New independent restaurant Island House opens in Reigate

David Grantham, 25 August 2020

Island House at 46-50 High Street, Reigate (photo by

New restaurant Island House has opened at the site of the former ASK Italian in Reigate’s High Street.

The business is a family venture, set up by Jonnie Matthew and his wife SJ, both of whom have built careers in the hospitality and retail sectors.

After leasing and refurbishing the premises, they opened the doors to the public on Wednesday 19 August after a test run for friends and family the previous weekend.

The restaurant’s website is up and running, and says: “Island House is a home from home where the magic happens.

“Influenced by global cuisine and inspired by local producers, our menus are a journey through treasured memories, fresh ingredients and homegrown concoctions that come together to form a heavenly safari.

“Pop in for a coffee, a cocktail or a full blown meal, we look forward to meeting you.”

The Grade II listed building, parts of which date back to the 1600s, has one of the largest frontages in the High Street.

Earlier this year Mr Matthew said: “The building itself provides the perfect opportunity to deliver a variety of experiences – our cosy, historic lounge will be the perfect place to relax with a coffee, our grand oak panelled room for dining.

“We have a beautiful garden which will come to life when the sun shines and a huge space upstairs for more private events.”

He added: “Having grown up in Epsom, Reigate has always been a place that we’ve enjoyed visiting. The town itself is beautiful with stunning historic buildings and we’re very lucky to be able to bring a new lease of life to this one.

“The community is incredibly welcoming with a bunch of great independent shops and businesses and we can’t wait to be part of it.”

As well as the website, the restaurant has a Facebook page and an Instragram feed.