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Guildford farmers market

June 7, 2017

A blustery  day.

Many stallholders failed to turn up, others turned up then packed up, the market started to pack up early  afternoon.

All in all a wasted trip.

Depressing to see stallholders buying drinking coffee from Costa and tax-dodging Caffè Nero. Support local producers, do as we say, not as we do.

Why no indie coffee stall on the market, one at the top one at the bottom of the market? Stalls serving speciality coffee, roasted locally.

Godalming has an excellent street food market in July, why not Guildford, why not August, along the High Street, overflow into Tunsgate? It is not too late to organise for August or September.

There is one in Allen House Grounds. Waste of time, wrong location, few are aware.

Bedda, two Sicilian guys serving excellent pasta are a must for the market. They have applied, why have they not been invited?

A new coffee coffee  shop Esquires Coffee has opened top of the High Street. Do not waste the effort  on a trek to the top of the High Street as wasted effort.  Not worth a visit. Clueless on coffee.  Two serving could  not have been more miserable  if they tried.

Guildford farmers market is held first Tuesday of the month.

Street Food Picnic Allen House Grounds 17 June 2017.

Godalming Food Festival 1 July 2017.

Guildford farmers market

May 2, 2017

After a chilly start, the afternoon was quite pleasant. A marked contrast to the wintry weather yesterday.

Reserved my bread and flapjacks at Celtic Baker to collect later.

Excellent dosa from the chutney stall. Far superior to the dosa I had at the South Bank Street Food Market yesterday.  Ollo Foods is an absolute must for Godalming Food Festival and Staycation Live.

At least one new stall. A man selling quality pork pies. That was all he was selling, pork pies.

The farmers market is turning into Alcoholics Alley. Too many stalls selling alcoholic drinks. One fruit and vegetable stall I never buy from, poor standard, rarely fresh produce, high prices. Today they had sunk to a new low. Bags of plastic wrapped apples, the apples rotten.

Does the market not exact any standards, as other markets do?

It is not acceptable anyone selling produce that is packaged in a way that is not compostable or recyclable. This should be a condition to be on the market.

When did Environmental Health last do a check on this market? Have they ever carried out checks? Or is there a conflict of interest at play?

Why is there no quality coffee stall on the market?

Two ladies were giving away cakes. Not sure why, but the cakes were excellent. They were from a group that discusses dying. I mentioned death cafes, and referred them to an article in Standart issue 7.  They were aware of death cafes.

It was then a coffee in Harris + Hoole. Tax dodging Caffè Nero has taken a stake. Does this mean H+H now serve the same low quality coffee? Fortunately not.

Guildford farmers market

November 1, 2016
Secrett's Farm cauliflowers

Secrett’s Farm cauliflowers

A cold, grey, misty day.

No surprise not many people around, although the Celtic Baker stall had almost sold out.

Last week I visited a new shop in Guildford, a cheese shop cum deli, in Chapel Street. Knowledgeable staff, excellent choice of cheese. I suggested a few stalls on the farmers market whose produce they may wish to stock. I also said, as I knew them, I would have a word.

This I did. Chutney no, can barely meet demand. Little Beer Corporation and apple stall with fruit juices, yes, were interested.

It also helps with delivery, on market once a month, can drop off supplies.

Ollo Foods

Ollo Foods

Excellent dosa off chutney stall, Ollo Foods. Absolute must for Staycation Live.

A couple of stalls, maybe more, have dropped out since the car park fiasco whilst the setts were being relaid in the High Street. The excellent pie stall will be much missed, and the paella stall.

I did not check what the new paella stall was serving in, already packing up.

Low environmental standards on the market.

If London South Bank Street Food Market and many if not all music festivals can set high environmental standards, then why not Guildford for its own farmers market? Only one word, hypocrisy.

When Godalming, and many other places, have a street food market, some  like Godalming  once a year, some like Winchester every week on a Wednesday, then why not Guildford?

August or September would be ideal.

And why no coffee stall serving high quality coffee? It is not acceptable that Costa and tax-dodging Starbucks serving undrinkable disgusting coffee are allowed to dictate what happens on the High Street.

And shame on any producer who gets their coffee from these chains when Guildford has indie coffee shops, including Surrey Hills Coffee, just off the High Street in Chapel Lane. When on the one hand they expect us to support local producers, maybe time to practice what they preach.  Again one word to describe this behaviour, hypocrisy. Though I could add, stupidity.

And where are the Environmental Heath Inspectors? No problem on a cold day, but when I see meat and poultry in the sun when 30C in the shade, then there is cause to worry, as it says the stalls have not a clue how to handle food. If this is what I see in public gaze, what happens behind the scenes?

Looked in on Ben in Ben’s Records. Nothing by Agnes Obel. I suggested check her out.

cheese cum deli in Chapel Street

cheese cum deli in Chapel Street

Walked down Castle Street, popped in cheese shop cum deli. Let them know I had spoke as promised to a  few stalls.

For the last hour, getting very cold, cold mist making it worse.

cappuccino in Harris Hoole

cappuccino in Harris Hoole

Cappuccino in Harris + Hoole. I could have popped in one of the indie coffee shops, sadly Harris + Hoole now owned by Cafe Nero, but they all close early, and in Harris + Hoole I am guaranteed a constantly good coffee.  Unlike Caracoli, where the manager knows nothing about coffee and makes himself a laughing stock.  It is a tragedy the indie coffee shops close early, as in the summer they are turning away a constant flow of customers.

I was served an excellent cappuccino, but then barista said no, you deserve better.

Then when I left, served another two coffees.

Very impressed.  A barista who takes a pride in his work.

Two coffee places vie for No 1, depends who is serving, FCB kiosk on Platform 2 at Guildford Station and Harris + Hoole. Surrey Hills Coffee comes in at No 3.

Which again begs the question, why oh why, no quality coffee stall on the market, other than objections from Costa and Starbucks?

Guildford farmers market back in the High Street

September 6, 2016
Guildford farmers market back in High Street

Guildford farmers market back in High Street

After an absence of many months, with loss of most of the clientele and stalls dropping off month by month, Guildford farmers market is finally back in the High Street.

The High Street was busy, though not for want of publicity. More should have been done to publicise and to make the return to the High Street a special event.

From conversations I overheard, there may have been many people, maybe end of school holidays, but they were not there for the farmers market. People were genuinely surprised at finding it was there, were asking how often, when will you be back?

Stalls reported the same. A curious interest, people browsing, but not buying.  Though they of course did a far better trade than the car park which was always deserted.

Dylan’s ice cream did not seem to be doing its usual trade. Hardly surprising. The owner not there. A lad, more interested playing with his phone and listening on his headphones, than actually doing a day’s work and serving customers. Then he vanished, leaving the van with a closed sign.

The majority of stalls appear to have reappeared. Although I did not see the man with his pies. I thought the fish cake stall was not there, but then found them

Stalls said they pulled out of the car park, because they could not sustain the losses.

Excellent sweetcorn off Secrett’s Farm. As were the Marjoram plums.

From the apple stall, apples and apple juice.

Celtic Baker seeded wholemeal loaf and a couple of date slices.

Dosa to eat for my lunch from Ollo Foods.

Ollo Foods with their Indian food would be an ideal stall for Staycation Live.

There is still no tea or coffee stall on the farmers market. It is time this omission was addressed. For quality tea or coffee, choose from Vintage Pop Up Tea Room found in Gostrey Meadow in Farnham on a Saturday during the summer, Flat White on street food market in Winchester on a Wednesday, The HoBo Co or Jimmy Bean. For beans, Surrey Hills Coffee, who now have a coffee shop in Chapel Street, just off the High Street.
A very warm and humid day. Possible 25C. Why then stalls with meat sitting all day on the stall in the heat? Why is Environmental Heath turning a blind eye?

At 2-30, I found a guide at Tunsgate who was giving a free guided tour of Victorian buildings in Guildford. I expected a lot of people. There were two ladies, one from the States. I said I would join but had a couple of stalls to visit. I caught  up with them at Holy Trinity Church.

Inside Holy Trinity, half a dozen ceramic pieces on exhibit. I assume that is the art exhibition.

Holy Trinity has an apse. Maybe not true for Holy Trinity, but this feature, as did many features of English churches, come from El Camino de Santiago. The purpose was, as the altar would often have some relic, to aid circulation around the altar.

On the far wall, Holy Trinity used to have  a row of windows at ground level below the existing windows. Not that they would have let in much light as the below the ground level outside.

I always thought the mound behind the church was the existence of a chamber beneath. Apparently not. It was simply the spoil dumped there when work was done on the church.

Many of the buildings in Guildford designed by Henry Peake.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

A detour in the Castle Grounds, designed by Henry Peake, to show the lady from the US, Alice Through the Looking Glass.

As we passed down Quarry Street, I draw attention to the Victorian porch on the church and the plans by Methodists, who appear to have hijacked  St Mary’s, to demolish  the Victorian porch and replace with a toilet block. Our guide was suitably horrified, the first he had heard of this.

refreshing green smothie in what used to be Glutton & Glee

refreshing green smoothie in what used to be Glutton & Glee

After our tour, a much needed smoothie in what used to be Glutton & Glee. As I walked in, not long gone 4-30, greeted by ‘We close at five’. Why oh why do they not stay open later in the summer? To close at five is far too early.

Peake's Pond in Castle Grounds

Peake’s Pond in Castle Grounds

Sat in the Castle Grounds reading Debt.

1900 train to Aldershot running 15 minutes late. Which then meant missed bus.

Guildford farmers market

August 2, 2016
all but desrted Guildford farmers market

all but deserted Guildford farmers market

Last night heavy rain all night. This morning still very wet. The day was warm and humid.

Cappuccino off FCB kiosk on Platform 2 Guildford Station. A new girl doing the coffee, nevertheless, she made a decent cappuccino.

FCB and Harris + Hoole occupy the top coffee slots in Guildford. Surrey Hills Coffee  a distant third. Caracoli a laughing stock whilst clueless manger who is ignorant on coffee. Forget the chains with their disgusting undrinkable coffee.

As a result of stopping for a coffee and a long chat, arrived about hour and a half later than I had intended at the farmers market.  Had it been in the High Street, there would have been nothing left, but located where it is, in a car park, the producers arrive with their produce, then take it back.

Even though I was late, there was actually more people than I have seen at this location. By no means busy, but at least not deserted.

Observing, most of the business appeared to be between stalls, lack of customers meant they had time to wander around.

Each time I visit, more stalls have dropped out. Noticeable by their absence, honey, tomatoes, garlic, fish cakes, sea food, pies, potting plants, beer, wine, fruit and  vegetables, ice cream, and  that is only a few I could mention.

Having had a wander around I decided upon a grilled sausage, only it was not cooked. I said I would pop back when cooked.

Apple stall, no apples yet, but had jam. I picked out strawberries, jam and an apple juice with ginger. He put them to one said to pick up later.

A stall I do not normally drop by, Ollo Foods, mainly because pickles and chutneys, of which I have no interest. They were about to pack up, and asked would I like to try what they had left which had just been cooked. Is it hot? Yes. OK.

I had a dosa. It was excellent. They served on a paper plate.

Dosa is an Indian dish from south India. A sort of pancake made with rice.  Near Euston Station, down the back streets, are Indian restaurants, where sometimes I have dosa. They are stuffed.

I then remembered. The sausage. I went back.

By now full.

How often does Environmental Heath visit the farmers market? I have never seen a visit.

If a supermarket had a delivery of poultry or meat, left outside for hours, questions would be asked. Why then is it ok on a farmers market, poultry and meat on a stall all day in temperatures above 20C?  Sticking a probe into a piece of meat, reaching a minimum temperature, does not indicate that it is cooked.

Looking at the High Street, barring anything unforeseen, the farmers market should be back in the High Street for September, as the work is almost finished.  But in the meantime, stallholders have lost a lot of money, lost most of their client base, and the general populace thinks the farmers market no longer exists. It is going to take many  months to recover.

Today, they actually got their pitches free.

But they should have had free, or at least at much reduced rate, whilst not in the High Street.

Once back in the High Street, each stall, for the number of times they have been in the car park, should get that number of times at a reduced rate in the High Street. That is the least the council can do.

Charging High Street pitch fees when not in the High street is tantamount to fraud.

And it is complete bullshit the claim the council was losing parking fees. There are plenty of free spaces in other car parks.

There has to be something special for the next market in the High Street.

Make it a  street food festival, then make it an annual event.

If Godalming can hold a highly successful street food market, then so can Guidlford. This year there was even more stalls.

Publicity is needed. and not adverting on a rubbish commercial radio station that no one listens to.

It needs editorial in local media. Posters.

A banner maybe across the High Street.

There also needs to be something special when people turn up, to encourage people to turn up.

Hampshire has goodies at some of its markets.

Have each stall donate something, the greater the donation the better. Not obligatory, but hopefully all will cooperate. Buy anything from any stall, be entered into a draw for what has been donated. Draw to take place at the end of the market.

The market has to have a coffee van serving top quality coffee. There is no excuse for not having.  An obvious choice the  Vintage Pop Up Tea Room found in Gostrey Meadow in Farnham on a Saturday during the summer.  Or The HoBo Co or Jimmy Bean.  There is also no excuse for producers drinking takeaway coffee from Costa or tax-dodging Starbucks. If nothing else, appalling hypocrisy. If they expect us to support them, then they in turn should support local indie coffee shops. The same of course applies to the market itself, support local, support quality. .

First Tuesday of September Guildford High Street?

Disastrous Guildford farmers market

July 5, 2016
deserted Guildford farmers market

deserted Guildford farmers market

desetted

deserted Guildford farmers market

Compared with a couple of weeks ago, River Wey now at usual slow steady pace.

During the winter, Guildford farmers market tends to be rather dreary, but at this time of years, at its best, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.

But sadly not, a very sorry market. Devoid of people, few stalls, and still not in the High Street.

I feel sorry for the producers, they bring their produce, then take it back again.

The sausages and roast pork, when in the High Street, an orderly queue, today I did not see a solitary person, a large joint of roast pork, sitting there.

Contrast this with Godalming Food Festival on Saturday, many stalls and the street packed.

And what is tantamount to fraud, the stallholders are being charged the same pitch fees as though they are in the High Street.

From when I last visited, I can count several stalls who are no longer there. I can only assume they wisely chose to cut their losses.

The Council would counter they are losing fees from the car park, but that is pathetic bollocks. Yes, maybe a loss from this specific car park, but do these visitors no longer come to Guildford? Of course not, they park elsewhere in another car park. This argument would only be true if it was Christmas and all the car parks were full. And then, it beggars belief, they cut the cost of the car parks or make them free.

There is absolutely no excuse for the disgusting manner in which Guildford Council has treated their farmers market. The norm for worthless councillors who sit on councils and the useless jobsworths they employ.

And why do we not have  a coffee stall on the market? No excuse if from a local roaster, as meets the criteria for the market.

At the very least, when they relocate back to the High Street, the stallholders should be granted as many weeks free, as they have paid for the car park. and even that would not make up their losses.

Last two weeks, a craft fair has been in the High Street.

The farmers market could have been distributed, part in the High Street, on the Bridge and into Tunsgate. Or on the Bridge and along the river, or in the cat park at Milmead, or in North Street and flow into the side streets, or in Castle Street or even in the Castle Grounds. In other words anywhere other the appalling location in which it has now been stuck for several months whilst the High Street has been dug up.

What will now happen, if the market moves back into the High Street in September if they are lucky, they will find they have lost most of their custom. Having not seen a market in the High Street for many months, people will assume Guildford no longer hosts a farmers market. It will probably take at least a year to recover.

Something Guildford could do, make September market assuming in the High Street a food festival like Godalming Food Festival, then make it an annual event.

To eat I went to the Thai restaurant takeaway top of the High Street. It was excellent. Although I felt a little guilty, maybe I should have eaten off the farmers market, after all they needed the custom.

On my way, I popped in Food For Thought. Thy were experimenting with fresh juices, though more to flog a juicer. £200, special offer from £300. Got to be joking. They justified the price on the grounds it had an industrial motor.

Whilst I was in the Thai takeaway, a woman came in who was off her head. Loud, aggressive with a serious attitude problem. She had the look of a junkie who lives on the street.

I would have had a cappuccino and a cookie in Surrey Hills Coffee only it was nearly five, they close at five and they never have cookies.

I am at a loss why these indie coffee shops close so early. In the winter yes but in the summer no.

I decided to try Caracoli. I have never been impressed by Winchester or Farnham, but they bragged stunning view of Guildford High Street and they were open until six.

I sat in their rooftop terrace. Yes, stunning view down the High Street, though obscured by glass. Both cappuccino and cookie were good, sadly an unbelievable surly girl serving. I tried a fresh apple juice that too was good.

They sell beans but no roast date which is a serious deficiency, as as I assume they do not roast the beans, they should put the roaster, not brand as their own.

Depressing Guildford famers market

May 3, 2016
deserted farmers market

deserted farmers market

There is nothing more depressing than wandering around a market, and finding it is empty.

Today Guildford farmers market all but deserted. Not as bad as last month, but then last month it was cold and raining, whereas this month, at least the sun was shining.

At a guess, many of the stalls their business is 10% of what it would be be. I asked a few. They said 20% of normal and they were losing money.

Stalls that are usually on the market absent, stalls that were there last month absent. I expect many more to be absent next month, as it is not worth the effort to attend, to sit all day bored stiff losing money.

Usually the grilled sausage stall would have a queue. Nothing. I waited for a sausage to be cooked. I was the only in line.

As I waited  and then sat and ate my sausage I observed a bread stall. During this entire period, not only did I not see a single purchase take place, I did not see a single passer-by even stop and take a look at the stall.

The farmers market would usually be located in the High Street, but due to the relaying of setts, the market has had to be relocated.

It has been relocated to a car park away from the town centre, with no footfall. It would be difficult to  imagine a worse location.

It a retailer was in this location, they would b e paying a third of the rent, a third of the businesses rates, compared with a prime High Street location.

The stallholders are being charged a premium rent for a premier locationa nd yet they are not in a premium location. They are still being charged as though in the High Street. They are not in the High Street, they are in a car park.

This is tantamount to fraud.

What is wrong with North Street, where the street market si held on Friday and Saturday. It could be argued, insufficient room. In which case overflow into the side streets.

What is wrong with the bridge at the bottom of the High Street, could overflowin into the adjacent car park or beside the river?

Or Castle Street?

Or even the Castle Grounds?

Or Tunsgate?

Indeed anywhere other than this grotty car park.

It is not only the stallholders who are suffering.

If most of the suggested location, surrounding businesses benefit.

No one benefits from the location in a car park.

The council would bleat they are losing revenue from parked cars.

This is complete utter bollocks.

Are they suggesting that whoever would have parked here, does not visit Guildford?

People would simply park elsewhere, the car parks and side streets are not full. Thus no loss of revenue.

The only time there would be loss of revenue, would be in the run up to Christmas,  when the car parks are full to overflowing.

And what does the council do at this time of year? Er, makes the car parks free.

And why is there a veto on coffee? Who is applying this veto?

There is a stall with tea.  Since when has tea been grown in the Surrey Hills?

Surrey Hills Coffee could have a stall. They are local coffee roasters.

And if there is a veto, it is not being applied fairly.

Coffee is sold on the street market.

What we are seeing is appalling maladministration by the council.

Guildford farmers market disaster

April 5, 2016
deserted Guildford farmers market

deserted Guildford farmers market

deserted Guildford farmers market

deserted Guildford farmers market

Day started off sunny. It turned cold and wet.

Where was the farmers market? I knew it was not in its usual location of the High Street. I also knew it was not in North Street, the obvious location, as that is where the market is held Friday and Saturday. I tried Castle Street. Not there.

I walked back to the High Street and asked in Turn Fit Deli. They directed me.

In the High Street I found a sign directing me through Angel Gate. In North Street I found another sign directing me down a street opposite.

And there was the farmers market halfway down the street in a car park.

And what a sad pathetic sight it was. The stallholders outnumbered the handful of people who had taken the trouble to find the market. There is no passing trade. Several of the stallholders who would be on the market were not there.

Understandably, the stallholders were not happy.

The work being carried out in the High Street is by the council. The market is run by the council. No one disputes the work in the High Street is long overdue and needs doing. But the treatment of the stallholders by the council is a disgrace.

They are paying a pitch fee for a prime location in the High Street. They are not in the High Street. Were a businesses to be in this location, that businesses would be paying a fraction of the business rates compared with a location in the High Street. The stallholders have seen footfall collapse to near zero. And yet the stallholders are being billed the same pitch fee as though they are still in the High Street. What the council is engaging in is blatant fraud.

In light of this overcharging, the council should make a public apology, and for the remaining months the stallholders are in this appalling location, the pitch fee should be zero. None of which compensates the stallholders for their loss of trade, but at least it would be a start.

And why are they in this location?

The obvious location would be North Street where the market is held on Friday and Saturday.

And if the argument against is insufficient room, then overflow into the side streets linking North Street to the High Street.

The market should not remain in this atrocious location.

Another location could be the bridge at the bottom of the High Street and the road that runs parallel to the river. It is a dead end road that goes nowhere.

Or even the car park at the bottom of the High Street.

And the weak suffer what they must? - Yanis Varoufakis

And the weak suffer what they must? – Yanis Varoufakis

After the market, I picked up from Waterstone’s two copies of And the weak suffer what they must? by Yanis Varoufakis.

I suggested Waterstone’s had on display. We have they said, a table as you came in the door. I admit I had not noticed.

And the weak suffer what they must? is not published until Thursday.

It was then cappuccino in Turn Fit Deli, the No 1 coffee spot in Guildford. I would have had lunch there, but they sill have problems with their supply chain. This hopefully should be resolved by end of the week or early next week.

Guildford farmers is first Tuesday of the month. Usually the High Street, but not until August or September at the earliest. This means the market at its best with the summer fruit, fresh strawberries, will not be in the High Street. But wherever it is, it has to be relocated from where it was held today and the stallholders have to be recompensed for their losses and pitch fees adjusted.

Guildford farmers market

December 1, 2015
wintry River Wey

wintry River Wey

Guildford farmers market December 2015 01

Celtic Baker

Guildford farmers market December 2015 02

walnuts in honey

The Little Beer Corporation

The Little Beer Corporation

Dull day, mild, but very windy.

As Debenhams had roast pork, I stopped for dinner. Had I visited market first then had lunch, there would have been nothing left. I noticed as I left, it was already gone from the menu.

But it meant, nothing left on many of the stalls. I asked, would it have made a difference if I had been an hour earlier. They said no, it had been a very busy day and Celtic Baker had short supplies today. I have never seen Celtic Baker with so little on his stall, the pie stall had two pies left.

No bread, no pies.

I was though able to get jars of honey with walnuts, a bottle of English wine, jam and a couple of beers.

Standards need to be improved. If the South Bank street food market can set high environmental standards then so can Guildford for their farmers market.

It was good to see the The Little Beer Corporation had a stall. You cannot get more local, as they brew their beer in Guildford. Why not sooner?

The structure of The Little Beer Corporation is, or will be, that of an open co-op, with crowd-sourced funding. A lead more local businesses should follow. A local  network of open co-coops, each supporting each other, retaining money within the local economy, supporting the local community, contributing to the collaborative commons. All the more reason they should have been offered a stall on the market months ago.

A new coffee shop has opened in Guildford, Turn Fit Deli. Light lunches, cakes, cookies. Why oh why are the farmers buying disgusting coffee from Costa and tax-dodging Starbucks when they can get an excellent cappuccino from Turn Fit Deli? If they wish us to buy their produce, they in turn should be supporting quality local businesses, anything less is appalling hypocrisy.

There will an additional Christmas farmers market in two week’s time.

Guildford farmers market

September 1, 2015
produce from local allotments

produce from local allotments

paella

paella

Hogs Back Brewery

Hogs Back Brewery

English wines

English wines

Last ten days of August, nothing but rain. Today, first day of autumn.I thought it would be cool. I was pleasantly surprised, warm and muggy, then pleasantly sunny.

Last week I noticed new wooden piles side of the suspended footpath along the River Wey. Today, I stopped and had a chat with the man doing the work. I was curious how they kept the path suspended. They did not. The wood rots at the waterline, not below or above. The wooden piles had been cut off at the waterline. New piles. The path is cantilevered, not held up by the wooden piles. The purpose of the piles to fend off wayward barges.

The Keystone, moronic music thudding out from their back courtyard. Very unpleasant. Even audible within St Nicolas Church. It must be hell for those who live in the street. The soonest the local council shuts down The Keystone the better. At least the graffiti on the back wall has gone.

Celtic Baker, cakes attracting wasps. I suggested two solutions. Ether no cakes, bread only. Or, bread one half of the stall, and the other half cover with muslin.

Sweetcorn off his neighbouring stall. Delicious, best I have had this year.

Pie stall had no pasties. They had sold out early. I made do with a pork and Stilton pie. It was disgusting. I will throw away. Nothing compared with the pork pies available in Lincoln.

I was tempted by paella, the man had just made a fresh batch, it looked good. But I had decided on Thai from the Thai takeaway, further up the High Street. On reflection, I should have had as I can have the Thai takeaway any day.

I would have liked jam off the apple juice stall, as what I had last time, was delicious, but they had none. They did though have Victoria plums and Discovery apples.

Thai green curry from the Thai takeaway top end of the High Street. I would have gone to the Castle Grounds, but sat in the High Street in front of Holy Trinity.

Tried lager off Hogs Back Brewery. A new venture. It was surprisingly quite good.

Blackcurrant ice cream off Dylans’s ice cream for dessert.

Tea at Glutton & Glee. I sat out the back by their rusting tables. The tea was disgusting. Glutton & Glee has changed owners, now owned by a catering company. I cannot see them surviving.

As it was pleasant, Castle Grounds.

Minutes to spare, a train from Guildford Station.

Guildford farmers market takes place on the first Tuesday of the month in the High Street.