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Wanna know about the new businesses popping up across the county like daisies? From arthouse cinemas and burlesque bars to a cocktail bars and gin schools - it's all here baby!
New openings… in Godalming
In Godalming, the Fox and Finch is opening in the former Red Lion venue in Mill Lane in July. The final touches are being added to a six-figure spruce up before the door swing open to welcome guests at the launch party on 14 July. The gastropub is being billed as an elegant and stylish setting serving everything from brunch and lunch to cocktails and dinner. The menu looks mouthwatering and thanks to addition of a charcoal Bertha Oven offers something a bit different for foodies, alongside classics like cider-batter cod, burgers and a traditional Sunday roast.
… and Guildford
Guildford is now home to a brand new cocktail and cabaret club – Fallen Angel – opened by the couple behind the Comedy Fringe Festival Nick and Charlotte Wyschna. Based inside the Grade II-listed historic Angel Hotel on Guildford’s High Street, The Fallen Angel will be open offer drag, burlesque, comedy and theatre performances, as well as cocktails. It opened on Saturday and is open for breakfast and brunch, and then again in the evenings.
Also coming to Guildford is a new craft beer and gin bar, opening in Jefferies Passage next door to Indian restaurant, Raviz. The bar is called Kerrera after the small island off the west coast of Scotland and will include a range of artisan Scottish gins on the menu. No firm opening date has yet been set – watch this space!
Our spies tell us that Guildford is all set to gain another artisan bakery – hot on the heels of Hoxton Bakehouse which opens this week in Market Street. Ole and Steen, the artisan Danish bakery, is expected to move into the Ted Baker premises in the High Street it closes early next month.
… and Dorking
A new dance venue is headed for Dorking, with the arrival this summer of Knox, a restaurant and bar with a dance floor. It’s opening on the site of the former Ask restaurant. It’ll start the evening as a restaurant and piano bar with live music, before DJs take to the decks playing tunes until 2am (on Fridays and Saturdays). The restaurant, bar and club is opening next door to Deepdene, a business lounge by day and bar by night, which is owned and run by businessman and Conservative Party councillor candidate Roger Jones, who also runs Theodore and Sephone’s Sweet Shop.
… and Kingston
A new gin distillery and bar has just opened in Kingston offering up an innovative and immersive experience for gin lovers. By day, Bone Idyll is a distillery open for gin school classes and private events, and by night it’s a gin bar where according to their own spiel ‘the music and debauchery can begin’. Bone Idyll is run by Sam and Alex Berry, the same pari who brought us No.97, Cento Uno and The Hideaway in Surbiton and One One Four in Teddington. And if their previous form is anything to go by, it promises to be the coolest place in town. It’s in the centre of Kingston, at Elder House on Water Lane.
Meanwhile, the new Curzon cinema is due to open in The Bentall Centre in Kingston this summer. The boutique cinema will have five screens including a roof-top screen, and be located on the second floor next to Waterstones. Watch this space for the opening!
… and Egham
Meanwhile Egham, too, is to gain a fancy pants artisan cinema house this summer, with the opening of a brand new Everyman Cinema. It’s been in the pipeline for a couple of years, with the building works starting in 2020 and now the opening of the four-screen cinema is imminent. No date has been announced yet, for the opening, but it’s expected to later this year.
… and Epsom
And not to be outdone, film lovers in Epsom are in for a treat – with neighbourhood cinema company Picturehouse soon to open a six-screen venue in the heart of Epsom. Picturehouse Cinemas offer a curated range of films from mainstream and family movies to indies, documentaries and foreign language releases. It’s expected to open in Epsom Square, Epsom later in 2022.