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Egham: where to eat, shop and visit

PUBLISHED: 14:15 29 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:24 20 February 2013

Egham: where to eat, shop and visit

Egham: where to eat, shop and visit

A launch pad to some of the county's most spectacular and historic attractions, Egham is also on the doorstep of Heathrow Airport and the M25. Well served with beautiful hotels, the town provides the perfect opportunity to explore further afield

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2012


A launch pad to some of the countys most spectacular and historic attractions, Egham is also on the doorstep of Heathrow Airport and the M25. Well served with beautiful hotels, the town provides the perfect opportunity to explore further afield


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Where to eat: The aforementioned award-winning restaurants at Great Fosters (01784 433822) and the runnymede-on-thames hotel (01784 220960) are well worth visiting, while Loch Fyne (01784 414890) can be found on the High Street and there is also a real buzz about the Fox & Hounds (01784 433098) in nearby Englefield Green.


Where to drink: The Egham Beer Festival, of course! Otherwise, try 163 Egham (01784 432344) on the High Street, which was opened in 1984, or the Magna Carta Tearoom (01784 477110) on Windsor Road.


Something to take home: If your budget stretches that far, have a browse around the Maranello Ferrari showroom in Egham. Simply stunning!


Somewhere to stay: If the runnymede-on-thames hotel (01784 220960) is good enough for Olympians and PGA golf champions (its the official hotel of the annual championships at Wentworth), its good enough for us.


Top tip: Egham Royal Show has been going for over 150 years and takes place on the August Bank Holiday.

Explore the foundations
On the outskirts of the town, towards the village of Englefield Green, is the ornate Royal Holloway university and its famous Founders building, which was modelled on the French Chateau de Chambord. Built for the Victorian philanthropist, Thomas Holloway, as a college for women, it was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886. Today, it hosts thousands of students, will be the Olympic base for competing rowers and also contains an excellent small art gallery, which can be viewed by appointment.


Enjoy a pint
Egham Beer Festival takes place in April, August and November at the Egham United Services Club, which is usually a private members club but opens to the public for the festivals. Meanwhile, Egham Farmers Market is held on the fourth Saturday of every month.


Famous beds
Being so close to Heathrow means that Egham is home to some of the best hotels around, with the historic Great Fosters and the more modern runnymede-on-thames hotel. Both offer the height of luxury, acclaimed restaurants and regularly play host to the rich and famous. Built in 1550, probably as a royal hunting lodge, the Grade I listed Great Fosters is set among 50 acres of stunning gardens and parkland and has been graced by the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles.


A ramble around
Nearby Runnymede is the famous historical site where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215. Today, a stroll will take you to the domed classical Magna Carta Memorial, which was built by the American Bar Association and unveiled in 1957 to mark the occasion. Nearby, youll also find the John F Kennedy Memorial and the Air Forces Memorial, which was the first new building to be designated Grade I listed status after the war.


Road to ruins
Another local beauty spot is Virginia Water, which is home to ancient ruins that were originally from Leptis Magna, a Roman City site on the shores of the Mediterranean near Tripoli, in present day Libya. First dammed and flooded in 1753, Virginia Water was, until the creation of the great reservoirs, the largest man-made body of water in the British Isles.


Royal polo
Cartier may have moved its sponsorship from International Day to the world-class Queens Cup to coincide with Jubilee year, but its still the Guards Club in Egham where the worlds polo spotlight will fall. Founded in 1955 with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as president, the trophy was first presented to the club by the Queen in 1960 and she historically attends Finals Day, this year scheduled for Sunday June 17.

My Egham Weekend

Getting there:
Egham is on the doorstep of Heathrow Airport and the M25 at junction 13, and is well served by Egham train station.


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