Housed in Guildford’s historic Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Riverview Restaurant boasts an enviable location on the banks of the River Wey, just a stone’s throw from the bustling town centre. With a mouth-watering menu, an excellent wine selection and picturesque views, Riverview is the perfect choice for pre-theatre dining. Begin your evening with a dish from Riverview’s excellent range of starters. A steaming bowl of cauliflower soup served with a melt-in-the-mouth blue cheese croute is guaranteed to warm you up on a winter’s day, while tender duck breast with roasted figs and chilli jam is sure to whet your appetite. The mains on offer showcase a variety of fresh British ingredients, with the likes of pan-roasted chicken supreme accompanied by fondant potato and crunchy tenderstem broccoli, and poached smoked haddock with spicy chorizo mash and tasty lobster bisque. For vegetarians, the savoury tarte Tatin is a safe bet comprising Jerusalem artichoke, parsnips, cauliflower and parsley; it’s served with Parmentier potatoes and preserved lemon butter. Ask your friendly server for drink recommendations or select something from Riverview’s extensive list of red, white, rosé and sparkling wine.
Take your time over the first two courses, as you won’t want to leave without checking out the desserts. For cheese-lovers, Riverview’s cheeseboard will be the pièce de résistance, while those with a sweet-tooth might treat themselves to a slice of banoffee pie served with warm chocolate sauce, or perhaps a cherry Bakewell tart.