The Olive Tree looks like a posh pub. There’s no getting away from it. This renovated boozer settled in a country lane in Surrey has robust matching wooden chairs which look like they were bought yesterday. But just because it’s had a lick of paint and the landlord’s visited an antiques fair to try and replenish that old-pub nostalgic vibe, the menu’s simplicity keeps to its roots; don’t even expect paper menus – the blackboard does just as good a job!
Being a country fair, game’s on offer as well as comfort dishes such as herb-crusted rack of lamb, and desserts ranging from toffee tart and Lemon meringue pie. It was fish for me all the way for me though. My starter was the Red mullet in an orange sauce; £8.80 and every bit worth it. Although the starter highlight was the chargrilled squid my fellow diner was having, I never realised that repulsive sea dweller could be so tasty. For the main it had to be fresh line caught sea-bream. That sort of dish isn’t available in my local Yates’ so I decided to splurge and get it. It was a dream. It’s not often that you get fresh fish cooked to such a standard, and it was accompanied with tomato and cockles. Even the steak my company ordered was cooked to perfection.
If I was to grumble the chocolate sponge dessert was a bit underwhelming, but the passion fruit brulee, was probably the best dessert I’ve munched on for ages. Booze wise – there’s plenty of plonk on show for under 20 notes. A good night.
Cuisine type – British pub-grub
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £50
Beer – £3
Wine – £4
The Olive Tree
Sutton Green Road