One Forty in Cranleigh - On the Tea Shop Trail
PUBLISHED: 14:31 31 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:31 31 July 2013
In her latest trip to a Surrey tea shop, Louise Johncox visits a place that doubles as both a café and a boutique (sounds like our idea of heaven…)
Need to know:
One Forty, 40 High Street, Cranleigh GU6 8RF. Tel: 01483 272627 / www.oneforty.co.uk. Open Monday to Saturday: 9am-5.30pm; and Sundays 10am-4pm
Run by the same family for three generations, One Forty is a destination store right at the heart of life in Cranleigh.
It all started back in 1959 when John and Kathleen Graham moved to Cranleigh and took over a small children’s wear shop next to the railway station.
Over the years, the business has grown and now Richard and Elaine Graham run the store, which today includes a fashion boutique and gift shop on the ground floor with a café upstairs.
This is just the place to visit if you fancy a bit of shopping with a cup of tea and a decent slice of cake or a spot of lunch.
The décor is inspired by the owners’ travels around Amsterdam and America.
There are 15 tables, with the round ones tucked away in the corners the most popular. Two leather sofas attract both young and old, and distressed photo frames mainly with sepia shots line the white brick walls.
For car enthusiasts, on display is a baby blue Bugatti while tea lovers can admire the pretty cabinet containing vintage tea sets for the special afternoon tea.
The herb in a pot on our table was a nice touch.
The most popular items on the menu are apparently the carrot cake (£3.25) and the paradise slice (£2.75). The café also offers a good selection of gluten and dairy-free cakes.
I enjoyed a slice of ginger and pear cake, a good subtle combination, while my Mum, Frankie, had the fig and orange cake, a slice of Mediterranean heaven.
The cakes are made in-house by the chefs, Linsey Joy and Barry Little, and by a local lady called Nicki Butler, whose two daughters also work in the café.
The afternoon tea is a good choice for birthdays, Sundays and special occasions such as Mother’s Day. This includes finger sandwiches, miniature cakes and scones served on vintage china (£15 per person).
If you’re looking for something a little more filling, the lunch menu includes the One Forty burger, salads and sandwiches plus a board displaying the Specials of the Day. When we visited, customers could choose from Quiche of the Day, served with a roasted vegetable and couscous salad (£9.95), and salmon, spinach and onion frittata served with a rocket, watercress and avocado salad (£8.95), among others.
One Forty is a friendly neighbourhood café where regulars can meet and chat over tea and cake or lunch. It’s also refreshing to find a family business featuring a homely café on the high street.
Here you can treat yourself to a new outfit or a gift for a friend followed by a delicious slice of cake. You can even take advantage of the personal shopping service and take it easy in the café while someone does the shopping for you. Now that’s the life.
Louise Johncox’s parents, Peter and Frankie, ran Peter’s tea shop in Weybridge from 1958 until 2000 when they retired. Louise is now writing a book about her parents’ tea shop, with the working title of The Baker’s Daughter (see louisejohncox.com/index.htm).