5 great things to do and places to visit in Abinger Hammer

PUBLISHED: 16:01 22 July 2020

Abinger Hammer (c) James Stringer, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Abinger Hammer (c) James Stringer, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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Here’s a small selection of things to do, places to eat and places to visit in this delightful village near Dorking | Words: James Knighton

1) Kingfisher Farm Shop

Most famous for its delicious and nutritious home-grown watercress, the family-owned Kingfisher Farm Shop has been growing this quintessentially English product at Abinger Hammer since 1854.

In the farm shop, you’ll find an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as locally-produced breads, cakes, pies, jams, chutneys and more. They also supply Sorrel with flower decorations.

2) Abinger Cookery School

Formerly a pub, the Abinger Cookery School was founded by a small team of culinary enthusiasts and these days you can try everything from ‘chalet cook’ and off to ‘university courses’ to the Weber Grill Academy there.

Whether you’re looking to learn patisserie or butchery, there’s a chance they’ll have a course for you in the coming months.

3) Tillingbourne Farm

Surrey’s oldest traditional smoke house, Tillingbourne Farm further bolsters this corner of the world’s credentials as a key supplier of the ‘Surrey larder’.

As well as fisheries, a smokery and a small farm shop, the farm is home to lambs, chickens, ducks and geese. It is also famous for its game meat, which is sourced from neighbouring estates, as well as its sea food, which comes from a little further afield…

4) River Tillingbourne

Running through the heart of the village, this stream becomes a hotspot in the warmer spring and summer months as families picnic on the surrounding banks and children happily wade in the cooling waters with their fishing nets.

Look up and you’ll see the most instantly recognisable feature of the village, the blacksmith clock hanging over the A25 through road.

5) Abinger Village Stores

No visit to Abinger Hammer would be complete without a visit to their quintessentially English tearoom at Abinger Village Stores. This is a humble and tranquil escape rather than the Instagrammable and trendsetting vibes of so many other tea rooms in Surrey, and it feels like a comforting journey back in time.

Don’t forget that there are some stunning country pubs in this area too, with the likes of The Abinger Hatch, Gomshall Mill and The Volunteer.

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