10 perfect picnic spots in Surrey
Starting this week, picnics are THE hottest social event. Dig out your hamper and waterproof blanket, and order a bite before from one of these divine Surrey cafes.
West End Green, Esher
West End Green, jus outside Esher, is a lovely oasis of calm. There’s a large green with a pond and plenty of spots for spreading out a picnic rug. It sits alongside West End Common which is a lovely place for walks.
Grab a picnic: The Moondrop Cafe in Hersham is just three minutes drive from the West End Green – call in on your way and pick up lunch or coffees. The menu includes goodies like smoked salmon and chorizo fishcakes with poached eggs. Delish!
Lady Neville Park, Banstead
Just off Banstead High Street, this park and recreation ground offers up loads of space to settle in for a cosy natter with a mate. It was named after the wife of a local High Court judge who purchased the land in 1895.
Grab a picnic: Open for takeaway coffees, cakes and pastries (including a great selection of vegan and gluten free), Cafe Chai in Banstead High Street also has a choice of delicious savoury treats, plus fruit smoothies and milk shakes.
St John’s Lye, near Woking
Tucked away in St John’s village, a few miles out of Working, this lovely open space is a great under-the-radar picnic spot. There are woodlands, open fields and a pretty path that runs alongside the Basingstone Canal.
Grab a picnic: Two Ducks is just across the road from St John’s Lye and is open for takeaway coffee and homemade cake and sweet treats.
Priory Park, Reigate
Plenty of options in Priory Park. Stroll through the gardens or around the lake, pull up a pew by the play area or settle with your bestie on a rug on the lawns.
Grab a picnic: Just across the road in Bell Street is Cullenders Parkside where you can stock up on hot tea and coffee, cakes and goodies that are great for picnics like sausage rolls, scotch eggs and toasties. They’re open for takeaway from 9am-2pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Abinger Hammer Green, near Dorking
Abinger Hammer – between Dorking and Guildford – is your quintessential English village and the green, complete with a small stream running through it, is a pretty as a picture and a lovely spot to catch up on all the goss with your bestie.
Grab a picnic: The Abinger Hammer Village Shop and Tea Rooms is open for takeaway – there’s soup and sandwiches, baked potatoes, plus tea and coffee and cake. Perfecto!
Runnymede Pleasure Ground, Egham
With open grassy areas that front onto the River Thames, the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds is a lovely spot for a picnic and riverside stroll to the Magna Carta and John F Kennedy Memorials.
Grab a picnic: Resist the urge to pop into Costa or Nero for your takeaway brew, and head instead to Picnic on the Green a fabulous little sandwich shop, bakery and deli in Englefield Green.
Bushy Park, Hampton
With grassland galore and deer roaming free, you’ll feel a million miles away from it all at Bushy Park. Although do be careful, the deer have learned to approach people in search of food, especially in popular areas such as around the pond and car park.
Grab a picnic: Call in at The Mitre Tavern in Hampton Court, and grab goodies to go from the big yellow bus. There’s tea, coffee and hot choccies, plus bacon baps, pulled pork rolls and burgers.
The Green, Warlingham
For a cute village feel, head to Warlingham village and grab a bench with your bestie in the centre of the village.
Grab a picnic: Coffee at 412 which faces directly onto the green in Warlingham is selling coffees to takeaway as well as cakes and savoury delights like fish finger baps.
Just a few hundred metres from the Castle Street in Farnham, you’ll find Farnham Park – a 130ha deer park. As well as being a great spot for a picnic, there’s also the impressive one kilometre tree-lined Kings Avenue – perfect for a stroll.
Grab a picnic: Coffee Diem in the Lamb and Lion Courtyard is open from 9am-4pm for and they’re offering a great selection of goodies ranging from handmade sausage rolls, quiche and frittata to soup and toasties. Plus teas, coffees and cakes.
Embrace spring in all its floral glory at Limpsfield Common where the snowdrops have been out, wild primroses are violets can be seen, yellow marsh marigolds are opening up and the wild garlic is also appearing. It’s a lovely spot to settle on a rug and catch up with a mate over a picnic.
Grab a picnic: Coffee at Kiwi House in Limpsfield is open for takeaway teas, coffee, lunches and cakes. The menu includes homemade treats like sausage rolls, quiche and vegie tarts, plus cakes and pastries.