The Kitchen, One40
Fabulously fresh, full of flavour and with some to die-for fashion shopping right on the doorstep - literally - The Kitchen at One40 is the perfect place for lunch.
The Kitchen is located within the fabulous One40 boutique department store in Cranleigh. You’ll have to pass by all the store’s range of women’s fashion to get there – and don’t be surprised if you get waylaid en routé because there’s a wonderfully curated collection that will almost certainly catch your eye! It’s location at number 140 on the High Street is just a short walk from the Stocklund Square car park, so it’s easy to get to.
Outside: A smart village department store with cute and quirky touches – a vintage wash tub planted up with lavender, an old bicycle and a rustic timber step ladder among pots of bay trees and flowers.
Inside: a cool urban café which with an almost European feel – a bit like the loft-style cafés I’ve visited in Amsterdam. At one end there’s a casual seating area with leather dining benches and coffee tables. It’s bright and vibrant, with terracotta and navy blue feature walls. There’s an assortment of timber tables and chairs and plenty of artwork on display – including on the day I visited, the presentation sheets from the recent Summer Fashion Briefing hosted by co-owner Elaine Graham, and chief women’s fashion buyer.
SCOFF & QUAFF
This is deliciously healthy food that’s full of freshness and packed with flavours – there’s plenty on the menu for vegans and those who are gluten-free. And best of all, most of the ingredients have been locally sourced: the fish is from the local fish monger, the bread from the local baker, and the meat from the local butcher. Everything his made by hand in The Kitchen’s own kitchen.
This really is my kind of food, so I felt spoiled for choice, but after contemplating the all-day breakfast, then flirting with the Thai coconut vegetable curry, I eventually settled on the grilled halloumi, courgette and mint salad from the specials board. Good choice Amber! It was fresh, flavoursome and really substantial.
My lunch buddy went for the salmon fillet tzatziki bowl – which if it hadn’t been for my own good ordering would have given rise to some serious food envy. It looked seriously good: a salmon fillet with brown rice, aubergine, courgette, slow roasted tomatoes, spicy broccoli, mixed leaves and homemade tzatziki.
There’s a set of steps to reach the café, so it’s not super pushchair or buggy friendly. But there’s a relaxed vice, and well-behaved kids are most certainly welcome. There’s a children’s menu for kids, and they’ll no doubt also love the cakes and cookies on offer.
OUT & ABOUT
You could easily lose a couple of hours browsing in the store, but after you’ve dragged yourself away and had a wander around Cranleigh town centre, head to the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden is a 12 minute drive.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: A morning or afternoon out: eat, browse and shop – with virtually no food miles.
Not for: Evenings out (they’re closed) but watch this space for future pop-ups.
The damage: All day breakfasts £6-£9.95. Lunch £9.50-£13.95.
The Kitchen, One40, 140 High Street, Cranleigh, GU6 8RF