Less than 15 miles from the hustle and bustle of the big city, you’ll never be short for a bite to eat or a place to grab a drink if you live near Ashford in Middlesex, but sometimes it’s nice to skip the trains and the taxis and have a nice meal out a bit closer to home.

A traditional Bangladeshi restaurant and takeaway on Woodthorpe Road, Baburchi boasts a chef who was nominated for a Kingston Guardian award and has over 19 years experience in the kitchen. Open 7 days a week, this restaurant offers all sorts of South Asian cuisine, from Tandoori to Biryani, you won’t be stuck for an interesting dish to try.

Volare Ristorante
With a doorway nestled in between two shop-fronts, it can be easy to miss the entrance to Volare Ristorante on Woodthorpe Road, but with freshly cooked Italian cuisine and great service, you’ll have a hard time forgetting this one. You can choose from any number of traditional dishes such as pasta and pizza, but with a kitchen that likes to experiment with flavours, you could definitely be in for a surprise.

The Weir
Around 20 minutes from Ashford itself, The Weir is a quintessentially English pub and restaurant in Sunbury, Walton-on-Thames. Offering stunning views of the Thames, and a homely family atmosphere, The Weir is known for its hearty Sunday lunches, and quality pub grub. With an outside beer garden and even a few rooms to stay in, The Weir is the perfect spot for pint or a Pimm’s on a hot summer’s day.

Momo Café
With a quirky atmosphere and mis-matched crockery, Momo Café is a welcome change from the standard burger bars and chain restaurants that litter the high streets these days. Only 10 minutes from Ashford, Momo Café is located in Staines, and offers a small, but delicious selection of Asian Fusion such as dumplings, sushi, sashimi and nigiri.  However, if you’re not into raw fish don’t fret, because the café also has a range of salads, noodles, sandwiches and wraps to whet your appetite.

Barley Mow
Only 10 minutes from Ashford, the unique Barley Mow pub can be found in the town of Shepperton. Having won 11 awards for their selection of ales, the pub landlord is a Real Ale enthusiast and always has interesting guest ales on offer. Patrons can also enjoy live Jazz every Wednesday, Rock and Roll on Saturday, and a quiz every Thursday to keep you occupied.

With so many towns and villages nearby, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to go out for a romantic dinner or for a few drinks. With countless pubs and restaurants dotted around the Ashford area, it’s hard to decide which one to go for, so why not start your culinary journey today, with the five hidden gems mentioned above.

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