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Welcome to our citizens on Instagram. This feature gives you an insight into the everyday lives of people and businesses in Surrey, from breakfast to bedtime and everything in between. Check out our favourites below. Also, follow us on Instagram (theguide2surrey) and if we like what we see then we’ll feature you in these pages!

Sarah and Bendrix

@sarahandbendrix One of the new brands we stock is @buddyandbear and their sweet cups, plates and trays for kids. The design is happy and cute without being too childish.

@sarahandbendrix We like to create A picture wall. And we also sell and make all of these in our shop within 24 hours. Isn’t great?

Bronte’s cafe

@brontescafe Bursting with goodness and made with love

@brontescafe Protect yourself and your kids from the new season and keep topped up with vitamins and energy from @press_london juices and health shots available at Bronte’s

Louisa Grace Interiors

@louisagraceinteriors Lots of lovely new stock at the barn today! We’re open from 7 am - 4.30 pm tomorrow if you fancy a browse...

@louisagraceinteriors Fabulously foxed vintage French mirror just in - makes a real statement, just not the best for putting your make up on...

Create and Deliver

@createanddeliver Sketching some #furniture during some rendering downtime... Where would you sit?

@createanddeliver The British Leafy Salads Association stated it takes 12 weeks to grow an iceberg lettuce, so here’s some nice Salad Serving Tongs

Eurotiles and Bathrooms

@eurotilesandbathrooms This popular ceramic tile “Corato”collection offers the choice of pretty pastels for a soft warm look or contrasting matt or gloss black and white for a sophisticated feel.

@eurotilesandbathrooms Our ‘Patchwork’ tile is a key trend in design to create individual statements and inject personality into our homes!

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@thesquarecamberley DRUM ROLL We have a brand new name! Welcome to The Square Camberley

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COMMUNITY Kaloty’s Kitchen

@kalotyskitchen Feeling a bit run down lately so thought I would start the day with some yummy juice! Strawberries, raspberries, kale, blueberries, spinach, kiwi, pumpkin seeds & ginger.

@kalotyskitchen Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper soup. This literally took half an hour from start to finish.

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@renclassics Introducing our stunning new Ferrari 250 GTE, more photos and details to come soon!

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@newashgate New arrivals for the Autumn Craft Collection @newdesigners Papermetal designer Julie Bailey @papermetal embosses the surfaces of her jewellery with handmade papers...

@newashgate New arrivals for the Autumn Craft Collection @newashgate Adele Goulty’s stoneware and paper clay bottles are influenced by objects found what beach combing...

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c CHRISTMAS WITH WWF ADOPT AN ELEPHANT WITH WWF THIS CHRISTMAS There has been a staggering decline in the number of African and Asian elephants left in the wild. Iconic animals like African elephants are significantly threatened by poaching due to the unprecedented growth in Illegal Wildlife Trade. The trade in ivory alone is responsible for overturning decades of conservation successes, with 1 African elephant killed every 26 minutes. Asian elephants are critically endangered with only 2,800 left in the wild. Their main threat to existence is human elephant conflict and habitat loss, with Asia’s human population growing; more and more wildlife habitat is lost or fragmented. WWF is working closely with TRAFFIC on anti-poaching initiatives as well as CITES and the United Nations to achieve new legislations. They help fund our work to protect elephant habitat, reduce poaching and address human-elephant conflict. They also help fund other vital work around the world. The trading of ivory has meant that 55 African elephants are senselessly killed each day. Just for tusks. This Christmas, WWF would like you to remember our friendly giants and adopt an elephant. Adoptions help fund work to protect elephant habitat, reduce poaching and address human-elephant conflict. You’ll also receive a cute, cuddly toy which makes a perfect gift for Christmas.

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Buying Christmas presents is always a challenge, especially if you consider the impact of the things we buy on the natural world. Inspired by this, WWF have created a new online range of planet friendly products inspired by the natural world, and their iconic panda logo. What’s even better is the story behind some of these fantastic planet-friendly products. Take their snare wire bracelets made by women whose workshop is located on a well-trodden elephant path in Mfuwe, in the remote Zambian bush. The wire is collected by the anti-poaching patrols, and made into beautiful jewellery, thereby protecting the wildlife and providing an income. Or how about a fabulous colouring book featuring some of the world’s iconic species. The book was designed by Emma Walling, an art student passionate about the charity’s work. Each item available is sourced and manufactured to the most exacting sustainability standards. This includes the fabulous Christmas cards and panda wrapping paper which are 100% FSC, and will make sure your gifts look really stylish under the tree this year. Items can be bought at the online shop –, from t-shirts to phone cases and make up bags - there is something for everyone!





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HELPING HANDS: THE DIFFERENCE VOLUNTEERS MAKE For many of us the term ‘service’ might mean a trip to church or other place of worship. And for some it used to mean that; a distant childhood memory of heading to the village church on Sunday mornings. But this month we wanted to talk about a different type of service, one that spans all beliefs, from Atheist to Zoroastrianism. That’s service in the sense of volunteering. More and more people are volunteering, with an awful lot of us in Surrey and across the UK getting involved in some form of charity work. So why do they volunteer and why should you? First of all, by volunteering you can give something of yourself and make a huge difference towards your local community. Secondly, while you’re doing this there is no

doubt that you will be learning new skills. Oh and thirdly you’re going to be improving your health and well-being. So there are great benefits to yourself as well as for the charities and causes you choose to support. You may have some key skill that you’ve hitherto thought benign or run-of-the-mill but actually could be a missing cog in their machine. One can understand what a doctor, nurse or chef could bring to the party skill-wise but actually, the fact that you’re, say, an accomplished accountant, or an ace at DIY, or a keen gardener, might be something that a charity desperately needs. Charities can significantly reduce the daily costs of what they do by channelling the kindness and dedication of their volunteers and supporters, and yet the value of what they can barely be measured financially. This is why volunteering is so important, not only for ourselves or the charities but to society too. We all totally recognise that volunteers give something amazing back to the community and we all are so thankful for their on-going hard work. So why not jump on board and come on in for the big win?




Phyllis Tuckwell is the only Hospice Care service for adult patients, and their families, across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire. Phyllis Tuckwell offer opportunities for volunteering at their hospice in Farnham as well as at the Beacon Centre in Guildford. Volunteers at the trust assist the essential services provided to patients and families in so many ways.

The rise and growth of modern computers and technology has been exponential and daunting to those who may have struggled to keep up. Digital Buddies offers help using computers independently, helping people undertake basic computing tasks like file management, navigating and searching the internet as well as using emails and basic use of Microsoft Word. You can get involved through your local library.

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AGE UK Age UK help well over 7 million people every year, working tirelessly to provide companionship, advice and support for older people who need it most and it’s only with your help that they can continue to make a difference. There are so many ways to help within the organisation from helping with shopping through to running national events. Head to the Age UK website at to find out how you can bring your skills into the charity

MEATH EPILEPSY CHARITY Meath Epilepsy Charity work hard to offer support for those who live with complex epilepsy and for those who care for them as well. They offer a range of accommodation and support services with the specific aim of helping people live safely as well as work towards gaining more independence. For a chance to help out and see what you can do phone their Volunteer Co-ordinators, Erica Moulton and Andrea Hill on 01483 415095. You can also find information on their website

THE GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME The Good Neighbour Scheme do an amazing job providing community care and support for anyone who needs help with all those tricky parts of day-to-day living. You can donate your time helping neighbours with things like shopping, getting to appointments, pension and prescription collection or even just filling in confusing forms. If you would like to volunteer for a scheme, contact Vicki Turton at 01483 447121 and she will signpost you to your nearest scheme or if you want to start a new scheme.

SURREY WILDLIFE TRUST Surrey Wildlife Trust manages almost 8000 hectares of land in Surrey (5% of the county.) They speak up for wildlife and share their knowledge of wildlife at every opportunity, through education services to schools, adult learning courses and events. As a volunteer you can join a network of nearly 2,000 like-minded people who are involved in protecting Surrey’s wildlife and countryside. Whether you can spare a few hours or a full day, you can make a positive contribution to improving your local area, while learning useful skills, making new friends and increasing your knowledge of wildlife conservation. Visit to find out how you can help.



Surrey Against Domestic Abuse (SADA) is a multiagency partnership, made up of organisations that deal, either directly or indirectly, with the effects of domestic abuse. They do amazing work helping people through the struggle of domestic abuse and rely on volunteers to help run and fund this important work. SADA have loads of ways you can be involved, helping to support the work of Surrey’s domestic abuse outreach services. You can help run a support group or befriend someone who’s separated from an abusive partner, fundraise or help staff the YourSanctuary Surrey 24 hour helpline. Check out for ways to help.

Oakleaf is the only mental health charity in Surrey working as a social enterprise to provide vocational training for those suffering from mental health issues. They offer training in horticulture, upholstery, IT and print finishing, enabling people to acquire new skills and ultimately return to work with renewed confidence. Volunteers with abilities in those and other skills are always hugely appreciated by the charity as are those able to help at vital fundraising events. Visit to find out how you can help.






Your Street FARNHAM

With its thriving arts and crafts scene, independent shops and businesses and fantastic, locallyproduced food and drink, Farnham is one of Surrey’s most unique towns, rewarding residents and visitors alike with an experience and lifestyle unlike anywhere else in the county…

Christmas is such a special time at Packhouse, when this much-loved and truly unique vintage and interiors shop transforms into a magical store of wonder. From seasonal home inspiration, to spectacular decorations; original gifts and fabulous finishing touches, you’ll find everything to get you in the festive mood. Don’t miss the chance to come along to their exclusive late-night shopping events, where you can experience some afterhours browsing and plenty of Christmas magic!


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This Christmas, discover a secret garden of food and drink; where the old blends with the new. A place where resident botanists craft unusual concoctions and live music plays every night! They serve world-famous beers and ales, botanical cocktails and a stunning gin list with food inspired by the deli, rotisserie and grill. At And if you book a group of 10 or more for your Christmas party (any Sunday to Wednesday during December 2017) they’ll treat each guest to a complimentary drink with their main course.

The Six Bells is independent, newly refurbished Gastropub now under new award-winning management since April 2017. They serve amazing freshly prepared classic British food, lunches, dinners and the best roasts in Farnham every Sunday 12-7pm. The bar is fully stocked with beers, ales, cocktails, wines and a glorious gin menu. They can cater for almost every type of celebration or function with sit-down meals, buffets, BBQ’s & hog roasts.



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Mummy Makes proper buttery, crumbly Great Taste Awardwinning Surrey fudge, hand-made in very small batches the old-fashioned way with golden West Sussex dairy butter and the finest ingredients. It’s a meltingly tasty little indulgence in satisfying chunks and scrummy flavours. Deliciously naughty ... and all Gluten Free! Buy from the stall at the following markets: Nov 4: Farnham Maltings Monthly market; Nov 17: Reeds School Xmas Fair; Nov 21: Crondall Church Hall Artisan Fair; Nov 29 & 30: Farnham Maltings Xmas Fair; Dec 2: Farnham Maltings Monthly market; Dec 3: Ripley Xmas fair

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The Albion Tavern is a warm, family run pub on the outskirts of Farnham that has been a part of the local community for over 130 years. They offer an extensive range of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks, a varied menu and high-quality accommodation. A range of regular & special events and new promotions ensure there’s always something different on offer, including quiz nights, live music, special menus & meal deals and Sky & BT Sports.


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Elphicks welcomes you all to experience the Magic of Christmas. All of their departments have beautiful ideas for the ideal Christmas present or even for a treat for yourself. Their Toy department is awash with the latest ‘must haves’ for the kids. There are beautiful new ranges of gift ideas on both floors for all ages, as well as seasonal cushions, throws and bedding for those cold, dark nights. Merry Christmas!

The Bear is a traditional 14th Century pub located just a five-minute drive from Farnham town centre. Bursting with character, you’ll find an enchanting mix of old meets new with a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Their menus offer delicious dishes with something for everyone with seasonal cocktails and wonderful wines available from the bar. There is a spacious beer garden and car park and is family and dog friendly. The pub is also available for functions and private hire. #ilovethebear


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THE GUIDE 2 YOUR MONTH Northern Ballet: The Little Mermaid

21st – 25th November New Victoria Theatre, Woking Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale is re-imagined in this magical adaptation presented by the Northern ballet and choreographed by David Nixon OBE. We all know the story - when a young mermaid is finally allowed her first glimpse of life beyond the ocean, she is enthralled by what she sees. After falling desperately in love with a man, she will do anything she can to live a human life. Visit Woking’s New Victoria Theatre this month to witness this underwater adventure. For more information visit

Lady Windermere’s Fan

9th November / Mill Studio, Guildford Catch the Oscar Wilde classic, Lady Windermere’s Fan at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford this month. When a mysterious new beauty enters high society, the in-crowd are sent scattering out, bent backwards on finding out exactly who they’re dealing with. Wilde’s raucous social comedy pulls apart the intricacies of etiquette in this scathingly funny satire. Exploiting themes of stereotype, superficiality and sacrifice, Theatrical Niche present this high-speed adaptation using signature touches of Commedia Dell’Arte and Exaggerated Choreography. For more information visit

Art on a Postcard

16th November Ewbank’s Auction Room, Woking Join Woking’s Ewbank’s Auction House for a very special, clandestine kind of auction. Bid, win and bag yourself a unique piece of art on a postcard, penned and painted by some world renowned artists. Prior to the secret auction, artists were sent postcards to paint and were then signed by said artists on the back. You won’t know who you’ve won until you’ve won it but you’ve got to be in it to win it. For more information visit

Black Lips

23rd November / The Boileroom, Guildford Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, garage rock gurus Black Lips arrive for a very special date at The Boileroom in Guildford this November. Typically seen in larger venues all over the world, catch the Black Lips within the intimate environs of The Boileroom this month. Their ninth studio album, ‘Satans Graffiti or God’s Art’ is out now on Vice Records. For more information visit





THE GUIDE 2 Hellfire Comedy Night

16th November / G Live, Guildford Come one and come all for a night of fire cracking comedy at the Hellfire Comedy Club at G Live in Guildford. Every month, some of the hottest up and coming comedians on the circuit stop by for some funny. Why not turn up the heat and arrive early for a delicious curry and a cold beer? For more information visit

Rules for Living

7th – 16th November / Rose Theatre, Kingston Edith must clean to keep calm. Matthew must sit to tell a lie. Everyone creates their own rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers for a traditional Christmas dinner, and each of them rigidly follows those rules? Coming to the Rose Theatre in Kingston this month, Rules for Living is the critically acclaimed seasonal satire written by Sam Holcroft and Directed by the award winning Simon Godwin. For more information visit

Bolshoi Ballet: Taming of the Shrew

12th November / Ambassadors Cinema, Woking Visit Woking’s Ambassador Cinema this month for a live screening of The Taming of the Shrew presented by the Bolshoi Ballet. The story? Baptista struggles to marry off his tempestuous daughter Katharina, a shrew who denies that any man could possibly be her match. However when she meets Petruchio, who is as ill-tempered as she, the two forces of nature ignite an unexpected and explosive encounter. For more information visit

Café Scientifique

14th November / Cellar Magneval, Woking Combine your Sauvignon with science this month at the ever popular Café Scientifique taking place at Cellar Magneval this November. Each month a speaker of scientific importance passes through the doors of Cellar Magneval to speak on their chosen subject. This month’s Café Scientifique focuses on the topic of electric hair care and the mysteries of hair ionisation. For more information visit

Monty Python’s Spamalot

14th – 18th November / The New Victoria Theatre, Woking Funnier than the Black Death! Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is the riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences. For more information visit

Poetry & Plonk

16th November / Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames What better combination could there be than words and wine? Head for the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton-onThames for their monthly ‘Poetry & Plonk’ event led by international poet and writer, Agnes Meadows. On the third Thursday of every month budding poets and newcomers are welcome to hone their craft amongst like-minded literary lovers amongst a well-stocked bar. For more information visit

Discover Surrey Tour 16th November / Woking

Love to learn about the area we live in? This November you can take part in a special tour to discover the wonders of Woking as you delve behind the scenes of The Lightbox and WWF’s Living Planet Centre. The morning’s excursion will involve a guided walk around The Lightbox followed by a buffet lunch before you make the move next door to The Living Planet Centre. For more information visit

Grayshott Stagers Present Quartet

16th – 18th November / Grayshott Village Hall Join the Grayshott Stagers as they present their production of the comedy Quartet written by Ron Harwood. Set in a retirement village, Quartet tells the story of ageing opera singers who set their sights on performing at a gala concert in honour of Verdi. Will they or won’t they? Interesting fact - did you know that prior to heading to the West End for its debut in 1999, Quartet was first performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. For more information visit


YOUR MONTH Guildford Gag House Comedy Club

Milton Jones is Out There

Get your giggle on at the Guildford Gag House Comedy Club this November. Found in The Back Room of The Star Inn just off the High Street, expect to laugh loudly to expert comics sourced from around the country. The line up on the night includes Markus Birdman, Bethany Black, Tez Ilyas and Desiree Burch.

Get down to Dorking Halls this month to find Milton Jones as he goes ‘Out There’. In his brand new show he’ll be putting his foot down and lifting the lid on the pedal bin of lies of the media. He will also be scaling the heights of fashion at the risk of falling into a terrible cravat. Milton will be talking about his life so far - the ups, the downs and why buying his own see-saw was the best decision he ever made.

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Woking Symphony Orchestra 18th November / HG Wells Centre

Enjoy the age of jazz as Woking Symphony Orchestra perform at the HG Wells Centre this month. Featuring the music and works of Gershwin and Bernstein as well as a performance of Ravel’s piano Concerto in G Ma jor by Woking’s Young Musician of the Year, Angela Lau. For more information visit

DJ Format & Abdominal

22nd November / The Boileroom, Guildford

The Ballet Boyz: Fourteen Days

Hip hop heads should make their way to The Boileroom this month as DJ Format and his trusty MC, Abdominal come to town for a night of beats, rhymes and good times. Brighton based Format shot to fame with his debut album Music for the Mature B-Boy, which featured countless collaborations with Abdominal, whilst 2017 saw the duo release their first full length album together, Still Hungry, which is out now. For more information visit

21st November / G Live, Guildford

Celebrated across the world for their stunning live performances, films and TV appearances, BalletBoyz are back with four brand new works and the return of an audience favourite. For the new works in the first half of Fourteen Days choreographers Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Ivan Perez and Christopher Wheeldon were teamed with composers Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Charlotte Harding and Keaton Henson and each given just fourteen days to create their pieces. Playing with the concept of balance and imbalance, the result is an exceptionally exciting and varied programme of dance and music.

Kerry Goldiman: Stick or Twist 23rd November / Cranleigh Arts Centre

Kerry Godliman is back on tour. Her straight talking brand of quick wit and bewilderment will be covering more of life’s anomalies. Why is there a Buddha at the garden centre? Why collect her children’s teeth? And even though she can’t stand aubergines, why is it her favourite emoji? There’s loads to get sorted. Be there. She’ll do all the talking. For more information visit

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Jim White

22nd November / St Marys Church, Guildford Enjoy a night out with storyteller and musician Jim White as he comes all the way from the USA for an evening of thought provoking folk and country music at the atmospheric St Mary’s church in Guildford. Get tickets quick before it sells out! For more information visit

Omid Djalili: Schmuck For a Night 23rd November / Camberley Theatre

As the nights get longer and the air is that bit colder, make laughter your medicine and head to Camberley Theatre this month to catch the wonderful Omid Djalili perform. Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. For more information visit





THE GUIDE 2 The Secret Art Sale

24th – 26th November / The Lightbox, Woking Visit The Lightbox in Woking this month and take part in their secret art sale which will bring together work from 100 artists and supporters who have contributed to the phenomenal success of the gallery and museum during the last ten years. Each miniature canvas will be £35 and to add a little mystery into the mix, the artist will only be revealed after your purchase which you could be purchasing something very special without even knowing it! For more information visit

London Welsh Male Voice Choir 25th November / Guildford Cathedral

The amazing sound of the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, together with the hugely talented violinist Hannah Brooks-Hughes, will be performing at Guildford Cathedral this November. In aid of Restored, who campaign to end violence against women, the event will take place on the UN’s International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women. For more information visit

A Woman of No Importance

28th November / Everyman Cinema, Esher Classic Spring is the new theatre company from Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The company’s first season is a year-long celebration of the late genius Wilde. Dominic Dromgoole will personally direct the first play A Woman of No Importance, starring Olivier Award-winning actor Eve Best as Mrs Arbuthnot. Enjoy this very special screening at Everyman Cinema in Esher this month. For more information visit

Jazz Café: Josephine Davies

28th November / Electric Theatre, Guildford Head to the Jazz Café held at The Electric Theatre this month for an evening of outstanding music. Winner of the Perrier Young Jazz Award, Josephine Davies is a saxophonist and composer at the forefront of the contemporary British jazz scene. She has already and worked and recorded with the likes of The London Jazz Orchestra, Ronnie Scott’s Vanguard Band, Jamie Cullum, The Laurence Cottle Big Band, Sax Appeal, Will Young and the BBC Big Band, and well as a two year stint in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. For more information visit

Jesca Hoop

26th November / The Boileroom, Guildford Born in California and based in Manchester, the enchanting sounds of Jesca Hoop come to The Boileroom in Guildford this November. Performing songs from her latest album Memories Are Now, which was released on Sub Pop Records earlier this year, get tickets quick before the show sells out. For more information visit

Wait Until Dark

28th November - 2nd December Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Set amidst the social turbulence of 60s London, Wait Until Dark follows the story of Suzy, a blind woman who, left alone in her apartment, becomes embroiled with a group of conmen hatching an elaborate scam. Full of frights and suspense catch this thriller in Guildford this November.


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The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Guildford with a production, guaranteed to have you dancing the night away! Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Townand many more. Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days - let your hair down and book now!

High Octane Club

27th November - 2nd December / G Live, Guildford

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2nd December / Electric Theatre, Guildford For some seasonal sass, look no further than the High Octane Club found at the Electric Theatre this December. Bringing brilliant burlesque performances from guests Amber Topaz, Elsie Diamond, Gemma Louise Rix and Miss Glory Pearl, the night will be sure to titillate and tease the senses in this Christmas special. For more information visit


YOUR MONTH Steve Bugeja

1st December / Farnham Maltings Fancy some funny in Farnham this month? In 2009, Steve Bugeja spent his summer working at a kid’s camp in America. Woefully ill-equipped, disastrously naïve and notoriously bad with children – this is the true story of what happened. Following two critically acclaimed sell-out Fringe runs, Steve Bugeja returns with his third solo show. For more information visit

GT Open Mic

1st December / The Britannia, Guildford Budding musicians should make their way to The Britannia for Friday nights are GT Open Mic nights. Whether you want to sing or simply spectate, these nights are great for anybody who loves to listen to live music. Get involved and show off your pipes to your fellow patrons by emailing Gavin at For more information visit

Grayshott Folk Club: The Way Down Wanderers 1st December / Grayshott Village Hall

The fantastic Grayshott Folk Club is back again this December with the outstanding talents of The Way Down Wanderers. A lively and upbeat five-piece who are on tour from Chicago U.S.A, the Wanderers combine Folk, Americana and Bluegrass influences in to their high energy music. Not to be missed, get your tickets quick! For more information visit

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“When you drop the tinsel, you drop the tinsel like…” that just doesn’t work does it? What we mean to imply is that the poshest hip hop superstar of them all, the ever dapper rapper, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer will be performing at this Christmas special at the Electric Theatre in Guildford. Don your very smartest Santa hat and get ready to party. For more information visit

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8th December / Cranleigh Arts Centre Presented by the National Theatre and beamed straight to your seats in Cranleigh catch Young Marx this December. It’s 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke and restless, the thirty-two-yearold revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective love rivals all circle like vultures, but there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night out than Karl Heinrich Marx. For more information visit

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2nd December / Camberley Theatre A lot has happened to Matt Richardson since his last tour in 2013. A lot of it is quite strange. Most comedians hope to win accolades and make people laugh, very few end up with Heat Magazine’s Weird Crush trophy. From interviewing millionaire dogs in LA, ghost hunting with Craig Revel Horwood and having his phone nicked by Kate Moss - it’s been an odd, but fun, few years. Now Matt can finally tell people about it, as well as talking about everything else on his mind. Join Matt Richardson in Camberley this December. For more information visit

The Comedy Store comes back to The Rose Theatre in Kingston this month for a tonne of funny. Catch the latest, greatest and up and coming comedians currently on the circuit. Full line-up for the night will be available online closer to the time. For more information visit


Until 20th January / Farnham Maltings The universal language of music is celebrated at the Resonance exhibition taking place at the Farnham Maltings this month. From gramophones to radios and violins to trumpets, we all experience sound in a variety of different ways. Featuring on special loan an Indian Narsinga from the Horniman Museum and Gardens, this hands-on exhibition explores the multitudinous world of sound. For more information visit






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TALKING TO… THE DARKNESS Following the release of their acclaimed fifth album, Pinewood Smile, bombastic rockers The Darkness are bringing their juggernaut of face-melting riffs, swaggering showmanship and biting humour to G Live, Guildford on 5th December. We spoke to bassist and owner of the best rock-fro in the business, Frankie Poullaine…


Hey Frankie. It’s been a crazy journey for the band since you burst on the scene with Permission to Land in 2003. With all the ensuing rock ‘n’ roll ups and downs, and subsequent Darkness reunions and comebacks behind you, how is the chemistry within the band nowadays? We’ve worked through the problems we’d had before, corrected everything and I think we’ve got control and feel empowered now. We’ve got a great label behind us, Cooking Vinyl, and everything’s feeling harmonious. Our drummer Rufus Taylor [son of Queen’s Roger Taylor] has brought a lot of great new energy… ‘blonde energy’ for the most part (laughs.)

Last of Our Kind in 2015 was a rallying cry for rock n roll and a pithy protest against bland EDM and auto-tuned plonk. It was also infested with crazy Nordic imagery, because Vikings. Is there any kind of concept that runs through Pinewood Smile? Is there a concept? Probably not, but I guess it was always going to be anarchic, taking on things that people think are in bad taste and making it fun and enjoyable. So there’s a punk protest song [Southern Trains] that people wouldn’t normally associate with us and a country duet with Justin taking the female lead and Rufus taking the male lead on Stampede of Love, about two overweight people falling in love. It’s not making fun of their weight but it’s actually quite heartwarming and nice. Justin’s lyrics are very clever but Rufus also contributed some lyrics to it and it really works well.

Rock bands have always hit out at institutions, but it’s surprisingly specific to have taken a shiv to Southern Rail, although us Surrey folk would certainly support you. Which of you had that particular axe to grind?

It’s like social realism. It shows what’s going on in the background and what we’re like as people, and the relationships we have with each other and our fans. It’s also about a band struggling away playing a form of music that not many people care about anymore. So there’s definitely struggle and passion involved. And against all the odds we’re still doing it. With talking heads like Jack Black and Nick Cage, and a director who happens to be one of the top fashion photographers in the world, I think it’s going to be quite surreal.

What was it like supporting Guns ‘n’ Roses earlier this year? We played to 130,000 people in Italy, on a racetrack, in 35-degree heat; the Italians are amazing people, to wait in that heat. There’s an innocence to Italian people as well, and that’s maybe why they’re so easily corrupted? We’ve met Slash and Duffy before, and they’d pop up and say hi from time to time. We’ve never met Axl, but then not a lot of people have. He’s got the top job, a lot of pressure on him, so he tends to keep to himself.

With five albums in the bank and such a rich catalogue now, how on earth do you choose your set lists? We’re quite ruthless in the way that we select songs. There’s no sentiment, we just go for the ones that have the most excitement, relevance and freshness. Basically, the ones that are the most rock and roll, that’s what it boils down to: we’re a rock and roll band. Mostly, we choose the sexiest songs, because what is rock and roll if not about sex?

All of us but especially Dan and Justin. They would travel to our rehearsals in Putney from Horsham, and they’d always arrive late and in a bad mood. Then one day Dan was in such a bad mood that he started playing the riff on Southern Trains, and then we all thought let’s be real, be direct and tell it like it is. The problem with people in the south of England is they don’t protest, they just whinge a bit and don’t do anything. I know there’s bigger problems in the world than just a train company, but we did it and it’s made the papers and really got people talking about it.

You’re soon to release a documentary. Should we expect a circus of substancefuelled mayhem and hard rock lunacy, or have the Darkness truly seen the light?

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Well it’s going be more like a psychological study of us and our fans. It’s not glamourous – some of it is even uncomfortable to watch.

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TALKING TO… JUDY CORNWELL Having started her career in Pantomime at the age of 15, much loved star of the stage and screen, not to mention accomplished novelist, Judy Cornwell comes to Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford to play Fairy Bowbells in the theatre’s seasonal showstopper Dick Whittington. We caught up with Judy to talk about her remarkable career.

You come to Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford this December to play Fairy Bowbells in the classic fairy tale Dick Whittington… Well I was there playing Miss Marple in 2015 and that’s when I met Jamie Barber (Director), who’s just lovely. He said to me, ‘do you want to come and be a fairy?’ I said, ‘oh, do you know that would be lovely actually, I just fancy being a fairy’. So I talked to the producer, who had nearly got the script ready and I suggested a few things in it. It’s a lovely cast – we all met each other for a photo opportunity and of course Jamie provided lovely sandwiches – he always does, he’s just brilliant like that. I just love working there. Having gone all over the country in 2015/16 playing Miss Marple, the theatres where the councils have taken over are not the same, whereas Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud is a proper theatre, the dressing rooms are lovely and they look after you. I’m looking forward to it. And I’m switching the Christmas lights on for Guildford High Street, which I’m really looking forward to, I’ve always wanted to do that.


all; you’ve got your dancers, singers and comics and really it is for children and for parents bringing their children and it’s got to be simple and fun hasn’t it? Although there are some different types of pantomimes that go out now, a lot of people spend ages looking for the old style pantomime and that is what we will be giving them and I prefer that rather than a trendy thing. All the children love it, because you ask them things and they have to join in and all that sort of thing. What is lovely is that they do one show in Guildford for children who have difficulties, which I think is wonderful and also terribly important for those parents too.

You played Mrs Claus in the hit Santa Claus The Movie, a film that has created much joy for many viewers. What are your memories of making that movie? Well it’s a proper, proper Christmas story isn’t it? We had such fun doing that actually. In fact, it’s funny, because Roger Moore was filming 007 on one stage and we were over on another stage so we all used to hear the gossip from each other’s films. I can tell you, anybody who says, ‘oh those poor reindeer in that snow storm’ – rubbish. Those animals were totally looked after and nothing to do with the snow storm. It was the poor puppeteers who were inside the reindeer costumes and the poor actors, David Huddleston (Santa Claus) and myself, who were blasted with those fans and plastic snow. It was terrifying because we had to do that for a couple of days. It was very difficult to speak because you didn’t want to swallow the plastic or breathe it in. By the end, the producers were so thrilled with us we were given hampers from Fortnum & Mason, which was so exciting because I had never had one. It was a friendly, lovely thing and I kept in touch with David Huddleston and I loved Dudley Moore, he was so lovely and naughty and he always played tricks on David Huddleston.

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Pantomimes are notoriously labour intensive, with some days seeing no less than 3 performances – how do you cope? They’re hard going! The rest of the cast are much younger than me, I’ll be 78 in February so I shall sleep between shows as I have a little bed in my dressing room which is what I usually do anyway. But I live on sausage rolls, I just love sausage rolls and they’re a wonderful pick me up between shows. On a matinee day I have a good breakfast and then have something like a sausage roll between my shows. If it’s just one show a day then I can have a proper lunch, but I have to watch my diet when I’m working.

You are of course no stranger to Pantomime and indeed started your career amongst the festive furore as a dancer and singer in pantos – has much changed in the pantomime game since you first entered the fray? Oh I started in pantomime 63 years ago. I was a dancer and I watched the Cinderella part from the wings. She went ill and I took over at the age of 15 and that was 63 years ago and I’ve worked ever since. Pantomime hasn’t changed at

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Denbies Cellar Sparkling Wine Tasting and Gallery Restaurant Dinner Saturday 18th November 7.30pm & Saturday 25th November 7pm Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

Soak up the atmosphere of Denbies with a unique tasting and dinner at the legendary wine estate. Enjoy their award-winning sparkling wines in Denbies’ cellar, surrounded by the estate’s history, then ascend to the spectacular Gallery Restaurant for a sumptuous three course meal as you take in the sweeping vista of the vineyards rolling over the Surrey Hills. £40.00 per person / Loyalty Club £30.00

Pop-Up Restaurant Night at Albury Vineyard with Chef Daniel Britten Saturday 25th November Albury Organic Vineyard, Albury

Join Albury Vineyard and celebrated local chef Daniel Britten for an evening of fabulous food and peerless English wine. After reaching the quarter-finals of Masterchef in 2008, Dan headed up his own award-winning restaurant Britten’s in Guildford. He then made the move to country pub The White Horse in Hascombe before recently striking out solo with his own business, Britten for Food. The evening will start with a welcome from vineyard owner Nick Wenman and a glass of Albury Estate’s award-winning sparkling wine whilst you enjoy Dan’s ‘chef’s nibbles’. This will be followed by a three-course menu cooked by Dan featuring local Surrey produce, each course paired with a different English wine. Tickets for this exclusive evening of Surrey food and wine are limited.


Woking Gin Festival Saturday 25th November / 1pm – 11pm H.G. Wells Conference & Events Centre in Woking £13.50 The UK’s biggest Gin Festival tour is pouring into Woking this November, and it’s got everything gin lovers could possibly wish for. Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised by the 120 different gins chosen from around the world. Visitors will receive their very own Gin Goodie Bag containing a Gin bible, glass and sampling card. You’ll find trade stands, talks and presentations from some of the finest Gin producers as well as fabulous cocktail demonstrations from master mixologists. You’ll be able to enter virtual world in their VR Gin Distillery, watch live entertainment, and all within an indoor garden party atmosphere. Bars operate on a token system and do not take cash so you will need tokens to get your drinks. Tokens are £5 each with one token paying for a single measure of gin, garnish and a Franklin & Sons mixer. You can also buy 25ml or 50ml measures of gin to take home if you can’t quite manage all 120. Afternoon slot - 13:00 - 17:00 pm; Evening slot - 18:00 - 22:00 pm

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Christmas Food Fests With appetites kicking into gear ahead of Christmas, food markets and festivals are sprouting up around Surrey to furnish our festive tables with the best seasonal, artisan produce around…

Garsons Christmas Food Market 9am - 5pm Saturday 18 November & 11am - 4pm on Sunday 19 November 2017 Garsons, West End, Esher Garsons of Esher are getting the festive season off to a tasty start this year with a Christmas Food Market taking place on the weekend of 18th and 19th November. Shoppers can soak up the festive atmosphere in a marquee adjacent to the award-winning Garsons Farm Shop while sampling some of the best seasonal food and drink from Surrey and beyond. The Bevan’s butchers counter will be taking orders for locally-reared free-range turkey and other seasonal meats, and offering expert advice on preparing and cooking the festive feast. Leopard Dairy will be on hand to help shoppers choose the perfect cheeseboard selection, while Loseley Bakery will be sampling some of their delicious seasonal bakes, including Christmas cakes, mince pies and traditional stollen. You’ll also find traditional hand-raised Toppings Pies, gourmet Kent Crisps and juicy Mediterranean olives. And to wash it all down with, there will be local beers from Hepworth Brewery, wines and ciders from Lyme Bay Winery and artisan soft drinks from The Original Drinks Co.

Meet Santa’s Reindeer at Garsons If you head to Garsons over Christmas from the 25th November, you’ll be able to meet real reindeer in Garson’s own specially built enclosure! The annual reindeer visit to Garsons has not only become a popular event on the Christmas calendar, but has also helped the family-run business raise thousands of pounds for a different local charity each year. While there is no charge to see the reindeer, visitors are encouraged to give their spare change in collection buckets at the enclosure. Donations in 2016 totalled nearly £3,000 and went to help Carer Support Elmbridge continue their vital work with unpaid carers in the borough. This year’s nominated charity is Fabian’s Childhood Cancer Trust, set up by local mum Lydia Bate who lost her son Fabian to leukaemia in 2014 when he was just 12 years old. Free entry and parking.


Priory Farm Christmas Food Festival 10am - 4.00pm Saturday 25th and 10.30am - 4.00pm Sunday 26th November / Priory Farm, Nutfield

Priory Farm Christmas Food Festival has become a firm fixture on the foodie calendar and this year’s event is set to sparkle brighter than ever. The farm shop is renowned for its long-standing support of local and regional food and drink and each year they welcome scores of artisan producers who offer tastings and chat to visitors about their speciality products. Festival-goers can look forward to a kaleidoscope of festive food and beverages including award-winning pies and delicious naturally-seasoned crisps, to West Country ciders and all the jams, jellies and condiments you could ever need for your Christmas spread. You’ll be able to try before you buy, and even reserve your free-range local turkey, ham joint or artisan cheese selection to make your Christmas Day table one to remember. And for the little ones, In what has become a favourite Priory Farm tradition, Father Christmas will descend the hill at 4.30pm on Saturday 25th to greet the crowds and check his list for good girls and boys.

Victorian Christmas Weekend at Watts Gallery & Artists Village Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November Watts Gallery, Compton No stranger to casting a magic spell over visitors at any time of year, the glorious Watts Gallery & Artists’ Village will be injecting a dose of vintage Victoriana to their festive celebrations. Over a special weekend, the village will be filled with the sounds & scents of the season with traditional food and drink to warm the soul and hearten the appetite, accompanied by arts and crafts, Christmas carols and a visit from Father Christmas, all beneath the spellbinding Winter Illuminations, lighting up the Lady Verey Oak Tree all season.

The Christmas Gift & Food Fair at Guildford Cathedral Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th November Guildford Cathedral Guildford Cathedral present their Christmas Gift and Food Fair this November. Held in the newly renovated Cathedral building as well as the heated marquee found on the front lawn, visitors can expect to hear the sweet song of Christmas carols, browse and buy Christmas gifts as well as enjoying some tasty festive food.



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Since launching in Guildford in the summer, the town’s newest American style bakery and cafe hasn’t stopped drawing dessert lovers to its cheery space and irresistible baked goods… Could there be a more glorious delivery system for sugar, fat and carbs than the cupcake? If the past few years of cupcake fever have proved anything, it’s that a humble round of sponge cake and icing can be infused with so many looks and flavours that the possibilities are seemingly endless. It’s no wonder that a dessert once relegated to children’s cookery lessons has gone on to take over the hungry imaginations of grownups around the UK. One of the prime movers behind the cupcakes’s renaissance was a bold little start-up called the Hummingbird Bakery, which launched in London in 2004 with the simple aim of bringing the wholesome indulgence inherent in American baking to the British high street. 13 years and seven stores later, as well as a run of bestselling recipe books that helped inspire the cupcake craze in the first place, Hummingbird Bakery have grown nicely into their role as a genuinely unique addition to every town they pop up in. Indeed, when the Guildford branch

opened in August, North Street saw 100s-long queues of sweet-toothed fans eagerly line-up to fall on their famous confections (a 1000 free cupcake giveaway might have helped.) Even after the opening buzz has settled, customers still regularly clog the doors of a weekend morning. And after one bite into a ridiculously rich and moist cupcake, brownie or layer cake, it’s blissfully obvious what all the fuss is about.

eye-wateringly attractive, it’s enough to make a home baker weep. A wiser course of action, of course, would be to simply order up your favourite slice and a cup of Illy’s coffee – made to barista standards by the shop’s warm and friendly team, grab a table in the bright and colourful lounge area and treat yourself in one of the best ways devised by humankind: with something sweet, rich and crumbly and a jolt of superb coffee to wash it down with.

Flavours both familiar and fanciful abound, from boldly salted caramel to luscious red velvet, from Nutella to crushed biscuits and a decadently dark and dense concoction with a cheesecake centre. And that’s just the cupcakes. Each is baked to perfection, with a light and airy sponge and silky-rich cream cheese or (real) butter frosting, though none taste as cloyingly sweet as some other brands do. Special seasonal inventions spring up regularly – we visited in October just in time for a variety of delicious pumpkinspiked cakes, pies and brownies, laced with cinnamon and chai.

Or, if you’re on the go or just far away, the final feather in the Hummingbird Bakery’s winning cap has to be their delivery service for customers within five miles, or ability to order ahead and pick up at a time that suits you. And take it from our own experience: come to your workplace brandishing a selection box of Hummingbird goodies and let the kudos hit you like a happy tidal wave. (Just remember to stash one for yourself!)

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THE STEPHAN LANGTON INN, FRIDAY STREET Surrey’s most tuckedaway pub might also be one of its best when it comes to no-nonsense, hearty British food… If you live in a place for long enough, you might eventually get the feeling that surprises begin to get thinner on the ground. Though hardly short on buzzing towns, serene villages and gorgeous countryside, having lived in Surrey for over 30 years, I find myself questioning whether I’ve exhausted all the bucolic boltholes and hidden secrets the county has to offer. Maybe, I wonder foolishly, it’s time I cut back on my food miles in my constant search for the new. But then I hear, for the first time, of a hidden hamlet called Friday Street ensconced in the darkest heart of the Surrey Hills and adventure beckons anew. And if that adventure happens to have a meal at the beginning, middle or end, then so much the better, especially when that meal can be found

at an award-winning pub restaurant with a fierce devotion to local produce and honest British dishes. Such is the Stephan Langton inn’s reputation; a pub given a bold new lease of life in 2015 thanks to two locals, Anneliese Cameron and fiancé Lee Nicholls, founder of the celebrated Tillingbourne Brewery nearby, who saw the pub’s potential and set about bringing it back to relevance once again. To find the Stephan Langton, though, you must first find Friday Street, which means taking a right past Abinger and into deep Wotton country and the knotted, coiling tree tunnels that make up the backroads and bowels of the Surrey Hills. A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it left turn sends you rattling along a wooded track that appears to be leading you into Narnia or Middle Earth, until you finally emerge in Friday Street and the tranquil vista of a glassy lake fringed by forest ablaze with autumnal colours. With only a tiny cluster of homesteads amid all this seclusion, it’s remarkable that an inn even exists here at all. The Stephan Langton Inn, named after an Archbishop of Canterbury (1207 –

1228), perches over the lane, beckoning travellers inside as it has for generations. Simple, unaffected décor throughout, warm greys trimmed with timber, and a preponderance of happy dogs lounging by the bar makes it feel like the homely, rustic escape it truly is. Although there’s hardly a gastropub around that doesn’t bark its fondness for local produce, it’s evident that the Stephan Langton’s owners and Head Chef Gerry Dee recognise their unique position in the bosom of the Surrey Hills and absolutely pack their menus with the best producers around: Bread from Chalk Hills Bakery in Reigate, meat from Rawlings of Cranleigh, game from Wotton Estate, smoked fish from Tillingbourne Trout Farm and preserves from Pond Cottage just a few yards away being just a few. Being the hopeless gluttons that we are, we padded our starters with a little something from the bar menu: namely, three rusty-red scotched quail eggs, wrapped in chorizo, black pudding and ‘Hog Troll’ beer-infused sausage – each was irresistible, especially when swiped through a pot of mustard mayo. There


followed salmon given some delicate smoke from Tillingbourne Farm atop a blini kissed gold from the pan and perfumed with dill, topped with avruga caviar; an extra touch of class for an already classy little dish. For myself, a pot of chicken liver pate was silkysmooth and super-rich and all kinds of moreish, especially when paired with a little apricot preserve to cut through it and a generous pile of crisp and golden sourdough slices to spread it all over (take note all you pates and terrines served elsewhere, and your miserly shards of gone-too-fast toast!). A special of venison stew and winter veg felt mandatory given the season and surroundings. It also proved utterly delicious, with tender pieces of sweet game bathed in a delicately spiced, gravy and blistered boulders of roast new potatoes, carrots and squash soaking up all that earthy flavour. I couldn’t resist the Stephan Langton’s famous namesake Archbishop’s Pie, which brought rude chunks of juicy steak, flavoursome pheasant and inky mushrooms spilling from the kind of robust shortcrust that many restaurants don’t seem to have the minerals to make

anymore; biscuit-thick and a delightful reminder of when pies were pies and not just limp parcels of meat and sauce. I’ll admit that I’m guilty to the point of tedium of bemoaning the lack of imagination that forces many English pubs to push such tired, lazy puds like chocolate brownies and sticky toffee puddings on their menus. Thing is, from a pub so committed to the hearty, humble – even traditional- British fare as the Stephan Langton is, some sticky toffee stodge is precisely what I want at this time of year. And theirs didn’t let me down at all; just a rich, warming slab of nutty-sweet sponge doused in oozing caramel and some ice cream to cut through the treacle. Hardly a closely-kept secret, the out-of-the-way Stephan Langton Inn is nevertheless one of the most satisfying discoveries Surrey still has to offer for the adventurous foodie. Going far beyond mere lip-service to local produce, the pub’s unpretentious yet exquisite cooking captures the flavours of the Surrey Hills perhaps better than just about anyone.
















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Recipe: CHRISTMAS STOLLEN BY BAKE WITH JACK Jack Sturgess is the award-winning chef behind Bake with Jack, Surrey’s own foodie phenomenon that has got loaf lovers baking amazing artisanal bread in their own homes. For the perfect slice of Christmas, Jack shares his recipe for a seasonal classic: the glorious German fruit loaf, Stollen. “This recipe makes two stollen which is awesome because it means you can give one to a friend or pop it round to a neighbour. Learn to make this with me in my Christmas Bread Demonstration on November 16th, 7pm – 9pm. Tickets are £39, including tastings and mulled wine. Or make this and many more Christmas treats at home with my hands-on Christmas Bread Making Course!”

Difficulty: Medium This recipe makes 2 loaves or 9-12 Buns in around 4 hours Method 1.

First, soak your raisins, sultanas and cranberries in boiling water from the kettle for 10 minutes. Then drain and set aside to cool


Measure your flour, sugar, salt, and spice into a large bowl. Mix it all together then add the butter broken up into pieces.


Weigh the milk into a jug, and pop in the microwave for 30 seconds or so to take the chill off. Whether you are using fresh or dry yeast, pop it into the milk and let it dissolve.


Pour the liquid into the bowl and mix everything together until it comes together into a dough, turn it out onto the table. Knead the dough on a clean table for 8 minutes resisting the urge to dust it with flour. It will be sticky at first but use a dough scraper to have a tidy every now and again, and to loosen the dough from the table.


Next, dust the table lightly, spread out the dough and sprinkle over the soaked fruit and peel. Roll them up inside and continue kneading until they are evenly dispersed. Shape the dough into a ball, using a light dusting of flour, and place it back into the bowl. Dust again, cover with a clean cloth, and leave to rest at room temperature for 90 minutes


When your dough has puffed up nicely, dust the table with a little flour and turn the dough out onto it. Press the dough all over with your fingers and knuckles to de-gas, and then divide it into two pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.


Cut your marzipan into two pieces, 120g each. Roll each piece into a sausage roughly 15cm long. Take one of your dough balls and push a rolling pin down horizontally across the centre. Roll up and down slightly creating a flattened area in the middle about 10cm wide, with a bulge of dough at the top and bottom.


Lay your marzipan sausage in that gap, and fold the top part of the dough over the top so the two bulges meet. Press your fingers down between the rolled-up marzipan and the two pieces of dough to seal the gap and transfer to a large parchment lined baking tray. Shape up the second stollen, and place it on the tray next to the first. Give it plenty of room to expand.


Cover again with a clean cloth and allow 60-90 minutes for them to prove up, towards the end of proving preheat the oven to 180°C Fan/Gas Mark 7. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the two stollen from the oven, and carefully transfer them to a wire rack

10. Dip a pastry brush into your soft butter and brush all over while the stollen is still hot. Then dust liberally with icing sugar and leave to cool before slicing.


For the dough 500g Strong white bread flour 8g Salt 80g Sugar 1tbsp Mixed spice 100g Room temperature butter 25g Fresh yeast or 2 x 7g sachets of dry fast action yeast 200g Room temperature milk 1 Medium Egg

For the filling

75g Raisins 75g Sultanas 75g Dried cranberries 100g Mixed peel 240g Marzipan

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Worplesdon Place

Perry Hill, Guildford, GU3 3RY 01483 232 407 /

Whether you’re planning a festive knees-up or looking to put your feet up and let someone else do all the hard graft on Christmas Day, Worplesdon Place have got the perfect festive package to get you in the Christmas spirit. Their 2-course Christmas party menu starts from just £18 per person for lunch or enjoy 3-courses for £24.95 per person for dinner. And their traditional Christmas lunch menu comes with all the trimmings along with a few modern twists for only £70 per person or £30 for under 12’s. Plus, book by 31st October and receive a free bottle of bubbly - guaranteed to add that extra sparkle to your celebrations! *Quote ‘Guide2’

noAH’s ark inn

The Green, Lurgashall, West Sussex GU28 9ET 01428 707346 /

As a quintessential English pub, the Noah’s Ark Inn provides all the vintage, homely comfort and warm welcome you could hope for at this time of year, to say nothing of a Christmas menu brimming with sumptuous seasonal delights. Starters include twice baked butternut squash and sage soufflé and Confit duck croquettes, which set the scene for a satisfying free-range roast turkey with all the trimmings. Or you could plump for free-range pork belly or leek, chestnut and blue monday cheese wellington. Finish with sticky figgy pudding or chocolate panacotta, coffee and baby mince pies and you’ll agree that celebrating Christmas at the Noah’s Ark Inn is a feast to remember. Christmas menu is available from 1st to 25th December (parties of 6 or more can order from the Christmas menu). 2 courses £24; 3 courses £30. The Noah’s Ark Inn can also provide buffets, stand up canape, and bowl-food events.

chobham golf club

Chobham Road, Knaphill, Surrey, GU21 2TZ 01276 855584 /

As a venue for a Christmas party, Chobham Golf Club truly sparkles. Arrive to a festive glass of fizz before settling down for an unforgettable three-course meal. Starters include Scottish oak smoked Scottish salmon with pickled baby capers & salted pearl barley and ham hock terrine with petite pois, then lead to a lavish mains with roasted turkey with stuffing, buttered carrots, braised red cabbage, sprouts & roasted potatoes. or how about slow braised loin of pork or cranberry & goats cheese nut roast? indulge with a trio of chocolate puddings, traditional Christmas pudding or Christmas mess. Then it’s time for fresh coffee, mince pies and the fun of the disco and late bar. £38.95pp. Dates: Friday 1st December, Friday 8th December & Saturday 9th December

the hollist arms

The Street, Lodsworth, Petworth GU28 9BZ 01798 861310 /

Always a favourite among customers from near and far, the Hollist Arms provides the perfect venue for your Christmas party, with two function rooms upstairs - a beautiful private dining room for 8 - 12 people, and the lovely Stag Room which can accommodate 13 - 20 people. The whole upstairs floor, which also includes a small entrance room, can accommodate standing parties of up to 60 people. From the Christmas menu you can enjoy delicious seasonal choices like Home-smoked salmon with horseradish crème fraiche, rosemary and garlic baked camembert, confit duck leg with potato dauphinoise, and a classic free-range turkey breast with pork, sage and onion stuffing. Puddings include traditional Christmas pudding with brandy custard, flourless chocolate cake with salted caramel and lemon posset. 2 courses £22, 3 courses £28.


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thatcher’s hotel

Guildford Road, East Horsley KT24 6TB 01483 280 503 /

Located in the peaceful Surrey countryside of East Horsley, Thatcher’s is a charming 19th Century Tudor style hotel set in beautiful, sprawling landscaped gardens. There’s something of an alpine retreat feel to the building and grounds, which becomes especially evocative at Christmastime. Because here you’ll find a host of packages tailored to welcome you, your friends and colleagues to celebrate this most magical of seasons. Arrive from 7pm and mix and mingle with friends, then indulge in a delicious 3 course festive dinner followed by a fun filled night on the dance floor. Take advantage of fantastic special accommodation rates from just £45 pp. Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. November & December Three Course Dinner, Sunday to Thursday £29.00 Per Person, Friday & Saturday Nights £39.00 Per Person

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London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA 01483 369350 /

For more than a touch of glamour this Christmas, launch your celebrations in lavish style with a real Night to Remember at G Live, Guildford’s premier entertainment venue. Dig out the dinner jackets and evening gowns and board the ship for an undersea adventure, collecting your glass of prosecco upon arrival. There will be live music playing in the lower foyer as you wait by the bar to take your seats. After a sumptuous three-course dinner has been served, a live band and artists will entertain you before the DJ takes over to continue the party until 1am. Tickets include a glass of bubbly on arrival, three-course dinner, DJ and live entertainment. Thursday 14th December: £49.50; Friday 15th December: £55.50; Saturday 16th December: £59.50; Groups 50+ save 10%



Newlands Corner Shere Road, Guildford GU4 8SE 01483 224180 /

Carlo’s Trattoria has been wildly popular with the Christmas party crowd for years, and for good reason. The exquisite, modern dining room is designed to feel as if you have your own intimate section to yourself while still enjoying the atmosphere of the whole restaurant. Their Christmas menu serves the fantastic Italian specialities diners have come to know and love over the restaurant’s thirty years in business, but given a festive twist. Alongside the classic Christmas roasts there are fresh fish dishes, pastas and meat dishes alongside decadent Italian desserts and marvellous wines sourced direct from the old country. Christmas menus are available from Friday 1st December until Sunday 24th December. Weekday and Sunday Lunch £19.50; Monday - Thursday Evenings £22.50; Friday and Saturday; Evenings £25.50.

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Seale, Farnham GU10 1EX 01252 784 889 /

Long a favourite for Christmas get-togethers, the hotel always provides a memorable backdrop to a festive shindig, and this year their team are more than ready to provide all the fizz and fun your party could wish for. Enjoy a gorgeous festive feast and fun entertainment well into the night. Furthermore, the hotel’s 96 bedrooms ensure there’s plenty of room to stay overnight. November & December Three Course Dinner, Sunday to Thursday £29.00 Per Person, Friday & Saturday Nights £39.00 Per Person For smaller groups or a more informal gathering, you can enjoy delicious festive lunch and dinner menus from Wednesday 1st November through until Saturday 6th January. Lunch: Three courses just £16.95 per person; Dinner: Three courses just £19.95 per person.





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For over 30 years, Carlo’s Trattoria has been the go-to destination for dinner parties that serve up beautiful Italian food in laid-back yet fun atmosphere. That’s due to the infectious charm of owner Carlo Crosta and his team and a kitchen expert at cooking up authentic Italian dishes with the wow-factor. And that’s never more evident than at Christmas. Their Christmas menu serves fantastic Italian and British specialities but given a festive twist. Alongside the classic Christmas roasts there are fresh fish dishes, silky pastas and earthy meat dishes awaiting your party alongside decadent Italian desserts and marvellous wines sourced direct from the old country. Their Christmas menus are available from Friday 1st December until Sunday 24th December. Weekday and Sunday Lunch £19.50*; Monday - Thursday Evenings £22.50*; Friday and Saturday; Evenings £25.50* (* plus £10 discretionary charge)

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Surrey Hills Beer & Gin Company, Shere

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Stocking only the best and brightest among Surrey’s tipples, you’ll find beers from such local heroes as Hogs Back Brewery, Thurston’s Ales from Horley and Tillingbourne Brewery.; the finest local cider from the Garden Cider Company; renowned gins from award-winning wine from Albury Organic Vineyard and much more. Visit this Christmas for fantastic gift packs from the Surrey Hills’ producers. New to Surrey Hills Beer & Gin Company this November are Silverback Gin, Hidden Curiosities Gin & Mews Gin, English sparkling rose from Pewley Down Vineyard and a range of gluten free beers from the Hepworth brewery. Also available are different sized hampers to buy off the shelf or make to up with your own specifications. Starting this month, get 2pt & 4pt takeaway cartons of Shere Drop with more craft beers to come in months ahead. They also offer taster bottles of most of their gins so pop in and try some.

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FOODIES FEATURE The Black Swan, Ockham

The Black Swan is the ideal place for a Christmas celebration. This beautifully refurbished historic countryside pub blends classic architecture with an eclectic décor creating a wonderful space for a festive gathering with a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. They have a variety of options to help you tailor your festive celebration at the Black Swan to perfection, from Christmas Day lunch to Boxing Day brunches, Christmas Canape and Buffet menus to New Years’ Eve in the pop up ‘Winter Lodge’ And New Years’ Day recovery brunch. But it gets better, as they’re offering 10% off their lunchtime 2 course Christmas Menu and that they have a great Christmas showcase event on the 10/11/17 from 6pm-7pm for a chance to try some of our Christmas menu

Old Lane, Ockham KT11 1NG 01932 862364 /

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Bears at Packhouse

Relaxed, informal, and full of unique design touches thanks to a blend of rustic and industrial-inspired décor, Bears boasts a fantastic, buzzy atmosphere in the most stylish surroundings. Not only that, its modern British menu features freshly prepared, home-cooked food that is locally sourced and sure to hit the spot! It’s the perfect place for all your upcoming Christmas celebrations too, whether that’s a festive catch-up with friends or the ultimate office do. Its superb value Christmas Lunchtime party menu is just £22.95 per person while the Christmas Evening party menu for £25.95 per person offers up some deliciously festive dishes. From Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, to Venison, Smoked Bacon & Red Wine Pie; or sumptuous desserts such as Dark Chocolate Fondant and White Chocolate Spiced Creme Brûlée, book your table now and enjoy some great food and a bit of Bears-style festive magic.

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Modern & contemporary in style, British ingredients, French at heart...

London House is based in West Byfleet and is run by owners Ben Piette and Lornette Valentine. Previously in Old Woking, the restaurant re-opened new premises again in April 2016, expanding an already devoted fanbase who flock to London House for Head Chef Ben’s progressive European cuisine and the restaurant’s stylish and relaxing ambience. This month they will be opening a deli and fine food store, The Pantry, next door, with the main focus selling a selection of cheeses and charcuterie. As well as local produce, they will be selling artisanal produce not only from the UK, but also from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. The deli promises to champion some of the produce they use at the restaurant and will follow the same ethos and passion for provenance, seasonality and creativity.

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hould you be looking to move or re-locate around the serene county of Surrey, there are obviously a number of factors to consider. Is it affordable for you? Is there sufficient health care in the area? Is there a decent coffee shop on hand for those sleepy Sunday mornings? All this and so much more we shall bestow upon you dear reader should you be pondering the great question – shall I make my home in Farnham? This historic rural market town is well served by all the amenities one would expect and has a plethora of independent shops with great shopping to be found in the centre of town. You shall also find a castle, leisure centre, museum, post office, supermarkets, and a number of fine schools as well as a main line station that will get you to London in 59 minutes. A notable mention also includes its proximity to the A3 corridor with ease of access to both the capital and the South Coast.


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Our ‘Hot Shop’ in Farnham is the stylish Clare Laughland Interiors. Be inspired by ideas for your home as you browse through their large collection of fabrics, wallpapers and accessories for the home. If you’re feeling like the task at hand may be too much for your mind, Clare Laughland Interiors provide a full interior design service too.


Packhouse, Tongham Road | 01252 884089 Found beyond the hustle and bustle of Farnham’s town centre, lies Bears Restaurant. As part of the beautiful Packhouse, a grade II listed Hop Kiln on the outskirts of Farnham, Bears cannot help but grab your attention. Relaxed, informal, and just a little bit quirky, this venue boasts a fantastic atmosphere that lends itself perfectly to its surroundings. Amongst all this finery is a menu that boasts freshly prepared, home-cooked food. It’s truly fantastic food too - donate a few minutes of your time to enjoy a coffee, breakfast, snack, lunch or even a spot of dinner to see what we mean.




22 Downing Street | 01252 726004 For the sweet smell of freshly baked bread visit the independent Loaf Bakery. With a number of shops scattered throughout the county, Loaf sell traditional loafs alongside some more eclectic and contemporary loafs using French, rye, spelt and seeded flours. For a quick bite to eat at lunch, stop by Loaf for a fantastic choice of freshly made sandwiches.


FARNHAM MALTINGS Bridge Square | 01252 745444

The Maltings is a collection of buildings set in the heart of Farnham. Their aim is to provide a place in which people can enjoy and experience every area of the arts. Where people can imagine, create and discover new talents and interests, or encourage existing passions. The diverse space that makes up this extraordinary venue houses everything you can imagine or want from an arts centre, including - to list a few - cinema, theatre, workshops and exhibitions. The list goes on. Throughout the year there are also a number of festivals that take place, including leading craft festivals thread and unravel, the annual Christmas Fair and the hugely popular Beerex festival in Spring. There are so many activities and events that no matter what your interest or ability you will be able to find something for you.


Alice Holt, Bucks Horn Oak 0845 0949046 When you visit a venue with the tag line ‘Live Life Adventurously’, it’s fair to say that your day out is unlikely to be a ‘sit-down, chill out’ affair. When said venue is actually called ‘Go Ape’, you know that you are going to be exerting a good deal of energy. And this is very much the case in Alice Holt Forest near Farnham, where a good deal of outdoor fun, laughter and possibly even a bit of family time will be had… So; what to expect? Well, the old adage of ‘something for the family’ applies strongly here, with gorillas (over 18s) and baboons (10 – 17, over 1.4m tall) swinging from tree to tree in perfect harmony. Whether you want to ‘monkey around’ in cool adventure playgrounds, ride through the forest on the great bike trails or enjoy the classic Tree Top Adventure, you’ll have a wonderful day out.


3 Waverley Lane | 01252 265268 For sweet treats in Farnham look no further than the newly opened Pretty Patisserie, found at Squire Kitchen Shop on Waverley Lane (near the train station). Having provided discerning bakers with their sugar craft accessories and expertise over the years, Squires Kitchen now provide shoppers with somewhere to take the strain away. Enjoy a piece of cake and a cuppa whist you watch cake making workshops in action, whilst finding inspiration for your very own bakes back home.


Frensham Road | 01252 716395 Should you be looking for a little relief and respite from the hysteria of moving home, then let us recommend The Fox Inn found in Lower Bourne on the outskirts of Farnham. This newly refurbished 15th century pub has all the hallmarks of a traditional pub, with a family friendly atmosphere that lends itself to long afternoons indulging in food and drink. Whether it’s dinner with friend’s midweek or a sumptuous Sunday roast with the family, visit The Fox Inn for good times in Farnham.

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What to choose firsttTHE HOUSE OR THE SCHOOL? When moving to the countryside there are normally two driving factors – wanting your children to grow up out of a city with more space, and schooling. Surrey ticks many boxes for families, as the commute isn’t too arduous, the countryside is beautiful and the county is peppered with pleasant market towns and idyllic villages. The cherry on the top is that the schools are also fantastic. So, which takes priority – your child’s school or your family home? We’ve helped so many families with this quandary. In our experience, the age of your child and the time of year are the two most important factors in this decision. If your child is nursery and pre-school age (0-5). If you have pre-school aged children you may not have their education on your radar. Knowing the catchment areas for schools is a wise decision, as you don’t want to move only to find that you haven’t a hope of getting into the ‘outstanding’ primary school in the area. If your child is Junior/ Prep School age (5-11/13). State Schools: For 4+ and 7+ (i.e. starting in Reception and Year 3) applications need to be submitted to the local Council Office from November 2017 to January 2018 for entry in September 2018. You need to have exchanged contracts on your new home/ committed to your rental property in order to use it as your application address. If you were moving outside these dates, you would also have to apply through the council

approximately 4 weeks before you need the place. Your exchange document would need to state the completion date before the application is processed. A key consideration at this stage is feeder schools. Most secondary schools’ key criteria are distance from home and sibling policy. However, if you are on the ‘edge’ of the catchment, whether your child is attending a feeder junior school is a determining factor. Independent Schools. As schools are not linked to your address, you could argue that the house could be chosen before the school. However, years of long school runs can be miserable. We would decide on the school first. Most parents are happy to drive up to 20 minutes to and from school, so that can give you a sizeable search area to concentrate the house hunt in. Senior school (11+). State Schools: If your house move is tied to getting your child into a particular school, then focus your search area on the catchment for that particular school. If you are lucky enough to have a few good options, you’ll have the flexibility to focus on the house hunt first. As with primary schools, moving at a time that isn’t a normal entry point doesn’t mean that they won’t get in. Pupils change schools for a variety of reasons, so places may well come up. Independent Schools. With approximately five to seven years of senior school to take into consideration and the option to weekly board at some schools, the decision of whether to go for house or school first depends very much on whether this is a ‘forever’ home or ‘stepping stone house’. If a forever home, why limit yourself to proximity to a school your child will

attend for a while, particularly if your child can weekly board? If it’s a ‘stepping stone house’ you may choose the school first, knowing that for the next couple of years most of your life will be based in easy reach and you can get more involved. What to do next? A lot of schools, both state and independent, are having their open days in the next three months. Get online, find out when they are and start looking. If you miss the open days, all schools will be happy to offer individual tours. Schools are as personal as houses – only you will know where is right for your child. Once a decision is made on schools it can make the house hunt easier as it is one less factor to try and accommodate, and choosing the wrong school for your child can have a far greater impact than choosing the wrong house.

By Jen Butcher from Property Potential Surrey Property Potential Surrey are a professional property search company that works with private clients to find them their next home. Jen and Miranda act on your behalf and represent your interests throughout the process to help you secure your dream family home for the very best price. Call 07776 779998 or email to find out how they can help you.







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The Guide 2 Surrey - November 2017  

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