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Steve Drake Sells Pub to Protégées to Focus on Creativity at Sorrel

Steve Drake Sells Pub to Protégées to Focus on Creativity at Sorrel
Written by Amy

Michelin-starred chef patron Steve Drake has sold his award-winning Surrey pub The Anchor in Ripley to focus on developing the creativity of the cooking and the dining experience at his AA Restaurant of the Year 18/19 Sorrel in Dorking, which has recently been awarded 4 AA Rosettes.

Steve has handed over ownership of The Anchor to two of his former protégées: The Anchor’s current head chef Mike Wall-Palmer and Dave Adams who, along with Mike, worked for Steve at his previous restaurant Drake’s, also in Ripley.

Steve bought The Anchor in 2013 with the intention of creating a great pub he’d want to eat and drink in. In recent years, The Anchor has received rave reviews, numerous awards, 2 AA Rosettes and retained the highly coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand. It is also the only pub in Surrey to feature consecutively in the Good Food Guide.

Steve is proud to see two of his previous chefs create their own restaurant together, he says: “Mike has been my head chef at The Anchor for 10 years and I’m thrilled to see him transition to chef patron in the village he loves and calls home. It’s great to see Dave return to Ripley too. I’m looking forward to seeing how they evolve The Anchor in their own way and for the exciting times that lie ahead as we continue to develop our creativity at Sorrel.”

Mike Wall-Palmer adds: “This is a great opportunity for Dave and myself to build upon what Steve and I have achieved over the last few years. We’re delighted to embark on this journey as the new owners and to strengthen our reputation as one of the best places to eat in Surrey.”

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