Three Horseshoes

On our way home from Star Wars at the Staines Vue, we popped into the Three Horseshoes in Laleham for some lunch. The pub has been on my want to visit list for some time. It’s Pearmain Pub, which is a group that burst onto the scene in Surrey over the past few years. (See Red Lion Horsell and The Old Plough.)

Three Horseshoes Laleham pub exterior

We arrived after 2pm and the pub was packed. We were lucky enough to find one available table in the bar area – the restaurant was full. Granted it was the Saturday after New Year’s but still you would be wise to make a reservation.

Three Horseshoes Laleham bar area

From outside it looks like a smallish house converted into a pub. Inside is a rambling series of rooms, some belonging to the bar and some to the restaurant. The rooms are stylishly decorated. The bar area we sat in was filled with fun a4 size retro posters relating to nearby Shepperton Studios.

Because the rooms are small, the noise level is not too loud but as they spill into one another you still get the buzzy vibe. You’d be hard pressed to find a better atmosphere, even in other Pearmain Pubs.

Three Horseshoes Laleham interior dining area

There’s a large outdoor patio.

Service is friendly, helpful and knowledgable.

Three Horseshoes Laleham outdoor patio

The menu is well thought out with something for everyone. All food is prepared fresh onsite.

We started with Olives £2.25 from bar snacks menu.

Three Horseshoes Laleham olives

We ordered a side of Calamari £4.75 from bar snacks menu. The calamari itself was divine. Well spiced, crispy coating on fat rings of squid. The dip was a little blah, I think it was just mayonnaise.

Three Horseshoes Laleham calamari

For his lunch, my father in law had the Beetroot houmous, avocado, carrot, sunblushed tomatoes & feta cheese on granary bread with wild mushroom soup £7.50. It was a lot of food for lunch, a large sandwich plus the side of soup but everything was really tasty. The wild mushroom soup of the day was particularly memorable.

Three Horseshoes Laleham vegetable and feta sandwich with mushroom soup

Jman went for the Crispy bacon, brie, fresh tomato salsa & spinach on granary with home cut chips £7.50. The chips were lovely, the salsa fresh and the sandwich very good. Probably more than good, he’s raved about this pub ever since. He also appreciated the notable selection of ales and he definitely wants to return here.

Three Horseshoes Laleham bacon and brie sandwich with chips

After an indulgent holiday season, I opted for Feta cheese, soya beans, butternut squash, broccoli, avocado, spinach & blueberry salad with garlic, lemon & yoghurt dressing, soy toasted seeds & nuts £9.95. I felt healthy just eating it, finally a day in getting all my five. Filled with many different ingredients, it was nice and varied though a shaper dressing wouldn’t have gone amiss but overall I enjoyed it.

Three Horseshoes Laleham superfood salad

I don’t think you can go wrong with the Three Horseshoes in Lalelam. It offers superb food in a wonderful atmosphere, and would be suitable for both a casual lunch and a stylish dinner with friends.

25 Shepperton Road, Laleham, Staines, Middlesex, TW18 1SE
threehorseshoeslaleham.co.uk
Car park (behind building, look for signs to the right of the pub)
Dogs welcome on the patio

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The Crown Chertsey

The substantial Victorian building of The Crown in Chertsey (which is definitely not reflected in the image) has long been on my most wanted list, finally I found myself in Chertsey at a mealtime and got to venture inside for some lunch.

The Crown Chertsey exterior

The large restaurant area is very up to date yet with many great features like the brick wall and the roaring fire/sofa seating area.

The Crown Chertsey dining area

The pub area is equally up to date, with beautiful old windows and a trendly colour scheme I want in my kitchen.

We elected to sit in the pub area, as it was so sunny and inviting. We played a bit of musical chairs to find the most comfortable seating but once settled we easily could have spent the afternoon.

The Crown Chertsey interior bar seating area

Outside in back is a sheltered and covered sofa seating area, complete with television and blankets. I have to say, I’m not sure I’ve encountered another like it.

The Crown Chertsey outdoor seating area

Service was largely absent though perfectly adequate, they appeared at the bar to take our order and again to deliver our food.

The bar menu was more exciting than your standard fare, with perhaps the most interesting sandwich selection I’ve come across.

Susie and I were both wavering between the same two sandwiches and so elected to get them both and go halfsies.

Our first was the Open classic chicken club £7.95., which was a French club rather than an American club. Though messy to eat, it was delicious and substantial.

The Crown Chertsey club sandwich with egg

Our second choice was the Char grilled pita bread with feta, red onion, cucumber and red cabbage coleslaw £5.95. It was tasty but definitely needed that sauce for moisture. We’re not sure it alone would have been filling enough for lunch.

The Crown Chertsey feta pita

Having both sandwiches combined made for a perfect lunch that was full of flavour and textures, in delightful surroundings.

We really enjoyed The Crown, and if anyone there can tell me the Dulux number of the dark grey in the bar area…

7 London Street, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8AP
www.crownchertsey.co.uk
Street parking
Dogs welcome in bar area

The Queen’s Head Weybridge

Probably the most popular pub in Weybridge, yet for some reason I’ve only been once before. Finding ourselves in the area, we popped in for a quick lunch.

The Queen’s Head is a part of a small chain of pubs, The White Brasserie Company, that has 5 locations, including another Surrey location in Chobham.

Queen's Head Weybridge exterior

Inside is made of of several small rooms, that are partitioned off from one another yet manage not to feel detached or claustrophic. ‘Nice pub’ decor with lovely touches like the open kitchen. And very classy, you get real linen here.

Staff are chilled out and helpful. Our Friday lunch was bustling (hence not very many indoor photos) yet we didn’t wait long for our food to arrive.

Queen's Head Weybridge interior

Not to big, not too small, the menu is interesting and widely appealing. The set menu changes monthly.

Short on time we both had sandwiches. Mr had the hot sausage and red onion marmalade baguette £5.95 An impressive size and amount of sides for the price. It was tasty and very enjoyable. He even commented how good the salad dressing was.

Queen's Head Weybridge sausage baguette

I had the melted goat’s cheese, beetroot and walnut baguette £5.95. A bit awkward to eat but yummy. The cheese was thoroughly warmI would have preferred a bit more of the beetroot flavour coming through. Nice chips, not too fat, not too skinny.

Queen's Head Weybridge goat's cheese, beetroot and walnut baguette

I’m now kicking myself, why haven’t I been coming here more often? Lovely pub, good food, good sounding evening menu. I think we’ll be back soon for the three course set menu, only £14.95 for weekday dining before 6.30.

The Queen’s Head, 1 Bridge Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8XS
www.queensheadweybridge.com
Small car park or street parking
Dogs allowed in pub area

Baker Street Coffee House

Kids on sleepovers meant Sunday brunch for me, yippee. I was able to try out a place that’s long been on my list, Baker Street Coffee House in Weybridge.

Baker street coffee house exterior

The pavement tables are in a suntrap, making it a nice spot in boarderline weather. Inside the decor is simple, unpretentious and clean.

They have lots of free newspapers to browse.

Baker street coffee house seating area

Being a coffee house, they serve artisan coffee. As you may know, I don’t drink coffee so unfortunately can’t give a verdict.

Interestingly, Baker Street serves cocktails in the evening.

Service is efficient, which is good considering the bustle when we were there.

Baker stree coffee house counter and menu board

The menu is big enough to have some of the rarer choices without being a silly size. Lunch choices also look good, with sandwiches, paninis, jacket potatoes and some salads.

One problem with brunching here, they have scrumptious looking homemade cakes on display and it’s too early in the day to eat them, unless you want to breakfast Italian style. You can even pre-order whole cakes to “takeaway.”

Baker street coffee house cakes

My husband kept it simple and with a Bacon sandwich (add fried egg 50p) £3.95. The bread wasn’t the most exciting, but it was tasty and satisfying.

Baker street coffee house bacon and egg sandwich

I had my favourite brunch choice, Eggs Hemingway – toasted English muffin, smoked salmon, poached eggs and homemade Hollandaise sacue £7.50. It did not disappoint Holladaise sauce was thick and rich, could have been watered down a slight but but overall was good. A big portion (a larger than normal muffin), it was very filling, I was still full at dinnertime.

Baker street coffee house eggs Hemingway

A good brunch spot can be hard to find. Baker Street Coffee House may not have a plush interior, but the food is good. It makes for a nice, chilled breakfast spot.

34 Baker Street, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8AU
bakerstreetcoffeehouse.co.uk
Street parking or town car park.

Busaba Eathai

The revamped Kingston-Upon-Thames riverfront is filled with restaurants that each offer superb views of beautiful Kingston Bridge.

We happened to be in the area and decided to lunch in Basuba Eathai, as we know the London restaurants are consistantly good and were eager to try Basuba’s first Surrey location.

Busaba Kingston-upon-Thames exterior

It would be amazing to dine on the patio on a warm, sunny day, alas it was a drab, cold day in November so we headed inside.

Busaba Kingston-upon-Thames  al fresco seating by river

A lovely bowl of floating flowers and candles greet you at the door, a nice cue to relax and enjoy your Busaba time.

Busaba Kingston-upon-Thames  floating candles, flowers

The dark wood interior is reminiscent of South East Asia. As in so many restaurants these days, the kitchen is open to the seating area. It’s a large space but the pillars section it nicely. There’s different choices of seating, from huge square 12 seaters to cosy tables with comfy chairs.

Service is very quick and attentive.

Busaba Kingston-upon-Thames  dining room

The menu is surprisingly large and has something for everyone, including lots of options for vegetarians.

We ordered a noodle dish each as well as a few dishes to share.

We shared the Thai calamari ginger and peppercorn £6.50. It was insanely delicious, really different flavours to what you normally expect in a calamari but not at all over powering. It was certainly the stand out dish of our lunch. Shame Marie didn’t manage to take a decent photo of it!

Busaba Kingston-upon-Thames  thai calamari

Another sharing dish, Phad pad French bean, broccoli, courgette, baby corn, cashew and pine nut £6.50. The veggies were fresh tasting and perfectly cooked, with lots of flavour, an enjoyable way to get your five a day.

Busaba Kingston-upon-Thames  thai vegetables

We also shared a Coconut rice £3.30, nice coconut taste and cute presentation.

You can see the real reason we were in Kingston…

Busaba Kingston-upon-Thames  rice

For individual dishes, Lynn and Clare both went for the Pad Thai rice roodle, prawn, dried shrimp, tofu, egg, peanut, beansprout and lime £8.40. Mmm, it was super yummy with great textures, exactly how you want Pad Thai to be.

Busaba Kingston-upon-Thames  pad thai

Marie decided to try the Pad Kwetio sen yahi noodle, smoked chicken, prawn and shitake mushroom £8.60 The waiter said it was the spiciest dish on the menu, Marie likes spice but not the spiciest, so she asked for less spice. In the end it didn’t have much spice but was tasty regardless.

Busaba Kingston-upon-Thames  Thai noodles

It’s wonderful to get Thai food in a proper, sylish space instead of an old pub or a blah takeaway. We’re very happy Busaba has come to Surrey.

4 Riverside Walk, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1QN
www.busaba.com

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)

Chocolate Teapot

Hurry! You have one week to enjoy the utterly charming Chocolate Teapot in Esher before it closes on November 9.

Step over the threhold into the golden days. Although only opened approximately 4 1/2 years ago, the Chocolate Teapot is pure vintage charm.

Chocolate Teapot Tearoom Esher exterior

Tables are set with proper china, cute teapots adorn the shelves and Lace adorns the tables and windows. Music from another era completes the set, the smooth sound of big band played at a perfect volume.

Chocolate Teapot Tearoom Esher seating area

The owner, dressed as a traditional tea lady, provide lovely service with a smile.

No finishing touch is forgotten in creating this delightful time trip. I challenge anyone to visit here and not instantly relax.

Chocolate Teapot Tearoom Esher interior

The menu is a mix of hearty breakfasts (served until midday), light lunches and afternoon teas. Good news – they do takeaway so you can grab some before catching your morning train. There’s no excuses not to visit this week.

Delicious regular tea, so smooth and velvety it didn’t need any milk or sugar.

Chocolate Teapot Tearoom Esher tea

We both opted for The Chocolate Teapot Afternoon Tea Choose from cheese, ham, egg or tuna mayonnaise, prawn Marie Rose or coronation chicken with scones, jam and cream, a choice of homemade cake together with a pot of traditional tea £9.75

For our crustless sandwiches we chose tuna mayonnaise and egg mayonnaise. Dainty with good bread and a tasty filling.

Two adorable little scones each left us wanting more of them.

All cakes are made on site. Best chocolate cake ever, no exageration! Light and fluffy yet very moist and full of rich chocolatey taste. Carrot cake was equally moist with delicate flavours and delicious icing. I bet they didn’t have cake this good all those years ago.

If you’re looking for cake this is the place you’re hoping to find. Get them while you can!

Chocolate Teapot Tearoom Esher afternoon tea

Unfortunately The Chocolate Teapot is set to close next Sunday.

The owner’s Facebook message cites “…it is well known that parking is an issue, particularly in the week and, though we have tried many ways to find parking solutions, this has not been possible. As many of you know, we have struggled to maintain the property due to damp and so we need to close to have this replaced. Many of you also know that I am due to be a grandma in December. All things considered, I feel it’s time to take a break and so we will be closing the tearoom on Sunday 9th November 2014…”

We can only hope it isn’t a forever closure. In the meantime, get it while you can.

4 Station Rd, Esher KT10 8DY
Tricky parking (contributing to their looming closure, try the station lot.)