Stovell's

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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
Stovell’s was opened in 2012, the creation of talented chef patron Fernando Stovell. Having come to London from Mexico to follow his dream of cooking, unknown to his family studying catering at Westminster Kingsway College, he went on to work in acclaimed kitchens from The Capital to the private Cuckoo Club. Having scoured Surrey for the perfect site, Fernando found the unique setting of a 16th Century Tudor farmhouse in Chobham, and opened Stovell's, where diners can enjoy contemporary European cuisine with Mexican accents, using sustainably sourced, local produce prepared by a team of talented chefs. Since opening, the restaurant has been honoured with awards including the Waitrose Good Food Restaurant of the Year for the South East, and four AA rosettes. We hope to welcome you soon!

Special Offers

Taste of Mexico 12 course tasting menu £75pp

Enjoy 12 dishes from the Taste of Mexico menu focusing on dishes from Chef Patron Fernando Stovell heritage.
Maximum of 7 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 14 September 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Tue-Wed 18:00-21:00
Thu-Sat 12:00-14:30 18:00-21:00

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Sun 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Tue - Wed 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:15PM - 9:00PM
Thu 6:00PM - 6:45PM 8:45PM - 9:00PM
Fri - Sat 6:00PM - 6:45PM 8:45PM - 9:30PM

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DM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal for two. Spent about 2 hours here and the time flew by with amazing service and food. Easily one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Ambitious agenda and many small pleasant and tasty surprises but they really need to review their butcher supply. The Duck Breast was very tough although not over cooked but the quality of the actual meat was very hard. The Rib Beef (Cote du Buef) exceptionally fatty.

KF
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We stayed within the set menu. Really good value and perfect environment.

MF
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Previously had excellent meals every time , last 3 rd November for special occasion Sunday Lunch , think the staff were new or the restaurant has changed hands, they don’t offer pre drink at bar( no staff) they did not understand Rose Champagne to Rose Wine !
The could not find the Rose Champagne we ordered , the starter menu item stated Hot ! Cold and dry Hard Salmon , the desert Cheesecake with pineapple ! Came with orange , the head manager and filthy dirty hands and nails serving plates of food ,
Massive shame was such a good restaurant

J
London
15 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday and date night. Lovely food and great service in relaxed environment

c
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I have been to a Stovells a couple of times before and loved the ambience, service and food. Last Friday we had the tasting menu and wine flight and I was less impressed. It was a busy eve and I felt the waiters were rushed and not providing much information about the wine and food. I was not offered gluten free bread when I said I was intolerant and wouldn’t eat the bread provided. I wouldn’t do the tasting menu again as there were several dishes I did not enjoy but I would happily go back to Stovells for a meal where I chose what to eat and drink.

JR
London
41 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Having thoroughly enjoyed our two "Two for One" lunches in August, we were really looking forward to our third one on 01 November, so much so that I researched the wine list the night before, picking out the bottle of Patagonian Casa Silva Sauvignon Blanc that I wished to order. That was when the catalogue of disappointing factors started. 1. The wine list had changed, with not even my second option available. 2. The wine I chose eventually from the list wasn't available. 3. The two glasses of French Sauvignon Blanc that we finally ordered arrived late, some minutes after we had been served with our first course - wine arriving after the first course is unacceptable. 4. The hake main course was unavailable, so the hake replaced by cod. 5. Normally Stovells provides a nice basket of bread before the first course is served. My wife had to request bread to accompany the terrine, which delayed her enjoyment of the meal further. 6. The soft smoked salmon was frankly rather chewy. 7. No-one asked if we wanted more water in the course of the meal. 8. The bill included the more expensive Viognier wine instead of the French Sauvignon Blanc that we had requested. I was very disappointed and will most likely cancel my December birthday lunch!

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Food excellent. Service OK. Overall experience disappointing. Very expensive for what it is.

At nit even 8pm we were only offered the a la carte menu and had to ask for the tasting menu. Not given a wine list so had to ask for the wines to match the menu (as seen on the website). At the end of the meal no coffee was offered and the lights in the bar had been switched off so it was difficult to find our coats which were on a peg just outside the toilets. Got the impression they just wanted to be rid of us. For this price not good enough.
Would happily eat this chef’s food again but he’s not running a great restaurant. They’re pricing as though they have a Michelin star but unless they sort out the overall experience they’re never going to get one.
Used to eat here regularly for special occasions but although the food is delicious we won’t be rushing back.

ED
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely food and a well designed menu. There was a function upstairs which probably caused the restaurant staff to be a bit overstretched. Courteous and effective if a little slow. However, that said, lunch at Stovells is always a pleasure and this was no exception.

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

My previous experience at Stovell was excellent, however this time it was more than lacking.
We were celebrating my youngest son’s 21st ( which I had mentioned in your online booking) that was not even acknowledged.
We were served our 1st course with all the amuse bouche plates etc still on the table- nothing was cleared away. Plates were pushed asides to make room and then removed.
The boys were served well before my daughter and myself and so had to wait for our courses to come so we could all start together.
We had to ask for wine to be poured on more than one occasion.
The food was definitely nowhere near as good as our previous experience .
I could not recommend Stovells after this visit

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Taste of Mexico was amazing! Was pretty noisy once a big group of people came in, but apart from that the experience was great. Lovely staff and environment. Very tasteful!

LW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, good and friendly service. One of our party had food intolerances, which were understood and discussed but there was one slip up where a dish had to be replaced.

v
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had dinner last night for my daughters birthday and have to say it was not as good as normal.
It was very cold, I did mention this to the waiter and he said that they were closed on the Monday, so the heating had not been on ! To eat in a cold room is not pleasant.
The food was good, but not amazing and all the times I have been before, its been amazing, so I am sorry to say a little disappointed.

JG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere, very good friendly knowledgeable staff.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My husband and I had a splendid lunch on Saturday 19th August. Food was very good and so was the service.

ST
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was a bit slow on our visit. Constant flickering lights very annoying and spoilt ambience.

Food ordered was fabulous, two items not available on the starter menu which was disappointing.

Wine ordered was full of sediment which was not the their fault but again left us feeling underwhelmed.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was faultless - generous autumnal pre-starter selection followed by Foie Gras, Cote De Boeuf and Chocolate pud. Lovely space, simultaneousy cosy & classy. Service was a little slow / inattentive and lacked a sommelier / confident explanation of each course but overall a great date night out.

T
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect blend between English charm en quality food, highly recommended !

JS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We have had many fantastic meals and excellent service previously, normally 5 star. This time however I have to say the whole experience with the exception of the food which as always was 5 star, was extremely disappointing. When we first walked through the door we were waiting over 5 minutes before anyone came to greet us. The table was right next to the speaker to this was not ideal. The service was average compared to normal simple thing like apart from the first glass of wine I had to pour our own for the duration of the meal.
The positive was that your marketing worked very well with regards to the 2 for 1 offer as we originally had no intention of eating out last Friday but when I received the email we booked straight away but the only table available was 21:30.
I presume this will be a one off experience and will not stop us eating here again as we normally have a beautiful experience and always love your food.

I would not put this one disappointing experience on social media as it does not reflect the many previous enjoyable evenings we have enjoyed.

I am pleased that you requested feedback and I'm always interested to see if someone takes time to read them. I guess I will find out should someone care to contact me via email

Kind regards
John & Sharon

MB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate early, so it was very cosy with just us in the restaurant. Food excellent and as they say, reassuringly expensive! Will definitely go again.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great experience! We were party of 4, very fortunate to booked a table at a very last minute. Everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable - I’m dairy free, and it wasn’t an issue. Everyone including me enjoyed food very much.

JR
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I took my partner to Stovells for a birthday meal because we wanted to spend a night out of London and the Mexican taster menu looked interesting.

I lost track of how many dishes there were, and the presentation throughout was excellent but unfortunately a number of dishes failed to deliver on flavour.

With Mexican food, I expect a real punch or chilli, garlic and lime but this did not come through in enough dishes. I appreciate that everyone has a different heat tolerance but this could have been combatted by having a little dish of chilli sauce alongside the food, for guests to add at their own discretion, as you would find in any Mexican eatery.

The food was all cooked perfectly; the sea bass and quail were tender and succulent, there just wasn’t enough of the Mexico with either dish.

Usually, when I am eating a taster menu, I find myself wishing there were more of certain dishes, but in this case some of the dishes could have been scaled down in size. There were too many carbs through the meal, to the point where my partner could hardly eat the final
dessert course. We noticed that the ‘Pinata’ dessert we were served was the same as that being given to a la Carte diners. It was a great dessert but it was a lot to get through as a trio of desserts.

Although I felt that many of the dishes could be improved, the food was generally good and I can’t fault the effort that must have gone into preparing the meal but if you are charging £75 a head, you are in Michelin star territory and the quality of the meal did not justify the price tag.

I would not recommend the taster menu but the a la carte looked interesting and decent value.

RJ
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to deliver on all levels of service, food quality and value.

BR
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was lovely, topped off by an incredible melt in the mouth tart tatin, the 3 course lunch menu for 28 pound was an absolute bargain. the restaurant is lovely, in an old inn with open fires etc. the ambience is smart but relaxed and the service was exceptional. we loved it. Ill be coming back for the 10 course mexican taster menu that we saw other diners eating.

W
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

4th visit. Food is good although menu is pretty static despite saying it is constantly changing. Service was lacking and seemed inexperienced: Barman had poor English and would not give me drinks menu, eventually waiter provided one and commented that it would take a while as we ordered 4 cocktails. During the meal waiters were fine but nothing more than food carriers - no introduction or explanation of food or even checking that everything ok. Not worth the 12.5% auto added. Restaurant lacked atmosphere. Not sure I will be rushing back.

JB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcome and delicious food. Only minor moan was very expressive coffee with one small petit fours.

KK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, excellent presented. Wide range of wines and cocktails on the menu too.
Beautifully simple restaurant and the service was of a high standard.

Would go back again without a doubt

MC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Sunday Lunch - Wonderful meal at this lovely 16th century inn restaurant. Sublime food - so rare for a Sunday lunch fixed menu. A little quieter than I recall and waiter/manager was not quite as engaging as I remember but such a brilliant culinary dining experience more than made up for it.

MD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As outstanding as always. The pork terrine was delicious, the lamb simply melted in the mouth. Cannot recommend enough.

KC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

This was an expensive mistake. Stovells were highly recommended to me. I booked 6 weeks in advance as a surprise anniversary present for my husband. Our experience was dreadful. We booked for 7.45. We had to ask twice to be shown to our table at 8.15. We had our starter at 9.15! And then we were given the wrong ones ! It was 10pm by the time we had our main. We had to ask each time for drink top ups. I requested more water for the table twice
Fine dining? I don’t think so.

DI
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Waiters very friendly!
Very cosy and amazing ambiance.

II
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and friendly attentive service. Menu de Jour was excellent value.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! Beautiful food and charming place.

r
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Disappointed, food excellent but service lacking, very difficult to engage with staff, generally disinterested. Requested bill three times, card payment machine twice. Wine list extensive but prices tend to be high, there should be a greater price range, we went for the superb food , not fine and expensive wines. Fully appreciate why so many emails are received offering “deals” , focus on the service to attract customers .

RH
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most pleasant lunch excellent plate de jour with exceptional service will go back.

n
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a lovely lunch. Each course was very tasty. Staff very nice - attentive but not overbearing.
Excellent value - had the Menu du Jour two for one offer - couldn't fault anything.

S
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Stovells to celebrate my birthday with two friends visiting from Australia. We eat at Stovells reasonably regularly, perhaps 2-3 times a year over the past 6 years or so and it’s a favourite of my wife and I, the real “go to” restaurant for a celebration. We ate on a Tuesday evening so the restaurant was quieter than normal, about 14 diners including us. The welcome was friendly and efficient, there were only two staff working front of house.
The ambience of the restaurant is excellent, timeless. The food as ever was the star, with one exception from my viewpoint. We had two excellent bottles of wine, both Viogniers, one from Argentina which was crisp and astringent. The Australian wine from the Beechworth Estate was outstanding, really delicious and powerful. Not cheap at £80, but really good example of an Aussie Viognier. I was slightly disappointed to be informed by the head waiter that the BYO deal was still on on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, it isn’t mentioned on the website. However, no complaints about the wines we had.
Our crab starter was magnificent absolutely delicious. The dill dressing was off the scale, such a fresh flavour. The mains were terrific, my wife described her halibut as meaty and juicy with a delicious sauce. I ate the roast veal sweetbreads and lentils - Wow! Rich and lemony, really gorgeous. Our friends had the Côte de Porc which they also said was delicious, both bones were well chewed!!
The only disappointment for me was the Chocolate Dessert. The mousse was piped in small pieces around a large circular bowl, which had a very textured pattern. This made the mousse difficult to lift off the plate with a spoon. The lavender ice cream was a small quenelle, with no discernible lavender flavour.
All in all though an excellent meal, Stovells delivered for us again.

K
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food tastes fantastic and overall, isn’t bad value for the quality of food and service provided. My only real negative is that despite emailing and phoning ahead to check the options available to me considering some allergen foods I wanna avoiding, I was left disappointed. I was told that it wouldn’t be a problem to avoid dairy and soya, but was not told that the majority of the menu would be excluded from my choices as a result. I assumed that, considering the standard, the dishes could be adapted. I had to watch my partner eat much more food than me as I couldn’t eat much and left hungry. Having been before a few times, this was by far the worst visit. I would have liked to have been given more info regarding what foods would have been available so I could have pre orders what I’d like without the allergens. That being said, the wine was excellent and the sommelier outstanding .

AM
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 4th visit to Stovells and once again the service and meal was outstanding living up to expectations.

B
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice and quiet Thursday lunch at Stovells. It wasn’t our first time and won’t be our last either. We are always very happy with the service and food. Thank you for an enjoyable lunch.