Tante Marie

You may have heard of the esteemed Tante Marie culinary school in Woking, in April they opened a restaurant in Woking town centre. As it’s Tante Marie, this isn’t your regular restaurant, everyone working here has completed the Cordon Bleu diploma and is studying for an advanced hospitality management diploma. Meaning the cooking, serving, cleaning and admin is all done by students.

Tante Marie exterior

It’s a brand new building with a nice modern interior, a splash of colour and snazzy finishing touches complete the space. A good amount of other diners creates atmosphere. A large patio area is in front on the pedestrianised shopping street – it’s nice to see Woking town centre being transformed and this area now has a great bustling vibe.

Tante Marie dining room

Service is very professional and discreet, worthy of a much higher standard of establishment.

Shortly after arriving some popcorn appeared on the table, which we enjoyed munching on while making our selections.

popcorn amuse bouche at Tante Marie

Menus change constantly. The lunch menu features a soup of the day, salad of the day, a tart of the day, a dish of the day plus tapas syle dishes. We opted for the smaller tapas dishes in order to try more types of food.

Dishes arrived as they were ready. The first to come was the Smoked mackerel pate, croutes £4.50. It was tasty.

smoked mackerel Tante Marie

Next came the lightly dressed Caesar salad £3.50, although there was a splodge of dressing near the bottom.

caesar salad Tante Marie

We also had Spring vegetables beignets & caper mayo £4.50, I quite liked the mayo.

Spring vegetables beignets caper mayo Tante Marie

And super tender Chicken goujons, chive cream £6.00.

chicken goujons Tante Marie

Lastly we had two portions of the Charred peach, crispy prosciutto, mozzarella £4.50. This dish was excellent, there were tons of textures and flavours that all complemented one another. I wished the other dishes, while good, were as exciting as this one. Possibly my choices were limited by my dislike of crab and my squeamishness about eating rabbit.

charred peach, prosciutto, mozzarello

To finish we split a dessert – Pistachio meringue & fresh fruit £4.00. Again the dish was nice.

fresh fruit and pistachio meringue Tante Marie

Overall the food was good, it’s well worth trying out. You might even be inspired to take one of the day or weekend courses offered in the display kitchen beside the dining area.

59-61 Commercial Way, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6HN
www.tantemarierestaurant.co.uk
Town car park

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Grill & Go

I was wandering in the Peacocks Centre food court. My daughter had rebelled against me and demanded a Sub, leaving me to sort myself out. Dejected, my spirits lifted when I saw the new Grill & Go.

Grill & Go opened in the summer. It’s the first Grill & Go location but the owner has hopes of franchising. It sells chicken. More specifically, 100% pure chicken breasts that have never been frozen. Chicken is grilled for maximum healthiness.

Grill & Go storefront

You can have your chicken on three types of bread – bun, pitta or wrap. Or no bread, in the form of chicken strips.

Marinade is where choice comes in. Choose from Mexican, sweet chilli, bbq, Cajun, tikka & chargrilled (plain?) Chicken is marinated for at least 24 hours.

I had the meal, which is £5.79 chicken + bread + salad or fries + drink. With the bbq marinade and pitta bread. I wasn’t feeling particularly healthy so ordered fries instead of the salad.

Grill & Go

It was nice enough. The sauce was tasty and it was a fat piece of chicken. The fries were pretty standard, I didn’t get to eat very many. Poetic justice saw my daughter drop her sub on the floor and she ended up eating my fries.

Grill & Go chicken pita

My favourite thing about the Grill & Go? Their poster that says, and I quote, “One customer has already said: ‘This has got to be Woking’s best chicken burger.'”

Peacocks Place Centre Foodcourt Unit 9 GU21 6GH
Three massive car parks to choose from (pay)

The Inn at Maybury

It’s not every day you go to a pub that is mentioned in a novel. Being Woking, it’s no surprise that novel is War of the Worlds. When fleeing from the Martians, the narrator describes passing the “Maybury Inn with its swinging sign.”

Fortunately our lunch had considerably less drama.

The Inn At Maybury exterior

The Inn at Maybury is located in Woking on a wedge shaped peninsula formed by the roads Old Woking Road and Maybury Hill.

There are two outdoor seating areas, one along Maybury Hill and the other at the ‘tip of the peninsula.’

The Inn At Maybury al fresco area

All thoughts of the traffic disappears once inside.

The decor is simple and comfortable. There are three indoor seating areas, each with a slightly different vibe. Our favourite is the ‘blue room,’ which is open to the kitchen.

The bar area is small, we’d leave the Maybury for dining.

The Inn At Maybury inteiror

Service is relaxed. At some points we did wonder if it was a tidge too relaxed but overall it is good.

The menu is pretty comprehensive. You have to hunt through it to find the salads as they are mixed in with the regular dishes.

The prices indicate the Maybury is a gastropub.

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Ann went for a sandwich, the buffalo mozzarella, avocado & beef tomato + chicken £9.45.
The sandwich was good, the ingredients fresh and the chicken nicely cooked. It was very filling. She couldn’t finish her chips even though they were really yummy – not too fat, not too skinny and with the skin on for extra taste & nutrients.

The Inn At Maybury chicken avocado tomato sandwich

Marie, wanting a salad, had the sticky crispy duch salad, mooli, cucumber & carrot £7.95. It was tasty but slightly dissappointing as it wasn’t large enough for lunch, she clearly needed the larger size. There was lots of duck but not enough veg. Fortunately Ann didn’t finish her chips so Marie gobbled them up.

PS, mooli is a giant Asian radish.

The Inn At Maybury duck salad

We’ve been to The Inn at Maybury a few times, for both lunch and dinner and have always had nice experiences. It’s a pleasurable pub in an area otherwise devoid of eateries.

The Inn at Maybury, Maybury Hill, Woking, Surrey, GU22 8AB
www.themayburyinn.co.uk
Car park
Dogs welcome on the patio and in bar area

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