High Street, Ripley GU23 6AE
Steve Drake has worked in some of Europe’s best kitchens: Chez Nico at Ninety Park Lane; the Oak Room with Marco Pierre White; Pied a Terre; Aubergine, as well as short stints at L’Arpège in Paris and L’Auberge de l’Eridan, Annecy. Steve first rose to prominence when he won the Roux Scholarship – widely considered the most prestigious, and technically challenging, competition in the UK – and continues to be closely involved with the Rouxs and his fellow scholars to promote their aim of inspiring and enabling a new generation of British chefs.
Following his win in 2001, Steve went on to gain his first Michelin star at Drake’s on the Pond in Abinger Hammer. He then opened Drake’s in Ripley where he held a star for a further 14 years. He has been voted Surrey Life’s ‘Chef of the Year’ for the last two years running.
Regularly featured in both national and local press, Steve has consistently featured in the UK’s leading ‘Top 100’ lists including The Sunday Times, Restaurant Magazine and Square Meal. In 2013, Steve purchased The Anchor, also in Ripley, where his team have created a relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy a simplified version of his food, alongside a great pint.
Steve left Drake’s at the end of summer 2016 to open a new Surrey restaurant, Sorrel. His third solo opening will serve the very best of British food and seasonal ingredients. Regularly changing tasting menus will form part of an immersive dining experience, where diners rub shoulders with chefs and discover more about the food on their plate. Opening spring 2017.