Toby Cottage Restaurant

4.6
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266 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
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  • Cosy
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Good for Anniversaries
We downright adore this cosy cottage restaurant in the Surrey village of Ripley, which was originally built in the 16th century. After surviving former lives as a dwelling and an antique shop selling Toby jugs, the Toby Cottage Restaurant was converted to a restaurant in 1979 and has been pleasing local gourmands ever since. The penultimate romantic restaurant, Toby Cottage is perfect for celebrations and family occasions and has original oak beams, a cocktail bar perfect for sneaky aperitifs, and a sensational wine list to compliment its English/Continental menu. Don't miss the smoked duck breast with mango chutney; the deep fried Brie with cranberry sauce; and the classic beef Wellington with mushrooms, pate and Burgundy sauce.
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DP
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our visit for a birthday celebration was very enjoyable . The staff were friendly, helpful and very entertaining and the menu was excellent. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. Well done everyone!
We will be back!

AR
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely everything. Monday night so a bit quiet but excellent experience

E
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very attentive staff
Fantastic value
Real food!

SC
London
19 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is simply one of my favourites! Humorous staff, simple fare done excellently. Keep up the good work !

l
London
16 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming and friendly service in a traditional setting to have a homely dishes. Desert trolley is a must - I hope they will do a dessert buffet in the future, we’ll be back with a heart beat.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service as always.

OV
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dinner at Toby Cottage. Best restaurant in Ripley !

E
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super Sunday lunch
We are always made welcome
Very good value

SM
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden treasure, with returning clients Im not surprised in the least. My first visit in some years away from the county.The food exceptional, service ditto attentive with out hovering..Keen eyes keep your wine glass charged.The staff are professional with traditional flare and a great sence of fun, making the visit a night to remember.. 5 stars dont do this place a justice.. GO... highly recommended the wine list is better than a lot of London top resturants .. nothing is to much trouble for this amazing establishment.. Guys we will be back ..told our friends too..

M
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent in every respect. Food second to none, service likewise. Can thoroughly recommend to those who want a meal at a reasonable served by friendly and courteous waiters.

CS
London
59 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food served in the traditional style with entertaining banter with the staff

KH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quirky little family run restaurant with great traditional European food and fun staff.

TD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a comfortable and cosy restaurant that provides few culinary surprises but executes everything well. Portions are generous and service is friendly. Nice little cocktail bar upstairs for your pre-drink.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing faultless .
Waiters were attentive whity and professional which is very rare to find these days. A tad expensive but the whole evening experience was well worth it .
We will be going back for my birthday celebrations again next year .

P
London
25 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We hadn't been to this restaurant for several years. While the ambiance is pleasant, neither the waiters, the menu nor the quality of food has changed in that time. The daily lunch menu is promising but the reality was more cafe than restaurant. The whitebait was chewy, the haddock bland and the liver leathery. The pudding trolley looked great but was cholesterol on wheels. The overall impression was of an establishment settled into a comfortable groove and unlikely to change.

MR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meet and greet, food, ambience. Best meal out in the UK I have had in a long time, on all levels.

DB
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Could not fault the genuine, friendly (often very humorous) and warm service from all the staff we interacted with. They are a superb team. We took my father-in-law for Sunday lunch on the occasion of my wife's birthday. He has mobility issues and they were ready on arrival with a short ramp to gain access inside the restaurant - excellent planning ahead and kind with it. We wanted a glass of bubbly and they brought a bottle to the table without further delay - I was slightly nervous thinking I hadn't given a price range but it was the cheapest - and delicious to boot - on offer. I LOVE restaurants when it is clear they know it's just never worth trying it on with a customer; it made the whole experience so wonderfully enjoyable as a result (the same happened with asking for a particular grape in a bottle of red later - again, great taste and excellent value offered). The food was lovely - sardines, cannelloni and chicken liver pate were all great starters. Sunday roast was delicious - crackling on the pork and excellent sirloin of beef. Yorkshire puds were nice but not totally crispy (unlike the potatoes which were sublime). Lovely veg too. Puddings fair to very good. We will definitely be going back. An absolute blast of a success - our children raved about everything too. The bill was less than initially anticipated - so much so it was no pain to add a further 50% to the (very reasonable) service charge - they deserved every penny for the memorable lunch out for several years.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Been many times before. Just this time the food wasn’t anything to boast about. Just average and when the prices are as they are you can’t afford to ever have just average.

JJ
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lunch for three on saturday. Very helpful and friendly staff. Good choice of food and wine. Easy parking. Would recommend.

F
London
28 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a brilliant find. The food is so very good - traditional English food brought up to to date without the fad di daddies! All our food was cooked perfectly and to our taste: scallops wrapped in bacon - seafood pancake - duck à l'orange - tournedos Rossini - fillet steak - great selection of seasonal vegetables. And the staff are a laugh as well, constantly making sure we are ok. A really good family restaurant with food you will remember!

K
London
51 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Time warp. Was almost expecting Basil Fawlty to run out but not the case. Old rather cramped Tudor barn style with lots of waiters that have probably been there for years. I didn't think it was very cheap considering it's in the middle of nowhere, but a very traditional seventies style in what might be called a Taverna. Menu seemed to be seafood orientated. There's a multi tiered cake trolley that continuously being wheeled around, not something you see any more.

AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We booked for a Saturday evening meal. Very cozy and welcoming place. Great food and staff are all very friendly. Not cheap but a good, well established restaurant.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not visited for some time but even better than we remember - obviously not alone thinking this because it was absolutely FULL.
Deffo need to book - what are you waiting for...??!!

JP
London
27 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

An enjoyable evening with good food and wines. However, disappointed by the well-worn carpets and general decor which definitely need attention.

NP
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have a lovely meal for our anniversary - will definitely go back

GH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked for 6 people for my daughter`s birthday. We had a fantastic evening, we went up to the first floor to the bar which was cozy for pre-dinner drinks. The staff were so friendly and funny and made us feel welcome, loved the banter. We had lobster thermidor which was delicious, the liver was cooked to perfection, in fact all the food was very good and came on time, we didn`t have to wait. My husband loved his starter, the seafood pancake. The Alborino white and Cune Rioja red wine were excellent, the wine list extensive. The desert trolley, what can I say! Would go back in a heartbeat! Just what you want for a great evening out!

SJ
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

WE rediscovered Toby after years of living further away and it was easy to recall how it was a favourite in the past and to see how little it had changed and how well the standards had been maintained. We shall certainly be back in the near future.

AM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Faultless. Food was fantastic and the service was impeccable.

SC
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent old school restaurant. I can't believe it's taken me so long to return there. Well worth the wait. Price side was not cheap, but food quality and service were superb

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a charming quirky old fashion restaurant with outstanding customer service. We were early for our table but were warmly welcomed and taken for drinks in a comfortable seating area. The service was quick and our food served promptly. All the waiters were chatty and friendly joking with us.
The food was delicious particularly the beef cannelloni. There was an amazing old fashion desert trolley.
An excellent night was had by all.

E
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good
Beef Wellington and Dover Sole particularly delicious
And they have air conditioning !

OT
East Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant evening. The staff were extremely friendly and good fun even if they were a little OTT.
Food was excellent although rather large portions for older people. However, we were offered a smaller meal when we return which was very nice. See you soon.

AM
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A la carte menu quite expensive but Sunday lunch menu good value and quite delicious. Courteous, speedy, silver service. Waiter particularly warm, efficient and helpful. Very good wine list.

DT
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As others have already said, great food and fabulous service. Worth picking from the specials of the day.
Unable to fault.
Drinks in upstairs bar, small and cosy, where food order is taken, and then shown to table when food is ready. Just like good restaurants used to be. The best Italians running the show, so the whole operation is friendly and professional.
Will definitely be going back. We live locally, I can't believe it's taken us so long to find Toby Cottage.

GL
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

like a time warp - even have their own dessert trolley. Food was excellent, supported by good old fashioned service - friendly, witty and attentive.

SB
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed a superb 3 course meal at the Toby Cottage ,food was amazing & service very good.
It was good to enjoy a pre-drink in the cosy bar upstairs . We had visited this restaurant a few years ago & still as good as ever. Looking forward to returning soon.

TG
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I’ll admit I am a regular here. There’s a reason - we’ve never had a bad experience at the Toby. Always check out the special dishes and settle in with one of their excellent wines.

CR
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for a special occasion. A little too pricy for everyday eating. Super food and service.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious food, had a great beef wellington. Very friendly staff but a bit of an odd atmosphere

AN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service.

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