What we love about where we live
We are surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty with a breathtaking coastline and we have a huge array of restaurants and Inns and endless hobbies and interests to pursue and all this is on our doorstep. Here are a few of our favourite things which we would love to recommend to our guests.
Things to do
Bird-watching at cley, Blakeney & Titchwell, sailing at Morston, Brancaster & Cley, amazing big deserted beaches at holkham and wells, cycling along the coast road and down undiscovered little lanes, all types of walking everywhere: rambling, climbing, power walking, nordic walking, strolling and jogging over marshes, beaches, fields, lanes and big hills, eating and drinking lots, boat charter and organised seal trips at blakeney and morston, go to burnham market (known locally as chelsea-on-sea) and visit pentney house where you can gasp at the enormity of Gloria's hat emporium, pop into trendy Jack Wills shop, drop into Gun Hill clothing, view galleries, dream of buying a second home here and register with Sowerbys andBedfords estate agents, do a spot of bidding at James Beck auctions on a thursday morning in fakenham or visit the colourful market stalls, ride on the steam railway, visit stately homes at Blickling, Felbrigg, sandringham, houghton and holkham, have a bet on the races at fakenham racecourse, rummage in antique shops and browse for secondhand books, have afternoon tea in splendour at Morston Hall or hot buttered crumpets in the Moorings at blakeney, visit the thursford collection of steam engines and view tanks at the muckleborough collection, enjoy outside concerts in the summer and classical recitals in churches in the winter, shop for designer clothes in holt, feed the ducks and swans at salthouse, negotiate the cobbled streets of norwich, take the dog for walks through mossy scented pine forests and collect cones, eat fish and chips from newspaper by the seashore, pick blackberries from hedgerows and make a crumble, buy a special bottle of wine and snooze by the fire, go beach-combing after high tide, sit in a deckchair and read a good book, stay in bed until late then go out for a scrummy lunch, enjoy bacon sandwiches and a cup of tea on the quay at blakeney, fly a kite, roll your trousers up and paddle in the sea.
Once you have done all these things we can recommend plenty more...
We are so lucky to have so many beautifully fresh ingredients available to us on our doorstep - here is a list of our favourite places to buy food, you are on holiday so forget all about counting calories!
Fish & Seafood
North Norfolk Fish Company Old Stable Yard Holt 01263 711913 'John the Fish' as he is known locally has the best selction of fresh fish - wonderful service and quality guaranteed.
Cley Smokehouse High Street Cley next the sea 01263 740282 www.cleysmokehouse.com Huge variety of smoked fish:bloaters, mackerel, kippers, smoked chicken, potted shrimps and a range of fish pates.
Willie Westons Fish Shop Westgate Street Blakeney 01263 741112 The best for beautifully dressed crabs and lobsters - also some tasty ready meals available.
Blakeney Delicatessen 30 High Street Blakeney 01263 740939 Rob has a great selection of charcuterie, local vegetables, cheese and wine. The meringues are legendary and his home baked rosemary ham is truly succulent.
Larners/Bakers Market Place Holt 01263 712323 Award winning delicatessen with a huge selection of cheeses, charcuterie, divine chocolates, pastries and special puds! Excellent wine department and food hall is like a mini Fortnum and Mason.
Picnic Fayre The Old Forge Cley next the sea 01263 740587 www.picnic-fayre.co.uk Having recently celebrated 25years of business, this beautiful deli, owned by John & Vicky is hugely popular. Lavender bread, wonderful dips, taramasalata, really good cakes, tarts, jam, cheese, olives and wine. Coffees & ice cream to take away.
Back to the Garden Brecks Farm Nr. Letheringsett 01263 715996 www.back-to-the-garden.co.uk Recently named best farm shop in Norfolk by the Telegraph, this establishment is wonderful and a regular haunt of mine! Organic meat, veg & fruit. Freshly baked bread and savoury pastries. Hot meal of the day to take home for supper and a little café to stop and have a cup of tea - well worth a visit.
Wiveton Hall Farm Between Cley & Blakeney on the A149 01263 740525www.wivetonhall.co.uk Pick your own or buy the best strawberries and raspberries in the area. Home grown veg and home reared pork. Fantastic cafe on site - excellent for breakfast and luch and they also have tapas evenings.
Walsingham Farm Shop Guild Street Walsingham 01328 821877www.walsinghamfarmshop.co.uk Amazing building with homemade chocolate shop located next door! Farm shop sells eggs, soups, bread, store cupboard ingredients, local meat, smoked fish and cakes.
WAITROSE & TESCO WILL DELIVER TO OUR POSTCODE
HOLT: Bakers & Larners 01263 712323 www.bakersandlarners.com • Budgens. FAKENHAM: Morrisons • Tesco. SWAFFHAM: Waitrose
Rutlands Melton Constable 01263 860562 www.rutland-butchers.co.uk In my opinion - the best of the best! The shop won Butcher of the Year in 2009. Family owned and run, quality produce and and genuine, friendly old fashioned service.
Morston Hall Morston Nr. Blakeney 01263 741041 My absolute favourite! Outstanding cuisine and the only restaurant within 50 miles to hold 3 red rosettes and a Michelin star. Galton Blackiston and his wife Tracy run a wonderful business - the standard of food is impeccable and eating there is a real treat. Galton is a great Ambassador for all things Norfolk and his use of local ingredients results in a daily change of menu. Book ahead as the restaurant is very popular but this should definitely be on your 'to do' list.
Wiveton Bell Wiveton 01263 740101 Owned by experienced restaurateurs Berni and Sandy, this gorgeous pub serves great food to suit all tastes. We think the Sunday Roast here is sublime. Roaring log fire, beams, local ale, comprehensive wine list and most importantly - dog friendly!.
Kings Head Letheringsett 01263 712691 www.letheringsettkingshead.co.uk This hostelrie has recently been re-furbished to a very high standard and has a great atmosphere. Squashy sofas, cosy corners, private dining areas, great food and a childrens menu make this place a sure-fire hit. Just seven minutes drive from us makes this a popular haunt
The Moorings Blakeney 01263 740054 www.blakeney-moorings.co.uk Richard and Angela run a very professional but super friendly restaurant. Food is excellent with a really tasty & creative menu.
The Victoria at Holkham 01328 711008 Hip Pub/Restaurant styled in a Moorish/Moroccan theme Great location close to stunning Holkham Beach. Varied menu offers game from the Holkham Estate and fresh local ingredients.
The Walpole Arms at Itteringham 01263 587258 18th Century pub with beams and log fire. Multi award winning food and drink in a picturesque location the other side of Holt. Must be visited - the deep fried parsnips with mustard dip are just amazing!
The White Horse Blakeney 01263 740574 Excellent pub/hotel with inviting bar, restaurant and big conservatory. Good wholesome food, perfect after a long walk on the marshes. Chowder, mussels, local fish & meat and a good vegetarian selection. Child friendly.
Byfords Cafe, Wine Bar & Deli Holt 01263 711400 Lunches, teas and dinner served in informal cosy setting. Beams and quirky character features. Friendly service. Really good seafood pizza!
Number 10 Restaurant 10 Augusta Street Sheringham 01263 824400 www.no10sheringham.com Good, honest yummy food. Inventive menu with a twist.
The Passion of Flowers Rita Levitt the owner of this beautiful floristry business in Holt always has a stunning array of fresh flowers and she is happy to deliver bouquets to us at White Horse Farm for special occasions - speak to us to arrange this service. Visit: passion-of-flowers.co.uk
Eating Out, Food Shops & Delis In Norfolk
During your stay at WHITE HORSE FARM holiday cottages you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food shops and delis or eating out in Norfolk. If you fancy a night in then you've come to the right county for locally sourced produce, from meat to fish, vegetables and fruit. Here's a list of our favourite food shops, delis and more in North Norfolk:
Norfolk's Best Food Shops, Delis and More
1. Blakeney Delicatessen, Blakeney
This is a great small deli on the High Street in Blakeney with a choice of charcuterie, cheese, local vegetables and an interesting selection of wines.
2. Arthur Howell Butcher, Wells next the Sea
This is an excellent place for local meat and game, it's well-established and reliable.
3. Wells Delicatessen, Wells-next-the-Sea
This Deli has a good selection of meats, cheeses, wine and bread.
4. Walsingham Farm Shop
This is a fantastic new partnership between local producers supplying free range eggs, breads, cakes, local meat, smoked fish, pies, ready meals, soups, locally grown vegetables and much more.
5.Arthur Howells Butcher, Burnham Market
This butcher is an excellent place for local meat and game, located in the Market Place.
6. The Moorings (Blakeney)
Fresh simple honest food - fantastic local fish, shellfish, game in season, delicious meat and vegetarian dishes, puddings, and a well-chosen wine list.
Situated on the High Street, close to the quay.
7. Humble Pie, Burnham Market
Humble Pie is a very good small deli in the Market Place, Burnham Market.
8. Gurney's Fish Shop, Burnham Market
Gurney's is a small fish shop with fresh local fish, mussels and cockles in season, home smoked kippers and salmon. They also offer some ready meals, pates, delicious Thai fish cakes and fresh herbs.
90. Grooms Bakery, Burnham Market
Grooms Bakery is a traditional bakery and great for bread and cakes. Situated in the Market Place.
10.Bakers & Larners of Holt
This is a large delicatessen with a wide range of foodstuffs. Great cheese selection, charcuterie, in store butcher, excellent specialist wine selection.
11. North Norfolk Fish Company, Holt
Excellent fresh and smoked fish supplier.
12. Benbow & Sons, Holt
A traditional greengrocer with a good selection of fruit and vegetables, some locally grown.
13. Letheringsett Mill, near Holt
This is a traditional flour mill supplying a variety of flours and they also have working demonstrations.
14. Back to the Garden
Located at Brecks Farm, west of Letheringsett, Back to the Garden offers organic meat, fruit, vegetables and bread.
15. Wiveton Hall Farm & Cafe
Located between Cley and Blakeney this farm offers strawberries, raspberries and currants available picked or PYO and home grown vegetables in season. They also have home reared pork.
Café open April until the end of October.
16. Cley Smokehouse, Cley next the Sea
The Cley Smokehouse has all kinds of smoked fish: kippers, bloaters, smoked salmon, potted shrimps, mackerel pate and fantastic taramasalata.
17. Picnic Fayre, Cley next the Sea
This is an award-winning delicatessen with an interesting selection of food, bread and cakes. Perfect for picnics! They also have a good and reasonably priced wine selection.
Best Places for Eating Out in Norfolk
1. The Wiveton Bell (Wiveton)
Consistently good cooking and pleasant atmosphere makes The Wiveton Bell one of the most popular establishments in North Norfolk.
2. The White Horse Hotel (Blakeney)
Local shellfish feature strongly, simply cooked mussels through the winter months and crabs in spring and summer. A blackboard of daily specials with the accent on fish compliments the printed menu. Good for families and groups. Cosy bar or larger conservatory.
3. The Crown Hotel (Wells-next-the-Sea)
The menu features traditional favourites,the best of modern British cuisine, and dishes influenced by the cooking of the Pacific Rim. A superb wine list complements the menus.
4. The Neptune Inn Restaurant (Old Hunstanton)
The menu changes weekly depending on what game, fish and vegetables are in season. The chef, Jon Cleland, only uses fresh local produce. New England theme, great reputation.
5. The Moorings (Blakeney)
Fresh simple honest food - fantastic localfish, shellfish, game in season, delicious meat and vegetarian dishes, puddings, and a well-chosen wine list.
Situated on the High Street, close to the quay.
6. Morston Hall (Morston)
Michelin starred chef Galton Blackiston's restaurant with daily changing set menu for dinner, one sitting at 7:30 for 8pm. Lunches on Sunday only. Exceptional food in relaxing and elegant surroundings.
7. The Victoria at Holkham
Trendy pub/restaurant close to the beach at Holkham. Menu relying heavily on the best ingredients the surrounding area has to offer and what is seasonally available, whether it be crabs from Cromer, mussels from Brancaster or venison, beef, game and eel from the Holkham Estate.