Do you ever have 25 minutes to grab lunch before jumping on a train? It greatly limits the choices of eateries. We reckoned we had a choice of one, Ashley Park, as it’s located opposite Walton-On-Thames train station. We hadn’t been before, so weren’t sure what to expect.
Ashley Park is part of the Ember Inns chain of pubs. Ember Inns have eight other Surrey locations, including two in Woking.
Inside is clean and modern. And busy, clearly we weren’t the only ones in need of an eaterie in close proximitey to the train station. We wondered if we were going to make that train.
Service is friendly and welcoming.
The menu is broad and very reasonably priced. There’s also lots of vegetarian dishes to choose from.
My husband was lured in by the Warm Slow-Cooked BBQ Pulled Pork with Crunchy Coleslaw 5.95 and he couldn’t resist the option to swap your crisps for lattice fries 95p It was enjoyable, he particularly liked the bits of apple in the coleslaw. (Pulled pork sure is a popular menu item these days.)
I got excited when I saw Root vegetable toad in the hole, seasoned with rosemary and thyme and served with mashed potatoes, garden peas and onion gravy £4.95. I love Yorkshire pudding but generally don’t eat sausages so, being foreign, I’ve never had a toad in the hole. Finally, my chance to try it, I jumped at it. It was tasty, a bit soggy in the middle but nice flavours.
You’ll be pleased to hear that our food came very quickly and we easily made the train.
The food may not be freshly prepared but it’s cheap and cheerful. Ashley Park is a perfectly pleasurable spot to grab a bite near Walton-on-Thames train station.
Ashley Park Road, Walton On Thames, Surrey, KT12 1JP
Car park behind travelodge, validate ticket the bar for free parking