South Street has a new, all-day go-to. From sociable brunches, lunches and dinners to choice-blend coffee and decadent cake, HolmeStores in Dorking does it all. And if you’re eating at home, you’ll find plenty of artisan products in the deli section. Plus sourdough loaves from Gwyn’s and a wide selection of British cheese and charcuterie.
The story begins in 2012 when Louise Holme opened The Dorking Deli at the bottom of West Street. The cafe swiftly became a popular spot for coffee and lunch, as well as cooking classes and cocktail workshops. After eight years, the success of the business meant it needed a lot more space, which meant a new location. And so, in August 2021, with a larger site, a different name, a broader menu, and even a new business partner, HolmeStores in Dorking was born.
It sounds simple enough, but the move wasn’t all plain sailing. Because of the Covid lockdowns, Louise and new co-owner Andy had to complete much of the gorgeous urban-rustic interior themselves. Still, the results were worth it, and the new location is now the blueprint for future expansion elsewhere.
Beyond the daytime schedule, Thursdays and Fridays are pizza nights. Expect sourdough bases cooked in a wood-fired oven, washed down with a list of natural wines or British craft beer and cider on tap. Other evening events are hosted by Andy, whose background in wine-making and spirit sales ensures mouth-watering nights for the tastebuds.
So what is HolmeStores in Dorking all about? In short: “People having a great time and spoiling themselves in a relaxed and social atmosphere with delicious things to eat and drink, away from the chaos of life.”
Originally from Reigate and St Ives respectively, Louise and Andy are now fully immersed as Dorking residents and retailers. They moved here before lockdown, and the surrounding countryside walks and bike paths have become integral to their lives and play a larger role than ever.
But more than that, it’s the relationships they’ve built with newer and lifelong locals that make them delighted to be here.
41 South Street