Wednesday September 2nd 2020

Steeped in medieval history and officially over a century old, businesses across West Byfleet are almost back at full tilt thanks to the continued support of local residents keen to support the local economy.

Renowned for a great selection of independent and high street shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs – and a great commute to London and beyond, West Byfleet’s businesses are grateful for the local support shown and remain as determined as ever to keep the vibrancy alive.

Well-known local independent jeweller, Brooklands, on Woking Road reopened in June and hasn’t looked back.

“We’re really happy to be back open and welcoming our customers again from 10am every day until 4pm,” co-owner Stewart, who set up the business with partner Dave a decade ago after working together in London’s famous Hatton Gardens.

“It felt like a long time coming but we’re back, fighting fit and better than ever. To reassure our customers of their safety, we’ve introduced a range of measures including protective screens, a one-way system and enhanced regular cleaning. We’ve left no stone unturned to ensure visitors can get what they need in a clean, safe and welcoming environment.”

From new designs to pre-owned delights, Brooklands Jewellers said demand for the choice of products on offer is back to where it was previously and its delighted with that its customers continue to return.

“Backed by a friendly, trained team of staff, we’ve always got something for someone, or for that someone special. Something new or something old, we also clean and repair jewellery and heirlooms and bring them back to life,” co-owner Dave said.

JL Butchers is also welcoming customers back safely to its traditional shop in the heart of the village. Voted Butchers Shop of the Year in the Surrey Life Food & Drink awards last year, its proud of its customer service and choice of quality local and British meat.

“When lockdown was announced, we knew that lots of our customers would still be in need of fresh food. We refocused our efforts into offering free local delivery, successfully delivering the majority of orders within 48 hours,” director James Lowe said.

“Now our shop is back open, it’s great to see our customers again. We’ve introduced hand sanitiser at the door, and ask all customers to follow social distancing rules when queueing and in the shop.”

There’s plenty more open to explore in West Byfleet. Check out our top picks below, and keep checking to keep up to date with what’s open and when.

Academy Windows

After being stuck in the house for months on end, are you fed up of looking out the same tired windows every day? Give your home a facelift by investing in new windows, doors or even a conservatory. With top-quality service guaranteed, the team at Academy Windows will find the perfect solution for you.

Chris Jackson Dry Cleaners

If your clothes have been gathering dust in the wardrobe, freshen them up as your social calendar comes back to life. Chris Jackson Dry Cleaners has been serving customers for over 50 years, and have a range of services to suit you. Why not take advantage of their special offer for shirts- for only £10 you can have five shirts cleaned and pressed. While you’re in, make sure you’re prepared for autumn by dropping off your warm coats and jumpers for a new lease of life.


Specialising in authentic sushi and Korean BBQ, Hoshiya offers an exciting new dining experience. Treat your tastebuds to a change from home cooking and sample small plates from the seasonally-changing menu, and enjoy your food in intimate and relaxed surroundings. For an introduction to Korean BBQ, ask for the Korean BBQ to share and you’ll not leave disappointed.


Featuring a wooden, minimalist interior and clean lines, Lello’s is the perfect spot to indulge in authentic Italian cuisine. Relax, enjoy the perfect wine from the extensive wine list and let Chef Alfonso and team serve you up regional classics from the North of Italy.

No 57 Boutique

Independent, locally-run No 57 Boutique has an incredible selection of ethically crafted and sustainable fashion and gifts. Stocking everything you could need from handbags, jewellery and home décor to baby gifts, balloons and fragrance it’s the perfect place for a Saturday afternoon spent browsing the shops.

Surrounds Art Shop

Established in 1982, Surrounds Art has the expertise to frame your works of art perfectly. In addition, they also sell original art, and specialise in computerised mount cutting, bespoke frames, and high-quality digital photo printing- perfect for making sure the memorable moments of this year are kept safe.

The Station

Enjoy a tasty pub classic from the menu in the large sunny garden of this traditional village pub. We recommend the special bangers and mash- take your pick from nine varieties of sausage, five types of mash and five different types of gravy to create your dream dinner!

Woking & Sam Beare Hospice Shop

Enjoy some retail therapy for a good cause. The perfect place to browse their selection of high-quality used clothes and goods and pick up a bargain.

Sir & Madam Thai

A familiar sight in West Byfleet since opening almost 20 years ago, Wannut, her husband and extended family specialise in authentic cuisine typical of the Bangkok region. You’re guaranteed a high-quality, fragrant and flavourful meal here.

*Please check each outlet for opening days and times.

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