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Oxted ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 10:37 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013

Oxted ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Oxted ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Take a journey back through time via the streets of Oxted (and the original Old Oxted) and discover an attractive, bustling town with a comforting nod to the past

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

Take a journey back through time via the streets of Oxted (and the original Old Oxted) and discover an attractive, bustling town with a comforting nod to the past

Photo: Giuseppina Valenza

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Take a break
Robertsons has been trading for over 70 years at Station Road West. As well as offering a huge range of coffees (Jamaican Blue Mountain, anyone?), teas from around the world and ready to bag chocolate truffles, they even sell the china well, theres fine bone china and coffee makers to buy.

Buckle up...
Oxteds pram race has become a well-established tradition since it was first held in 1977. Eric Hallson had the idea for the race-come-pub-crawl, and its now a highlight of the local calendar, while raising money for charity.

Treading the boards...
The Barn Theatre, purpose-built as a local community theatre, was opened in 1924. It is largely constructed of timbers from a local 13th century saw-mill and there are regular performances there throughout the year.

Hes got minerals...
Billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed has battled alongside locals on a number of occasions against sand being excavated from a quarry near his home. There was also a well-publicised battle after a company drilled for oil under his Surrey estate.

While youre there...

Visit... of the largest surviving historic estates in Surrey, Titsey Place can be found nearby and dates back to the mid-16th century. As well as the house and gardens there are walking trails around the estate, which also offer an opportunity to glimpse the impact of the M25.

Eat at...
The Italian restaurant Cucina (01883 713988) in Station Road East.

Drink at...
The George Inn (01883 713453), which reopened after refurbishment at the end of June.

Stay at...
The Godstone Hotel (01883 742461), just along the road in neighbouring Godstone.

Move there for...
And get: A stunning three-bedroom apartment in a Grade II listed period property.

Famous neighbours?
The billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed.

Getting there...
Just off junction 6 of the M25 with the A25 passing through. Oxted station is right in the heart of town.

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