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Coffee Shop Review – Tillings at Gomshall

Published on: 7 Sep, 2014
Updated on: 7 Sep, 2014

Our order which included a large slice of coffee and walnut cake

By Jill Benson

Under intense scrutiny from a very wet ‘scroodle’ (spaniel/poodle cross), I am demolishing a large slice of coffee and walnut cake in this most delightful of countryside cafes.

Tillings 3 460Situated in Gomshall, only a short drive from Guildford, Tillings appeals to all ages, from babes-in-arms to grannies. It’s also a super place to go on your own for a bit of ‘me’ time and to read a newspaper.

A selection of hot and cold food is served throughout the day, including lavish breakfasts, a good choice of homemade burgers, light savoury meals, sandwiches, daily specials and a rather unusual (and delicious) selection of cakes. Options such as chocolate and beetroot, courgette and pear or fig and orange are some of this reviewer’s favourites.

With its wooden floors, pleasant eclectic mix of mismatched, Cath Kidston-style tables and chairs and unusual selection of wall hangings, Tillings has an easy charm. All are welcome, from smartly dressed ladies who lunch, to dogs, children, muddy boots and cyclists. A bit of a home from home, really, but with someone else doing the cooking.

Tillings also has a lovely, discreet, hilltop garden, where you can sit with a glass of wine and watch the world go by beneath you.

Although friends of mine have found service at Tillings a little rude and slow, it wasn’t my experience. Hopefully this was just a blip.

Oh, and don’t miss the charming gift shop: past the figure of the pipe-smoking Chinaman and up the stairs.

What they say about themselves: “Spacious, warm and welcoming, 
we are as well known for our
 friendly atmosphere as we are 
for our delicious homemade food.”

Tillings 2 480

Tillings “Top Notch Teas” in Gomshall

Coffee Good filter coffee £1.80. 3.5
Cakes Unusual but varied selection of home-made cakes from £2.95. Slices are cheaper. 4
Menu range Cooked breakfast, inc veggy option (£7.95); soup, sandwich, jacket potato, hummus melt (all £6.95); salad (£8.95); burger (£9.95). 3.5
Interior Light and bright. Wooden floors, country kitchen furniture, cosy armchairs. Gift shop upstairs. 4
Atmosphere Welcoming and relaxed. Young, old and dogs and children welcome. 4
Access Car park with bike racks. Steps at front, but easy access from the back, for café only. Lovely hilltop garden. 4
Service Order at counter; staff friendly. 3.5
Information Menu prices confusing, both online and on paper, as contradict each other. Newspapers available. 2.5
Value for money Not cheap, but usually good quality and different. 3.5
Opening hours Mon – Fri: 9am-5pm; weekends: 9am-5.30 pm.
Address Tillings Café, 55 Station Road, Gomshall GU5 9NP. Tel.: 01483


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