Pre Theatre Menu

Working with my talented colleagues in the service team, we have selected dishes that are packed with flavour, that can be prepared, and served without fuss, the quality of the ingredients is of the highest standard, allowing us to focus on simplicity. – David Fodor – Head Chef


Here at The Mandolay we believe that pre-theatre dining does not have to be hurried, or rushed in any way, your evening begins here, and we want to make sure it is the beginning of an event to remember.

Being a two-minute walk from G Live, Guildford’s premier mixed entertainment venue, we are ideally placed to host pre-event dinner, or drinks reception, before guest’s head over the road to see the latest spectacular show.

Service in the bar, and restaurant is slick and polished without ever feeling hurried, our pre-theatre menu has been designed for ease of service, and dining, and our team never forgets that you have a great show to get to!


‘’Good food can be, if not ‘fast food’ then certainly ‘prompt food’, and I have created a menu with this in mind. Working with my colleagues in the service team, we have selected dishes that are packed with flavour, but also require very little fussy preparation, the quality of the ingredients is of the same high standard, but we have focused on simplicity.’’

Head Chef, David Fodor


The world-renowned Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is a fifteen-minute stroll away from Mandolay, and you will be delighted to hear that it’s all downhill, just along the High Street. The YA as it is affectionally known in Guildford is home to traditional shows and plays featuring some of the biggest names in show business, and whether you chose to stroll down the road after your pre-theatre meal, or park at the hotel and take a taxi, you will arrive in plenty of time for the show.

Our great friends at G Live sure know how to host an event, and it is no wonder that Guildford features prominently on tour schedules for the best comedians, live music acts and family shows. Details of all their events are of course available on their website, and it pays to keep an eye out for upcoming shows, because the venue regularly sells out.

Mandolay offers the perfect location or your pre-theatre dining, drinking and entertainment, and don’t forget that we have 78 individually styled bedrooms for those show-goers that really want to make a night of it.

It is always advisable to book your pre-show table in advance, please call or email to make a reservation and enquire about our overnight rates.


‘’We booked because the place is so close to G Live, right across the road, the food was great and not too heavy, and we had time for a drink before the show…which was also great.’’

Happy Van Morrison fans

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Food Allergies and Intolerances

Our menu contains allergens. If you suffer from a food allergy or intolerance, please let a member of the restaurant team know upon placing your order.

A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill. All prices include VAT.