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Mullins Coffee Shop

I've hit on a great place for lunch in Dorking. Wanna know more? Yes? Huddle in, I've got lots to tell.

My teenage boy was still on half-term last week and we had one of those rare days when we got to hang out together. He needed a few winter essentials – coat, boots, etc – so we we did a bit of shopping and then went to lunch.

It’s rare we spend time together like this – just the two of us – without the little sister and the Papa Muddy in tow. It was a lovely day.

But I digress. I’m not writing to get all sentimental – I want to tell you about a lovely little cafe that I stumbled upon in Dorking.

THE LOWDOWN

Mullins Coffee Shop opened just over 12 months ago, in Dorking’s Old Quarter, at the bottom of West Street. It’s surrounded by lots of lovely vintage and antique shops, so you could easily combine a mooching shopping trip to Dorking and pop in here for a bit to eat. Indeed, the two women at the table next to our had done exactly that. I wonder if they did go back for that Victorian bureau?

THE VIBE

It’s a cute cafe with traditional feel to it. The building was originally the home of William Mullins one of north America’s Pilgrim Fathers – hence the name.

SCOFF & QUAFF

The cafe is run by husband and wife, Basil and Susan, and the emphasis is on freshly prepared home cooked meals. The menu is simple, and the food is good.

It’s a fab place to pop into for breaky, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea. The selection of cakes and sweet treats are very tempting. Susan is the chef here and everything is home made or baked by her.

The breakfast menu includes the typical options, and from the lunch menu you can choose from a selection of sandwiches, panninies and toasties, jacket potatoes and salads. My son and I each ordered a salad: he the chicken couscous salad, and me the avocado salad. Both were fresh and lovely, and filling. You won’t leave hungry!

We shared a slice of Malteser chocolate cake, and my boy ordered a hot chocolate while I stuck to mint tea. Safe to say he was happy with his choice!

KID-FRIENDLY?

It’s a small space, just eight tables – give or take depending on the arrangement – seating about 20. There isn’t tonnes of space for pushchairs and buggies, so I probably would not plan an NCT meet up here. But the menu is child friendly – as are the cakes – so kids would be okay here.

OUT & ABOUT

Dorking is a lovely town to mooch about in, with plenty of antiques and vintage shops, art galleries and independent shops to browse in. Dorking Museum is worth a look, and it’s just around the corner from Mullins.

THE MUDDY VERDICT

Good for: If you’re looking for healthy quality food Mullins is the place for you. 

Not for: The size of the cafe means it’s not ideal for buggies. If you’re after a more starchy posh lunch this probably would be your choice either. 

The damage: It’s very good value. Most of the breakfasts were around the £5 mark, with the William’s Special (bacon, egg, sausage, baked beans, tomato and toast) coming in at £6.95. Sandwiches are mostly £5.95, as are the paninis and toasties. The jackets were from £4.40-£5.95, depending on toppings; and the salads were £6.95. Afternoon tea is £12.95.

Mullins Coffee Shop, 58 West Street, Dorking. Tel: 01306 889967mullinscoffeeshop.co.uk

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