Popped over to Sea Palling beach last Sunday on a beautiful, but cold, winter’s day. Sea Palling is a short drive from Seascape and a lovely sandy beach. Always very popular with families and dog walkers, a fantastic beach to swim from in the summer (has a Blue Flag award and life guarded in high season) and also great fun to watch the surfers ride the waves ….
Stop by the Little Fudge stall in the village for a sugar rush as you come away from the beach !
Pottering around near Holt? Take some time to visit the award winning Back to the Garden – Farm shop, café and garden at Letheringsett… The farm shop sells a huge selection of organic produce – great butchery counter, cheese and fresh veg.
When you have shopped out, enjoy the produce in the bright and airy barn café/restaurant – they serve cakes and snacks or full meals – when we popped in the place was buzzing with Sunday lunch diners. It the interests of Seascape research we felt obliged to sample their gorgeous cake !
More information at back-to-the-garden.co.uk
How about free range, £2 for a dozen and about a mile and a half away from the chalet? These look like the happiest chickens. Turn right out of Mill Lane at main road, the farm is just up the road on the left hand side – down a long drive track. Eggs sold by the good old fashioned honesty box system.
Add to the mix some delicious sausages from Nick’s pigs, Church Farm in Bacton (buy them at the Bacton superstore on the Coast Road – and bacon)
Makes for a pretty good beachside breakfast with less than 2 food miles on the clock …. If the provenance of your food is important to you, you can’t beat that !
The lovely Sugar and Spice cafe has recently moved to fabulous new premises on the Coast Road in Bacton. The cafe is really popular and serves great food, breakfasts, snacks and full meals. Be warned, big portions…..!
The new premises are clean, light and airy with some lovely quirky features including a working jukebox! Outside seating for warmer days and a dog friendly venue. The cafe, deservedly so, gets consistently high revews on Tripadvisor (has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2014 like us) and is a great place to walk to from Seascape for a hearty breakfast.
This is one of our favourite low key places to eat whilst at Seascape. The Vernon Arms at South Repps is about 10 mins drive from Seascape. We have cycled – you can pick your way around country lanes and roads to avoid the main roads and it took us about an hour to get there (we are not fast cyclists……!) or take a long walk – maps in the chalet to plot a route.
South Repps is a lovely village with the Vernon in the middle of the village, nice beer garden, but our favourite time is in autumn/winter as they have a HUGE open fire. Restaurant is nice, but in our opinion, best atmosphere in the bar where the fire is – and you can take dogs into the bar. Lovely home cooked food and good portions, desserts are always fabulous. Well worth a visit.
Hurrah, one of our favourite places, Wiveton Hall Cafe has re-opened for the season!! Lunch last week… Clearly the Cafe has been busy over the winter months with the premises being extended and a new pizza oven being built. This is another one of those quirky, but fun, places to eat on the Norfolk coast (just outside Blakeney). Wiveton Hall is actually a working farm with PYO fruit during the summer months. The Cafe is through the farm, with a great view across the marshes. The decor is shabby chic, bright and breezy with a great outdoor eating area. However the highlight is the food – fresh, innovative and tasty, using lots of produce from the farm. Cakes are amazing ! The Cafe displays local artists work and has a great deli/food shops next door. It’s always very busy, even during the week, but you can book ahead on their Facebook page.
It’s lobster season!!
Whilst Cromer is famous for its crabs, there are amazing lobsters to be caught off the Norfolk coast.
We were lucky enough to be given these beauties by a friend in Cromer, fresh off the boat. We cooked them as a lobster thermidor and they tasted wonderful.
There are lots of places along the coast in Norfolk where you can purchase fresh crabs and lobster.
Enjoy !! ps We didn’t pinch the board from Jamie Oliver’s restaurant……
We had the pleasure of being invited to join good friends to celebrate their wedding anniversary last Wednesday at Morston Hall near Blakeney – Galton Blackiston’s flagship Michelin star fine dining restaurant.
We have dined at Morston Hall on several occasions and as usual the evening was impeccable – young, helpful staff and mouthwatering food, served in a warm and refined country house environment.
Dinner is a set tasting menu to ensure the best seasonal, fresh ingredients are prepared – the food is imaginative and creative.
Save for Mark (driving!) our table also enjoyed the Wine Flight – wines specially selected by the Sommelier to accompany the evening menu – it was no mean feat keeping up with the various wines as they arrived ……
The “dish of the day” for our whole table went to the Potato Truffle Mousse, which we all agreed was absolutely delicious!
Morston Hall is under an hour’s drive from Seascape, so very much a destination for a special occasion for dinner. Sunday lunch is available, as well as a formal afternoon tea, so why not incorporate a wonderful foody experience into a day exploring the beautiful North Norfolk coast.
Night time in February is not the best time for exterior shots, so many thanks to Tracy Blackiston for kindly providing me with this beautiful shot of Morston Hall in its Spring glory.
Have a look at the website www.morstonhall.com and be tempted !
Closer to home, Galton has a more informal (and cheaper!) restaurant in Cromer – No 1 – see the Seascape blog for January for a subjective review – we eagerly wait for the opening of the new restaurant above No 1 – watch this space…..
Saturday night – enjoying a fish and chip supper with friends at No 1 at Cromer, the latest venture of Michelin starred Norfolk chef, Galton Blackiston.
We all enjoyed fabulous fish and chips – the fish was fresh and the batter light and tasty. Lovely chips. A word of warning, the portions are huge, we ordered numerous side orders which was probably unnecessary, although very little was left and we still made room for dessert!!
It’s a great family venue and at a reasonable price. We didn’t have any children in our party, but understand the kid’s meals are served in a beach bucket !!
There is also a takeaway and icecream parlour, will be nice to get fish and chips and watch the amazing sunsets in the summer.
The restaurant has a superb location, looking out over Cromer pier – can’t wait to return in the summer to make the most of the spectacular views.
The manageress told us the restaurant is closing for a few weeks (until the first week in January) whilst major alterations are being undertaken as, exciting news, the premises are extending upstairs into a bar and new fine dining seafood restaurant !!!! Seascape review to follow later this year…….
Some great artwork depicting Cromer on the walls, could do with one of these for Seascape
Stalham High St (about 6 miles from Seascape) is home to a brilliant shop little shop “Truly Local”. I was fascinated to chat to Michael, one of the directors, to hear how the business was set up as a not for profit social enterprise. All profits go into sustaining the business and therefore back into the local community.
Truly Local has an amazing variety of wares, stocking best quality seasonal and local produce. Everything sold in the shop comes from a 35 mile radius of Stalham, including whisky from a Norfolk distillery. Stocks were a little low as it was just over the Christmas holiday, but I still came away with a loaded shopping bag…..
The store has won and continues to win awards, including winning the Norfolk Food and Drink awards 2012 for Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer. Prince Charles has made a personal visit to the shop !
In these days of mega size supermarkets and closure of independent high street retailers, it is truly wonderful to see such a successful venture.
Do go and give Truly Local a look and support this enterprising venture.