We went into Guildford this morning, using the park and ride facility. Getting off the bus at the top of High Street, we headed downhill and immersed ourselves in the farmers’ market which is held here on the first Tuesday of each month. There is a wide variety of stalls all run by local producers of meat, fish and shellfish, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, craft beers - a genuine cornucopia.There were also stalls offering freshly baked pies, pastries and breads, several with an international twist. We were looking for two lunches and two evening meal items (today and tomorrow), and by the time we reached the bottom of the hill we had collected two giant Cornish-style pasties, samosas, borek, and arancini. I was tempted by freshly boiled brown crabs, oysters, impressive lemon soles, smoked trout, just too much to contemplate on one visit; we will just have to come back in September.
Nostalgically there was a stall cooking an authentic paella to tempt us, but we resisted. We are still enjoying getting reacquainted with all those things that you can get here but not in Spain. As a bonus, the day is sunny and warm (but not too warm).