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Kinghams Story


Kinghams Restaurant was opened in 1993 by Paul Baker. The Restaurant was named after Paul’s late grandfather Reginald Kingham. Mr Kingham’s sculpture, created by his daughter, Paul’s mother, can be found sitting on the bar at the entrance to the Restaurant.

William Blackman built Kinghams Restaurant in approximately 1620, a prosperous time for Shere, thanks to the wool trade. At some point in the 1800’s the front door was moved from the front of the building to the side and the building was extended, making what we now call the reception and bar area. It was previously known as The Hangman’s Cottage and until the 1970’s, Oak Cottage.

Kinghams Restaurant offers a high standard of contemporary English cooking with personal service, thanks to a dedicated team in the kitchen and front of house. Fresh local produce, attention to detail and interesting fine wines have proved a successful formula and Kinghams Restaurant features in all major restaurant guides.

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The House was Built

Circa 1620


Kinghams was once known as Hangman’s Cottage as its occupant worked at the Shere gibbet! Kinghams was originally two labourers’ cottages on the Netley Estate.
Paul Purchased The Restaurant

1993


Paul bought the building in 1993 & proceeded to create Kinghams Restaurant.
Mohssine joins the team

2006


Mohssine joins the team after competing his Cordon Bleu diploma with Tante Marie and training at the Mirabella Restaurant in Mayfair.
Jack joins the team

2012


Jack joins the team after working in restaurants and hotels across Surrey.
Restaurant Of The Year

2013


Kinghams won Surrey Life’s Restaurant of the Year Award being named as the top eatery in Surrey and has been a finalist three times since then.
Kinghams Celebrates 25 Years

2018


Kinghams turned a fabulous 25 in 2018, celebrating years of dedication and consistency in a challenging industry.
Mohssine and Jack become share holders in Kinghams

2019


Restaurant of the year

2019


Kinghams won Surrey Life Restaurant of the Year for a second time.
Continued Success

Present


Our customers continue to enjoy our friendly service, seasonal food and quality, well chosen wines.