The Clock House

The Clock House

Fine Dining

0.5 miles
High Street, Ripley, GU23 6AQ

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Formerly known as Drake’s, The Clock House in Ripley is privately owned by Serina Drake. Head chef Fred Clapperton has received critical acclaim since taking over at the stove last autumn - within two months its three AA rosettes were swiftly reinstated.

The gorgeous Georgian building in the centre of the High Street has been sympathetically restored over the years, and a stylish blend of contemporary touches complement original oak beams and other Georgian features.

A great-value set meal is available from Wednesday to Saturday, priced from £26 at lunchtime and £45 for dinner. Saturday evening offers tasting menus only; the likes of seared and cured scallops with apple and ginger, and brill with smoked garlic, sea kale and shrimp prove too tempting to miss. What’s more, there is a fabulous vegetarian menu boasting young summer vegetables with ewe’s curd, nasturtium and Jersey Royals, as well as other mouth-watering options.

On paper, Fred’s food may seem simple, but behind the scenes, hours of preparation go into each dish. A course might include beef, brassica, wild mushroom and mustard, or perhaps blackberry, hibiscus, apples and shortbread, but menus change seasonally so you can expect a diverse dining experience whenever you visit. The restaurant’s kitchen garden produces some of its own herbs and vegetables, so fresh ingredients regularly go from garden fork to dining fork.

For those wanting to linger longer over their lunch or dinner, Fred has devised a tasting menu that offers a more ambitious Clock House gourmet experience. Hand-picked wine accompaniments are also available to complement and harmonise the exquisite flavours. The eclectic wine list offers yet another voyage of discovery. The selection embraces small-scale producers (including many local English vineyards) and there is something to suit all tastes and budgets, in addition to a wide selection of wines by the glass. Drinks can be enjoyed in the oak-panelled cocktail bar – which has recently been extended – or in the pretty walled garden, weather permitting. Whether you call in for lunch or dinner, or a full gastronomic experience, you’ll find that service at The Clock House is relaxed yet highly professional, and far from stuffy.

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Opening Hours:
Weds:noon-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Thurs:noon-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Fri:noon-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Sat:noon-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm