The delightfully named Rocky Bottoms is now re-opening for the Spring! On the coast road at West Runton, just past Cromer (about a 25 min drive from Seascape). We cannot recommend it enough – the freshest seafood, including locally caught crabs and lobsters (you cannot stay on the Norfolk coast without trying a Cromer crab!) A lovely, relaxed, holiday, beach shack vibe. We visited in Autumn last year for an impromptu lunch, enjoying fresh mussels and salmon sandwiches. They are not licensed, but you can take your own alcohol for a small cover charge…. Our visit was too cold and wet to sit outside, but the outside seating area is lovely, with amazing views out to sea – can’t wait to return on a sunny day. This is one place not to be missed…
Tag: eating out
Another of our regular haunts and well worth a drive is The Walpole Arms at Itteringham – a stones throw from the Blicking Estate. A lovely traditional 16th century pub serving great food – always popular and buzzy. Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015. We can certainly vouch for the Sunday lunch, but do book ahead. It is worth combining your visit with a walk around the lovely Blickling Estate or visit Blickling Hall.
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.
Do you love shellfish? Then this is the place for you. Not your regular seafood restaurant though….. Cookies is a Norfolk institution, a long standing family run business on the green at Salthouse (on the coast road just before Cley/Blakeney). Cookies is a little shellfish shop selling crabs/lobsters/cockles and much more, but you can eat amazing crab and lobster platters on the green outside, in their shop or the shed type building. Yes, that’s correct, a shed type building! It’s basic, no frills (or even toilets on site!), but very quirky with fantastic fresh produce and incredibly cheap meals. You can even take your own wine……
Here’s a taster of what to expect
Just over an hour’s drive from Seascape, Holkham Hall and estate is an absolute must for a wonderful day out, whatever the season.
The privately owned Holkham Hall is occupied as a family home by Viscount Coke and his young family – the Coke family having lived at Holkham continuously since the 1750s.
The estate has much to offer for the visitor, the Hall, gardens, deer park and lake. You can hire cycles at the estate – a great way to explore.
There are regular open air concerts during the summer and classical concerts in the beautiful Marble Hall. Maybe spend a lazy Sunday afternoon watching the cricket? – there could not be a better backdrop to the pitch.
Take a picnic to enjoy in the grounds or visit The Victoria pub which stands at the entrance to the estate, a very classy establishment that serves breakfast to non residents, coffees, lunch and dinner with a lovely courtyard garden.
The famous Holkham beach is a short walk through the pineforest – one of the most stunning and unspoilt beaches in the country – Gwyneth Paltrow walked across Holkham beach at low tide during the closing scenes of “Shakespeare in Love”…..
Holkham beach has just been voted “Best Beach in the UK” in a survey of travel writers.
Dinner with my best mate at Great Yarmouth, having met at Great Yarmouth Grammar School a few (?!) years ago, it seemed a fitting venue for a catch up and a wonderful steak last weekend. The Columbia is a Yarmouth institution and much loved by the locals. Run by the same Greek family since 1984 the Taverna serves authentic Greek cuisine and the most amazing steaks!
If you are taking the opportunity to have a day out in Great Yarmouth whilst holidaying at Seascape, why not try a taste of the Med – booking advisable at weekends.
Post Thrigby tigers and en route back to Seascape, we dropped into The Kings Arms on the main road at Fleggburgh, the new venture from chef Mark Dixon and his partner, Natasha.
Mark won the prestigious title of EDP (Eastern Daily Press) Chef of the Year 2013 in his previous working life at The Imperial Hotel in Great Yarmouth. Mark and Natasha reopened the Fleggburgh venue as a dining pub in January this year, focusing on dishes created with the finest of local ingredients.
We only sampled a sandwich in the bar, but perused the dinner menu which changes regularly to reflect seasonal produce.
The staff were friendly and approachable, the refurbishment is superb, light and airy eating spaces and spotless bathrooms ! We will definitely be returning soon to sample the evening menu.
Mark and Natasha were happy to pose for a photo – we wish you well with your new venture…..
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
On a grey damp November day thoughts drift to warm summer days and dining al fresco
This is the wonderful view from the deck of the stunning Waterside at Rollesby Broad, about 20 mins drive from Seascape.
The Waterside is in the most amazing location on the edge of Rollesby Broad. They serve snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Rollesby Broad is recognised as a Site of Special Scientific interest and home to a diversity of wildlife which you can spot from the terrace, their own specially designed bird hut, or even out on the broad –
the Waterside offers boat trips or, for that special occasion, picnics on Lady Belinda.
Sadly our November trip meant that we didn’t get to enjoy the outdoor dining experience – so the photos kindly provided by the Waterside to illustrate the beauty of the location in the spring and summer. If we have a summer like 2013, could not be a better place……
Post lunch at The Star, a meandering and aimless drive back stopping at various points in the area to pick up local produce from the roadside stalls around and about Seascape. There are so many little stalls around selling preserves, veg, eggs, plants and of course, lovely fudge from Sea Palling. Much better than supermarket shopping !
Despite declining a pud in The Star as we were too full, our random road trip took us by chance to a fantastic little café at Cart Gap in Happisburgh “Smallsticks Café” In the interests of research we had to try their cakes…
Amazing Sticky Toffee cake… Have a look at their website www.smallstickcafe.co.uk
Plan to go and try the Thursday night fish and chips soon…