All Things Eating Out showcases fabulous independent places to eat out in Norfolk. Whether you are looking for an eatery with fine views over the Norfolk Coast, Countryside or City of Norwich, or a fine dining restaurant to make that occasion extra special , this category is full of fabulous independent Norfolk eateries, with many focussing on locally sourced produce.
Situated nearby to Loddon and Beccles our gardens surround Raveningham Hall, home to Sir Nicholas and Lady Bacon (and home to the Bacon family since 1735).
Enjoy the beauty of our varied and ever-changing floral seasons. The Gardens are set out as the Edwardian plans with large herbaceous borders surrounding a Victorian walled kitchen garden. In the 1960s the planting was enhanced by the inspiration of Priscilla, Lady Bacon an energetic plantswoman who collected many rare species from around the world transforming the garden over 50 years. The walled kitchen garden was brought back to full working order in the last 20 years and is now producing fruit and vegetables for the House. There is a fine late 19th century Boulton and Paul range of glasshouses, stocked conservatory and melon pits, all in working order.
A Millennium project by Nicholas Bacon to build a lake on the North side of the House is now firmly established as is an Arboretum that was planted after the destruction of a wood in the 1987 gale; this gave an opportunity to plant a large variety of trees and shrubs under a plan designed by the eminent plantsman Roy Lancaster. New additions to the garden include a Herb Garden, a Stumpery and a garden designed around Francis Bacon’s essays based on the passage of time.
The main specialities of the garden are snowdrops followed by bulbs in early spring, later in the season agapanthus are a main feature. Our Gardens are circa 10 acres all in a glorious 18th Century parkland setting with sculpture by Susan Bacon in and around the gardens. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
Main Season Opening Times
We are open for both individual visits and Group Tours of 10-30 people.
Our Gardens are open throughout February to celebrate our famous snowdrop season from 11-4pm (closed Saturdays) and on set days May to September. Please see our website www.raveningham.com for opening days, times & admission costs.
Friends of Raveningham Gardens
Become a Friend of our Gardens and for just £25 per person, per year, you could enjoy unlimited admission during our normal opening times as well as special visiting times all year round.
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We look forward to welcoming you to our living garden.
Sheringham’s Little Theatre is closely connected in so many ways. Established for six decades, it comes with that hard-earned reputation for being an essential component of the coastal community.
Standing proud opposite the Town’s Clock Tower, it faces due North towards the sea that has shaped Sheringham’s history. A force to be reckoned with, both its summer repertory season and its traditional pantomime are legendary in the British theatre industry, reflected by the audiences filling the 160 brand new seats and who are happy to just keep on coming back for more.
Showcasing Sheringham’s stage and screen, it connects with people across wide ranging tastes. Both the Little Theatre Players and numerous touring companies perform a superb selection of classic plays as well as the best of modern material.
The satellite dish and full-size silver screen present a much sought after connection with world class ballet and opera. Fans of mainstream movies are not forgotten and are well catered for alongside maestros of music from all genres.
The service called Friendly Faces features an informal link for new-comers and those who feel daunted at attending on their own; tangible proof of the Theatre’s credentials for wishing to connect with all who choose to come along.
Open six days every week, the Hub Café provides a warm and welcoming destination, an amazingly popular venue for everyone to catch up over a cuppa and cake. For those who yearn for a closer involvement, there is a fun and enjoyable adult drama group, plus drama workshops for 6 to 16 year olds. Why go anywhere else when you can come to your local Theatre and be on a proper stage?
Sheringham has the benefit of regular direct transport connections with local communities and with Norwich itself by both bus and rail services. The Little Theatre has several car parks in the vicinity which are a level walk away. Morris Street is the closest at only a few minutes’ wander and is free of charge in the evenings. Once inside the Theatre foyer, it is a level access to the café, toilets and front row of the auditorium – making the trip out easier for those with limited mobility.
All the numerous events need a happy team on hand to ensure they run smoothly. Volunteers play an essential part, helping with a variety of tasks, including welcoming visitors, selling programmes or serving in the café bar. Anyone who has a couple of hours to spare from time to time would be genuinely welcome to join the team. Your contribution would help ensure the sustainability of your well-connected Sheringham Little Theatre for you, your children and your grandchildren.
Coffeesmiths was founded in 2021 by a coffee crazed guy called Arron, that’s me! Having worked in the coffee world since I left University, I have now begun my own coffee-based adventure with Coffeesmiths.
Starting off in a converted Rice Horse Box, I was travelling Norfolk and beyond on the weekends serving my locally roasted coffee. I thought to myself that I could do this full-time, so here we are! Now we have a permanent unit on Market Place in North Walsham along with the trailer which is still in operation at events over East Anglia.
Coffee has always been the priority. That is why we use only small and local business to source our beans. Using the Broadland Blend from JavaBean who are based in Scottow – we can create incredibly tasty artisan coffee that is unrivalled in freshness. Sometimes only a matter of days pass between the coffee beans being roasted and then served in our Shop and Trailer.
We do not just get our coffee beans from nearby, but our cakes and pastry offering are also both sourced from within 10 miles of Norwich. Again, this guarantees freshness and quality along with a excellent range of Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options. We change our menu every couple of weeks, however some favourites are Sea Salt Brownies and Vegan Sticky Caramel Buns.
Our choices don’t stop there. If you like to mix up your coffee and explore into different flavours, then we have you covered! With over 12 syrups to choose from at any one time you can always create your perfect coffee. Allergens are also covered, with Lacto-Free, Almond, Soya, Coconut, Oat and Skimmed milk all available every day.
Our shop in North Walsham is right in the centre of Market Place, with a beautifully hand-made breakfast bar in the window, which is perfect to perch and enjoy a Flat White and watch the world go by. We will be offering some external seating in the summer months too. Perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast but also if you need to pass an hour by sitting in. There are power sockets and Wi-Fi for those that might be working too.
There is cheap parking within 3 minutes’ walk, free disabled parking on the Market Place so we are nice and accessible. We are very excited for the Summer approaching and beyond, as we settle in North Walsham and perhaps some other towns in Norfolk soon….!
We look forward to seeing you
Monday – Friday 07:30 – 16:00
Saturday 08:30 – 16:00
Sunday – CLOSED
The Virginia Court Hotel in Cromer North Norfolk is an independently owned 23 bedroom seaside hotel, offering overnight accommodation to suit everyone’s needs.
This stunning Norfolk Hotel offers suites, superking bedded, twins, doubles and single rooms on either a bed and breakfast or dinner B&B basis all located in a converted gentlemen’s club house in the centre of Cromer.
This former club house was reportedly built to entice Edward VII to continue to frequent Cromer, located on the prestigious tree lined avenue opposite North Lodge Park (which overlooks the sea), Virginia Court Hotel is a stone’s throw from both the town centre and the North Norfolk seafront.
Since becoming a hotel in the 1920s the hotel has gone through several re-iterations and updates and now offers fabulous accommodation, delicious food, a sun trapped garden and ample free parking. This North Norfolk hotel is also fully wifi enabled, ensuring connection in both public areas and your bedroom. And its free of charge!
Virginia Court Hotel in Cromer is set amidst the beautiful surroundings of North Norfolk. You’ll find plenty to do here including walking along the North Norfolk coastal path, birdwatching at Cley, visiting Sandringham and the halls at Blickling, Felbrigg, Holkham and Houghton. Take a boat trip to see the seals at Blakeney point or explore the Norfolk Broads. Additional activities include exploring the local villages and towns. Holt is a pretty Georgian market town packed with unusual shops and galleries. There’s also a country park and steam railway nearby.
Cromer itself is famous for its delicious, sweet (but small) crabs and when in season between May and September there is nothing better than to eat in our Dining Room restaurant and feast on local crab. Our seasonal menu includes crab served in a variety of ways including; crab crostini, potted crab, crab cakes, salads and thermidor to name a few!
Basing yourself in Cromer allows you to easily explore the town; watch the fishermen land their catch directly on the beach, visit the Henry Blogg and lifeboat museums, catch your own crabs off the pier and take in the famous Seaside Special Shows on the award winning Cromer Pier! For those with a little more energy try a walk up to the Cromer Lighthouse or even play a round of golf at Royal Cromer Golf club.
For a relaxing leisure break by the coast in stylish Cromer accommodation you will enjoy the Virginia Court Hotel.
With its modern hotel rooms the Virginia Court Hotel in Cromer offers a comfortable relaxed experience where you will receive friendly but professional service from all our team. So sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing drink before sampling the delights of our evening menu featuring a variety of locally sourced foods including the famous Cromer Crab (when in season).
You will find Virginia Court Hotel in Cromer is the most ideal of Norfolk Hotels for all types of breaks; awaydays, microbreaks and short weekend breaks or for use as a base for longer stays.
The AA 4 Star silver Maids Head Hotel is renowned for being the oldest Hotel in the UK. The site has been providing hospitality since the early 12th century. With its long history of famous guests, including Edward the Black Prince, Catherine of Aragon and Queen Elizabeth I and tradition of service to the local community, the hotel is filled with character that sets it apart.
As an independent hotel we pride ourselves on excellent service, attention to detail and flexibility making our guests feel welcome and at ease whilst staying with us.
Our Chefs understand that every guests needs are different and whilst creating our mouth-watering menus of local produce they will be happy to look after any dietary request.
Our restaurant and bar staff are on hand to recommend the perfect wine to match your meal and will do so by course as required.
In addition to our bedrooms and restaurant the hotel we can cater for up to 120 guests in our versatile event rooms.
Since 2015, the Maids Head has received a multi-million pound makeover, and this has also included investing in Maids Head Experiences. These range from a fine dining experience in the 2 AA Rosette WinePress Restaurant, to a complimentary spin in one of two vintage Bentleys, to borrowing a Bobbin Bike to explore the City at leisure.
All of our event rooms have individual character, combining this with our flexible approach to events we can tailor make bespoke events to match our customers' needs.
The Maids Head Hotel were also winners of the Best Independent Hotel and Investing in Future Tourism Awards 2019.
Welcome to Dalegate Market, the independent retail site with shops & Deepdale Cafe in Burnham Deepdale. The shopping centre is on the A149 coast road, approximately half way between Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea in the heart of the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. The centre is a major North Norfolk Coast hub, offering a place to relax, shop, eat, drink and connect with friends and family.
There's great food and drink from Deepdale Café, offering breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee and cake. The shopping site is home to mainly independent shops - Deepdale Stores supermarket & fuel station (petrol & diesel), Fat Face clothing & accessories shop, Gone Crabbing Norfolk clothing & souvenirs shop, Relish jewellery & accessories, One Stop Nature Shop, The Hare & The Hen gallery (and Philippa Lee pottery workshop), and Driftwood Glass Studio The shops are joined by Deepdale Bike Hire and Deepdale Visitor Information Centre (TIC).
Dalegate Market welcomes Pop Up Shops a week at a time throughout the Summer and at various other times of the year.
Dalegate Market is popular with visitors, tourists and locals, whether they are shopping for the essentials like bread and milk, or spoiling themselves (or others) with presents and gifts such as jewellery, clothing, binoculars, art and crafts. Come and join us for some retail therapy for wonderful items that you won't find on the high street.