Looking for a warm and friendly place to eat at 5.30 p.m. in Esher High Street seemed impossible. We fancied Chinese or Thai for our pre-cinema trip, but they were either closed or uninhabited and desolate. When we peered into the chain restaurant, Red Peppers, a small group of children with two adults were just leaving. They looked well fed and happy. We abandoned our search for something more 'fine dining' and lurched into the hospitable arms of Mark - a happy looking waiter who, having assured us that they were open and willing for business, showed us to a comfortable table. Initially the only people in there, nonetheless we felt a welcoming warmth. Excellent service followed, with decent house wine, some unusual special main courses (lovely seafood spaghetti with spinach) while my partner avidly munched through a baby chicken in hot, hot sauce. It wasn't what we thought we wanted, but it was even better! A really generous chocolate brownie and ice cream sundae was shared to complete our delight. At under £20 each - value for money, We left, warm inside and out and stepped back into the cold to see our film at the Odeon opposite whilst the restaurant filled up with expectant evening diners who seemed to know what pleasures lay ahead.
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