Make time for Art at the Clock House


The Clock House, Ripley’s popular Michelin-starred restaurant, will be hosting its inaugural ArtWeek@TheClockHouse in June. Customers will be able to meet, and watch, internationally acclaimed French artist Eric Bourse at work. Bourse, whose award-winning contemporary art is already displayed and on sale in The Clock House, will be setting up his easel in a corner of the bar each lunchtime and engaging with customers, while producing more of his acrylic paintings inspired by the ever changing seasons and his passion for fine wine and food.

Taking place Wednesday to Saturday June 12 to 15, this partnership is the result of local Surrey art gallerist Kit Bentley collaborating with Serina Drake, owner of the restaurant. Kit, a resident of West Clandon and regular at The Clock House, has represented Bourse and his work both in the UK and further afield for some 20 years. Eric Bourse is an artist poet from Northern France, whose intense expressionist painting has been compared to that of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. He has an international following and has exhibited across the globe, including galleries in Cork Street, London, New York, Paris, Rome and Dalian, China. The contrasting palettes of Eric’s bold use of colour and generous layering of acrylic create artworks with vitality, motion and emotion.

“I’ve long been a fan, and indeed private collector, of Eric’s work,” says Serina Drake, “and our customers often comment on the examples on display in the restaurant. The ‘Bordeaux Blancs’ painting is in pride of place in the bar and much admired. So when Kit suggested that Eric spend a week with us, I jumped at the chance. Good food, wine and fine art…what a fabulous combination for our customers to enjoy!”


The Clock House, Ripley



Serina Drake, owner of The Clock House in Ripley, Surrey, has announced the appointment of Iain McArthur as the Michelin-starred restaurant's new Restaurant Manager. McArthur, whose career includes stints in South Africa at a luxury country lodge hotel, and South Lodge Hotel, is widely experienced in the hospitality business and his appointment follows the departure of Joseph Pocceschi. After four years heading up The Clock House front of house team, Joseph has returned to France to run his family-owned hotel and restaurant.

Commenting on the appointment, Serina Drake said: "I am delighted that Iain is joining our team. Having previously worked together a few years ago re-launching The Anchor, I know that the restaurant is in safe hands. Iain is a consummate foodie and has great breadth of knowledge. Also, being a trained chef gives him a real understanding of the overall guest experience. He is a great asset to our team and already has some very exciting plans for the future."

"I feel privileged to work in such a renowned establishment," says McArthur, "The Clock House building has held a Michelin star, in one form or another, under Serina's proprietorship for over 12 years, and together with other recent awards, is widely recognised to be one of the best dining experiences in the area. I am very much looking forward to working with head chef Fred Clapperton, and the rest of the brigade."

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Sweet surprise for Drake's in top restaurant listing


Drake's Restaurant in Ripley is celebrating

Not only was it recently listed at No 35 in the Top 100 UK Restaurants by the Sunday Times, but it was awarded a special accolade of second place in a list of just five restaurants in the whole of the UK, gaining special note for their desserts. This Michelin-starred restaurant, owned by Steve and Serina Drake, was also the highest-ranking Surrey restaurant in the guide.

Commenting on the news, Steve Drake said: "We were absolutely delighted at our placing. We have been in the list each year since it started and the competition is always steep; there are so many excellent new restaurants launched each year. The Sunday Times list is based on diner reviews and compiled by Hardens, so it really is the voice of our customers.

"The bonus of being awarded second place for our desserts was the icing on the cake - or perhaps I should say the ice cream on the pudding!" he adds.

Drake's recently hosted a special dinner in collaboration with Sussex based Nyetimber sparking wines, which was a sell-out and a great success. "Steve likes to source ingredients locally if possible. He recently visited Nyetimber with our sommelier Michael, and was extremely impressed with the quality of the wines. Our sell-out dinner was absolutely delicious and a triumph - a testament to Michael and Steve's wine and food pairing skills." Added Serina.

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Best of British at Drake's in conjunction with Nyetimber


An exceptional dinner that will include some wines from Nyetimber's rare library stock

This will be held in November at Drake's Restaurant in Ripley, Surrey. Chef Steve Drake is passionate about using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible and his love of local produce extends to the wine list at the Michelin-starred restaurant in Ripley, Surrey, which he and Serina Drake opened in 2004. Since then their business has consistently won accolades for the innovative, creative and skilfully prepared food and superb service. Now, following a visit to the company's Sussex vineyard by Steve and sommelier Michael Fiducia, a special ‘Best of British' dinner will take place on November 12 in conjunction with Nyetimber English Wines.

"We have been serving Nyetimber at Drake's for some years now," said Steve, "but after the chance to taste the different vintages and variants while enjoying Nyetimber's lyrical, bucolic setting, which dates back to the Domesday Book in 1086, I jumped at the chance to host a dinner with these amazing English sparkling wines. We have really enjoyed creating this special menu and selecting appropriate Nyetimber wines to pair with the different courses."

Steve and Michael have put together a menu that showcases some of the very best autumn ingredients to complement the wines. The five-course menu, plus ‘snacks' on arrival, water, coffee and petit fours, accompanied by matching wines (including some from Nyetimber's rare library stock), includes dishes with pumpkin, Devon crab, monkfish and roast guinea fowl.

The full menu and further details on how to book can be found on the Drake's website - On the night, representatives from Nyetimber - including its winemaker - will be on hand to introduce the wines and answer questions.
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