The Bakery Restaurant, Tatsfield, Surrey TN16 2AG – restaurant review

Heading off the beaten track in Tandridge, Matthew Williams stumbled upon The Bakery restaurant in Tatsfield. Set in a former Surrey Village of the Year, this modern English and European restaurant proved a very pleasant discovery

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2012

Restaurant reviewed: The Bakery Restaurant, Westmore Green, Tatsfield, Surrey TN16 2AG: 01959 577605


The Verdict:

Food: 7 Venue: 7 Service: 7

What we ate:

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�29.95 for three courses

Starters: Home-made pork & apple p�t� Confit of duck leg served with a red onion marmalade

Main courses: Grilled fillet of Loch Duart salmon with a white wine and prawn sauce Roast rump of lamb with a celeriac puree and red wine jus

Desserts: A selection of home-made ice cream and sorbet Ginger and star anise panna cotta with mango coulis 

Drinks: Marques de Caceres (2009), Rioja Rosado, �17.95


REVIEW: I have to admit, that despite my grandparents living just over the border in Kent, and being a fan of the walks around the nearby Titsey Estate, Tatsfield is a village that I hadn’t previously experienced in any more than a passing or arm’s length fashion.

Despite its Kent postal address, the village falls in the Tandridge district of Surrey and, in fact, won our county’s Village of the Year in 2010 – as well as picking up a Large Village gold medal for Britain in Bloom in the same year.

On another point of interest, the Beaver Water World wildlife park is also nearby, it turns out, and was apparently once home to the sadly departed Big Boy the Alligator – born in 1961 and famous for appearing in the James Bond film Live and Let Die.

To get over all the effort of filling my knowledge banks, a good feed was in order. And, what do you know, this for too long overlooked village also happens to have an award-winning restaurant. One that is also creating boutique style en suite accommodation to provide for an influx of visitors during the Olympic Games, no less. A historic setting The Bakery is located in an old 19th century turreted village store, which was first converted in 1978. Since then, much has changed and owner Andrew Bond now presides over a destination bar and restaurant – you enter the quirky building through the bar, with sports screens and comfortable seating, into the restaurant found out the back.

There’s something of a Spanish feel to this Modern British and European eatery, a feeling that was only increased on the day we visited by the experienced Spanish waiters.

It was a Saturday night and we arrived early in the evening when things were still relatively quiet, but things soon filled up with many of the smartly-dressed diners appearing to be on first name terms with the staff. Often a good sign.

I opted for the home-made pork and apple p�t�, which was a coarse mix packed full of flavour, while my fianc�e Sylviane chose the confit of duck leg with a red onion marmalade, which was well cooked with enough taste to hold the interest.

Our main courses arrived in generous portions, both served with sides of fresh seasonal vegetables and potatoes. Sylviane’s grilled fillet of Loch Duart salmon with a white wine and prawn sauce was for the most part superb, although one of the thinner portions had become a touch dry. I had no complaints about my roast rump of lamb, which was cooked perfectly to order and accompanied by a celeriac puree and red wine jus.

Sweet teeth were satisfied by two excellent desserts. Sylviane’s selection of home-made ice cream and sorbet – the restaurant also promises to create your favourites to order – were moreish and my ginger and star anise panna cotta with mango coulis was delicious.

At just under �30 for three courses, The Bakery is well priced for what it offers – uncomplicated, hearty food of fine quality. It’s certainly the kind of place that is worth a detour off the beaten track but I can also understand why it proves so popular with regulars, too.

3 other great village restaurants in Surrey

Kinghams Gomshall Lane, Shere, Surrey GU5 9HE Tel: 01483 202168 Long regarded as one of Surrey’s finest village restaurants, Kinghams in Shere serves a mouth-watering range of dishes in a beautiful setting.

Toby Cottage High Street, Ripley, Woking, Surrey GU23 Tel: 01483 224225 Set in a charming 16th century oak-beamed building, they serve an exceptional range of freshly prepared high-quality food.

The Dining Room 10 Queens Road, Village Green, Hersham, Surrey KT12 5LS Tel: 01932 231686 In 1989, the Dining Room was transformed for TV’s Never The Twain. Today, they continue to offer delicious modern British cuisine.

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