The Dabbling Duck 

café restaurant situated in the picturesque village of Shere, a few minutes from Guildford and within the Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty. We are open 7 days a week for breakfast, coffee & cakes, lunch and afternoon tea - served either inside the café or in our large patio garden. During the winter months, customers can enjoy dining in our yurt, warmed by our log burning stove. We enjoy a wide customer base, so whether you are meeting friends for coffee, lunching with your family, having a business meeting, walking, cycling -  you will be assured of a warm welcome by our friendly staff.

All our food is made daily on the premises using high quality fresh, seasonal ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible. We can provide bespoke catering for events either on or off the premises - so if you are planning a birthday, anniversary or other celebration, we would be delighted to help you.
We were really proud to be announced the winners of the
‘Tea / Coffee Shop of the Year’ for both 2016 and 2017
at Surrey Life’s Food and Drink Awards.

How we came about 

Cathy Garthwaite and Christina Collins met as mums at their children’s school. Cathy had a background in hospitality and Christina in retail merchandising and they both shared a passion for delicious tasting food. They opened their first café The Speckledy Hen in Shamley Green in 2012, followed shortly by The Dabbling Duck in 2013.

A Home from Home

Both cafes have a relaxed ‘home from home’ feel with rustic style furniture that were sourced at various vintage markets. The walls and shelves are adorned with signs and gifts to buy, as well as jars of chutneys, pickles and jams.
All made on the premises by our talented team of chefs.
We are really committed to reducing food miles, the following are a selection of our local suppliers who have been chosen because of the quality and provenance of their products:
Celebration Cakes -  Cranleigh
Coffee Real - Horsham
Rawlings Butchers -  Cranleigh
Sussex Charmer -  Rudgwick
West Horsley Dairies -  Woking
Coopers Fine Foods -  Hampshire
Koko Chocolate -  Ewhurst
Silent Pool Distillery -  Albury
Albury Organic Vineyard -  Albury
Norbury Blue Cheese - Albury