The Fig Tree in Dorking - Surrey's best interiors shops

PUBLISHED: 14:33 06 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:56 20 February 2013

Hazel Bishop of The Fig Tree in Dorking

Hazel Bishop of The Fig Tree in Dorking

On Surrey's high streets, you'll find a whole host of interiors shops packed with tempting, attractive and quirky goodies. This month, we take a wander inside The Fig Tree in Dorking

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2009

On Surrey's high streets, you'll find a whole host of interiors shops packed with tempting, attractive and quirky goodies. This month, we take a wander inside The Fig Tree in Dorking

Words by Janet Donin

Name of store: The Fig Tree
Address: Old Kings Head Court, 7-11
High Street, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1AR
Tel: 01306 877994

Background ...
The owner of The Fig Tree, Hazel Bishop, opened the shop 15 years ago, filling it with an eclectic mix of gorgeous furnishings and accessories. With her background in textile design, and an innate feel for interior design, it's no wonder her shop is such a little gem. Her husband Ethan is also very creative. He made the beautiful hand-painted dressers, shelves and units.

Style ...
Tucked away right at the back of Old Kings Head Court, off the High Street in Dorking, The Fig Tree is a veritable Aladdin's cave. Divided into four distinct areas, the first is tableware, featuring an array of colourful Bridgewater pottery, which Hazel mixes with stylish, plain creamware. Close by is her garden area, where pretty metal tables and chairs from France are surrounded by everything from lanterns to enamel jugs. Next is a country house style area with Mulberry fabrics, beautiful throws and elegant glassware. Finally, there's a gorgeous Victorian bedstead piled high with Lexington bed linen and Jan Constantine cushions.

Specialises in ...
Classic home accessories with a bit of a twist. Mulberry is one of Hazel's favourite ranges because it's so typically English and can easily fit into contemporary or country homes. The bright and breezy designs of Bridgewater pottery are always popular, being practical and pretty, and the mugs with messages like 'Happiness for mum is a cup of tea in bed' make great gifts. Hazel also offers a curtain-making service. At the moment, her collection of fabrics includes Mulberry, JP and J Baker, and Chelsea Textiles, featuring typical country house designs, but she is planning to expand the range soon. A bespoke kitchen and furniture design service is also available from Ethan.

Best buys ...
Whether you're looking for a gorgeous new duvet cover or a Caroline Gardner greetings card, there'll be something to catch your eye. Don't miss the totally glamorous silk flowers, the tempting L'Occitane soaps and candles, and the new range of Cabbages and Roses tablecloths and scatter cushions.

Worth a visit ...
Because there are so many ideas for the home and gifts for friends - you'll never leave empty-handed.

Favourite product ...
The perfectly plain, cream-coloured bowls and platters by Royal Boch are an inexpensive addition to the table.

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