During the Jazz Fest weekend, a variety of food and drink options will be available at the Theatre from our Festival Catering Partner, Debbie Johnson, and elsewhere in the town and the Surrey Hills.


Gin the Jazz Bar

Friday night 9.30pm – 11pm

Relax in the bar with a drink and some live jazz piano as the opening evening of the Festival draws to a close.

Free entry. No pre-booking necessary

New Orleans Jazz Brunch

Saturday morning 11.30am – 12.30pm

Start your jazz day , not with an egg but a whole scrumptious, Deep South, American style brunch, with live New Orleans Dixie Jazz from clarinet maestro Duncan Batchelor and his quartet.

Choose from the Meat or Vegetarian Full Brunch menu for £10 and add on extras on the day

  • Standard Full Brunch : Hickory Smoked bacon, Eggs as you like ’em, Sausages, Sour dough toast plus tea/coffee/fruit juice
  • Vegetarian Full Brunch : Smashed Avocado, Scrambled egg, Smoked Salmon, Sour dough toast plus tea/coffee/fruit juice
  • Extras (£3): Pancakes with maple syrup and raspberries, Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels or Cinammon Toast

Clarinet maestro Duncan Batchelor is renowned as a player with a highly developed sense of swing and a fabulous tone. His reputation as a great player was honed whilst he worked with the pioneers of British Hot Club Swing jazz and he combines a professional commercial career with performing at jazz venues and festivals throughout Europe and beyond.

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Cream Tea

Saturday afternoon 3pm – 5.30pm

The quintessential English afternoon tea! Fruit and scones served with butter jam and clotted cream, teas and coffee.

Afternoon tea £5. Pre-bookings recommended.

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Available as an option with the following performances: Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio, The Age of Jazz, Come and Sing, or Pete Churchill & The Jazz Choir.

Coffee and Pastries

Sunday morning 11am – 12pm

Time to catch up with friends with a coffee and your favourite Danish pastry before the first session of the day featuring the award winning duo of Alan Barnes and Dave Newton!

No pre-booking necessary.

Creole Jazz Lunch

Sunday afternoon 1.15pm – 1.45pm

Enjoy the authentic taste of Creole with a Chicken and Chorizo Jambalaya or Louisiana Vegetarian Jambalaya, with Rice and Side salad – overflowing with the tastes of Louisiana, it’s hearty and incredibly flavourful, just like our All-Star Sextet!

Creole Jazz Lunch £10, prebooking essential.

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Available as an option with Alan Barnes/Dave Newton Duo and The Magic of Mancini with the Nightingale/Barnes/Waterman All Stars. For ticket holders for The Magic of Mancini concert, lunch will be served before the afternoon performance starts for you to enjoy in the auditorium, where seating will be set up at tables, cabaret style.

Afternoon Tea

Sunday afternoon 3.15 – 5.15pm

The perfect way to catch up with friends between sets, or to enjoy a quiet moment on your own between sets! Afternoon tea and cake, with including King cake/Louisiana syrup cake/Cinnamon loaf/ Coffee cake.

Tea £1, cake £2. No pre-booking required.

Scrumptious Sandwiches

Saturday 12.30-8pm, Sunday 3pm-5.30pm

Sandwiches will also be available for purchase during the weekend, with a choice of Sour dough bread/Bagels/Granary White and Brown Bread and fillings including Muffuletta smoked cheese with salami and olive pickle/ Smoked salmon and cream cheese/ Salami and pickle/ Smoked cheese and pickle/ Smashed Avocado chicken and bacon or regular cheese/ham/chicken salad sandwiches, all served with a simple side salad garnish plus a selection of pickles and Mayonnaise.

No pre-booking required.


Although we have great food offerings within the theatre we recognise that you may want to get outside and explore what Guildford has to offer. We recommend our festival partners :

The Jetty – A casual seafood bar & grill, serving simple, fresh seafood alongside thick-cut steaks and indulgent desserts. Following the award-winning Jetty concept, dishes showcase regional flavours, using local produce and seasonal ingredients.

HarBAR – a  vibrant, all-day dining affair serving light, healthy food and sharing plates, as well as the Harbour Hotels’ favourites like the Harbour Fish Pie, fish & chips, seafood burger (the signature dish), and thick cut steaks.

The Long Bar– a lively, atmospheric bar offering a wide selection of wines, an extensive gin list, and signature cocktails, created by a passionate mixologist. There are DJs and dancing on Friday and Saturday.

Nestled atop the charming Guildford High Street, Amor Amora is a tranquil independent cafe that offers customers a unique, idyllic experience serving only  organic or locally-sourced products for breakfast , soup and salad for lunch and tea , coffee and cake at any time

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Situated in the wonderful Tunsgate shopping area , Love Brownies Guildford offers indulgent chocolate treats and a range of premium, freshly brewed coffees and a tempting breakfast and lunch menu

Imagine a normal cafe but with a twist – the walls are decked with over 400 board games! A cover charge of £6 per person reserves your table for 3 hours, gives you access to our library of games, and the knowledge and expertise of our Games Gurus.

Located in Jeffries Passage, Guildford, between the top of the High Street and North Street.

If you fancy going further afield and taking some country air for a walk and traditional pub lunch or supper in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,  try

The Merry Harriers Located in the village of Hambledon just South of Guildford, the    Merry Harriers has its origins dating back to the 16th century.  Menus are designed to deliver heart-warming traditional pub favourites alongside a creative range of seasonal specials and popular Sharing Platters.  Long lazy Sunday fireside roasts are a weekly highlight. The focus is always on high quality local ingredients using the freshest and best ingredients all locally sourced within a 15 mile radius

Stay at the festival

If you plan to visit the festival why not stay over ? Here are two great places to stay :

Overnight stays here are exceptionally quiet and peaceful.  Choose from : four Inn Rooms – a wonderful mix of old and new, with ancient oak beams and contemporary furnishings; six Garden Rooms offering a simple rural rustic charm and lovely views of the surrounding countryside ; or be more adventurous and go for one of five decadent “glamping” experience Shepherd’s Huts. All with continental or full English breakfast  served in the Inn.

Located at the top of the high street within walking distance of the festival renowned for its style and first-class facilities. Enjoy the Egyptian cotton sheets. Relax and revive in the hydrotherapy pool, plunge pool, stone oven sauna, and an aromatic crystal steam room. Renew with top-of-the-range Temple Spa and HarSPA products and treatments. Shape up at the fitness centre

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