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The guide to Cobham

There's a charming air to the well-heeled town of Cobham - but there's more to this posh town than the glitz and glam of its famous residents.

THE LOWDOWN

Playfully known as the Beverley Hill’s of Britain, this charming town on the River Mole is no stranger to “best place to live” lists. And it’s little wonder. Harbouring a charming rural air and yet still within spitting distance of London, Cobham has excellent schools nearby, plenty of parkland and some stonkingly gorgeous houses.

For years it was known as the “gin and Jag” belt, thanks to its popularity with stockbroker types. Now though, it’s more likely to be compared to Bel Air. Chelsea FC’s training ground is nearby, and Cobham’s exclusive private estates are home to some of their players (plus wives and girlfriends) as well as a host of other celebs including the Hollywood hottie Antonio Banderas.

PARK UP

Parking is pretty easy in Cobham thanks to the big Hollyhedge Road pay-and-display carpark just off the High Street. You can also pay using the RingGo app.

WHERE TO EAT

You’re spoiled for choice for places to eat out in Cobham, with a good mix of independent pubs and restaurants, and quality chain restaurants like Fego and Carluccios in the centre of town, and Loch Fyne on the outer edge on the Portsmouth Road.

For somewhere a bit special, it has to be The Ivy Cobham Brasserie in the former home of another much loved restaurant La Capanna right on the River Mole.

If you’re looking to while away a few hours alfresco, I’d head to The Cricketers, a gorgeous 17th-century inn just out of Cobham on Downside Common. There you’ll find a lovely a lovely pub garden overlooking the green, and in cooler climes head indoors to the cosy bar or bright and airy brasserie offering quality gastopub grub with a Gallic twist. The Plough Inn, on Plough Lane, is another good choice offering up top notch gastropub grub, as is the Old Plough at Stoke D’Abernon.

For lighter bites, Brontes or The Juice Smith are popular choices, both in the centre of town, or the fairly new Mama’s Kitchen Cafe in the hothouse at The Medicine Garden.

WHERE TO STAY

For somewhere to stay, head to the Brooklands Hotel, a luxury four-star hotel and spa on the historic Brooklands motor racing circuit, just a 10 minute drive away, near Weybridge – a good choice if you’re looking to include some pampering in your stay.

Woodlands Park Hotel, a country house hotel that’s part of the Handpicked Hotels group is another option, at Stoke D´Abernon, just two miles from the centre of town. And another more affordable option is the Hilton Hotel, set on 27 woodland acres off the A245 just outside Cobham towards Byfleet.

WALK

My first choice for a walk in Cobham would be the stunning 18th century landscaped gardens at Painshill. The gardens – created by Charles Hamilton in the 1700s – are set in 158 acres, with winding paths that take you to all corners, around and over a serpentine lake, and alongside vineyard plantings that produce sparkling wines. There’s also a man-made crystal grotto, a ruined abbey, a gothic temple, a waterwheel and a Turkish tent that overlooks much of the gardens.

LET’S GO SHOPPING

It’s a quaint town filled with independent shops and boutiques including one of the few remaining independent bookshops in Surrey, Cobham Books. Muddy loves Pip and Gray, a gorgeous lifestyle store in Church Street set up by former interior designer Alicia Gray, selling unique gifts, stylish interiors or super stylish women’s clothing. And while you’re there, pop into Curtain Call – the curtain agency which is in the adjacent garden studio – where you’ll find a fabulous range of pre-loved curtains.

For slinkies and smalls, head to D’Braz a few doors along from Pip and Gray, and then take a wander back around the corner and along the High Street popping into lovely independent boutiques Questa Boutique, Riva and Suzanne. You’ll also find brands like Crew and Mint Velvet.

On Anyards Road, you’ll find the super stylish Number Six boutique with labels like Ottod’ame, Laura Orchant and Citizens of Humanity. And for the guys, Jeremy Hobbs menswear has plenty to offer.

For interiors browsing, Number 44 is worth a peek, and we’re also big fans of Cobham-based online retailer Surrey Style which offers a stunning range of sheepskin rugs. And if you’re shopping for a holiday, or even looking to book business travel, The Travel Professionals can help.

TOURIST SPOTS

The Cobham Mill, is a pretty early 19th century mill on the outskirts of town on the River Mile. Grade II listed, it’s the only surviving fully working watermill in Surrey. The mill is open on the second Sunday of the month from April to October from 2pm to 5pm, and is free to visit.

WHAT’S FOR KIDS

If you kids loves dance, then Flipside Dance school offers classes at Cobham Village Hall in everything from ballet to hip-hop. There’s also Kiko Soccer, for pre-schools run at the hall.

Horsey types will love The Shetland Pony Club at Stoke D’Abernon which has riding for kids aged 2.5 and up. And Cobham is in a sweet spot for kids in terms of days out, with Chessington, Legoland Windsor and Thorpe Park all a relatively easy drive.

School-wise you’re spoiled for choice with some amazing schools right on the doorstep. The ACS International School Cobham is just out of the town on a stunning 128 acre campus with some amazing facilities. Parkside School, a prep school and nursery for boys, is set on a lovely site on the outskirts of Cobham. Also nearby are Notre Dame prep and senior schools, Feltonfleet prep and Reed’s School.

A LITTLE BIT QUIRKY

If we’re talking quirk, it’s got to be The Medicine Garden, about a mile out of Cobham, a former walled Victorian garden turned small business community where you’ll find cafes, homewares stores, photography studios and possibly the coolest yoga studio, in The Konasana Dome, opened recently by TV presenter and celebrity yoga instructor Alexandra Legouix.

KEEPING FIT

Whatever your fitness pleasure, Cobham has it covered. I feel like there are more fitness instructors and studios here than any other town in Surrey! Fans of pilates will love the boutique Core studio, on the High Street, which offers a range of reformer and mat pilates classes. Ride! studio, also on the High Street, boutique fitness hub offering a range of spinning, boxing, TRX, Hiit and yoga classes.

The Konasana Dome at the Medicine Garden offers yoga, pilates and meditation, or for personal training and small classes, get in touch with fitness trainer Keeley Howard.

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8 comments on “The guide to Cobham”

  • Stacey Arnison March 12, 2019

    Local Surrey posts like this are great! I live 10 mins from Cobham and had no idea about some of these places!

    I’ve not seen posts like this previously? Have I missed some or is this new?

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    • amberevans March 12, 2019

      Hi Stacey – thanks for your lovely comments. We’ve also written about Guildford in Surrey, but our sister editions in other counties have written similar style pieces about towns and cities in their counties so we also have guides to Windsor, Canterbury, Bath, Brighton and Oxford, among others. XX

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  • Tora March 14, 2019

    They missed out the best pub, but as its almost impossible to get a table there perhaps that is for the best as us locals like to be able to eat there sometimes! Oh, didn’t I mention it’s name? The Old Plough at Stoke D’Abernon, but book soon or you won’t get in!!!

    Watch out for a new trail walk being composed by some keen locals to raise awareness of Cobham’s history, and a link to the local Guides & Brownies who are soon to be celebrating their centenary.

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  • Cheryl Vinall March 16, 2019

    Shhh…. don’t tell everyone!!

    Cheryl Vinall

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  • Jane Dolman March 16, 2019

    An interesting guide but you missed Lower Farm Stables established for over 40 years offering riding lessons for all ages and opportunities to explore the local woods and Heath.

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  • Lizzie Liebenhals March 16, 2019

    HI all, Couple of people missed here – @evielovestoast is a great place to shop for gifts and clothes… @sunstyle amazing beauticians, sunbeds, spray tans and eyelashes and of course us @hallsandhallsprive who are a private party company. Many of you may also know @hallsandhalls our sister company which opened the Ivy back in 2017 and creates events like https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-business-lunch-and-qa-tickets-54356940071# If any of you need any help with private events then please don’t hesitate to contact us

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  • Allen March 17, 2019

    On the things to do…… have an excellent night with Show Choir – singing songs from the West End shows….. they meet at the URC Church on a Wednesday evening at 8pm, and your first session is free!!

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  • Louita Gericke March 18, 2019

    Great information on all things to do, see and consume in Cobham. But you missed out the best pub, with the best Sunday roast for miles and miles. The Running Mare is a traditional pub, with live music in summer and a great menu all year round.

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