Review on La Rive
La Rive a Provençal restaurant, formerly known as La Capanna re-opened in September 2015 after a short period of closure for refurbishment. Aptly named for its picturesque setting on the banks of the river Mole, new owners are Simon Rand and head chef Eric Payet, who already run the successful Hare Bar and Grill in Lingfield.
The restaurant is set in an 18th century building that has an amazing character with its high ceilings, exposed beams aplenty and a minstrel gallery. Interior designer Harriet Forde has created elegant and romantic settings, where guests have a choice of various dining areas depending on their mood or the occasion. There's the gallery, a smart contemporary dining room, a beautiful conservatory with wooden beams adorned with masses of blossom, as well as the 40-seater all year round heated garden terrace, overlooking the river.
French trained Eric Payet has an impressive resumé having plied his culinary skills in acclaimed kitchens such as Anthony Demetre's Arbutus and Wild Honey, as well as Clos Maggiores and the late Michelin-starred Putney Bridge. Starters run the gamut from warm wood pigeon and chorizo salad to pan fried tiger prawns, tomato and chilli vierge, mayonnaise and iceberg lettuce. Main courses follow the theme, witness whole sea bream on the bone, warm lemon, tomato and fennel salad from the Inka charcoal grill oven or roasted French duck breast, black cherry compote with Parisienne gnocchi and French beans. There's tempting desserts to close the show with a baked lemon tart, blackcurrant and tamarillos sorbet or vanilla panna cotta, ginger crumble and plum compote with red wine sorbet.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Tue-Sat
Dinner: 6.30pm to late Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express