Cobham was a small rural village when our first shop opened in 1896.
Since then, Farrants has been a familiar sight in Cobham High Street, supplying all manner of ‘fancy goods’ and services.
Back then, our main business was printing stationery. This was a time where it wasn’t a luxury to have printed letterhead and notelets, it was a necessity for every household as all essential communication was made by a handwritten letter and not via Facebook or Whatsapp.
Throughout the years we have added a large array of products to our shelves but stationery remains a core part of our range.
We have witnessed many changes in Cobham from the widening of the High Street, the demolition of the Gas Works and Ashby’s Garage being redeveloped into a Waitrose. We’ve witnessed the evolution of a High Street, once full of independent family businesses like ourselves, transform into coffee shops, restaurants, estate agents and multi-nationals. And we’re still here, as independent as ever!
Some of the more traditional goods and services we offer includes: newspaper and magazine deliveries; stationery, for home, school and the office; a great selection of everyday and artisan confectionery; a huge range of Greetings cards and gift wrap; arts & craft products, office equipment and toys.
Throughout our history, Farrants remains a local family owned business for whom traditional values and service still hold true. Our shop is family life orientated and as such we endeavour to exceed the needs of all, from age 0 to 100!