Tag: locally sourced food

Rocky Bottoms !!

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…

Wiveton Hall Cafe

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.


No 1 Cromer

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


The Waterside Rollesby

Afternoon tea at The WatersideThe amazing view from the decking

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……





Shopping local and eating cake at Smallsticks Cafe!

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 !

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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…

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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…

Walking the Quiet Lanes around Seascape

Saturday 26 October – Opportunity for a walk around the “quiet lanes” of Edinthorpe/Paston today.  The Quiet Lane scheme aims to  make minor rural links better for road users , including walkers, cyclists and horse riders.   The idea is to encourage road users to adopt a “share with care” philosophy when using routes signed as Quiet Lanes.    It works !!! and makes for far nicer walking and cycling.    There is quite a network around and about Seascape, perfect for taking the kids out on their bikes with very little cars to worry about.

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On the way back picked up essential supplies of “Nick’s Sausages” on sale at the Bacton Superstore.    Nick’s pigs are local Bacton residents, free range and very happy…   Reflected in the quality of the sausages.   Highly recommended for the essential fry up eaten on the deck of Seascape!!!