Your resident gossip here with all the juicy happenings across Surrey - here's seven nuggets of news for November!
NEW CLUB: The Gin Den
Number 97 – the uber-cool restaurant and gin bar on Maple Road in Surbiton – has just launched a brand new monthly gin club called The Gin Den. It’ll be on the last Saturday of every month, starting on Sat 30 Nov, from 3.30pm downstairs in the speakeasy-style basement bar. Expect gin samples, and cocktails, the history of gin and a welcome gin and tonic. Tickets are £15 each, and first come first served. Booking is essential. no-97.co.uk
POP-UP SUPPER CLUB: Wine tasting and truffle dinner
Surrey pub The White Horse has teamed up with GAJA, one of Italy’s most influential wine producers, for an evening of fine wining and dining. Food – including in-season white truffles – will be by Surrey Life Chef of the Year, Valentine Gentile and his team, teamed with a selection of Gaja wines. Cost is £120 per person and book is a must. whitehorsepub.net
FIRST LOOK: Simon Pure Design Show
For a first look at the unique and beautiful designs coming out of the studio at Simon Pure’s Smithbrook Kilns get along to the Simon Pure Design Show. It’s on at the Guildford store until Sun 10 Nov. New collections, including the Art Deco-influenced Kite Collection will be on show, as well as limited edition rings which take their influence from the roaring 20s. Good luck leaving empty handed!
HOT OPENINGS: The Ivy comes to Weybridge and Windsor
News has reached our ears that The Ivy Collection is coming to Weybridge. Nothing has yet been made official, but when it is – you’ll know you read it here first! Well-heeled Weybridge is a prime spot for this elegant eatery and we’re certain there’ll be a long waiting list for tables. In the meantime, The Ivy has confirmed the opening of a new brasserie in Windsor – with an open date set for winter 2020.
In Farnham, we have word that a new independent bookshop and cafe is opening on Sat 16 Nov – so just in time for the Christmas shoppers. As well as selling books and coffee, the Blue Bear Bookshop will also have a board games room, and plans to host events.
SAD CLOSURES: Doors close at ASK Italian
After almost 13 years in Guildford, ASK Italian has pulled its last ever pizza from the ovens and closed the doors for good. It’s been a sad year for restaurant closures in Guildford with Jamie’s Italian closing down, along with Giraffe and The Chilli Pickle.
THEATRE NEWS: New spaces
It’s all new names and fancy-smancy seating at the newly refurbed Harlequin Theatre Cinema in Redhill. Re-named the Waller Studio, the space has been revamped and will offer up great films in a cosy, classy and comfortable space. It’s also been adapted into a more multi-purpose space so it can be used for more intimate shows and comedy gigs. Let the fun begin!
CHIN CHIN: Booze with benefits
If you’re looking to celebrate the festive season in style – but without the foggy head and added calories – Surrey-based brewers Good Living Brew have just launched an even healthier version of their Binary Botanical beer. At 45 just calories a bottle and 0.5% ABV, the Binary Botanical 0.5 makes a great ‘sans spritz’ sans alcohol drink with just some cucumber and rosemary. While the label might say beer, the unique hop leaf infusion process combines the refreshment of a cold beer with the tanginess of Prosecco. It also makes Dry January seem a whole lot more appealing. It’s available via their website, Ocado or Harvey Nichols.