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Oxted - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 16:10 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:10 15 October 2013

Oxted

Oxted

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Visit Oxted and discover a bustling town with a comforting nod to the past and plenty of great pubs on the way

Time for the bar

The short High Street of Old Oxted, the original village located just off the A25, is exceptionally well stocked with four pubs: The Old Bell, The George Inn, The Crown Inn and The Wheatsheaf. The Oxted Pram Race every July, which has been raising money for charity since 1977, takes full advantage of the hospitality. The race starts in the modern end of the town, which grew up around the railway station.

Billionaire’s battles

Fulham FC chairman and former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed has battled alongside locals on a number of occasions against sand being excavated from a quarry near his home and most recently joined the campaigns against building on the area’s green belt. There was also a well-publicised battle after a company drilled for oil under the billionaire’s Oxted estate.

It’s showtime

The Barn Theatre, purpose-built as a 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.

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Visit...

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

Eat at...

The George Inn (01883 713453), which is found in a grade II listed building in the historic High Street in Old Oxted.

Drink at...

The Crown (01883 717853) is an independent freehouse with two character packed bars.

Stay at...

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

Getting there...

Just off junction 6 of the M25 with the A25 passing through (Old Oxted is found off the A25 on the Godstone side of the town). Oxted station is right in the heart of the modern town.

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