If it's hot and happening in Surrey you can be damn sure I'll know about it! From new openings to festival headliners, here's the goss.
A slice of Manhattan is coming Cobham thanks to cocktail bar and restaurant called 63rd+1st. The new bar and eatery is taking on the site that used to be Carluccio’s. TGI Fridays is behind the venture, and the restaurant is inspired by the original Friday’s bar that opened in 1965 in New York on – you guessed the corner of 63rd Street and 1st Avenue. As well as a vast cocktail list, the restaurant will serve a New York inspired menu with an emphasis on sharing plates. Brunch will also be served seven days a week.
Fans of The Grape Variety, that cool little wine bar and shop in Chipstead, will be excited at the news of a second branch opening in Walton-on-the-Hill. The wine shop opened just before Christmas offering a choice of wine, spirits and beers. Both the wine shops are closed right now, but Walton re-opens on next Wednesday and Chipstead next Thursday. Read our review of TGV in Chipstead.
Veggies rejoice! A new vegetarian and vegan café – The Gardent – is opening soon in Dorking, taking over the spot on West Street where restaurant and cocktail bar Salt Pig used to be. As well as wholesome veggie and vegan food, the café will also offer up local sourced food and bevvies including coffee from Dorking’s own Chimney Fire Coffee.
Meanwhile, there’s more good news for wine lovers following the opening just before Christmas of Pip of Manor Farm, a wine shop in Seale, near Farnham. The wine shop sits among a lovely gathering of independent artisan producers and businesses at the Manor Farm Craft Centre. Pip was set up by a couple of local wine importers, and stocks more than 300 bottles sourced directly from vineyards.
Plans for the regeneration of North Street in Guildford have been set in motion and the developers St Edward are seeking public opinion. The plans include a new bus station, new homes, commercial premises and a series of public open spaces. A public webinar was held just before Christmas, and can be seen here. The community is being asked to give their feed into these early ideas.
Music to our ears
With every major event cancelled in 2020, we are super-excited to hear that the Hampton Court Festival is planning to go ahead with Covid-safe measures this coming June. Already confirmed among the line up are Lionel Richie, Tom Jones, Bastille ReOrchestrated, Björn Again, Rick Astley and George Benson – and if you had tickets for any of the 2020 shows you’re already at the front of the queue as 2020 tickets will automatically be transferred to the 2021 dates. You’ll find Muddy front and centre belting out Dancing on the Ceiling covered head to toe in glitter. Naturally.