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Lovers of baked goodies can rejoice. And pull out their elasticated pants because the popular artisan bakery Gail’s is coming to Guildford. Even better, we’ve only got two weeks to wait until we can get our mitts on those famous cinnamon buns – the new store opens in the Tunsgate Quarter on 29 October. Gail’s has a huge fan base, not least The Guardian’s sharp-tongued restaurant critic Jay Rayner who singled out the chocolate-chip cookies. The bakers at Gail’s produce their gorgeous artisan bread, pastries and cakes fresh every day and as well as the option of brunching, lunching or just munching with a coffee. So you can have your cake, and eat it too!

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Alive with Christmas

While we’re talking foodie treats, it’s a good time to fill you in on a wonderful new initiative that’s going to make Christmas more fun. A group of artisan producers across Surrey and Kent have joined forces to produce unique handcrafted Christmas boxes which will be delivered to your door with everything you need for a fun get-together including interactive videos and tutorials for things like wreath making, canapé design, sweet treats and cheese tasting boxes. Ali Westcott, from Oxted-based Ali’s Vintage, which offers delicious afternoon teas alongside vintage china hire, is making Christmas-themed cupcakes, cookies and brownies with decorations you can finish at home. Head to Kent-based caterer Alive with Flavour to order.

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New restaurant and pub openings

The King's Arms, Egham, Surrey interior
The King’s Arms in Egham which opens on 31 Oct.

Some cheering news for Surrey foodies with news just in of new restaurant and pub openings. First up is The Silver Birch, a new neighbourhood restaurant opening in Chiswick, offering up British cuisine using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Heading up the kitchen is Kimberley Hernandez, an exciting young chef who was former head chef at Kym’s in Soho and Xu in London’s Chinatown. The restaurant has planned a soft launch from Wed 21 Oct. We’d suggest you book your tables while you can.

Meanwhile, in Egham, the former Loch Fyne restaurant has had a major spruce up and is to reopen as under its original moniker of The King’s Arms on 31 Oct. As well as a gastropub, there are also six boutique bedrooms. The same crew that was behind the refurb and relaunch of The Cricketers on the Green in Pirbright, are responsible – which means we’re all in for a treat!

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Nova Cinema

Nova Cinema, Woking
Photo credit: Grahame Larter

Ohh la la… Woking has this week become the proud owner of a brand new Nova Cinema following a full refurb and rebrand, of the former Ambassadors Cinema. With some super techy technology and seven stylish screens, the new venue opens with a full programme of films including a mix of the latest releases including Bill & Ted Face the Music, 23 Walks, La Haine, Sonic and Pinocchio to name a few, as well as several specially curated seasons. There’s also a new bar and restaurant area.

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Surrey Hills Artisan Trail

Cheese and wine tasting at Albury Organic Vineyard
Cheese and wine tasting at Albury Organic Vineyard.

A self-guided trail showcasing the best of Surrey Hills food, drink and craft artisans will be launched this Sun 18 Oct at Denbies Wine Estate. The Surrey Hills Artisan Trail takes visitors and residents on a journey around the Surrey Hills offering the chance to taste local food and drink and see artisan arts and crafts. It will include tours, tastings and workshops and includes stained-glass artists, leather and wood craftworks, Surrey Hills vineyards, local gin distillers, craft brewers, coffee roasters, cheese makers ad field for fork farms.

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