Surrey in a Day, March 2016

When we finished our Spring Term at the University of Exeter, Alex’s parents picked us up and we spent a few days at his home in the Cotswolds and went to Oxford for the day. Then we drove to my home in Surrey to spend a few days here before our holiday in Rome. I live near Gatwick and Heathrow Airports so it’s very convenient to go from my house.

Seeing it was Alex’s first time in my county I had to show it off. The previous afternoon we had stopped off at Box Hill, Dorking. Alex is mad keen on cycling so it was pretty cool for him to see the Olympic cycle route in the flesh.

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Windy and cold at the top of the hill

Then for our busy day..

We started off in Guildford, the town where I went to school and go to frequently in uni holidays. I meant to take us to a cafe that I loved (called Glutton and Glee) but to my horror it had changed hands and names to The Kalm Kitchen Cafe. Regardless we went in and had a coffee, but it really wasn’t as good as it previously was.

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We went up and down the high street, with me pointing out certain things and sharing memories I had from some of the places we past. Guildford Castle was our next stop and it looked great at this time of year, and the views of Guildford were a treat! We then went to the bottom of the high street to the river which was pretty in the sun.

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On the River Wey

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We drove through Shalford and some of the pretty villages surrounding Guildford before reaching Shere. We stopped there, had a wander around the church and stream and had a lovely lunch at The Dabbling Duck. I had never been there myself but I will be returning. We had a panini each and a yummy easter themed rock road. The places was busy because it was Easter Monday, but the staff were lovely and got us seated and served really quickly. It had such a homey atmosphere with mottos, pictures and bunting all over the place.

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6th of August, 2016 – Garson’s Farm

We packed up some sandwiches and a couple of snacks and headed to West End Green for a picnic. We watched a cricket match going on and lay down on our rug under the trees.

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We then went into the Pick Your Own Farm at Garsons Farm and picked 1kg of raspberries and 1kg of strawberries (as well as eating a few as we went along). We tried to take some silly pictures and videos.

We then headed home, watched some olympics and prepped the raspberries for an Almond & Raspberry Crumble to go with the Sunday roast.

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6th of August, 2016 – Priory Park

After our lovely dinner the previous night at the Thai Terrace (read that entry here), we headed off to Reigate. After getting a little lost on the one-way system, we wandered around the beautiful Priory Park in glorious summer sunshine. I have raced here a couple of times in cross country and often came here as a child so it was nice to reminisce.

We then had a great peanut butter brownie, mocha (for Alex) and berry smoothie (for me) at Cullenders, my favourite cafe in Reigate. Its a family owned cafe/deli that make really nice food and drink every day so it was a great choice over the many chains on the quaint high street. We parked in a car park accessed by a narrow walk way, giving some pretty nice views of the high street before you get down to street level. IMG_8697.JPGIMG_8693.JPGIMG_8701.JPG

5th of August, 2016 – Thai Terrace Guildford

Alex arrived at the station from Gloucestershire, I picked him up after work and we headed off to the Thai Terrace in Guildford. Out of all the restaurants I have tried in Guildford (and probably all of Surrey for that matter) this is my favourite. It is on top of a multistory car park off the main Guildford High Street. The restaurant is really spacious with outdoor terrace rooftop seating, the main restaurant and a big bar/lounge area where you can have drinks before and after dinner.

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We had a glass of white wine each, shared the vegetarian spring rolls as a starter and each had a delicious main. The service is impeccable, the dishes are really well presented and it is reasonable priced for Thai. There is something about this restaurant that makes it perfect for a special occasion – its just formal enough without being uncomfortable. I suppose reuniting after 5 weeks apart was a special occasion so we chose well. It is really good to book the place because it gets quite busy and they have two sittings – 6.30pm and 9pm.  IMG_8678.jpg

We had a coffee outside on the terrace and watched one of the most amazing sunsets.

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23rd of July, 2016

Today I played a tennis match for my local club. It was a home game and we played on clay. It was doubles and I won one match and lost the other. However, overall we won by a set so I was happy. We then had a match tea and I got to take the leftover strawberries and cream home (yes I know, very Wimbledon). It was 28 degrees and after the 3 hours on court I was very pleased to be home.

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