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“Contemporary fine dining just off the high street.” - AA Inspector
Just off Dorking’s main drag, Sorrel is a great combination of old and new, a 300-year-old, Grade II listed, brick building, the first-floor dining room sporting a maze of beams and minimal decor with sage-green horseshoe banquettes and striped carpet. From some tables there’s a view into the glass-walled high-tech kitchen. Service is knowledgeable, and menus are constantly evolving, with intricate, detailed dishes making great use of first-rate seasonal produce, excellent technical skills and wonderful presentation. Begin with Fowey mussels hiding shyly beneath a parmesan and pumpkin espuma, or a perfect, fat, hand-dived scallop, with piquillo pepper and crushed apple ponzu. Main course guinea fowl 'coq au vin' is meltingly tender thanks to a 22-hour marination and comes with roasted cabbage, pickled pear, parsley and bitter chocolate. A clean, light and vibrant dessert of Earl Grey cream, rhubarb, blood orange and sorrel is as much a display of clever textures as zippy flavours.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 28
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 24–31 December
- Wines under £30: 5
- Wines over £30: 80
- Wines by the glass: 10
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.
Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie.
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