1 Dec

High Street Heroes

The bustling market town of Dorking lies nestled between Surrey’s famous Leith and Box Hills. A delightful mix of old and new, its busy centre seems to have something for everyone. Whether you are an art and antiques lover, a fashionista or food lover – you’ll probably find it here. We’ve picked just a selection of some of the shops and eateries that make Dorking well worth a visit

St Martin’s Walk

St Martin’s Walk Shopping Centre has a great selection of well-known brand names and luxury independent retailers including Marks & Spencer, The Body Shop, Vodafone, Cote, Bells Boutique, Calliope, Timeless Beauty, Aya Boutique and Capelli. It is a beautiful setting to enjoy a cup of coffee or light lunch with plenty independent coffee shops, as well as dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Each Friday morning the centre also hosts Dorking’s market, which has been running for 700 years. Find out more at: stmartinswalk.com

The Boardroom

A one stop shop for skateboard enthusiasts, stocking a wide range of skateboards, longboards and balance boards as well as clothing, shoes and accessories from all the top brands. Get in touch: 01306 887187 or jmtboardrooms.co.uk

Dos Bandidos Mexican Restaurant

Lying in wait where the Old London Rd north meets Dorking’s High Street and Reigate Rd, Dos Bandidos have snared more than a handful of unsuspecting diners with their explosive mix of Mexican cuisine, drink, and atmosphere. Casual dining is rewarded with a bounty of starters and tapas to start – the kitchen lets you mix and match if you’re indecisive. Following this warm-up you’re going to be running the gauntlet between nachos, tacos and quesadillas before the showdown proper has even begun. Hefty fajitas and gaucho-style steaks await those who can handle the heat or cool your boots with a Mexican cocktail. Featuring live music from Monday to Saturday. Tuesday is Ladies Night with 2 for 1 on cocktails. Get in touch: 01306 6898083 or dosbandidos.co.uk

The Bakehouse

If you are interested in quality garments, dressing individually with style for your lifestyle at affordable prices, this friendly boutique offers that and more. Doors open at 9am – 5.30pm six days a week, pop in and be sure of a warm welcome. Get in touch: 01306 888866 or bakehousedorking.com

Dorking Stoves

If you are looking to keep the chill out of your home during the winter months then pay a visit to Dorking Stoves. They stock an extensive range of woodburners – both modern and traditional, along with open fires, logs baskets and accessories. Get in touch: 01306 883201 or dorkingstoves.com

The Old Quarter – West Street

Over the years Dorking’s West Street has become synonymous with antiques and renowned for the wide range and collectibles on offer. In recent times the street has adapted, evolved and changed to offer a much more varied shopping experience. Intermingled among the antique shops are an array of other retailers and specialist shops offering everything from interiors, fabrics, homewares, kitchens, jewellery, ladies fashions & lingerie to vintage sweets and specialist beers. The street proudly boasts the Dorking Museum and what is believed to be the only surviving house of a Pilgrim Father, William Mullins. If all the shopping leaves you in need of refreshment, there is a selection of establishments offering food, drink and relaxation. Enjoy one of the friendly restaurants, welcoming pubs, cosy cafés or tea shops; the choice is yours. Find out more at: weststreetdorking.com

Dorking Flowers 

The team behind this family business make sure you have the freshest flowers each day by driving to New Covent Garden Market in the early hours of the morning. They also have daily deliveries of Dutch imported flowers so there is also a large fresh selection of exotic flowers as well as seasonal varieties in the shop. Get in touch: 01306 876 776 or dorkingflowers.co.uk 

Vintage shrewd 

This treasure trove of vintage fashion began life eight years ago and today is listed as one of the top 100 shops outside of London by Vogue. Its two floors are filled to the brim with dresses, jewellery, furs and accessories from days gone by, so you are bound to find something that takes your fancy. Get in touch: 01306 88 90 99 or shrewd.biz

Kings Head Court

Kings Head Court is home to a pretty cluster of shops in some of the town’s oldest buildings, a number of which date back to the 1600’s. You can enjoy coffee and cake in the Courtyard Cafe, or pop next door to Michele’s Dress Agency to peruse her collection of pre-loved clothing and accessories. For late Christmas gifts, there is the Fig Tree, which stocks a stylish mix of handcrafted furniture, ceramics, bed linens and toiletries, both from well known brands and local artisans. Get in touch: 01306 877994 or figtreedorking.co.uk

The Dorking Butchery

A warm and traditional welcome awaits you at this exciting new butcher’s shop in the heart of Dorking High Street. They have a strong passion for high quality British produce and values and will supply only the best meat Britain and Surrey has to offer. Specialising in dry aged beef, matured for four weeks to ensure maximum tenderness and flavour, they hold time honoured techniques above mass produced supermarket offerings, bringing long established traditions back to the high street. The Christmas range is a must to see! The Dorking Butchery recently achieved the best new butchery business of 2016 in a national competition sponsored and recognised by industry professionals Get in touch: 01306 640517 or dorkingbutchery.co.uk

Victoria’s Little Bra Shop

Driven by the passion for exquisite lingerie, mother and daughter team Vanessa and Victoria Legg opened Victoria’s Little Bra Shop in Dorking in November 2013. The quaint two-story store holds a sumptuous range of lingerie in all styles and sizes. Brands include: PrimaDonna, Marie Jo, Empriente. Lise Charmel, Fantasie and Freya. Get in touch: 01306 743338 or victoriaslittlebrashop.com