Beautiful Tudor-style timber-framed buildings and scenic countryside make Oxted a charming east Surrey town to visit at the foot of the North Downs.
Found off the A25, between Godstone and Westerham just over the Kent border, the town has excellent rail links and has thrived as a commuter launchpad in recent decades.
While the fondness of Londoners to move down to this part of the world has forced house prices up, it is easy to understand the appeal as there is plenty to discover on the doorstep too.
Station Road East and Station Road West spring out from either side of Oxted Station, and it is on these roads where you will find opportunities to eat out, shop and relax. The railway came to town in 1884 and, in essence, instigated the growth of this “new” Oxted centre. You will find the older version just down the road.
Browsing the architecture, you might feel like you have taken a journey back in time until your eyes sweep around to find the very modern shopping and lifestyle options on offer. For example, with its gorgeous front garden, Elements lifestyle salon is an eye-catching destination for a pamper on Station Road East. It forms a picturesque parade, sandwiched between Toast, a stylish brunch destination, and Cucina, a popular Italian restaurant.
There are plenty more opportunities for the dedicated follower of fashion and Surrey style too, with the likes of Jules Boutique, Fusspots, Number 44 and Mint Boutique for the ladies, and Woodward Menswear for the gents. With reports suggesting that people are planning for the festive season a little earlier than usual this year, you might also like to keep an eye out for Paul James Jewellers for something with a little sparkle, the family-owned Lorimers for toys and crafts, and Pinnacle for interiors inspiration.
Food and drink-wise, visitors and locals are spoiled for choice too with Thai Pad, Gurkha Kitchen and Cattle & Cocktail to name a few. The Deli on Station Road East is a great place to grab a tasty bite and a cup of coffee during the day. Run by Matt and Lauren, who until recently worked as a private chef on superyachts, it is a friendly place with plenty of delicious international flavours to sample.
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Morning: Oxted isn’t blessed with a great many places to stay if you’re looking for a break away, but three options to keep you in the area are the North Downs Shepherd Huts, The Bakery restaurant and rooms in Tatsfield and Chez Vous in Warlingham. Wherever you stay, or if you are visiting by car or train, start the day with some serious brunching at Toast on Station Road East. It is excellent.
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