The Tunsgate Quarter in Guildford opened its doors yesterday to reveal its brand new occupants.

To the sound of a 4-piece jazz band I manoeuvred my way around the bright, light, sunny, precinct.

The first retail outlets to take up space in the recently revamped centre are Bobbie Brown, Cath Kidston, Loaf, Lululemon, OKA, and The White Company.Cath Kidston’s jaunty shop front was a sea of patriotic red, white and baby blue bunting, celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Next on my list to visit was Loaf. Having only ever seen their products in a catalogue I was keen to see it in the flesh.

It didn’t disappoint. Greeted by a giant coir mat complimenting me on my shoes I couldn’t wait to get my feet inside the door, and get stuck in! 

I’m not sure that I would be offering tubs of ice-cream to visitors who were specifically here to look at sumptuous sofas but Loaf did and it was a welcome treat.

I carefully devoured by raspberry sorbet as I perched on this rather gorgeous squishy corner unit. It was certainly as comfortable as it looked and comes in a variety of combinations and colours.

With my appetite for sweet treats and first hand experience of Loaf’s lovely array of furnishings fully satisfied I made my way to OKA.

Again, another retailer who’s catalogue I receive regularly, was far better in real life.

Bold, lavish, and with exquisite detailing, this is a brand that would bring a sense of drama to any home. 

I took a particular fancy to their lamps, shades, and glassware, none of which I had paid particular attention to, before seeing it off the printed page.

My final port of call was The Ivy restaurant which is due to open its doors on Wednesday April 4. For an inside scoop go to Surrey Life’s website .