Garson’s Restaurant Revisited

After attending the official launch of Garson’s Restaurant, I was so impressed and intrigued that I hurried back to see how it was on a regular business day.

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As I’ve just blogged about it so recently, I won’t regurgitate the same thing again, but you can read the details of the new restaurant on my post Garson’s Restaurant official opening/

Daylight photos give you a much better sense of the space, of the glass ceilings and the impressive central glass lantern. (Bizarrely in the photo it looks like half the lights are burnt out, but I promise they were all on.)

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In summer, the glass walls will fold back, blending the strawberry picking fields with the restaurant.

We visited on Sunday, probably arriving about one thirty. The restaurant was very nearly full. There was a nice background buzz but it wasn’t noisy, we could easily have a conversation and hear ourselves without having to strain, possibly because of the slant of the ceiling.

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Outside is still a work in progress, which will no doubt be finished in time for summer. The area overlooks the strawberry picking area and fields to the right. (I didn’t photograph them because the work being done didn’t make for a pretty picture.)

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There are tons of goodies to tempt you, for dessert or if you’re only coming for coffee.

All staff members we dealt with were cheery and friendly. A staff member was greeting guests at the door, to help people navigate the new restaurant. Tables seemed to be promptly cleared.

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Order at the central cash area then take your fancy gadget to a table, it sends a signal out so the waitstaff can easily find you (the wooden spoon of the 21st century.)

We were shock when our food arrived shortly after we’d ordered it. I’d barely sat down from nosing around when it came.

For lunch, Jman had the Hot steak & cheese ciabatta erved with sweet potato fries & house slaw £8.95. He loved it, the beef was really tender, good slaw and nice sweet potato fries.

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Being Sunday, I went for the Roast chicken & stuffing served with roast potatoes, carrots, green beans, Yorkshire pudding and gravy £9.95. Wow, I was really surprised at the quality of the food. Fresh thyme and even half a bulb of garlic was on my plate along with with food, and the flavours were definitely apparent. A real man sized portion, there’s no way I could have finished it. What excellent value for money.

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Garson’s Restaurant definitely didn’t disappoint in the daylight. It’s a lovely spot with a great sense of light that serves up great food. I most definitely be returning.

Winterdown Road,West End, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8LS
http://www.garsons.co.uk/
Dogs welcomed in designated areas (inside and out)

Garson’s Restaurant

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the new restaurant at Garson’s Farm in Esher’s West End official opening. I don’t know if you’ve eaten at Garson’s in the past, but throw all those memories of boring out the window, this new restaurant is sure to become a destination lunch spot in Surrey.

Garson's Farm Restaurant octagon glass lantern

Housed in a brand new show stopping building, the octagonal room reminiscent of a city market, complete with art deco steel framework. Highlight is the raised octagonal lantern in the centre of the room, punctuated with a huge chandelier.

Only a small section of roof over the entire room isn’t glass. Retractable glass doors on four sides of the octagon fully open in summer, giving access to the patio and views over their fields down to the River Mole.

Interestingly, they’d laid 8km of pipes underneath their fields, and that provides geothermal heat for the restaurant and heats the water used in the kitchen and restrooms.

Garson's Farm Restaurant interiorGarson's Farm Restaurant inside dining area with sliding glass doors to fields

It’s a huge space. Inside, seating is a mix of comfy booths and traditional country style tables, broken up around the large space with accented seating areas of banquettes and mood lit tables.

Outside is a huge patio area for al fresco dining in warmer months.

We sampled a variety of delicious canapes.

Garson's Farm Restaurant canape spread

The menu changes seasonally. All food is prepared fresh onsite. Often using ingredients grown onsite and picked that morning. Most baked goods baked onsite, including scones and tray bakes. Even Scotch Eggs and some breads are made onsite.

What isn’t made onsite is sourced locally as much as possible (local bakeries, etc.) Meat is sourced form a local butcher.

We sampled miniature versions of several dishes form the menu, (fish & chips, macaroni and cheese, burger with stilton, beef brisket and mash.) They were all tasty, my favourite was the mac and cheese, it was nice and creamy with lots of flavour.

Garson's Farm Restaurant fish and chipsGarson's Farm Restaurant potted macaroni and cheeseGarson's Farm Restaurant beef and stilton burgerGarson's Farm Restaurant beef brisket

The menu offers an assortment of dishes, from salads (£6.95), sandwiches (£5.25-£7.45) and jacket potatoes (6.95-7.95) to full meals (£7.95-£9.75) and sharing platters (£11.25). Kids options are pick n mix lunch boxes (£4.55) and hot meals (£4.95).

Traditional Sunday lunches (£9.95), a selection of meats plus vegetarian option (can accommodate Vegans if advanced notice is given.)

Breakfast is served until 11:30, for which there’s a good selection to choose from, from a make your own smoothie bar (£2.95 adults) to a full farmhouse breakfast (£6.95 meat or vegetarian).

Order at the counter and food is brought to your table.

We sampled a few of the sweet treats, including a mouthwateringly delicious crumble.

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Perhaps most exciting of all (for my Canadian guests anyway) is the Garson’s afternoon tea, three tiers of goodies, £12.95 for two people, or with prosecco £17.95 for two people.

There’s also a daily selection of all sorts of treats, displayed on the counter.

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Unfortunately the local council won’t give them permission to open in the evenings so they close at 5.30 (4.30 in winter excluding Christmas) Monday through Saturday and 4.45 on Sundays (year round.)

I’ve got to say, I’m really glad I live ten minutes away and most definitely will be visiting. Even if you’re not so close, Garson’s is well worth an outing. I have every confidence the new Garson’s Restaurant will be a game changer for the local area.

Reservations accepted (and best advised if you have dietary needs – inform them ahead of time to be catered for.)

Winterdown Road,West End, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8LS
http://www.garsons.co.uk/
Dogs welcomed in designated areas (inside and out)

Sedum Restaurant

Marie needed plants and Ann needed pots so, having exhausted the garden centres near us, we decided to try Chessington Garden Centre.

It was only late morning but Ann was starving and in desperate need of food. We’d never intended to lunch out that day. But needs must and Ann headed off for the garden centre cafe, joking along the way that we wouldn’t be getting a blog post out of this lunch.

That was, until we actually found the cafe. We were shocked, we’d never expected something so splendid.

Sedum Restaurant at Chessington Garden Centre

Laid out in self-serve stations, everything is beautifully displayed. Sweets were first, and looked heavenly.

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Marie wanted to photograph each of them but Ann, with grumbling tummy, pulled her along.

Sedum Restaurant at Chessington Garden Centre Colourful Meringues

The paninis were deliciously displayed open faced. We both ordered one.

Being not quite noon, some stations were still setting up – we learned after ordering our paninis that Thursdays are curry buffet days. This hurt Ann deeply. Curry is her favourite thing in the world and in her ravenous state her eyes nearly popped out of her head when she learned of it.

She kept looking at her sandwich and looking and towards the curry area, contemplating whether she should get both and save the sarnie for later.

But the fresh lemonade refocused her excitement (fresh lemonade!) and she decided to stick with the panini on condition we go back next Thursday for a curry (and more lemonade.)

Sedum Restaurant at Chessington Garden Centre fresh lemonade

The staff are super friendly and helpful. All of the food is prepared from scratch onsite, from the baked goods to the quiche. Ann, again, was wondering how she missed the quiche. Haste makes waste and poor lunch selections.

Cream teas are £4.45. They also do a full afternoon tea, with a special half price deal while Wimbledon is on – £15.95 for sandwiches, cream cakes and scones (all made on site.) Available from 3pm.

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The seating area is huge and looks very new. The tables are nicely spaced and it’s very bright and airy. There’s also a patio.

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Best of all, there’s an indoor dog seating area (at least best of all for Marie, since she’s a dog owner.)

Sedum Restaurant at Chessington Garden Centre dogs allowed inside

It’s a shame we didn’t photograph our sandwiches before they were closed and toasted. Closed they don’t look like much, but they were very enticing when open. The garnish was a little old school but they tasted good. Marie had the tuna, which was, well, tuna. Ann had the tomato & mozzarella with basil and balsamic glaze.

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Miraculously we escaped without getting any of the treats, which is good for our waistlines but Marie can’t stop dreaming about those meringues. No doubt her curry trip will actually be a sugar binge.

We were very pleasantly surprised by the Sedum Restaurant at Chessington Garden Centre. In fact, we were very pleased with Chessington Garden Centre all round. We have both decided to make it our go to garden centre, even though there are closer ones to our homes, and we will be sure to lunch there whenever we go.

Also open for breakfast.

Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NG (beside Chessington World of Adventures)
www.chessingtongardencentre.co.uk/restaurant
Plenty of parking
Dog friendly – inside and out