Travel // Our Favourite Spots in Norfolk {a summer weekend away}

August 14, 2018

Part Two of our magical summery weekend in Norfolk, a list of all of our favourite places below. {you can see part one with where we stayed here}

// The Crab Hut at Brancaster Quay

I asked Zara, owner of Little Norfolk Cottage where we stayed, where we could find the best crab sandwich in North Norfolk and she told us about this little hut. It was our very first stop and we shamefully went back every lunch after that!! The perfect seafood soft baguettes, piled high with seafood caught off of their boat that very morning for just £4.50.

// A stop at Cley 

A cute little town with a deli called Picnic Fayre which we love for picking up some local supplies along with the best cakes {we had a sticky pear and ginger cake which was more like a pudding than cake!} along with fresh produce. From here there's a nice walk over the moors by the windmill to Blakeney or you can walk to Wiveton Fruit Farm.

We loved that mix of farming/countryside with the coast. Absolutely everywhere you drive out there has signs for local produce just at the side of the road.

// Blakeney 

Another sweet little seaside town with a couple of art galleries and a harbour to start your walks or take a boat out to see the seals {Bean's boat trips are best}.

// Stiffkey Stores

An absolute must visit for a really beautifully created homewear selection at reasonable prices. We picked up some galvanised tubs and glass vases along with some books I hadn't seen before but I wanted to buy everything. Also has a little tea room {I've heard the peanut butter blondies are amazing} and a post office attached.

// Countryside Views EVERYWHERE

and little roadside stalls selling local produce. Samphire and plums were in abundance during our August trip.

// Eric's Fish & Chips

Had been recommended to us by everyone and reading through the comments in the guest book in the cottage confirmed it too. It's a fish & chip shop with a difference, I had arancini and a fish cake which was amazing {I'm probably the only person in England not to like fish & chips!}, and we took along our own salad to have with it. Ben adored the fish & chips and then we had cereal milk ice cream after which reminded us of our fav Milk Bar in NYC. It's set just outside of Thornham in what we felt was like an Australian style set up with a car park and a few shops around including an orchard shop and some Scandi lifestyle stores. You can eat your fish & chips inside or in the cute nautical feeling courtyards front and back. Or you could take it to the beach! A must.

// Old Hunstanton Beach

was a new beach for us on this trip. Previously we've always stuck to Holkham/Wells. But we LOVED this, especially as it's far enough West to catch a sunset directly over the water. There's soft sand, sand dunes and a few beach huts. We went back on both evenings.

// Thornham Deli

A buzzy spot for great coffee, breakfast and all day casual dining with a lifestyle store attached. It felt particularly lovely on a sunny Sunday morning.

// Drove Orchards 

{next to Eric's fish & chips}

// Wells next the Sea Town to Beach Walk

Probably my favourite beach in the whole of England. We parked in Wells and walked along to the beach, then you keep walking to reach the row of pastel coloured quirky beach huts and it turns into Holkham beach with sand dunes. You can then walk back through the pine forest. It's such an unreal beach with huge Norfolk skies and the softest sand. The sea can be really far out at low tide though! 

We had a picnic with baguettes from the Crab shack!

It was such a scorching hot day.

We've normally visited before slightly out of season so it was lovely to see the beach huts being used by lots of families. Can you imagine owning one?! Life goals.

Can't decide if the one with the oar and spiral staircase is our favourite or crab.

We sat in the shade of a beach hut for a while, it's amazing how if you just walk up the beach away from Wells how quiet it gets.

Beach hair, don't care.

Soft serve from the Beach Cafe in the Wells Beach car park. They're also known for their hot chocolates in the winter.

// Wells next the Sea Town

If you walk towards the green from the harbour, you'll find a sweet seaside street away from the kiss-me-quick {slightly tacky harbour}. We love this street with it's greengrocer, art galleries and lifestyle stores. Nomad & the Bowerbird is a must visit.

It was a carnival weekend when we visited Wells green, so quintessentially British.

// The White Horse Restaurant, Brancaster Straithes

We had such an amazing dinner date here and it was recommended by lots of you on Instagram. There are 3 restaurants here, one more casual on the terrace, one for the bar at the front and then the proper dining room. It's also been named in top seaside lists for eating out in the Times and Guardian. You'll be in for a treat with the food here and I've been dreaming of that pudding ever since {peanut parfait with chocolate & raspberry!}

// Sunset at Old Hunstanton Beach 

An evening I want to remember for a long time. I love the idea of driving to the lighthouse to watch the sunset from your car in the Winter months too. Our new favourite Norfolk spot.

// Burnham Overy Quay Walk to the Beach

Somebody on Instagram {sorry I feel like I say that ALL the time} recommended this walk to us and we're so grateful for their recommendation. You park at Burnham Overy Quay and take the footpath towards the beach, it's a raised path about 1.5 miles long above the salt marshes and countryside to reach a deserted, huge, beautiful beach. If you're feeling like you want an even longer walk you can then walk along this beach to the right to reach Holkham! 

// Stopped at a Plum Farm

after seeing a million sides at the side of the roads for the best English plums. We discovered an orchard with a sweet man selling them. Only in Norfolk!

// Burnham Market

is another favourite. Set inland, it feels a bit Cotswoldy almost. It's been nicknamed Chelsea on Sea in the past too as it's an upmarket, beautiful small town with some high end interior shops, a Joules, Jack Wills, the Hoste for afternoon tea and Gurney's famous fish shop along with some tea-rooms and delis. The green here is lovely and we discovered a vintage auction going on. Always a nice vibe here.

// Other spots that are worth a visit {that we sadly ran out of time for on this trip!}; 
- Holt for antique shops and Byford's of Holt is an institution 
- Back to the Garden farm shop/deli in a converted barn
- Wiveton Hall Fruit Cafe, beautiful lunch spot with a seasonal menu and a PYO farm.
- Holkham Hall - a huge country estate with always lots going on and beautiful grounds to wander around/spot deer.
- The Victoria at Holkham, classy posh pub for cosy lunches/a drink before or after a long walk around Holkham Hall or the beach.
- Rocky Bottom's for seafood
- Bringing the Outside In and Nomad & The Bowerbird {photos above} are two dreamy lifestyle shops not to miss
- The Orange Tree in Thornham Restaurant - we've eaten here on a previous visit and it still gets so highly recommended
- The Chequers Inn, Thornham restaurant
- Blicking Hall National Trust is beautiful, we visited one frosty bright January day
- The Anchor in Morston was recommended a lot to us for food.
- Titchwell Marshes for a walk through the nature reserves to a beautiful, quiet beach at the end.
- See the seals with Bean's boat trips from Blakeney 
- Grey Seal Coffee in Blakeney 

Have you been? You can see photos from our previous Norfolk trips here and here from the past couple of years. And our v first visit there here {we look so young!}

Let me know your favourite spots too! And more inspiration in the comments of my Instagram post before our trip on this photo.

R <3 xx 

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  1. loooove this so much!! We've just booked to stay at the cottage next spring and so excited now! Already feel like I need to book another week in the summer!! thank you! xx


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