Eating Out – but Staying In

We know several Molesiders are mourning the closure of Cobham’s Cote Brasserie – whilst also looking forward to being able to try its successor, the intriguingly named Grappelli’s.

Meanwhile Michael & Jill Preiss are delighted not to have to go without their visits to Cote completely.  They’ve been taking full advantage of the company’s eat at home delivery service which they are very happy to recommend.

Michael writes “We are missing the French Cuisine but all is not lost. With Cote at Home. you can speak to a live person on the telephone, and order their familiar food chilled and  delivered  to your door.  It arrives in well insulated packaging with ample portions and encouraging cooking instructions. The menu changes regularly and thoughtfully celebrates our seasonal events eg. Pancake Day, Mothering Sunday etc. We even received free crepes with our order delivered on Shrove Tuesday!”
And you’ll find that sort of customer service at


Brian Manners offers us his recommendation
of not 1 but 2 celebration meals delivered from a well known name in the West Country.    

Brian writes – “Rosemary’s birthday was approaching and our daughter had seen Rick Stein on one of the TV Saturday food shows where he was promoting his delivery meal service.  Using his website we discovered he was offering a wide variety of meals – single mains or we could choose a three-course fit for a special occasion .

We went for: Smoked Salmon Pate with sourdough bread for a starter –

  • Then Chicken Coq au Riesling with a sauce, mixed salad leaves and new potatoes followed by Chocolate tort with Cornish cream.

It cost £50 for the two of us including £7.50 for delivery.”

Now that sounds amazing value. Brian reports that everything came from Cornwall overnight and arrived in a strong cardboard box. Inside was a large cool bag which held the meat and the other fresh ingredients. The delivery was excellent and he would thoroughly recommend the meal itself. 

And if Brian ‘cooked’ the birthday meal himself  all that he actually had to do was toast the sourdough bread, put the chicken in the oven  and heat the sauce and buttered new potatoes.  The portions were very generous. In fact he and Rosemary had two meals out of the chicken dish.

And there’s more says Brian. “The same renowned Cornish team also offer a breakfast service, which our granddaughter ordered for her Mothers’ Day gift.  Again the portions were very generous and our daughter and her husband were able to have two meals from the amount of food provided.”


For some of us the pressures to stay at home may have meant that we are seriously missing our visits to favourite Italian haunts.  James Moore certainly is and is very happy to pass on his recommendation of a recent discovery. Some of the names behind Pasta Evangelists will be familiar to you but what they are doing for us may not.  James loves Italian and, with changes of menu every week, these culinary specialists now – just occasionally – deliver to his door ingenious kits based on fresh pasta, quality ingredients and clear instructions.

Several of us in Cobham are following Paul Walker’s advice to check out At Home. It’s in the High Street and pre Covid it was regularly serving to the country’s greatest and best at posh events, many of them in London. In lockdown it’s most definitely an option available to us and we can only hope they can continue that when the London scene gets back to normal. Around 40mins in a medium oven is all it takes us to achieve wonders – thanks to their help.

And Fetcham regulars like David & Viv Owen are willing to share with us their favourite butcher. Actually William Dyer is more than a butcher – the team’s apple pies for instance are fantastic.  But their meat pies are in a league of their own served chilled from the shop. Old hands always make sure that they put one or two into their freezers at home just in case an opportunity arises to enjoy an easy way to some culinary delight.

Thanks to all for these suggestions and your editorial team hopes that more of you will use CONTACT US to share how you’ve been managing any recent celebrations or have simply been catering for the need to have occasional culinary treats. We’ll be delighted to include more tips and recommendations in the CT we’ll have for you before, we hope,  we finally breakout of lockdown.