The tiny village cafe named the best in Surrey that gives runners free flapjacks

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The cafe was voted best in Surrey by Muddy Stilettos -Credit:Basil & Blue

There are plenty of cafe’s dotted all over Surrey, all with their own quirks. However it was Basil & Blue that was crowned Muddy Stilettos' best cafe for 2024. The small coffee shop in Chobham, takes pride in serving more than just food and drink, with community at its core.

Basil & Blue’s focus is providing a relaxed environment where customers can feel at home. Staff know hundreds of coffee orders for their regulars and are encouraged to be chatty and generous with their time.

The cafe does change up the menu from time to time but customers can expect to find an extensive drink menu including specialty teas as well as hot and cold coffees. Their hot chocolate selection caters for different darkness levels as well as flavour combinations. Hand flaked by two family run chocolate businesses the drinks have been approved both by staff and hot chocolate regulars.

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For food the menu includes ciabattas, overnight oats and bagels. Those with a sweeter tooth can enjoy local family bakes including cakes, brownies and tray bakes galore.

However Basil & Brush is not just a coffee shop. It hosts a Run Club every Monday at 6pm, with each participant able to claim complimentary water and flapjack. All ages and ability are welcome, and there is a community of more than 125 runners already involved.

Frangipane on a plate
Frangipane offerings include lemon drizzle and passion fruit. -Credit:Basil & Blue

The cafe also has a gallery wall for local artists to put on their own exhibition for two months. This is completely free and means that customers can enjoy a changing backdrop.

To ensure that everyone feels welcome, the cafe has lots of child friendly items, including reading books, teddies and music. Drinks are also catered to little ones, with babycino’s on offer.

It's not just humans who can relax at Basil & Blue, dogs are made at home with complimentary dog blankets, tennis balls and chew toys. To ensure they don’t feel left out there are water bowls, biscuits and even a puppuccino.

The outdoor Courtyard
The outdoor courtyard is where the most seating is -Credit:Basil & Blue

The majority of seating is outside, with around 30 being able to fit in the Courtyard garden. They don’t have a toilet but customers can go to the public facilities in the car park just metres from the cafe.

One TripAdvisor commenter called the cafe “tiny, but almost perfectly formed” while another raved about that they had, “even ordered a 2nd cup of coffee as the first was so good".

This also means that there is convenient parking. Guests can stay one hour for free, but you need to make sure to get a ticket first. Its GU2 48LZ SatNav and drivers should look for the parking sign near Chobham rider.

Reacting to the news the store posted: “WE WON!! How thrilling!! What a huge privilege to win such an incredible award. Best Cafe in Surrey.

“We are absolutely nothing without our team, our customers, our amazing suppliers and our brilliant community of supporters, so thank you to each and every one of you that voted for us in the Muddy Stiletto awards.”

What you need to know:

Address: 88 High Street, Chobham, GU24 8LY

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday: 8.30am - 4pm, Sunday: 9am - 4pm

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