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t is Christmas. It is the end of the year. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen and goodbye to 2013 (as the von Trapp family from that most festive of musicals would undoubtedly croon). This is the fourth and final Guide 2 Guildford of 2013, and since launch in September, we say we’re pretty darn proud of how this little papery producer of wonder has turned out. But let us not get all misty-eyed – this is the December edition, a happy place, and as you’d expect is as festive as a reindeer eating a mince pie while adorned in a knitted jumper. We aren’t grouchy, bah humbug merchants here at TG headquarters – we are allencompassing, perma-smiling festive fun-peddlers. And so it shall be for December. So for this very special edition, we’re going all out with the tinsel, tassels and mistletoe and offering you, dearest readers, all the warmth and comfort that you could wish for in these cold times. We teach you how to make the ultimate Christmas dinner, where to go to panto, where to see Santa and a whole bunch of other stuff. So as ever, flick through this edition with eyes wide, mouth open and an all-encompassing sense of wonderment – it is Christmas after all…
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THE GUIDE 2 Y here she really gets to let her hair down. Yes, the good people of Guildford Fringe Theatre Company are providing those older than the age of 18 with an alternative panto for the season. In the words of the folk over at Fringe – “Will the ugly sisters find a man that they don’t have to chloroform into submission?” or “Will Cinders finally enjoy one of the Prince’s magnificent balls?”- Not for the faint hearted … find tickets at www.ticketsource.co.uk/guildfordfringe
A Christmas Carol Pub Crawl at Various / 24th November – 17th December Classic Christmas story – check! Drama – check! Beer – check! This is of course the timeless Dickens classic, told through the guise of actor types in the environs of several pubs - all in one night! A must-see experience for fans of excursions, beer, Christmas and of course Dickens. Tickets £10 + booking fee from www.atwas.net
BBC Concert Orchestra Winter Wonderland at G Live / 11th December Enjoy the BBC’s Concert Orchestra first visit to G Live with this winter wonderland experience. Music from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Glazunov’s ‘Winter’ from The Seasons and a glance in the direction of the new year with a performance of Vienesse favourites Gold & Silver by Lehar. A concert for adults, children and everyone in-between. Tickets available at www.glive.co.uk or 0844 7701 797
Santa & Rudolph Fun Run for Phyllis Tuckwell, Devil’s Punchbowl, Hindhead / 14th December Run / jog / walk / crawl the 3.5km route around the top of the punchbowl. The key to all of this? Fun! Enjoy the sight of numerous St. Nicks, Santa Clauses and Father Christmas’ pit their wits against each other - without the aid of their sleighs - all in the name of charity; the wonderfully hard working Phyllis Tuckwell hospice. To register your participation call 01252 729446 or www.pth.org.uk
Polar at The Boileroom / 14th December These local noise-makers have been doing, well, exactly that this year; making a racket (in a good way) up and down the country, and across Europe. Punk, thrash, hard-core music at its best. No lie. Catch them play a rare local show and watch this space on their second full-length, to be released in February. Tickets £6 available from www.theboileroom.net
Slade & Sweet at G Live / 17th December
Cinders - The Adult Panto at The Star, Guildford / 12th – 21st December Cinders is making a fair few appearances in Surrey during this festive season - but
IIIIIIIIIIt’s Chriiiiiiistmas! - The opening line of easily one of the most recognisable Christmas tunes of all time. That’s right; Slade are coming to town to serenade you with their Christmas cheer. Tickets: £26, available at www.glive.co.uk or 0844 7701 797
2 YOUR MONTH Maypoles to Mistletoe at the Electric Theatre 23rd December
Palm Reader at The Boileroom / 18th December They won’t tell you your future, but they’ll certainly play you some music. Pretty, pretty heavy music at that. We caught up with these guys back in September after they had finished the summer festival circuit. People love them. So do we. Tickets £6 available from www.theboileroom.net
Wintershall Nativity 18th – 22nd December Those who ‘know’ are familiar with how spectacular this nativity performance is. After 22 years in the picturesque setting of Wintershall Estate, the cast now have some selected in dates in London - just to show those city dwellers how nativity is really done, Surrey style. Complete with shepherds, sheep, donkeys and three wise men on horseback, this is a ‘mustsee’ for those wishing to be reminded of where Christmas came from. Visit www. wintershall-estate.com for tickets and more info.
Latin jazz Night at Farncombe Cavern / 19th December An intimate and authentic jazz club, based at the Freeholders pub in Farncombe. Catch this festive edition of live jazz at the cavern and get ready to feel the heatwave. Tickets are £12 in advance. For more info visit www.guildfordjazz.wordpress.com or call 01483 416741
A celebration of England’s traditional seasonal customs jam packed full of legends, dances and songs culminating in the distribution of Mistletoe. Good clean fun in the form of Morris dancing and festive cheer. Tickets are £14 and are available at electrictheatre.co.uk. Call 01483 444334 for more info.
Mulled Wine & Carols at The Richard Onslow, Cranleigh 23rd December Not too much to say about this. It is what it is - feel the festivity with little under 48 hours to go till the big day (Christmas, yeah?). Come all ye’ faithful and sup on the clove and cinnamon scented beverages that this excellent tavern in Cranleigh will provide to you, dear reader. www.therichardonslow.co.uk or call 01483 274922
Guildford City FC vs Godalming Town FC Spectrum Football Ground, Guildford 26th December The big kick off - the local derby. Guildfordians and Godalmingers should make their way down to Guildford Spectrum for this classic Boxing Day bout of Guildford City vs Godalming Town football clubs. Adult tickets are £8, students £4 and concessions £1. Season ticket holders of Guildford Flames, Surrey United or Surrey Storm can get in for half the price! (tickets available on the day, just turn up with some cash!)
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PARTY LIKE IT’S GOING TO BE 2014 Our pick of the bunch New Years Eve parties in Guildford PROHIBITION PARTY | £65 At Glive, London Road, Guildford Don flapper dresses and trilby hats to celebrate the New Year in true 1920s style. Tickets include a reception drink, three-course dinner, entertainment and a survivors breakfast. Free bottle of champagne for best costume. Doors at 7pm | Carriages at 1am www.glive.co.uk | 0844 7701 797 MEDIEVAL PARTY | £10 At Kings Head, Kings road Think kings, queens, knights, jesters and jokers as you round the year up in medieval style. Cocktails, canapés and entertainment from 6-piece cover band Natural Souls. Hog roast cooking throughout the evening. Doors at 7.30pm | Carriages late www.kingsheadguildford.co.uk | 01483 568957 THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED MASQUERADE BALL | £15 At The Boileroom, Stoke Fields Inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Beautiful and the Damned. Choose your attire – Will you be a beauty or a damned? Live music, cabaret, DJs, entertainment and cocktails. Doors at 7.30pm | Carriages at 2am www.theboileroom.net | 01483 440 022
NYE AT THE ROYAL OAK | FREE ENTRY | At The Royal Oak, Trinity Church Yard Live music, good vibes, great booze and friends. What more could you want? Doors when you fancy it | Carriages when you’ve had enough www.royaloakguildford.co.uk | 01483 459023 NEW YEAR AT THE FIVE AND LIME | £20 (£10 early bird tickets) | Five & Lime bar, 3 Leapale Road Glam up or dress down for the Five & Lime New Year’s party as Mark Strudwick, Seb Gale and Jimi Deja hit the decks with house. Music from 9pm | Carriages 3am | www.fiveandlimebar.co.uk | 01483 568979
And if you really want to launch into the New Year with glitz, gusto and glory… TITHE BARN DINNER DANCE | £140 | Great Fosters, Egham. Champagne, four course dinner, dancing and music from So Sinatra and The Bears. Why not book a room and tackle that hangover with their New Years Day Jazz Brunch. Doors 7pm | Carriages 1.30am | www.greatfosters.co.uk | 01784 433822
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aturday 21st December sees a night of music and frivolities courtesy of the curators of Guilfest, with a helping hand from community radio specialists Kane FM. Not ones to shy away from mixing it up, expect three rooms playing host to the eclectic sounds that Guilfest have become known for. 90’s Britpop legends Dodgy (which is more than “good enough for us” – get it?) are set to headline, alongside 2-tone legends The Selecter. Support comes from posh-comedy hip-hop wordsmith and ukulele strummer Mr. B The Gentleman Ryhmer and bass heavyweights & Skrillex collaborators Bare Noize to name but two. Elsewhere there’s an array of rock, pop and dance from across the UK and beyond. We told you it was eclectic, did we not? Perhaps a glimpse of what’s to come next summer if Guilfest is re-instated? Adv. Booking £19.50 at www.crimbleberryball.co.uk or call on 0871 220 0260
Talking to... Emma Stevens F
olk/pop singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Emma Stevens received a standing ovation from David Walliams when she played on the Radio 2 Chris Evans breakfast show, has made countless ‘best stripped down act’ lists and recently headlined the BBC introducing stage. Her debut album sold out in one day, but she happily remains independently managed with no label. We caught up with Emma to talk music, art and Christmas wishes…
Are you Guildford born and bred?
What’s on your speakers?
How do you write your music? What is your process?
What have you released so far?
Yes. I was at ACM for two years studying guitar and performance. It often starts with a feeling or emotion that needs to escape. I wrote ‘Sunflower’ just after I lost my mum. That came out in two hours.
Influences? Musically and worldly?
My mum was a massive influence on me. She was the one who got me to pick up a guitar. I love travelling, meeting new people and art.
Favourite thing to do when you’re not playing?
Surfing. The gym. Taekwondo. I’m a very active, outdoorsy girl.
Top 5 experiences as a musician so far?
Headlining the BBC Introducing stage on Hyde Park. Going on the Chris Evans breakfast show. Playing to 40,000 people at Carfest. Collaborating with Charlie Midnight and Passenger and working with Pete Woodroffe, he brings out the best in me.
Local hang out spot?
Bill’s Restaurant and Bar Des Arts. When it’s not freezing cold I love going down by the river and castle grounds.
This is really hard. Folk; Paul Simon, Rock/Pop; Fleetwood Mac, Country; Dixie Chicks, Metal; Incubus and then Jason Mraz.
Stu Larson. I supported him recently and he blew me away. Four EPs and my first album, Enchanted. We wanted to find a way of releasing my music in four EPs so that people would know there was an album coming. (The four EP covers are sections of the album cover which Emma’s mother painted.)
Big venues or little venues?
Both. The smaller ones are more vibey but I’m more likely to throw in the foot-tappers at big gigs.
What does the future hold?
Lots of gigs and festivals and my second album. This month I’m touring with Jean Bottic and planning my headline tour for March 2014.
Favourite Christmas present?
The last Christmas present my mum gave me. My banjo - she came around the corner playing ‘Jingle Bells’ on it.
A spot on Jools Holland!
For more info on Emma visit www.emmastevensmusic.com Visit www.theguide2surrey.com to see an extended interview online. Emma performs at Farnham Maltings on the 14th December.
What are you listening to? Danny | Veteran at Record Corner Nestled in the heart of Godalming since 1958, The Record Corner has survived against all record-sale plummeting odds and continues to stock new and old records and sheet music. Danny joined in 1997 and spent his first week selling Elton John’s ‘Candle in the Wind’ Princess Diana tribute song. With the unmistakable sounds of Kurt Cobain resonating out of the speakers we popped into Record Corner for a chat. What was the first record you ever bought? ‘Greatest Hits of 1986’ when I was 11 and then ‘The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll’, Swindle’, (Soundtrack to the 1980 mockumentary of the same name.) What record has had the most significance in your life? ‘London Calling’ by The Clash. When I got the record I was really into punk, getting angry and shouting and at first I was disgusted because it was multi-genre. It was the first record that made me change my mind about what you could call good music and it showed you could move on with music. What are you listening to at the moment? Jonathan Wilson, ‘Fanfare’. The guitar solo in ‘Dear Friend’ has been described at the best guitar solo since Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’. I’m not sure about that but it is good! Also Volcano Choir, which is a little more free-for-all…
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A CHORAL CHRISTMAS by Adrian Leak
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With the festive season officially in full swing, we thought that we’d give you the history of some of your favourite carols – because we all love a bit of tradition. Moreover, in December there is a feast of Christmas music performed by choral societies – across the whole of Surrey. The Guide 2 Guildford are informative as well as educational…
There are numerous choral music performances across the county in the coming weeks.
HARK THE HERALD ANGELS Words originally by Charles Wesley, set to a tune by Mendelssohn, which he originally composed for the Gutenberg festival in 1840 - to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing… WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS Written in about 1700, the words have been sung to lots of different tunes. The tune which is now sung to On Ilkley Moor ‘bat ‘at was originally composed by a Kentish shoemaker for While Shepherds to be sung in a Wesleyan chapel in Canterbury - but it was pinched by our friends in Yorkshire… WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE Written in 1857 by the Vicar of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The kings are not named in the Bible, but are derived from a 6th century Armenian tradition: Melchior, king of the Persians; Caspar, king of the Hindus; Balthasar, king of the Arabs. In the Armenian tradition the kings were accompanied by 12,000 soldiers on horseback - tricky for the school nativity play!
Haydn – The Seasons H. G. Wells Centre, Woking Saturday 7th December 7:30pm www.wokingchoral.org
Autumn Concert Charterhouse Hall, Godalming Saturday 14th December www.godalmingchoral.org.uk
Christmas Concert with Jubilate Brass St. Thomas-on-The Bourne, Farnham Saturday 14th December 7.30pm www.farnham-choral.org.uk
I SAW THREE SHIPS COME SAILING IN
Christmas Concert with Carols
How and why did those ships sail into Bethlehem? Why three? There are many theories about the origin of this carol. One suggests that it is based upon an ancient song about the transport of the relics of the three kings and their arrival at Cologne, where they are preserved in the cathedral to this day. Another theory is that it is one of the many ‘ship’ carols, popular in medieval Germany, in which a ship’s journey across the perils of the ocean is the metaphorical backdrop to the story of our redemption.
St Andrews’ Church, Oxshott Saturday 14th December 7.30pm www.oxshottchoral.org.uk
GOD REST YE MERRY, GENTLEMEN The words ‘God rest ye merry’, are addressed to the anxious shepherds; ‘Don’t worry, you guys. Keep calm’, might be a modern version. The words are not, ‘God rest ye, merry gentlemen‘; which might be rendered, incorrectly, ‘Take a break, you happy chaps.’ The comma makes all the difference…
Mayor’s Carol Concert Holy Trinity Church, Guildford Sunday December 15th 7pm www.holytrinityguildford.org.uk
A Family Concert For Christmas G Live, Guildford Sunday 15th December 3pm www.guildfordchoral.org
MUM’S THE WORD SANTA’S GROTTO TOUR by Wizzi Seaton
op on board the Santa Express, receive gifts in a twinkling crystal-made grotto and even see him fly in by Helicopter. Our beloved Chris Cringle has a busy month ahead, so to make sure you catch him we’ve picked our favourite places to meet him in Surrey this year…
Santa Fir Guildford Road, Shamley Green | 7th, 8th, 14th & 15th December | 10am – 4pm | £3 (to charity) Why We Love It: Tell Santa how good you’ve been, get a pressie and meet the reindeer. Download the Children’s Christmas Competition form and test your knowledge as you walk around the Santa Fir Christmas Tree Farm.
Meet Santa and his reindeer at Birdworld’s Christmas Wonderland Birdworld, Farnham | open weekends and 21st - 24th December | various times and prices Why We Love It: Reindeer, elves, farm animals and a mince pie & hot punch for the big kids to enjoy, while the little ones receive their present from Santa and enjoy arts and crafts in the aquarium shop. www.birdworld.co.uk | 01420 22992
Santa Specials at The Rural Life Centre Reed Road, Tilford | 7th/8th and 14th/15th December 2013 | 11am to 5pm (6pm Saturdays) | Child £11, Adult £7
Bocketts Farm Fetcham | 1st – 24th December | Child £5.95 (in addition to farm entrance)
Why We Love It: The Old Kiln Light Railway, the gnomes’ toy workshop, a model railway, animals and Santa’s magical grotto. Mice pie and drink included.
Why We Love It: Hop on board the Santa Express and enjoy a journey through Santa’s magical hay barn workshop to receive a gift. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet Bocketts newborn lambs.
www.bockettsfarm.co.uk | 01372 363764
Santas secret Forest Crockford Bridge Farm, Addlestone | 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 30th December & 1st January | Free (charge for gift) Why We Love It: Venture through the deep dark forest of Christmas trees to santa. www.crockfordbridgefarm.co.uk
Santa lands by helicopter in Reigate Priory Park School, Reigate | 7th December | 10.30am – 2pm | Free Why We Love It: Forget Santa’s sleigh; the Redhill & Reigate Round Table organisation invite you to see Santa’s helicopter, landing in style for charity. Fun fair and candyfloss too! www.rt119.org.uk
Santa’s Cellar Grotto Denbies Winery, Dorking | open weekends and 21st – 24th December | 10am – 4pm | Child £7 Adult £2 Why We Love It: Be greeted by Santa’s elves and taken through gently falling snow on the Denbies indoor train to Santa’s Cellar Grotto to tell him your wish and receive a gift. www.denbies.co.uk | 01306 876616
Follow the Footsteps to Santa The Friary Centre, Guildford | various times throughout December | £4.50 Why We Love It: Santa wants to meet you! Just follow the footsteps. www.thefriarycentre.com
Wisley Gardens Enchanted Trail RHS Wisley Gardens | 21st December – 5th January | Normal admission prices Enjoy the toasty tales and silly songs of a host of curious characters. With your own special map, discover our secret hideouts and burrows dotted around the gardens, hidden from prying eyes for the rest of the year. From tropical treasures to plant-loving pirates, this is festive magic at its most charming, perfect for intrepid children and mischievous grown-ups alike. www.rhs.org.uk
Father Christmas in the Crystal Grotto at Painshill Painshill Park, Cobham | 7th December - 24th December | Child £8.50 Adult £7 Why We Love It: The shimmering crystal grotto at Painshill is made of hundreds of thousands of enchanting crystals. Starting with a walk through Painshill grounds to the Wishing Tent. A twinklingly magical experience. www.painshill.co.uk
MUM’S THE WORD Plenty of Panto Cinderella Yvonne Arnaud Theatre | 6th Dec 2013 to 12th Jan 2014 The annual celebration of all things camp and Christmas comes to the Yvonne Arnaud, and this time it’s the brilliant Bonnie Langford who will star as Fairy Snow and aid the ever in-peril Cinders. Expect mirth, boos, hisses and joviality galore - don’t be a pumpkin, book your tickets today! More Info: www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Peter Pan Princes Hall, Aldershot | Friday 6th to Monday 30th December Audiences can stop growing up and start believing in fairies as they journey with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy and her brothers to Neverland. Meet the lost boys, an Indian tribe, mermaids and fairies as well as the villainous Captain Hook, his bumbling sidekick Smee and the deadly crocodile. JM Barrie’s timeless tale will come to life, given all the madcap fun of panto! More Info: www.princeshall.com
Jack and the Beanstalk The Camberley Theatre | 10th Dec 2013 to 5th Jan 2014 Fe Fi Fo… Fun! The sound of a giant’s footsteps will be heard echoing from Camberley Theatre this Christmas. Another jam-packed pantomime awaits, filled with more hilarious thrills than you can shake a bag of beans at. Join Jack on adventure of a lifetime in this magical pantomime full of song, dance and audience participation. More Info: www.camberleytheatre.biz
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The Harlequin, Redhill | 13th Dec 2013 to 5th Jan 2014 Eight reasons in the title alone are why you should consider The Harlequin Theatre for your panto-ganza, and this one stars Eastenders’ hunk Stefan Booth as the Prince. So ladies, perhaps subtly nudge the family towards this one? More Info: www.harlequintheatre.co.uk
Cinderella New Victoria Theatre, Woking | 6th Dec 2013 to 5th Jan 2014 We’ve been here before, have we not? Another Cinderella? Ah you are keen-eyed, reader, but this is a different production altogether… Starring that superstar of children’s TV himself, Mr Tumble (Justin Fletcher to his friends and other grownups), needless to say your kids will lose their collective minds when they see him as Buttons in Woking’s show-stopping production of Cinderella. Along with Mr Tumble will be joined by Blue Peter’s Zoe Salmon as the titular heroine and comedian Hal Cruttenden as Dandini. More Info: www.atgtickets.com
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Our Charity Spot 2014: PHYLLIS TUCKWELL HOSPICE The Charity When TG Media started up 6 years ago, one of our priorities was to try and shine a light on the various charitable organisations that do such fantastic work in our area. As you will have no doubt noticed, we have a regular article each month that focuses on a different charity, and hopefully brings them the much needed support that they each deserve. For 2014 we have decided to launch a new charity arm to our current media partnerships. This means that in addition to our charity pages, we work for the full year with one charity in a special capacity – and for 2014, this will be the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Most of you will have heard the name of this wonderful organisation before, but many of us have little idea of the work they do in helping terminally ill people and their families to manage their circumstances. Over the next 12 months we will introduce you to the work that they do, the people that benefit from their services and, finally, the many creative ways that you can get involved supporting them. For more information on the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice visit www.phyllistuckwellhospice.org or call 01252 729400
Pay for an Hour of Care This Christmas Now here’s how you can help. The NHS covers less than 15% of Phyllis Tuckwell’s costs, which is under half the national average for hospices. This means that they have to raise 85p in every pound the Hospice needs to spend – and on Christmas Day and Boxing Day this equates to £750 per hour. So with this in mind the hospice would like 48 of Surrey’s best and brightest to donate a hugely generous one –off sum of £750 – by raising it yourself through charitable means, or simply because you have that kind of money to give. Should you wish to do so, you can visit the Hospice in the New Year, and be introduced to some of the amazing Doctors, Nurses, and other members of the clinical team.
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HOMELESS AT CHRISTMAS by Rich Lee
eyond the glow of Christmas lights and the radiance of shop fronts, a sadder truth lies at the hidden heart of Guildford and surrounding communities. Homelessness - a problem that seems to never truly disappear, despite ever-changing initiatives by central and local government appears to be on the rise. Since 2011 there has been a 25% increase in statutory homelessness, and a 24% increase in households in temporary accommodation. Statutory homelessness is granted to those households or individuals that meet specific criteria, and to whom a homelessness duty has been accepted by the council. According to data compiled by the charity Shelter, the number of Surrey families with children accepted as statutory homeless has risen from 45 at the start of 2012 to 78 by the middle of 2013. But the statistics only reveal those who have approached their local authority for support; many more exist off the radar. Mental health, debt, isolation, housing and employment exacerbated by the recent economic climate - are just some of the reasons that the unfortunate end up on the streets. Professionals working to support the homeless will tell you that drugs and alcohol are merely an ‘emotional anaesthetic’ to the main issues. “You can’t really put a stereotype on it,” says Neale Redmond who runs the Number Five Project, a shelter on Guildford’s York Road. “Most people in the public
realm would have the image of a drinker - sixty plus - who’s slightly unhygienic, but that’s not a homeless person anymore. Sure those guys still exist but most of them past 55 get looked after in sheltered accommodation. “If there is such thing as a stereotype now, it’s the under 25’s who might have drug problems or lack of support from family or carers. Another demographic we’re seeing a lot of now is the 50-plus guy who’s very low needs but has never found himself in a situation where he’s lost his job, or goes to an online moneylender. He may be slightly in denial about his situation, build up debt and lose his family. Maybe a bit of depression, drink soon follows and he finds himself on the streets. It’s a very sad situation.” It is, however, a situation helped significantly by the efforts of local agencies, shelters and hostels like Neale’s. There are five hostels in Guildford alone with over 100 beds, including the Number Five Night Shelter, Vaughn House, Mulberry House (a women only hostel), Cyrenian House and The YMCA. Supporting these are bodies like Guildford Action, HOST and Woking’s York Road Project. Indeed, the supporting organisations and charities represent a confluence of compassionate agencies, charities, churches, general public and the Borough Council. “There’s certainly no ‘NIMBYS’
around here,” says Neale. “Our building, provided by the Council, could be a million pound house, but they choose to give it to us, in a residential neighbourhood. We’re not hidden, we’re part of the community and our clients and neighbours react to that and respect each other. That is down to GBC being proactive on the problem of homelessness.” The Number Five Project opens its doors at 6pm every day of the year and is a direct access shelter, meaning that any client can request a bed. Here, they receive a meal, a hot shower, have their laundry done, sleep in a bed and receive breakfast before the shelter closes at 10am the next day. But with the mercury already diving, the shelter prepares to make their basement available on an emergency basis. Called the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol, they meet the increased demand during winter with extra camp beds, hot soup and rolls. For all of the town’s affluence, Guildford can at least claim a position as one of the most forward thinking, proactive boroughs when it comes to homelessness and poverty. And never more so than at this time of year, when the most vulnerable in the community face a Christmas without a home to call their own.
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en is 55 and a regular client at the Guildford Action Drop-in Centre on Leapale Road. He has been homeless for ten years. He has had his benefits sanctioned for the last eight months, due to petty crimes, forcing him to rely on the services of places like GA and Number 5. He still finds himself sleeping rough on occasion.
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“What’s it like? It’s not nice; it’s hostile, everyone’s against you, the police move you on, and other homeless have a go at you. You get wet and you get cold.
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“Before I came here I kept myself to myself. We do try and look out for each other, though. The services are good here. I’ve been homeless every Christmas since I lost my house ten years ago. It’s nice to get a Christmas dinner [at Number 5] but to me, Christmas Day’s just another day.” “February’s the worst. If you’re on the streets for a period of time, it gets in your bones, you get bad circulation. The first few years I was on the street, I was happy with it but as I got older, I got more knackered, got the shakes, shivers, I got septic feet. I had to sleep with one eye open in case I got beaten up.” “To the public, I’m an alien. They look down on you, never in the eye. I wouldn’t hurt them but to them I’m ‘different’.” Does he ever see an escape from homelessness? “For me it’s too late; by the time I get a house I’ll probably be dead. I’ve got no chance. What happens will happen.”
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STAY SAFE THIS YULETIDE Have yourself a wary little Christmas…. We all want to let our hair down and have fun over the festive period, but we simply must highlight the importance of keeping yourself safe. Here are a few bits of info on how to do just that…
DAY First up, to emphasise what we said to
you in November’s edition, ‘lock up and leave a light on’ – burglars are opportunists, targeting houses during the festive period, so keep your gifts safe and out of sight when you’re out, and be sure to register your belongings with Immobilise (www.immobilise.com). When you’re Christmas shopping or doing battle in the January sales there’s a significant increase in thefts from handbags. It’s all too easy to take your eye of the ball when you’re rushing around the shops with lots of bags, but you need to keep your handbag, purse, wallet, mobile and keys close. Remember: Zip it, lock it, watch it! Petty theft and pickpocketing does occur at night-time too with many of us going out more than usual during this time of year and having items stolen. And speaking of which…
ypically increased alcohol consumption is part and parcel of festivities, but it comes with added risks. So, while we know that vast ma jority of our wonderful readers are upstanding citizens, we must remind you not to lose your head when you’ve had a few beverages. Alcohol-related violence spikes around this time of year, so don’t become ‘that’ type of person – you’d much rather end up at home than in a police cell, wouldn’t you? So remember, when you’re out on the town with friends, keep an eye on each other and your belongings. This extends not only to when you’re having a few drinks, but afterwards too – unsurprisingly, an increase in drink driving is prevalent over the festive period, and this is something we should all be acutely aware of. If you’re going to drink, don’t drive – book a licensed taxi. Simple really.
So, good people of Surrey, take heed and of course have fun; stay safe and plan to party! For further tips on keeping safe, visit the Surrey Police website at www.surrey.police.uk.
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uring this jolly festive season, most of us will at some point sit at some point in a boozer but how did this social centre of our community come about? Turns out we’ve been drinking ale since, well just about The Bronze Age. Then came the b***y Romans and their roads. In between writing “Romani ite Domum” on Hadrian’s Wall and painting our gentlemen’s vegetables blue we started to frequent these tabernae. Here we’d find refreshment, food and a place to whinge about Senate Tax. So Tabernae, Tavernae, Tavern… See it yet? The Romans did indeed go home and this was the point that our Anglo-Saxons forbears took the mantle and established “alehouses”. These were people’s homes and the lady of the house, the alewife (how awesome does that sound?), would place a green bush on a pole to let everyone in the village know her brew was
ready. Buxom alewives aside, the alehouses were incredibly important; giving the community a focal point where they could meet, chat and arrange help with each other’s problems like Wulfric’s goats always getting out. Alehouses became so widespread that King Edgar, in a move that would have sent chills down the spines of the Board of Directors of Weatherspoons, decreed that there shouldn’t be any more than one alehouse per village. That was in 965, my how things have changed. In 1393 King Richard II had another go at putting in place some law and order and ordered that landlords had to hang signs outside their pubs passing legislation that said “Whosoever shall brew ale in the town with intention of selling it must hang out a sign; otherwise he shall forfeit his ale.” (He starved to death by the
way, probably looking for a pub with a sign). The idea was to make alehouses easily visible to passing inspectors and borough ale tasters who would then decide, by means of a thoroughly good session no doubt, how good the ale was which the pub provided. Old Will Shakespeare’s father John (I knew him well) was one of these early CAMRA types. What’s also important to remember is that during the Middle Ages more or less everyone was illiterate and pictures worked better than words as a way of spotting a pub. So, in essence, these bastions of Britishness have been around since forever, constantly serving their community and helping us in sad and in good times. In search of some more witty historical tales? Look online www.theguide2surrey.com/ community/history
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CHRISTMAS: The Butcher’s Tale by Rich Lee
espite struggling in the shadow of the large store chains, traditional, independent butchers still offer the kind of quality and personal service that supermarkets only dream about. Serving their loyal customers all year round, it’s at Christmas when these butchers face their greatest demand. As families all over Surrey scramble to buy their turkeys and roasting joints, I spoke with two of the county’s most established butchers to see how they fair during the festive season.
One of those was Rawlings in Cranleigh. Robert Rawling’s shop has been here for 29 years but the building itself has been a butcher for over 100. Cranleigh is England’s largest village and still retains its country charm thanks to authentic traders like Rawlings, Cranleigh Fishmongers next door and a variety of privately owned antique and gift shops. However, the village has seen three supermarkets move in over the last twenty years, driving off many other long-established traders. Senior butcher Ian Clements said, “There used to be six butchers in Cranleigh. Since 2000, we’re all that’s left.” So how did Rawlings of
Cranleigh survive where others have succumbed? “Robert kept us going by ensuring that our meat always spoke for itself,” says Ian. “We’re fortunate to live in an affluent area where people will pay a little bit more for quality meat. Cranleigh is a walking village; people here have always done their shopping on foot, but if it’s a choice between a supermarket and a quality butcher within a short distance from each other, then sadly many people decide on cost alone. “So we offer something the supermarkets never can and that is true quality. We hang our beef from four to
six weeks. The supermarket won’t, so that they can provide it cheaply, but what we have that they don’t is flavour.” He gestures to a stunning 3kg rack of beef, marbled throughout with buttery fat and darkening around the edges from the hanging process. Inside the shop, the produce is laid out with an artist’s eye; again, Ian’s handiwork. And the beautiful window display, that keystone of every traditional butchers shop? “Well, people eat with their eyes,” he winks. As for Christmas, Ian says that the orders have already begun to flood in. “During our peak in December, we
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serve around 2800 customers a week.” So who’s buying? “We always see a 25% increase in trade leading up to Christmas, mostly from people who haven’t returned since the Christmas before.” It’s clear that such a fleeting (though very welcome) boost in customers disappoints Ian, but he remains stoical. When your produce is this good, and beloved by the many customers that will only buy from Rawlings, he is rightly proud of having helped his shop survive as Cranleigh’s last traditional butchers.
Over in the idyllic village of Pirbright near Woking, another traditional butchers shop is still going strong despite the threat from the supermarkets. In fact, the Fulk Brothers has been here for 85 years and counting. For the last 56 of those years, Tony Fulk has built on the legacy of his Grandfather, providing superior quality meat to his devoted customers. His butchers shop is every inch the traditional sort with sawdust on the floor and rosettes on the wall, awarded for their own prizewinning livestock. Tony’s wife Judy believes that the Fulk Brothers’ longevity is less to do with location and more to do with
customer loyalty. “We have customers from London to Somerset and all over the country order from us,” she says. “They may have shopped with us in the past and moved away or have merely heard about us, but either way they keep coming back!” Like Rawlings, senior butcher Steve believes the key is sourcing the best meat and treating it with respect. But, says Steve, it’s also about the personal touch. “Often people will come in with a recipe in mind, but we might then advise them to maybe consider a cheaper cut of meat that does the job even better. Our younger customers often ask us how to cook the meat they buy, and we’re only too happy to
help.” With Christmas orders coming in fast - 500 at the start of December already- Fulk Brothers offer excellent free-range turkeys, sourced from a family-run concern in Kent. But what of the coveted “bronze” Turkeys? “They’re a little more expensive, but have a gamier flavour than white turkeys,” says Steve, “we don’t sell as many as they are not to everyone’s taste. Still delicious though.” So what does a butcher and his family have themselves on Christmas day? “Turkey,” states Steve. Before I can ask how he cooks his turkey, he laughs and says “I just bring the meat home. I let the wife cook it.”
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A CHRISTMAS FEAST with Fiona Knowlton
INGREDIENTS • 1 x 12-14 lb (5.56.5 kg) turkey • 10-12 rashers streaky bacon • 400g softened butter • Salt and pepper
METHOD 1. Pre-heat the oven to 425°F/220°C/Gas 7. Stuff the turkey cavity with the sage and onion stuffing, saving about two-thirds to stuff the neck end between the flesh and the skin, securing with the neck flap under the bird’s back and a skewer. 2. Rub the softened butter all over the bird and then lay the streaky bacon rashers over the breast, overlapping slightly, then season with black pepper and salt. 3. Place the turkey on the ‘trivet’ of vegetables (see Gravy below) in the roasting tray. Cover the turkey loosely with foil. 4. For a 12-14 lb (5.5-6.5 kg) turkey: Cook for 40 minutes then reduce the temperature to gas mark 3, 325°F (170°C) and cook for a further 3-3½ hours. Baste the turkey every 30-40 minutes. Cook for a final 30 minutes (uncovered) at gas mark 6, 400°F (200°C). 5. To test if the turkey is at the right temperature, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the bird –without touching bone. For a 12-14 Ib bird, it should read 155f/68c.
SAGE AND ONION STUFFING INGREDIENTS
• 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped • 1 tbsp vegetable oil • 1 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped • 80g/3oz fresh white breadcrumbs • salt and pepper • 1 egg, beaten
1. Sweat the onion in the oil, until soft but not coloured 2. Mix together the onion, sage and breadcrumbs and season well. 3. Add enough beaten egg to bind the mixture together and use to stuff the turkey
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PIGS IN HONEY BLANKETS INGREDIENTS • 16 rashers of streaky bacon • 32 cocktail sausages • 3-4 tbsp honey • Salt and freshly ground pepper
METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Using the back of a knife, stretch each bacon rasher out to stop them shrinking as they cook. Cut each rasher in half and roll a piece around each sausage. Put the sausages in a roasting tin lined with foil. 2. Drizzle honey over the sausages and season. Toss everything together. Bake for 35 minutes. Shake them now and again, and baste. They should be dark brown and shiny.
ROAST PARSNIPS INGREDIENTS
• 1kg/2¼lb parsnips • 125ml/4fl oz vegetable oil • 80ml/3½fl oz maple syrup or honey
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Peel the parsnips and then slice length ways. 2. Place the parsnips into a roasting tin and cover with the oil. 3. Then cover in maple syrup or honey and place into the oven. Roast the parsnips for 35 minutes, or until they are tender and golden-brown
ROAST POTATOES INGREDIENTS • 1kg/2½lb floury potatoes. Maris Piper make for the best roast potatoes. • olive oil or goose fat METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7. Peel the potatoes and cut into large chunks. Parboil in boiling salted water for 5 minutes. Drain and toss in the pan to roughen the edges. 2. Put your fat or oil of choice into your roasting pan until it is about ½ an inch deep, then place in the oven until it is smoking. Carefully take the tin out of the oven and add the potatoes to the hot fat, basting them as you do so. 3. Put the tin back in the oven and cook for about 1 hour until the roast potatoes are golden and crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Turn them over from time to time whilst they are cooking to colour on all sides.
• 100g light muscovado sugar • 100ml orange juice, fresh or from a carton • 250g pack fresh or frozen cranberries
• 600ml milk • 50g butter • 1 onion, chopped • 6 cloves • 6 peppercorns • 2 garlic cloves • 1 bay leaf • 3 thyme sprigs • 100g white breadcrumbs • 4 tbsp single cream or mascarpone • pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1. Simmer the milk, butter, onion, cloves, peppercorns, garlic and herbs in a pan for 20 mins.
METHOD 1. Tip the sugar and orange juice into a pan, and then bring to the boil. 2. Stir in the cranberries, then simmer until tender but still holding their shape– this will take about 5 mins if using frozen cranberries or 8-10 mins if using fresh. 3. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Will keep in the fridge for 1 week. 4. On the day, bring to room temperature before serving.
2. Strain and return the liquid to the pan. Add the breadcrumbs and simmer for 3-4 mins. 3. Stir in the cream or mascarpone. Add nutmeg, season and serve. 4. Can be made up to 3 days in advance and heated up on the hob or microwave on Medium for 3 mins.
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GLAZED CARROTS INGREDIENTS • 700 g carrots, sliced into Batons • 350-450ml chicken stock or water • 1 tsp sugar • generous lump of butter • (optional) chopped chives or thyme, to garnish • black pepper METHOD
BRAISED RED CABBAGE WITH APPLE INGREDIENTS • 50g/2oz butter • 1 medium onion finely sliced • 2 dessert apples peeled, cored and sliced • 1kg/2¼lb red cabbage finely sliced • 100g/4oz sultanas or raisins (optional) • 200ml/7fl oz sherry vinegar • salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Put the carrots in a saucepan with enough stock or water to half cover them. Add the sugar, butter and salt and pepper. 2. Bring to the boil, and then cook on a rapid boil for about 45 minutes until all that is left of the liquid is a thick buttery coating. 3. Shake the carrots to distribute the coating evenly. Tip into a warm serving dish and garnish with chives or thyme.
METHOD 1. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan or casserole dish. 2. Soften the onion in the butter for three minutes, and then add the apple and cabbage.
3. Cook for approximately five minutes until softened, and then add the sultanas and the sherry vinegar. 4. Place a lid on the pan and cook for one hour, until just tender. 5. Season to taste. Continue to cook until the cabbage is tender and all the liquid has evaporated.
BRUSSELS SPROUT GRATIN INGREDIENTS
• 900g/2lb Brussels sprouts trimmed • 20g/¾oz butter • 4 tsp sunflower oil • 150g/5oz bacon • 400ml/14fl oz double cream • 2½ tsp lemon juice • 5½ tbsp fresh white breadcrumbs • 4 tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese • salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. 2. Place the sprouts into a saucepan of simmering salted water and cook for 4-5 minutes, until almost, but not quite, cooked. Drain thoroughly, allow to cool slightly and cut in half. 3. Place the butter and oil into a wide frying pan over a medium heat. Add the bacon and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until lightly browned. 4. Add the sprouts and sauté for a further 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. 5. Add the cream and bring the mixture to the boil. Boil for 2-4 minutes, until the cream has reduced to a rich sauce. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 6. Remove from the heat, add the lemon juice and spoon into an ovenproof gratin dish. 7. Mix the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese together in a bowl, then sprinkle evenly over the top of the sprout mixture. 8. Place into the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, until the top is golden-brown and the cream is boiling. 9. Remove from the oven and serve in the gratin dish (when the dish has cooled slightly). 10. Can be made the day before and reheated in the oven for 15 minutes when you take the turkey out to rest
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TO TEST WHEN THE TURKEY IS DONE. WITH A MEAT THERMOMETER Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey, avoiding touching bone. The optimum temperature will be 155F°/68°C TO TEST MANUALLY Pierce the thigh with a skewer and check the juices. They should run clear. If you gently shake the drumstick, the joint should move freely.
TIME PLAN A DAY OR TWO AHEAD: • Bread Sauce and Cranberry Sauce • If frozen, defrost turkey two days ahead, if chilled, remove from fridge the night before. • Make Braised Red Cabbage and Brussel Sprout Gratin, allow to cool and refrigerate.
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Foodie Events PREMIUM CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING Bouquets of cinnamon and berries… it can only be an evening of wine tasting, the perfect way to kick start the festive season. An early Christmas gift for a loved one, or indeed a gift to yourself; you deserve it! Thursday 12th December | Guildford Institute, Guildford £30 per person | guildford-institute.org.uk | 01483 562142 MARVELLOUS MINCE PIES Learn how to make the ubiquitous festive treat the one and only mince pie. Take a batch home ready to feed Santa, Rudolph et al. Friday 13th December | The Medicine Garden, Cobham £30 per person | www.thelardercobham.com | 01932 989649 BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL The Royal Oak quenches the thirst of Guildfordians and visitors alike this December; join in the merriment and celebrate by supping real ales and ciders from across the UK. With entertainment throughout the course of the weekend, this promises to be a fantastic festive knees-up. 20th, 21st and 22nd December The Royal Oak, Trinity Churchyard, Guildford | Free www.royaloakguildford.co.uk | 01483 459023
Every month we interview a landlord, to give you an insight into a publican’s life in Surrey…
ANDY MOUNSEY The Royal Oak, Trinity Churchyard, Guildford. How long have you been in the pub industry? 10 and a half years now, since I was 18. What was the first pub you worked in? The Red Lion in Godalming under the tutelage of a certain Ian Thompson (Ed.- See November’s TG2Guildford…) What makes your pub different from the rest? We’re an old traditional English pub! We run 3 beer & cider festivals annually, and throughout the rest of the year we really drive our real ale; we have a wide range of Whiskey’s too. We also have an open mic night once a month (first Thursday), and live bands usually on the last Saturday of the month. We like a bit of rugby too and show Aviva Premiership matches. In-house recommendations? Our legendary burgers sell very well - and again all of the ales. The two together make the perfect combo. At any given time we’ll have two Fuller’s house ales, two guest ales and a Fuller’s seasonal. Favourite tipple? One of our excellently well-kept ales…! Gastro pubs or traditional taverns? Traditional Friday nights or Sunday afternoons? Friday night; it’s a great atmosphere to work in. When I’m not working it’s even better… Favourite pub in the Guildford area? The Star Inn in Godalming; it has a great range of real ales and real cider and a great atmosphere. Cosy and traditional. Favourite pub elsewhere? The Bitter End in Cockermouth, Cumbria. It has its own micro-brewery. If you were a drink what would you be? A dark full-bodied real ale – Fuller’s ESB (5.5%)
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THIRSTY BUSINESS: THE SMOKING BISHOP By Alex D’Arcy
…we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon over a bowl of Smoking Bishop, Bob!
“ moking Bishop?” I hear you say. No it’s not the latest reform from the Church of England, but instead a drink popularised by Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and first mentioned in English literature in Jonathan Swift’s verse Oranges from the late 1600’s. Alas the foundations (as we know it in this Fair Isle) of mulled wine were laid - and a particularly potent variant at that. The name is said to be taken from the resemblance of a steaming goblet of wine and a robed bishop, um, smoking. Of course, mulled wine is not indigenous to Britain. In fact, if you were to scour the globe for similar, you would undoubtedly find at least one version of said drink from most regions, let alone countries. Glühwhein is popular amongst German speaking countries, Nordics may be familiar with Gløgg, and Brazilians may be partial to a glass of vinho quente; so it can be said that as human beings, we appreciate the combined taste of warm red wine, spices and citrus fruit. So here’s to the global appreciation of spiced wine in the winter months! Ideal for warming one’s cockles as the cold nights draw in, here’s a mulling recipe from us to you. Merry Christmas! If this all sounds like far too much work, then by all means venture to one of these lovely establishments The Kings Head, Kings Road, Guildford | The Seahorse Inn, The Street, Shalford The Richard Onslow, High Street, Cranleigh | The Star Inn, Church Street, Godalming RECIPE • 4 Large Oranges • 3 Lemons • Brown (Demerara sugar) – 2 tbsp (sweeten to taste) • Star of Anise • Cloves • Cinnamon Sticks • 1 Bottle of red wine • 35cl Brandy • Cup of orange juice
METHOD The night before… 1. Roast oranges and lemons in a shallow baking tray at 120c for 1 ½ or until golden brown 2. Place oranges and lemons into a bowl and pour any leaked juices from the fruit into the bowl as well 3. Liberally prick fruit with cloves 4. Add sugar and 2 stars of anise 5. Pour wine over fruit 6. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 12–24 hours
The day after the night before… 1. Remove oranges and lemons and cut in half 2. With the back of a spoon or your hand press as much juice out of the fruit as possible into the wine 3. Sieve mixture (to get rid of any unwanted pulp/cloves) into a saucepan and add your cinnamon sticks 4. Add juice and sugar to taste 5. Bring to high simmer for five minutes 5. Add Brandy and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes (we don’t want it to lose its potency) 6. Serve with an orange/lemon wedge and cinnamon stick
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WHERE TO EAT The White Hart Pub White Hart Lane Wood Street Village Guildford Surrey GU3 3DZ Tel: 01483 235939 www.thewhitehartpub.com
---------------------Roasted Beetroot ‘Borscht’ Soup
Feuilleté of Roasted Mushroom £7.50 ----------
Rich Lee visits The White Hart, Wood Street
ucked away and all but out of sight in Wood Street Village just outside of Guildford, you’d be forgiven for thinking the White Hart pub might be a secret of the well-kept variety. Surrey’s foodies know better however and have been flocking here since the 200 year old Inn was taken on by head chef Paul Scott and transformed into arguably one of the finest gastropubs in Surrey. Arriving at the smartly modern pub, it still retains enough of its country roots to put you at ease straight away. Veer left from the bar and you come to a long dining room that’s all soft lighting, polished wooden tables and comfy leather chairs. The room’s spacious enough for groups yet intimate enough for couples. The menu is diverse with nods towards Asian, Lebanese and Italian cuisine alongside classic British and European pub fare.
For our starters, a roasted beetroot ‘borscht’ soup was disarmingly fresh and light yet full of earthy, root flavour. Delicately spiced and with a dollop of crème fraiche, it was a dish perfect for the season. Another starter presented a roasted mushroom with grilled goats cheese oozing into luscious red onion jam, sat between crisp, pillowy layers of pastry and swirled with rocket pesto. So good, I expect I’ll be boring people about it for weeks to come.
For mains, a handsome rack of tender roasted lamb came with sautéed cabbage and bacon and fondant potato. With a sweet, red wine jus to soak it all, this was hearty pub food of the first order. A dish of fillet of gilt head bream, though, was absolutely astonishing. A perfectly cooked piece of fish atop decadent, buttery mash potato with a velvety, piquant white wine, tomato and herb sauce would have almost been enough. But the chefs go further with samphire, watercress, mussels and sweet pepper tapenade; a whole rainbow of perfectly balanced flavours. To finish the meal we had a mighty wedge of rich lemon cheesecake, served with tuille biscuit and citrus compote. A chocolate orange
Pan-roasted rack of Irish Lamb With garlic & herb fondant potato, sauteed savoy cabbage & bacon, red wine jus £17.50 Pan-roasted Fillet of Gilt Head Bream £15.95 ---------Chocolate orange bread & butter pudding £5.95 Lemon Cheesecake, St. Clements compote & tuille biscuit £6.25 ---------------------Food total: £58.10
bread and butter pudding was almost an indulgence too far, but the crisp, buttery dessert proved impossible not to finish and still be left wanting more. So much more than just a pub (although if that’s all you’re after, the fine cask ales, wines and lagers available should more than satisfy), it’s the exceptional food and service on offer at the White Hart that truly sets it apart and should ensure its reputation as a destination for many years.
OPENING TIMES MONDAY – THURSDAY | DOORS OPEN 12:00 – 23:00 | FOOD SERVED 12:00 – 14:30 / 18:00 – 22:00 FRIDAY | DOORS OPEN 12:00 – 24:00 | FOOD SERVED 12:00 – 14:30 / 18:00 – 22:00 SATURDAY | DOORS OPEN 12:00 – 24:00 | FOOD SERVED 12:00 – 22:00 SUNDAY | DOORS OPEN 12:00 – 23:00 | FOOD SERVED 12:00 – 21:00
GET THE LOOK: The Christmas Table
While food is undoubtedly top of the agenda
when it comes to Christmas dinner, the table and its decoration is important in setting the scene for this oh-so special meal. Oxbow Oak Extending Table - £1199 Available from What-Not’s Antiques 7-8 Woodbridge Road, Guildford 01483 306358 www.whatnotantiquesltd.co.uk
Table Centre Available from Lawrence Morris 1A Milkhouse Gate, Guildford 01483 577388 www.lawrencemorris.co.uk
Plain white Villandry dinner plates - set of 6 - £65 Plain white Villandry cereal bowl - set of 6 - £55 Chabon Wine Glass - each - £7.50 Purcell bone Cutlery set - each set - £60 Marley Chain napkin rings - set of 6 - £35 Bretagne napkins - set of 4 - £25 All available from India Jane 31-33 High Street, Haslemere or 3 Lion & Lamb Yard, Farnham www.indiajane.com
Set of 6 crackers from Creative Crackers Available from Secretts Christmas Emporium The Farm Shop, Milford.
THE FINISHING TOUCHES (l – r clockwise) Green glass Bauble - £6
from Anthropologie High Street, Guildford | www.anthropologie.eu | 01483 569711
Silver Metal Ribbon - £2.50
from Sainsbury’s Clay Lane, Burpham, Guildford | www.sainsburys.co.uk | 01483 506767
One World Small Diamante Heart - £9.50
from Bardoe & Apell Tunsgate, Guildford | www.bardoeandapell.co.uk | 01483 511477
Party Dog Globe - £14
from Heals Tunsgate, Guildford | www.heals.co.uk | 01483 796500
Glitter Owl - £2.80
from Guildford House Gallery High Street, Guildford | www.guildford.gov.uk/guildfordhouse | 01483 444751
Wooly Reindeer - £10
from House of Fraser High Street, Guildford | www.houseoffraser.co.uk | 0844 800 3730
What You Need… A large ball of super chunky wool. Gold wired ribbon (1 metre). Good pair of sewing scissors.
Trim your ball of wool into a perfect sphere.
Using scissors cut all of the loops around the outside of the ball of wool.
Stage 4… Tie a knot into the middle of your metre length of ribbon. Create two loops with each side, tied together to form a bow.
Wind the wool around your hand until you have used roughly half of the ball. Remove wool from hand and tie a piece of wool tightly around the middle. Leave a length of wool free to tie to tree once finished.
Tie bow to bauble using the surplus piece of wool attached from the beginning of the process.
Well done, you’ve just made your very own Christmas decoration for your tree. Be pleased..
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Black & White Lacquer Trays - £45 Available from ALSO Home Unit 3 Sterling Barns, Knowle Lane, Cranleigh, GU6 8JP 01483 608610 | www.alsohome.com
Mini Molten Drop Earrings
available in a variety of metals 9ct yellow Gold £223 & Oxidised silver £98 Available from Simon Pure 5 Swan Lane, Guildford, GU1 4EQ 01483 505462 | www.simonpure.co.uk 3
Chocomas Chocolate Spoon - £2.50
Made by Cocoa Antics available at Glutton & Glee 6 Tunsgate, Guildford, GU13QT | 01483 452934 www.gluttonandglee.co.uk & www.cocoaantics.com 4
Poinsettia from £4
Available from The Chelsea Flower Shop 2b The Square, Wilderness Road, OnslowVillage, Guildford, GU2 7QR 0800 148 8058 | www.thechelseaflowershop.com 5
The Macallan Amber - £59.99
Available from The Whisky Shop 25 Chapel Street, Guildford, GU13UL 01483 450900 | www.whiskyshop.com 6
Your Festive Soundtrack - £6–10
A selection of festive music available from People Independent Music 14a Chapel Street, Guildford, GU13UL 01483 566007 | www.people-independent-music.co.uk
by Wizzi Seaton
from all that shopping? Take some ‘you’ time and get yourself ready to sparkle this Christmas…
CUTICLE COUTURE… HUNGRY EYES… Eye Sparkle Party Package | 30 minutes | £32 Sandra Dawn Beauty Clinic, 166 High Street, Guildford
For a quick hassle saving treatment head to
independent beauty salon Sandra Dawn and try their Eye Sparkle Party Package (available throughout December). The package includes eyebrow threading and tinting and an eyelash tint. Banishing the need for tweezers and mascara for up to one month – perfectly setting you up for the party season. “Lovely staff. Quick & easy treatment and luscious lashes. Brill.” www.sandradawn.co.uk | 01483 506364
Shellac Hybrid Colour Nail Polish two week Manicure and cuticle tidy | 45 minutes | £35 Peacock Beauty, 64 Quarry Street, Guildford
ith all that gesticulating about how fabulous the Christmas is going to be this year, let alone all the parties and soirees one must attend, it’s only right that your nails are in tip top condition. Whether you’re looking to make a colourful impression or simply in need of some extra shine, show those nails some love with the superb Shellac Hybrid Nail Polish manicure for some colour that will last for the duration of the holidays. Zero drying time means you can get back to your Christmas shopping as soon as you’re out of the salon! www.beckinghamhair.com/peacockbeauty 07788 682467
Missing your summer glow? Top it up in time for your Christmas party. Fake bake or bottle – it’s up to you. FAKE BAKE at Spray Tan Surrey Mobile tanning salon
offering a professional spray on glow from the comfort of your own home. www.spraytansurrey.com 07989 605607
BOTTLE with Trilogy Trilogy Self Tan Instant
Bronzing Gel. 100% natural ingredients. Apply, allow to develop and enjoy a golden, natural-looking tan within a couple of hours. Buy online or find in House of Fraser, Guildford www.houseoffraser.co.uk 08448003730
LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS… I
t’s not just ladies who like to look ship shape for the party season. The Grooming Clinic online store stock everything from fine-toothed combs and shampoos to luxury pipe shaped shaving brushes, fragrances and candles for men. If you find navigating your way through the hundreds of products available you can always email or phone them at their base in Cranleigh for advice.
Why not try… Baxter of California Slick Pomade for a sleek, dapper style this season £18 | 60ml | www.thegroomingclinic.com
FOR THE SHELL OF IT… Hot Lava Shells Core Strength – Back & Tummy Massage | 45 minutes | £55 Idyllic, 75 High Street, Cranleigh
Using authentic Tiger Striped Clam
shells, hand selected in the Philippine Islands and a combination of heat and touch this massage is designed to increase core stability and works as a natural relaxant. “The heat from the shells and the scent of mango and green tea oil sent me into a meditative state. It was wonderfully relaxing.” www.idyllicbeautyspa.co.uk 01483 277951
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