On the weekend we visited The Wotton Hatch for Sunday lunch. A family friendly restaurant, bar and pub in the market town of Dorking, overlooking the Surrey hills. They recently launched a brand new menu that brings country living to life and invited us along to try it.
The new menu is centred around simple, honest cooking with seasonality and sustainability at the heart. Something that is evident from the moment you look at the beautifully constructed, well thought out menus. Alongside a new menu, The Wotton Hatch has just finished a complete refurbishment of their restaurant so we were very excited to see what they had done.
There are times when you walk into a restaurant and you just know you’ve struck gold.
The Wotton Hatch is warm, bright and inviting. It’s exactly the type of place you want to go to on a Sunday for lunch (or in fact any kind of lunch) with your family. The new restaurant is modern, tasteful and aesthetically pleasing. It’s a place that feels as good to be in as it looks. There are families, couples, walkers and wanders all mixed in the hubbub, and not one person or group is out of place. I loved open and uncrowded, clean and comfortable it was in the restaurant. Small things that make a massive difference when dining out with children.
The menus at The Wotton Hatch are like their surroundings, tastefully curated. The range of choices on offer across starters, mains and desserts for both adults and children is fantastic. From the drinks menu to the food menu, everything looks and sounds delectable. Meals are perfectly presented, well balanced and the portions generous (but not too much). The Wotton Hatch has nailed it as a family friendly place that you go to eat good, wholesome, seasonal food.
One of the nicest things about The Watton Hatch’s new menu is that it supports the British fishing industry by sourcing fresh seasonal species landed by British boats. So one of the things I was most excited to try was the seared wild Atlantic scallops with lobster and crab bonbons which I can confirm were every bit delicious as they looked. The Husband also chose well with the Duck liver parfait. But it was the roasts that we selected for our mains that were the show stealers.
I make no exaggeration when I say that I had what was probably one of the best roast lambs I’ve ever had.
Desserts were just as delicious and difficult to choose. The icon sharing dessert birdcage sounded spectacular but may have quite possibly thrown us over the edge. So instead we opted for the melting chocolate and hazelnut bomb (for me) and the creme brulee (for him) which did not disappoint. Of course, the children could not resist sampling my melting chocolate bomb even though they had their own equally delicious desserts!
The Wotton Hatch’s children’s menu also has a really good range which goes well beyond the standard pasta and chicken strips children’s meal fare. Whilst we pretty much decided on roast dinners all around, it was nice to see that there were lots of options on the menu for little ones.
The restaurant was really good at getting the children’s meals out quickly with our starters, something that not all restaurants are very thoughtful about or good at. The portions were spot on for our six year old, but a little much for our three year old who is a fussy eater. They were also really well priced which makes it very affordable for a young family to eat at The Wotton Hatch.
One of the most impressive things about The Wotton Hatch is its extensive drinks menu. I spent at least ten minutes looking at it, unable to decide between a pornstar martini (my favourite), a spicy pornstar punch (The Wotton Hatch’s twist on the classic) or something from the build your own Gin bar. In the end, I asked for a recommendation from our waiter who pointed me towards one of the most delicious gin concoctions I’ve ever tasted; Tarquins Rhubarb and Raspberry G&G. The husband’s Gin was equally as good and the children were very happy with the range of juices available to them.
So what does it cost for a family of four to eat at The Wotton Hatch? Our meal which included starters, mains, desserts and drinks for all of us came to just over £100. This is around what I’d expect to pay for the quality and standard of the food and drink that we enjoyed at The Wotton Hatch, and is well worth it.
What to eat; definitely the roast lamb if you visit on a Sunday.
What to drink; Tarquins Rhubarb and Raspberry G&G is well worth trying.
Where to sit; by the window in the conservatory area overlooking the beautiful green fields.
We had a wonderful time at The Wotton Hatch, the Children loved it and so did we. It’s definitely a place we’d recommend to family and friends and will go back to because there are way too many desserts and cocktails that we still need to try!
Food & Drinks Score: 5/5
Adults Score: 4/5
Children’s Score: 5/5
Disclaimer; our meal was gifted to us as part of an invitation from The Wotton Hatch to try their new menu. However, all opinions are my own.