While Covid put paid to many businesses around the country, one phenomenon that is being witnessed throughout the regions is a cautious re-invigoration of our local high streets.
Oxted has seen, and is still seeing quite a turnaround of new businesses, and Limpsfield High Street has also witnessed a rally, with new businesses launching and existing ones coming into their own with some tweaks to their offer.
Established businesses and newbies are giving our little high street a new lease of life, and as well as those businesses you can see as you drive past, there are also some hidden gems behind closed doors that you may not even know about…
The little enclave at Wickham’s, which has housed Limpsfield businesses for hundreds of years (as a brewery, general stores, off licence, fancy dress shop and much more) has really come into its own over the last year or so and now houses a creative collection of new and established businesses within its old walls.
Free to Be Yoga
NEW! Samantha Whitaker has just set up her studio at Wickham’s behind Kate Tulett’s Art studio. She has been practising yoga for over 15 years and runs both in person and online classes for relaxation, restoration and focus. Find out all about her classes at https:// freetobeyoga.co.uk or email email@example.com
Kate Tulett Art
Well-known local art teacher Kate has created a lively gallery full of fun and inspiration as well as some fabulous art for sale. Her studios are open Fridays and Saturdays for regular classes and clubs; evenings for pre-booked classes and parties and throughout the school holidays for holiday art clubs. http://www.katetulettart.com. Call. 07815 918511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bey Tree Boutique
Having had a huge increase in demand for her fabulous fashion and homewares, Sue Bey, who previously only sold via Facebook and fairs, set up shop at Wickham’s and now opens her doors every Thursday and Friday 10-4pm and on the first Saturday of the month. She is also open at other times by appointment. Email email@example.com or call 07990 511116. http://www.beytree.com
If you didn’t know, Colin, a professional framer with decades of experience and proper skill, has his little picture framer’s in the courtyard too. Call him to arrange an appointment if you have a framing request. He loves a challenge! 07415 338242.
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The Bull Inn
The last remaining of the 5 original pubs of Limpsfield Village, The Bull, which relaunched in late 2018 then shut for the majority of 2020 and some of 2021 has been making lots of changes to get back to that local pub we have all been longing for. With a new menu, some great local beers and a fabulous new garden to sit in, it’s really coming into its own.
The new Bull swing sign and recent Titsey weekend was a huge success and there are more events planned, including open mic nights, comedy nights and of course the great British pub quiz! www.thebullinnlimpsfield.com
In the shop previously occupied by Surrey Skin & Laser, Balman Aesthetics offers dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections, vitamin injections.
Call 07368 840054 for an appointment. firstname.lastname@example.org
Upholsterer – Michelle Chappell
Michelle, a professional but part time upholsterer will be offering traditional & modern upholstery with her little shopfront opposite Coffee @ Kiwi House. She will be gradually building up her client base to offer upholstery and soft furnishing services.
Coffee at Kiwi House
A relative newcomer, but now into its fifth year, this lovely cafe has become a mainstay of our high street. Its family atmosphere and home-made cakes, coffees, breakfasts and lunches have become a regular favourite for hundreds of locals and visitors. It’s an absolute gem and a useful stop-off for refreshment or a great place for a casual coffee catch-up. Call 01883 722785. email@example.com. www.facebook.com/coffeeatkiwihouse/
Ebbutt Funeral Services
Trading as Ebbutts since the 1960s and on a site that has been an Undertaker’s for hundreds of years, the lovely and understanding team at Ebbutt Funeral Services caters for all funeral needs and services with the utmost care. Phone: 01883 713767
Pomona & Ceres Candles
While the old bookshop may no longer be trading, behind its lovely facade is the home of candlemaker, Tabitha, daughter of former bookshop owner, Diane, makes gorgeous candles with natural soy wax and infused with pure essential oils. In a whole host of amazing scents.
http://www.pomonaandceres.com/ or call 07472 116458. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Limpsfield Cookery School & The Limpsfield Kitchen
Jacqui Derbyshire has been in the Old Printworks now for just over 2 years having launched right before “Lockdown I” in February 2020. When forced to shut down her cooking classes, she set up home-made meals for delivery and collection and has recently officially launched her new shop.
Open 10-4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday, locals can just pop in and stock up their own freezers with her delicious ready meals, sides and desserts, as well as cakes, baking kits, jams & chutneys and all sorts of other foodie goodies. Jacqui also caters for private events. Her cooking classes are now fully back on, with many very popular visiting chefs.
www.thelimpsfieldcookeryschool.co.uk, 01883 818383.
Lawrence Littleales’ tile shop has been meeting the needs of bathroom renovators all around Limpsfield for many years and he’s still providing a wealth of specialist knowledge to ensure your bathrooms and kitchens look beautiful. www.limpsfieldceramics.co.uk
This absolute lifesaver and essential local service kept Limpsfield villagers going throughout lockdown and proved it’s indispensable to our community. Open daily for your groceries, gifts, postal needs or just a chat, the lovely volunteers have kept Limpsfield smiling for decades. https://limpsfieldstores.co.uk. Call 01883 713306.
THE GLEBE MEADOW
Jon and his team are helping to keep Limpsfield residents happy and healthy with their fab fitness classes and gym just off the high street on the Glebe Meadow. Jon also takes cycling and walking groups, as well as providing lots of other services like Personal Training, sports therapy and reflexology. limpsfieldfitness.co.uk, email@example.com or call 07772 876 980.
Also on Glebe Meadow, Ali Thompson’s family has been running Panda for over 50 years and they’re getting bigger every day. Now in their lovely new cabins right on the meadow, it’s a gorgeous place for little ones to grow and play. http://www.panda-nursery.com, Telephone: 07812
522492, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Surrey Dance School
Surrey Dance School is a thriving dance and performing arts school offering both children and adult classes in Oxted and Limpsfield, Surrey. Classes are tailored specifically for each age group and level of dancer; learning through fun, dynamic and disciplined practise.
St Peter’s Hall, Limpsfield, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0DG, St Andrew’s Hall, Moorhouse Lane, Limpsfield Chart, RH8 0SR
Phone: 07384 627066, Email: SurreyDanceSchool@gmail.com
The Limpsfield Club, Detillens Lane
Our village racket club since 1905, the Limpsfield Club now has some very fancy Padel Tennis courts (how European!) a renovated club house and the best tennis courts for miles around. With a regular programme of events and social membership as well, it’s a great place to keep fit, relax and unwind.
the ones you can’t see…
As well as the visible businesses on the high street, there are some great local enterprises behind closed doors that you may never actually see if you don’t know they’re there!
The House of Healing – Reflexology
Based at The Old Lodge on the high street is a place of calm and relaxation, courtesy of the lovely Chantelle Jones who practises Reflexology and Reiki. If you’re looking to give your tired self a bit of a boost, call her on 07872 482458. http://www.instagram.com/the.houseofhealing
Kim Broomfield Mobile Therapy Service
Based just behind The Bull at Stable Cottage, Kim is another local offering therapy to Limpsfield as a practising massage therapist with 20+ years’ experience. If your body needs a bit of a boost, email email@example.com or call 07795 105189.
Barely Read Books
Owned by Ross Williams, Barely Read is based in Palmers cottage on the corner of the high street and Detillens and is a specialist in W.E.Johns/ aviation and collectable children’s books. Ross has been in Limpsfield his whole life and is a huge fan of W.E Johns (Biggles), pre-1970s quality books as well as pre-1980s toys and figures/kits and models. 07927 736065 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Wasp Control
Steve Goodsall has been a resident of the village for nearly 40 years and his pest control service has been going for almost as long. There’s not much Steve doesn’t know about Wasps and other pesky critters! Just off the high street in the Titsey Cottages. 07860 109979 http://www.awaspcontrol.co.uk
Long-standing, family run wholesale plant nursery and local provider of home grown plants and vegetables for the Limpsfield community. Northdowns Nursery also sells kindling, birdseed and high quality Christmas trees, providing trees for Limpsfield Village and the annual St Peters Church Christmas Tree parade.
CALL 07941 167653. Up the track by 36 Titsey Road (The Boys Home)
With so much on offer in our little community, it’s really important we keeping shopping, eating and drinking local. Please continue to support all our fabulous businesses and if you know a small business in the Limpsfield parish (not just the village) please contact me, Sophie at email@example.com or call 07514 011355 and I’ll happily them to our free local business directory.