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.

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Eric Payet

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Tue-Sat
Dinner: 6.30pm to late Tue-Sat

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Facilities at La Rive

  • Childrens menu
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 140 covers
  • Family Friendly


WiFi is available


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


La Rive
48 High Street
KT11 3EF

Customer Ratings on La Rive

4.6  / 5

Based on 2 reviews

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    Michael Barnes
    April 2016

    la Rive Cobham

    Superb meal and excellent service - would recommend without reservation. We went with friends for the first time for lunch and could not fault the quality of the food. We have been lucky enough to have dined in some of the best European restaurants and this 'find' competes well. We shall be coming again.

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    October 2015

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