When it comes to eating out, many visitors to the capital tend to stick to central London like treacle to a dessert spoon. Which is a shame because leafy Guildford awaits just a short train journey from Waterloo Station, with a diverse selection of top class restaurants for you to enjoy as well as a charming cobblestoned high street.
Read on to discover five of the best restaurants in the town, which are popular with Surrey residents and Londoners alike:
Jamie’s Italian – World-famous celebrity chef Jamie Oliver says “I should have been Italian” and his fast-growing chain of restaurants is getting rave reviews all over the country. You’ll enjoy authentic Italian food based on tried and tested recipes from all over Italy. The Guildford branch is in an iconic circular building which used to be a bank and later a record store. There is even a kid’s menu from which children eat free (Monday – Friday, 12 noon to 5pm only) when eating with an adult having a main course.
Relish – If you’re looking for a ‘best of British’ culinary experience, Relish at the new Radisson Edwardian hotel Guildford is already being lauded as one of the best restaurants in Guildford. The head chef is passionate about using the finest locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible to create classic dishes such as Lancashire hotpot and fish & chips cooked in beef dripping. You’ll also find some original twists on well known dishes, as with the two bone pork chop with creamed cabbage, apple chutney and fondant potato.
Rumwong – For a true taste of southeast Asia head to Rumwong, an authentic Thai restaurant which uses fresh ingredients flown in from Thailand. The setting is as authentic as the food, with subtle pastel colours drawing attention to the traditional decor. The restaurant’s Khan Tok room with low tables and cushions for seating is a popular choice for large groups who want to fully experience Thai dining.
Carlo’s Trattoria – If you’re a fan of all things Italian, then Carlo’s Trattoria will certainly not disappoint. A family-run restaurant for almost thirty years, the focus is on quality, and only the best fresh ingredients are used. The decor is pleasingly minimalist, while the food itself is often a colourful work of art. The menu includes a great range of antipastos, pasta dishes and fresh fish sourced from Billingsgate market.
Côte – From across the channel, Côte brings French food and a unique bistro ambience to Guildford. Here you’ll find a fine selection of wines and culinary delights which include moules marinieres, prime quality steaks and seafood linguine. Côte also have an extensive breakfast menu, ranging from a full English to smoked salmon and scrambled eggs – a perfect start for a day out exploring Guildford.