Whilst many Leeds food bloggers might well venture down to the south of England to go to London, very few end up making it down to suburban Surrey – an area deemed worthy of only one paragraph in the last Great Britain Lonely Planet guide!
As an intrepid foodie, and with family in the area, my wife and I often make our way down to deepest darkest Leatherhead in the heart of the commuter belt. In this hub there is a rather thriving food scene that often seems to reflect the prevailing trends of food and eating out.
In this instance we were heading out for a quick lunch and ended up heading to a local eatery that has only relatively recently opened. I will offer a disclaimer at this point to say that the service time was rather poor. That said, I complained and they were quick to accept their errors and gave us a voucher for the next time we visit. In my opinion an honest response is often a better statement about an establishment than making the error in the first place.
Sitting down to eat, the lunch menu offered excellent value for people on a business lunch, as well as for people looking for a good quality lunch at a reasonable price.
With the six of us having different tastes, the menu provided an excellent amount of variety to suit all tastes. Having chosen to go with a spicy chicken & chorizo salad I was rather anticipating food envy – fortunately on this occasion I was to be pleasantly surprised.
My wife chose to go with half a chicken with a spicy sauce and some sweet potato chips, a dish which managed to hit a lot of positive notes. The chicken was like Nandos but meatier! The sweet potato chips were so nice my wife said she could have “eaten a truck of them”.
Having enjoyed the fact that both dishes provided a range of textures, a good range of flavours and most importantly hit the right size portion for a hearty lunch, we certainly could not complain about not having a good feed.
With this in mind should we start seeing Cleaver make its way up the M1 we shall certainly not be hesitating about heading in for another try of a restaurant that is certainly worth paying a visit.
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