A picturesque village in the heart of Surrey, Ashtead is the perfect location for those seeking a rural retreat with easy access to London. The western slopes of the North Downs are home to the village, which is nestled in abundant countryside, some of which is listed as a National Nature Reserve. It is easy to forget that Ashtead, with its pond and traditional country pubs, is located on the M25. This is not Ashtead’s only beneficial transport link; it also has a train station. Southern and South West Trains provide fast services to London, Guildford, and other popular destinations.
Schools in Ashtead
Set in 57 acres of parkland, the 150-year-old City of London Freemen’s School is highly regarded in the area. A selective school, children are granted places based upon educational merit, and there are day and boarding options available.
In terms of primary education, Greville Primary School is the most popular in the area due to its ‘good’ ranking Oftsted. The school has twenty-two bright classrooms, as well as extensive grounds including a Woodland Walk and activity trail. West Ashtead Primary School is another friendly establishment located in the area, as well as St Peter’s Catholic School.
Although there are no secondary schools located in Ashtead itself, there are a number of excellent schools in neighbouring Epsom and Leatherhead.
Eating Out in Ashtead
The Leg of Mutton and Cauliflower is a popular pub in Ashtead, championed for its Sunday roast. For those who fancy turning up the heat, it is battle of the Indian restaurants, with three gracing Ashtead. Most well loved by locals is Joy, who comment that they deliver the best curry outside of India. Beijing Palace is a family run Chinese restaurant with friendly staff and a diverse menu.
Ashtead Local Amenities
There are two sets of local shops, four churches, and the Ashtead Village Club which is a C&IU affiliate. However, Ashtead is anything but a sleepy village. The youth club, recreation ground, and skate park are popular with local youngsters. The area’s local theatre group, Ashtead Players, also cater for children and adults. The 1st Ashtead Scout Group, which was incorporated in 1920, is still offering adventurous and education programmes to young people. However, the group has 250 members, uniting all the ages. For those with a passion for cricket, the Ashtead Cricket Club was founded in 1887 and has progressed into the Premier league of the Surrey Championship.