Roger Peerless is a Surrey Mirror correspondent and a regular guest at the Merstham Mix. Few
people know the local area better than him. He has lived in Merstham for over 60 years and was
educated at Albury Manor School, just down the road from where the café now stands. In his time he
has been Secretary of a local football club, a school governor at Furzefield School and worked for 21
years at a local building firm.
Roger is often be seen having a cooked breakfast or hot lunch (or on occasion both!) at the café. His
favourite dish is cottage pie when it’s on the menu and he is especially partial to a slice of our lemon
drizzle cake, washed down with an Americano.
Here he shares some of the history of the local area and how the Merstham Mix has helped to fulfil a
longstanding promise to residents.
“Over six decades ago, when the then new Merstham Estate had finally been completed by London
County Council, new residents, many of them relocating to the area, from parts of London, were
promised a whole host of social amenities,” explains Roger.
“A bingo hall, dance hall, cinema, and two public houses, only one of which, the now much late-
lamented, Iron Horse, was ever built, were on the list of, as it transpired, ‘broken promises’.
So it remained, for in excess of sixty years, until that is, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council,
embarked upon their Regeneration plan for the area, at the centre of which, was the new Merstham
“The Hub itself has been a revelation, bringing together so many activities under one roof, and
ultimately so many people, of varying ages, gender, and backgrounds.
“At the beating heart of The Hub, is The Merstham Mix Café, offering excellently cooked food at
highly affordable prices, and all served by a cheerful and helpful staff, many of whom are volunteers.
All in all an overall success story.”
We are grateful to Roger for being such a loyal customer of the Merstham Mix since its opening, for
bringing his cheery presence to the café on a daily basis and for reporting all our latest news in his
columns. We will ask the chef to put cottage pie on the menu again soon, Roger!