On the surface, Mullins is a quaint coffee shop selling hot brews, home-baked cakes and sandwiches. So far, it sounds just the sort of place you find around the towns and neighbourhoods of the UK.
But how many can lay claim to being a pivotal part of history? That’s where Mullins is different, set in the former Dorking home of William Mullins, a passenger on the historic 1620 voyage to America.
Cafe owners Basil and Susan Doha recognised the role of Mullins in the local community and saw an opportunity to add to the folklore of the illustrious building. They bought the cafe in 2016 after falling in love with the story behind it. And what a story it is.
The Mayflower ship transported 102 passengers (including the Mullins family) from England to The New World in search of a new life. This epic journey of The Pilgrims influenced America in ways no one could have imagined and set the tone for the modern-day United States.
Mullins Coffee Shop is where much of that pilgrim adventure began (although, back then, you’d never have nabbed a bacon croissant and double espresso!)
After moving to the area to run the cafe full time, Basil and Susan haven’t looked back. Since arriving in Dorking, they’ve loved every moment, and one of their favourite shared perks of the job is meeting people from all walks of life. “There’s a real community spirit here, and we love getting to know the regulars who pop in for a coffee and some cake.”
“Everyone is very friendly, and there’s a sense of togetherness that you don’t find in larger cities”.
Feeling blessed to be in Dorking, Basil and Susan advertise the coffee shop as a “home away from home” for their valued customers. Sitting neatly in the old quarter of the town, Mullins enjoys a great location as a staple of local life.
For Susan in particular, the chance to purchase Mullins was a no-brainer. She loved baking cakes from a young age when she learnt from her grandmother and, over the years, she’s continued trying new recipes and honing her skills. Now her talents are being put to good use, ensuring that Dorking locals never go hungry.
Mullins Coffee Shop
58 West Street