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Chiddingfold - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:00 17 September 2013

Chiddingfold

Chiddingfold

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A stunning village to explore, Chiddingfold has a number of award-winning pubs (some with famous landlords)

Down the farm

The Farm recording studio, a one-time dairy, is a place that is steeped in music history; among the people to have recorded here are George Harrison and Eric Clapton and Genesis, Phil Collins and Mike & The Mechanics. While the studio is still hired out by bands today, and is certainly equipped with the latest kit, it harks back to the glory days of a different music generation.

Take That

X Factor judge Gary Barlow signed up to play an intimate gig in the Chiddingfold pub owned by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans to raise money for BBC Children in Need this summer. Barlow was the latest in a long line to take to the stage at The Mulberry, with the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, James Blunt and Paolo Nutini performing there in previous years.

Donkey derby

One of the UKs oldest donkey sanctuaries, the Lockwood Donkey Centre moved to its current site near the village in the mid-1960s. Today, as well as providing a sanctuary for donkeys, it also rescues and rehomes horses and ponies that have been badly treated.

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Visit…

Ramster gardens open in the spring months, but the estate hosts events throughout the year. The next is the Ramster Charity Autumn Fair in October. The owner of Surrey’s first Michelin star restaurant, the now defunct Drakes on the Pond, owns Treacle’s Tea Shop on the village green.

Eat at...

Chris Evans’ The Mulberry (01428 644460) - even the chef Marco Pierre White’s a fan.

Drink at...

The Swan Inn (01428 684688), who usually do a good drop from Surrey Hills Brewery.

Stay at...

The Crown Inn 
(01428 682255), which is believed to have enjoyed royal patronage in the past.

Getting there...

Off the Petworth Road (A283). Trains from Clapham Junction and Waterloo run to stations at Haslemere and Witley.

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