasty modern restaurant that just happens to have a bar with huge log fires to lounge by after you've finished your meal. It is very family friendly and the staff are genuinely interested in your enjoyment of the food.
When the BF and I rocked up for Sunday lunch, the restaurant was fully packed out. However, the delightful staff suggested we sit in the bar and we were still able to order from the full restaurant menu.
The BF tucked into roast beef with all the trimmings, whilst I went for roast red snapper on a bed of crab mash (genius) with broccoli florets and a balsamic glaze. We then indulged in puddings - a ginger sticky toffee pud for the BF and a sumptuous mango fool pavlova for me. The fool pavlova was such a great combination and was presented as a sticky mound of tiny meringue pieces bound together with creamy, fruity fool and chunks of mango, all drizzled with a vibrant coulis.
Bookings strongly recommended.
Reigate Road, Betchworth, Surrey RH3 7HB