What it's like at Toast in Oxted
PUBLISHED: 15:23 12 June 2019
On the Surrey Life radar ever since it opened in 2016, the irrepressible Toast, in Oxted, is about much more than just breakfast or brunch
In 2016, a little slice of London dropped into the east Surrey town of Oxted; Toast is a breakfast, brunch and lunch destination with sparkle.
Found in a picturesque row of buildings on Station Road East and is eminently 'instagrammable' from its colourful crockery to its stylish interior.
When we visit, it bustles with a snapshot of society, from pretty young things to older gentlemen nursing their Saturday newspapers and a coffee.
It's vibrant, buzzing and as quickly as it catches your eye, it launches into a no holds barred assault on your tastebuds.
I visit with my wife, Sylviane, and four-year-old daughter, Iona, and we're whisked through a late brunching melee to a corner table bathed in spring sunshine. It's the perfect spot to observe the ebb and flow beneath the twinkling fairy lights.
Chef patron Jason Goddard mans the kitchen on weekends and the menu is full of tantalising offerings - although there is also a full English and the now obligatory granola pots, if you don't fancy exploring.
Clearly not ones for an easy life, Jason and his team also run the nearby Oxted Deli. They prepare fresh dishes to be sold from its counter daily (the scotch eggs and sausage rolls look epic in between the eclectic selection of cheese, charcuterie etc).
Back to Toast and, with Iona enjoying the pencils and drawing set provided, we attempt to whittle down the menu options.
I choose The Stack. Normally a vegetarian dish, I add a little streaky bacon but the sweet potato rosti, poached egg, sautéed spinach and hollandaise sauce is excellent and would work fine without. Along with a fruit and oats packed smoothly, it feels decadently healthy.
Sylviane, meanwhile, is tempted by the range of toasties but settles on the Corn Fritters. Served with avocado mash, chilli jam and poached egg, plus a little added halloumi on request, it's a monster plateful of flavour.
Some might say "it's just brunch" but there are lovely touches with all the dishes and great ingredients, and it's no surprise to find out that Jason and his team host occasional supper clubs to further showcase that it's never really ever "just brunch".
Out of the speakers the relaxing rhythms of Manu Chao caress the airwaves and, for a moment, it's not London that I'm whisked away to but my Australian travels of more than a decade ago and more laid-back climates.
As starts to the weekend go, Toast is hard to beat.
Toast, 38 Station Road East, Oxted RH8 0PG; www.toastoxted.co.uk
What we ate
- Dishes: The Stack - sweet potato rosti, poachies, sautéed spinach and Hollandaise, £9.50 (plus streaky bacon, £2.50) | Corn Fritters - avocado mash, lime, chilli jam and poached egg, £8.50 (plus halloumi, £3)
- Drinks: Strawberries, oats, banana and vanilla smoothie, £4 | Hot chocolate, £3
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