With Christmas over and the weather looking drab, January is a tough month to get through. To help ease the pain, many of us will be booking something to look forward to, like a holiday, a show or somewhere new to eat.

Last year saw a number of new restaurants open across the county as well as pub revamps and takeaway launches, giving the people of Surrey even more choice when it comes to food and drink. If you fancy dining somewhere different this winter, SurreyLive has made a list of some of the area's most recent openings and must-visits to lift your spirits.

From a cosy gastro pub with a river running through it, to a super plush restaurant inside a hotel where Prince William and Harry once stayed, there is something for everyone.

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1. Brasserie Citron, Staines

Formerly known as The Angler's Retreat, the restaurant area of The Retreat in Staines has been renamed as Brasserie Citron, offering diners a delicious slice of classic French cookery.

The family friendly brasserie is elegant, has a garden glowing with twinkling fairy lights, and specialises in hearty traditional French food.

2. Woven, Sunningdale

This Michelin starred restaurant is located within the five star hotel Coworth Park. It is where Prince William and Harry stayed the night before Harry and Meghan tied the knot at Windsor Castle.

Guests can expect a stunning and exclusive culinary experience.

Woven is a Michelin star restaurant hidden inside Coworth Park near Ascot

3. Five Guys, Camberley

If you fancy a hearty burger and salty fries, head on over to the newest Five Guys branch. The popular fast food chain opened in The Atrium on October 31.

Diners can tuck into mighty burgers and beef dogs, a generous size portion of fries and indulgent milkshakes in various flavours such as peanut butter, Oreo, salted caramel, Lotus Biscoff, banana, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and bacon.

4. The Bailiwick, Englefield Green

Located on the edge of Virginia Water and Windsor Great Park, The Bailiwick was named one of the best gastro pubs around at the end of 2022. Specialising in seasonal food and game, it made the Top 50 Gastropubs in the UK guide.

5. The Mitre, East Molesey

The charming Surrey pub on the banks of the River Thames has links to Henry VIII and is opposite a magical outdoor ice skating rink. The winter rink is open until January 8 and is situated at the front entrance of Hampton Court Palace.

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6. The Half Moon, Windlesham

The much-loved village pub was taken over by new owners in the autumn. Guests new and old, can expect delicious hearty pub food including epic roast dinners every Sunday.

All roasts come with crunchy potatoes, sweet carrots and parsnip, crushed root vegetables, rainbow chard, savoy cabbage, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.

7. The Georgian, Haslemere

If you are looking for an ultra magical destination, the grounds of The Georgian hotel has it all. Three enchanting domes can be found in the rear garden hidden from public view. Diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner inside the heated Coppa Club igloos.

8. The Fox Dining Rooms, Chertsey

This award-winning restaurant is hidden in a gorgeous manor house built in the 19th century at the heart of a 400-acre golf course estate. Foxhills is known for its sport, but not everyone is aware there is a romantic eatery there.

The Fox Dining Rooms
The Fox Dining Rooms is located in the famous Foxhills golf resort in Chertsey

9. The Latymer, Bagshot

Latymer is one of Surrey's best restaurants with a Michelin star and four AA Rosettes under its belt. It also won the Traveller's Choice Award in 2022 following excellent Tripadvisor reviews. Last year it expanded it's food offering by launching Sunday lunch at the fine dining restaurant.

10. The Tudor Pass, Egham

Last autumn saw Surrey hotel Great Fosters reopen its fine dining restaurant under a new name and chef. The Tudor Room, previously headed up by Tony Parkin is now led by executive chef Alex Payne.

With just seven tables and located in a spectacular historic building, guests can expect a fine dining culinary delight.

11. The Garden House Restaurant, Leatherhead

Tucked away behind a traditional walled kitchen garden within a beautiful Surrey Hills estate is a restaurant specialising in comforting, seasonal dishes inspired by the surrounding gardens. Even the décor is influenced by nature.

12. Scott's, Richmond

A fancy oyster and caviar restaurant opened on the banks of the River Thames at the end of last year and it is super luxurious. The fine dining restaurant is ultra glamorous and a decadent place for food and drink.


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