Afternoon in Farnham

St Andrew's

St Andrew’s

I did think of going to Alton or Winchester.

Winchester was too far and Alton the lovely Italian coffee shop was closed Farnham therefore it was.

I had any way to go to Farnham if I wished to visit The Barn, as it was clsoed from Saturday onwards until sometime in September.

I seem though destined to arrive in Farnham late afternoon.

Traffic! Traffic was awful. Usually I would visit Farmham on a Saturday. To get to the town from the station it is necessary to cross the bypass. On a Saturday, half a dozen cars. It was choc-a-bloc with cars, cars were also backed right up into the town. The pollution level was dreadful, barely able to breath. The town was no better,

Farnham has a lovely family greengrocer in Downing Street. I picked up Victoria plums, Discovery apples and locally grown tomatoes.

Also in Downing Street is Cook. They do delicious cheese cakes, expensive but worth it as a treat.

Cook had Coronation chicken to sample. I am no fan of Coronation chicken, but I had to admit this was delicious and ended up buying.

Farnham has one Costa coffee shop, one too many. Fairly empty, probably because Farnham has decent places for tea and coffee.

Costa runs the Costa Foundation. From the answers I got to my questions, it seems to be an exercise in greenwwash. Customers make the donations, leaving Costa to claim the credit.

It was then to The Barn for a very late lunch of falafel in pita bread with a Greek salad.

Coming up from Downing Street, The barn is opposite, slightly to the right. Midway between The Lion and Lamb Yard and Castle Street.

The Barn is a cultural space, kitchen, bar, music, art exhibitions. Unlike Costa which pretends to be a cultural and social space, The Barn is a genuine cultural and social space. And unlike Costa which rips you off a fiver for disgusting coffee and factory produced cakes, a fiver bough me delicious falafel in pita bread with salad at The Barn.

I stayed until early evening chatting to people over a can of Red Stripe. The topic of conversation apart from the unwanted redevelopment of East Street which is being imposed on Farnham by a corrupt local council, the topic of conversion was Costa and the way it is muscling its way into towns like Totnes.

Costa do not seem to realise the bad odour they they are generating across the country from their activities in Totnes.

Ironically there was sign in Costa saying they are listening!

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