Toby Cottage Restaurant

4.7
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275 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just fabulous.. food amazing. Character property. Excellent service. Fab atmosphere
Many thanks..!

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Eric461cream
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb rack of lamb
Always friendly
Always a pleasure

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Jane
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

The food was ok. I found the service brusque and a bit rushed and not too friendly.

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vipCardinal
Surrey
37 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another excellent meal at the Toby Cottage. Even though it was extremely busy they managed to provide an excellent service and great food.

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CarolR
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been going to the Toby cottage for along time, you get greeted like an old friend. The staff are exceptional and the service is just perfect. The food wonderful but make sure you leave room for the desert trolley.

Looking forward to my next visit

Carol

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Eric461cream
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Beef Wellington in Surrey

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ClareM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A place of extraordinary quality and service. We love it each and every time.

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MichaelH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience with the lovely team there and excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely dinner, wonderful staff and thoroughly enjoyable meal. Perfect for our wedding anniversary!

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DavidP
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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!

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AdrianR
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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Eric461cream
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always very attentive staff
Fantastic value
Real food!

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SimonC
London
19 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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luv2dine
London
16 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always.

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OlivierV
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Eric461cream
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super Sunday lunch
We are always made welcome
Very good value

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StuartM
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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..

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Michael
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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CandSB
London
59 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

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KH1234
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

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TrevorD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 .

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Pancho
London
25 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

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.

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MyraR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

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.

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JaneJ
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

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Foodlover
London
29 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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Kowalski
London
52 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

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.

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AlanR
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

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RayR
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
JenPeta
London
27 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

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

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NickP
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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GiselleH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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StephenJ
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

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AndrewM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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SimonC
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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MaryC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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Eric461cream
London
9 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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