Here are some suggestions about where to eat in the area around Surbiton Croquet Club, with a few ideas about very good places a little further away. They are all based on visits we have made but we have also taken account of TripAdvisor reviews. We have given them a star rating (1 – 5) based on value for money. Prices are for modest choices of food and modest amounts of alcohol.
Opening hours: lunch and dinner every day. Specials Sunday to Tuesday 18.00 – 19.30 £10.95 and Wednesday evening five course banquet £11.95.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 18.00 – 23.00 Friday to Sunday 12.00 – 23.00. Go for the mixed meze and the mixed grill to share. Portions are Texan. Now licensed (old hands will recall the happy days when it was BYO).
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 11.00 – 00.00 Friday and Saturday 11.00 to 01.00.
Bulgarians eat tapas fashion so food may appear to be out of sequence. Service is “relaxed”. Bulgarian red wine served in tea mugs will surprise you. Very popular with Bulgarians.
Beer £4 a pint. Excellent pub food and a garden in the summer. Kitchen closes at 21.30. Dog friendly. Very handy.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 18.00 to 22.00 Friday and Saturday 11.00 to 15.00 and 18.00 to 22.00 Sunday 11.00 to 15.00 (it is claimed that the bar is open all night Friday/Saturday).
Fun place with very good food and atmosphere. Have a cocktail if you can afford it.
Opening times (very restricted) Tuesday to Saturday 18.00 to 22.00
Very popular family restaurant (the owner plays tennis next to the club) booking recommended.
Recently refurbished Fuller’s pub. Beer £3.80 per pint. Good pub food. Kitchen closes at 21.00.
Opening times: daily (except Sunday 12.00 to 15.00 and 17.30 to 22.30. Sunday 12.00 to 22.30
Opening times: Monday to Friday 12.00 to 14.30 and 18.00 to 23.00, Saturday 18.00 to 23.00, Sunday 12.00 to 18.00.
Especially good value set lunch.
Opening times: Daily 07.00 to 20.00 except 08.00 to 20.00 on Sunday
The place for breakfast although there are others nearby.
Opening times: Monday to Wednesday 11.30 – 14.00 and 17.00 to 21.30, Thursday to Friday 11.30 to 14.00 and 17.00 to 22.00 and Saturday 11.30 to 14.30 and 17.00 to 22.00.
Fine chippie next to the Travelodge.
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 12.00 to 14.30 and 19.00 to 22.30 (18.00 on Saturday)
The best eating place in Surbiton by some distance. Good value lunch menu but evenings can be pricey if you lose control. 281 bus to Maple Road.
Opening times: Monday to Friday 11.30 to 14.30 and 16.30 to 22.30. Saturday 12.00 to 22.00.
Top chippie opposite Weatherspoons. 281 bus to Surbiton Station
Wetherspoons and therefore the croquet players‘ favourite – opposite the station. 281 bus.
Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 12.00 – 23.00 Friday and Saturday 12.00 – 23.30.
Superb pub and worth the journey on the 281 bus to Maple Road. Beer brewed out the back by a Kiwi from Mount Maunganui. Rustic furniture and muzak on vinyl discs.
Opening hours: 11.30 to 21.30 (22.00 Friday and Saturday) closed on Sunday
Tiny place with delicious Vietnamese food. Booking advisable if more than a couple of you. Buy different dishes and share. Buses 281,406 or 418 to Surbiton Road/Penrhyn Road. In the student quarter. BYO.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12.00 to 22.00
Top class chippie and closer to Norbiton Station. Changing menu of fish dishes. K2 bus to Station Road.
Opening times: daily 08.00 to 23.00 closed on Mondays
Slightly scruffy but delightful Italian – some of the best italian food in the area. K2 bus to Station Road.
Kingston upon Thames lots of eating places in Kingston; many of them chains but that doesn’t mean bad. There is a particularly nice seam around the Rose Theatre and the riverside. For an exciting Boho lunch, try either the street food of many nations in Kingston market place (not Sundays) or the artistically scruffy café in the Rose Theatre. Buses 281,406 and 418 to Eden Street.
Tea and coffee and cakes? If that’s what you are looking for in Surbiton, try either the Pickled Pantry (opposite Wetherspoons Coronation Hall) or the Press Room (between the station and the Clock Tower