Best independent bookshops in Surrey
PUBLISHED: 17:23 26 November 2012 | UPDATED: 09:33 08 March 2015
A rare thing in this modern age, here we showcase a selection of independent bookshops across Surrey that are keeping the tradition alive
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine November 2012
8 Victoria Street, Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0QY: 01784 438025
Located in the same premises for almost 25 years, selling both new and especially second-hand books, Blacklock’s Bookshop is that rare treat – a true village bookshop. As you might expect with their location, close to the likes of Guards Polo Club and Coworth Park, they specialise in polo-themed books and prints and claim to have ‘probably the largest stock of polo books and prints in Britain’. Occasionally, they also stock polo trophies, old photos of polo, scrapbooks and other ephemera.
2 Bridge Street, Leatherhead KT22 8BZ: 01372 362988
Originally built as a bank in the 1920s, visitors to Barton’s can enjoy a free freshly-brewed coffee while relaxing on the Chesterfield by the inglenook fireplace with Henry, their giant 34-year-old teddy bear. The store offers a full calendar of children’s and adults’ events, from signings to story time and seasonal celebrations. Barton’s Bookshop also has its own book group, with a small collection of members who regularly meet to share their love of the written word.
Ibis Bookshop (CLOSED)
109 High Street, Banstead SM7 2NJ: 01737 353260
The Ibis Bookshop on Banstead High Street marked its 75th birthday in the village this year. It is not only an excellent bookshop but also something of a tourist information centre, selling tickets to local events. Occupying just 400 square feet, the bookshop is crammed to the ceiling with a carefully selected range of titles. Fittingly, with the shop’s long history, you can also find publications by the Banstead History Research Group alongside the rest of their stock.
The Limpsfield Bookshop
High Street, Limpsfield RH8 0DS: 01883 714034
Full of charm and one of the few remaining shops in this beautiful village, the Limpsfield Bookshop is a small but well-stocked family business. There is a reading room, gifts available and the back room opens out into a huge children’s section. They also host occasional author events, including poetry readings.
The Haslemere Book Shop
2 Causewayside, High Street, Haslemere GU27 2JZ: 01428 652952
Located in the small west Surrey market town, The Haslemere Book Shop is a favourite haunt of book lovers young and old, housed in a double-fronted Grade II-listed building. With a large selection of new books across all genres and topics downstairs, and a treasure trove of second-hand books upstairs, there is something to appeal to all tastes and to suit every occasion and pocket. They host occasional book signings and there is also a range of greetings cards, wrapping paper, ribbon, stationery and quality gifts.
The Chertsey Bookshop (CLOSED)
95-99 Guildford Street, Chertsey KT16 9AS: 01932 565495
The Chertsey Bookshop provides not just a bookshop but a coffee house too, serving roasted coffee, fresh sandwiches and cold drinks, in addition to the wide selection of books. Add to that a 50”plasma television, constantly playing business news and sporting events, and a newly opened Bookworms Soft Play area and it really is an all-rounder! They supply a comprehensive range of fiction and non-fiction books, including best-sellers and new titles, an ‘author of the month’ and a range of local interest publications.
The Cobham Bookshop
12a Anyards Road, Cobham KT11 2JZ: 01932 862903
For more than 30 years, The Cobham Bookshop has displayed an array of fiction and history on its shelves, as well as lots of children’s books. They became independent five years ago and are very proud of the diversity and range in their children’s offering, which includes a dedicated teen section. They also sell unusual stationery, moleskin notebooks and DVDs.
Brian P Martin Antiquarian and Collectors’ Books
Honeypot Antiques Centre, Milford Road, Elstead GU8 6HP and at Christique Antiques Centre, 11 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BL: 01428 682567
Specialising in antiquarian and collectable books on most subjects, Brian P. Martin Antiquarian and Collectors’ Books always includes a wide range of Surrey interest among the selection. A constantly changing stock of several thousand books is on view at the Honeypot Antiques Centre in Elstead and at Christique in Dorking. Brian also stocks a wide range of countryside and sporting books (on horses, fishing, shooting etc), with it being a special interest of his – he has himself written 26 books on the countryside, natural history and shooting.
28 Church Street, Weybridge KT13 8DX: 01932 842498
Found opposite Elmbridge Museum and Weybridge Library, Weybridge Books is housed in a building that has barely changed over the past century and has been selling literature to local readers for 30 years. In addition to a full range of new titles across all genres, they have a collection of out of print and antiquarian books. Weybridge Books also operates as The College Bookshop at Royal Holloway, Egham, and online as the bookstore.co.uk.
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