Starters on the seasonal menu may include scallops and black pudding or crab rarebit. For mains, steak with creamy mash and pan-fried sea bass. The fish was served on a bed of pearl barley risotto, intensely green from the addition of baby spinach, to contrast in taste and texture with spicy chorizo. Desserts included pear and frangipane tart with clotted cream and a rhubarb fool with handmade biscuits.
The food is so good here it’s hard to believe the staff are all new graduates. Well run and managed, the space is modern, clean and comfortable. Wine is reasonably priced and offered by the glass or bottle, and it was good to see local gin Silent Pool
available here too.
Located centrally in Woking, Tante Marie and other newcomers have really started to put Woking on the map as a foodie destination. Incentives from the council have been successful, which has also helped street traders from the old market move to permanent homes, such as Araceli’s, maker of fantastic burritos. Cellar Magneval, a wine bar, has also benefitted and has just opened its third venue in Ripley.
I recently returned to Tante Marie for the launch of a new artisan food start up. Sonal Sher, a local resident, had signed up to a local business initiative. After some re-evaluation and encouragement from friends the result is new brand eINDIE, a small selection of spiced fusion chutneys. Whilst walking past Tante Marie on the way to a meeting, she fell in love with the space and popped in to see if it was possible to hold a launch event there. Manager Marco spoke to his team and decided it was a perfect fit for their desire to be more ‘community-centric’ and they also came up with a range of canapés showcasing Sonal’s chutneys.