10 of the best places for a spot of brunch in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 11:54 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 August 2018

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Forget lunch, sunny weekends in Surrey are about a stroll in the countryside, followed by a long and delectable brunch. Here’s our pick of the county’s best local offerings to get your taste buds tingling

French Fancy Tea Salon, Weybridge

This delightful spot in the heart of Weybridge is a tea lover’s dream. Opened two a half years ago by a mother and daughter team, the café has a quirky 1920s theme and offers a substantial brunch menu including favorites such as avocado toast with poached egg. Most importantly the delicious food can all be washed down with anything from a large selection of green and herbal teas to seasonal favorites, such as this summer’s strawberry and kiwi tea. And no tea shop experience would be complete without a piece of cake – rumour has it the Guinness cake and salted caramel torte are to die for.

Open weekdays 8am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm. French Fancys Tea Salon, 7-9 Church Street, Weybridge, KT13 8DE; 01932 847562

Beryl and Pegs, Reigate

Once upon a time two ladies at opposite ends of the country shared a vision to open their own tea shops. Seventy five years later their granddaughters came together to turn their dreams into a reality, and thank goodness they did! From the hand-knitted bunting in the window to the mis-matched crockery and original decor, this cosy café is nothing but warm and welcoming and that’s before you’ve even glanced up at the extensive brunch menu. Using locally sourced food, the mammoth full English (or veggie option) with home-made bubble and squeak will never disappoint but for the real Beryl and Pegs experience opt for the salt beef hash sandwich or bloomer with homemade slaw.

Open daily, weekdays 6.30am to 4pm, Saturday 8am to 2pm, Sunday 9am to 1pm. Beryl and Pegs, 17 Holmesdale Road, Reigate, RH2 0BA; 01737 479887

Old School Café, Chertsey

Located in a former school building, constructed in 1847, owner Miep Mienes’ family have lived in the premises since it was turned into cottages in the 1950s and subsequently converted into a café by his father. Taking pride in serving traditional English fare, the menu is fuss free, featuring a hearty range of brunch options. If you’re up for a challenge, opt for the Old School Feast - double eggs, sausage, bacon and hash browns and beans or tomatoes for just £8.95!

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Open weekdays 7.30am to 2.30pm and Saturday 8am to 2.30pm. Old School Café, Longcross, Chertsey, KT16 0DP; 01932 877667

Handley’s Café, Ashtead

Famous for its super smoothies and mouthwatering milkshakes, brunch at this little gem on the High Street will not disappoint. Taking inspiration from our neighbours across the pond, the menu is substantial and features everything from Eggs Benedict to a stack of American style pancakes. Mini versions of all the brunch favorites are available too, making it a perfect weekend family retreat.

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Open weekdays 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm. Handley’s Café, 27 The Street, Ashtead, KT21 1AA; 01372 279537

The Pilot’s Hub, Redhill

More than just a brunch spot, The Pilot’s Hub is a 1930s themed brasserie and coffee house located at Hanger 9, Redhill Aerodrome. Affording views across the airfield, diners can wile away the hours soaking up the relaxed atmosphere, while enjoying a tasty bite. Favorites include the MTOW (Max Take-Off Weight) full English, Sausage Barrell Roll and Leek and Mushroom Burger. The perfect place to pop to on a sunny day as there’s plenty of outdoor space.

Open daily 8am to 4pm. Pilot’s Hub, Hangar 9, Redhill Aerodrome, Redhill, RH1 5JY; 0208 652 9027

The Green Rooms, Godstone

Good, honest, home cooked food is what you can expect to enjoy at this fabulous find. Having owned a bakery for more than 10 years before opening The Green Rooms, the dynamic husband and wife duo responsible have taken traditional brunch options and added a twist, thinks eggs Benedict with extra black pudding, seared steak sandwiches with caramelised onions and a show stopping afternoon tea alternative loaded with miniature foods including beef wellington and filo tarts.

Open weekdays (except Wednesdays) 9am to 5pm and weekends 9.30am to 5pm. The Green Rooms, Plum Cake Corner, Needles Bank, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DZ; 01883 740407

The Speckledy Hen, Shamley Green

From the café connoisseurs, who bought us The Dabbling Duck in Shere, The Speckledy Hen is a vibrant cafe brimming with character, which has literally thought of everything to make your visit top notch. With it’s relaxed home-from-home feel, the walls are adorned with signs and gifts to buy, as well as jars of chutneys, pickles and jams - all made on the premises. The mouthwatering Saturday brunch menu features all the favourites and there is also a brunch menu especially for the kids - pancakes with Nutella and banana anyone? Oh and your well behaved four-legged friends are welcome too! The owners have also recently opened their third café, The Plucky Pheasant on Newlands Corner too. Which one to try first?

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Open weekdays 8am to 4pm and Saturdays and Bank Holidays 9am to 4pm. The Speckledy Hen, The Old Forge, Shamley Green, Guildford, GU5 0UB; 01483 894 567


Waters Edge, Horsell

With a vision to create a relaxed environment from which to showcase the very best of local and seasonal produce, Waters Edge is relatively new to the brunch scene, having opened in 2016, but boy has it made its mark. Whether it’s a superfood finger salad, eggs Mexicana or Belgian waffles with bacon and maple syrup, every dish is served in a creative and imaginative way. It’s a perfect spot for kids too, with lots of outdoor space and even a toy corner.

Open daily 8am to 6pm. Waters Edge, Heather Farm, Horsell Common, Chobham Road, Horsell, GU21 4XY; 01483 726 556

Limeyard, Staines

Taking it’s lead from the kitchen’s of California, Limeyard serves up delicious West Coast inspired treats. The weekend brunch menu is packed with classics and modern twists including the signature buttermilk chicken, huevos rancheros and Coca-Cola glazed rack of ribs. Even the sides of sesame slaw and buttermilk onion rings will have you dribbling and wash it all down with a mimosa or bloody mary. Who needs a holiday?!

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Open weekdays 8am to 11pm, Saturdays 9am to 11pm and Sundays 9am to 10.30pm. Limeyard, Two Rivers Retail Park, Staines, TW18 4UP; 01784 770 617

Okomoko, Farnham

New kid on the block, Okomoko is an already popular vegan café that opened in April this year. More than just great food and a friendly atmosphere, this trendy spot has created its own community. Want to join the club? Pop in for some scrambled tofu, falafal, onion bhaji or coronation chickpea. There are also daily specials and the ultimate cream tea.

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Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 2pm. Okomoko, 18 Downing Street, Farnham, GU9 7PB; 01252 712225

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