ART TRAIL Go on a North Norfolk gallery tour
TASTE OF SUMMER From afternoon tea to picnics in the park
NORFOLK GARDENS Our favourite local landscapes… Be inspired!
SIMPLY RED Head up Thetford Forest’s annual festival
WHAT’S NEW? | OUT & ABOUT | THEATRE | RECIPE | TRAVEL | FASHION | COMPETITION | & MUCH MORE…
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WHAT’S NEW? The latest local news stories to make our headlines
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OUT & ABOUT The next few months promise to be action-packed!
13 | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Simply Red is among the acts performing at Thetford Forest this summer
17 | OPEN GARDENS An insight into the work of master gardener Humphry Repton
24 | 3 OF THE BEST Afternoon tea… What’s not to love?
26 | LOCAL FOOD
Essential ingredients for the perfect Norfolk picnic
30 | RECIPE OF THE MONTH A simple fruit tart is given a heavenly twist
33 | RESTAURANT GUIDE
Lucy Ohsten visits The Victoria Inn, Holkham
38 | GALLERY TRAIL A round-up of North Norfolk’s gallery scene
47 | STYLE FILE It’s all about nautical chic this season
57 | COMPETITION! Win a stay at the White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh
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s we pave the way for summer, it’s one of the busiest times of the year, with so many wonderful local events you cannot afford to miss, from the annual Royal Norfolk Show (p11) and Sandringham Flower Show (p45), to the popular Wells Carnival (p8) and Holt Festival (p9)… Diaries at the ready! One calendar highlight is Forest Live held at Thetford Forest on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. And this year promises to be huge, with performances from Rudimental, James Bay, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott of The Beautiful South, and nineties favourite Simply Red (p13). What’s more, Mary Poppins is in town for one of the biggest musical productions Norwich Theatre Royal has ever seen (p54)! Prefer to make the most of the glorious great outdoors? We can certainly recommend a visit to picturesque Sheringham Park, just off the A148 Holt to Cromer road. Did you know that the late great Humphry Repton was the man behind this fine example of classic landscape gardening (p17)? Plus, art aficionados will love embarking on a tour of the North Norfolk gallery scene. You can read our rundown of the top coastal art destinations on page 38. For me, the months ahead are all about enjoying the region’s seasonal fare outside in the sunshine. So, with this in mind, we bring you four fantastic foodie features that really sing the praises of our mouth-watering local produce… Be inspired to try three of the best afternoon teas (p24), put together a Norfolk picnic hamper (p26), shop for chef Harry Farrow’s star summer ingredients (p28), or whip up a fruity passion fruit tart (p30). And finally, why not step into summer in style? Turn to page 47 for our foolproof fashion guide to creating the nautical look. Surely nothing says summertime quite like eye-catching blue and white stripes? Enjoy the issue!
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DINING IN STYLE With the promise of warmer days ahead, The King William IV country inn and restaurant in Sedgeford is gearing up for its busy season with the launch of an exciting new menu. Head chef Chris Marshall has a reputation for delivering unpretentious seasonal dishes with his own unique twist, so what better time to book a table and sample the kitchen’s culinary skills for yourself? With a choice of both formal and informal restaurant areas, as well as a pretty pergola for alfresco feasting (weather permitting, of course), The King Will offers the perfect backdrop to any dining occasion. The garden has proved extremely popular as soon as there’s the first glimpse of sunshine – customers always comment on the colourful flowers, twinkling lanterns and peaceful ambience. So, whether you’re stopping off for a refreshing glass of Pimm’s or a home-cooked meal prepared using locally-sourced ingredients, you’re guaranteed a warm King Will welcome.
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Stephen and Rebecca
Lord and Lady Somerleyton of the Somerleyton Estate have landed East Anglia’s premier couple to mastermind their expanding hospitality empire. The renowned husband and wife team, comprising events manager Rebecca Mackenzie and chef patron Stephen David, is set to launch a new outside catering business based at the estate. Steven and Rebecca’s credentials are impressive, having previously managed several prestigious local establishments including Hintlesham Hall near Ipswich and The Hoste in Burnham Market. Stephen said, “We are so delighted that Hugh and Laura have asked us to join them in helping to run their family’s diverse enterprises at Somerleyton. Our varied careers in upmarket hospitality management mean that we are relishing the exciting prospect the future here offers.”
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT The successful team behind the award-winning Anchor Inn in Morston, North Norfolk has taken over the reins of The Hero pub and restaurant in Burnham Overy Staithe. Famous for its home-cooked traditional pub fare, the aim is to offer classic, seasonal dishes made using as much local produce as possible, with a strong emphasis on seafood, being in close proximity to the coast. With accommodation available, it’s the perfect spot for exploring this picturesque corner of Norfolk, just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge. The Hero is currently hiring chefs and front of house members. For further information, call 01263 741392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Marble’s Paint Pot a place where people of all ages can get creative in a truly enchanting and inspiring setting.
SCHOOL’S OUT Mable’s Paint Pot in Burnham Market is a truly enchanting and inspiring setting, where people of all ages can get creative with ceramics. With all the materials on hand to get started, just choose your pot and let your imagination run wild! You might want to create something practical, something purely decorative, or personalise a treasured piece… the choices are endless. Once complete, your design will be glazed, fired and ready to collect or deliver a week later. Plus, in addition to pot painting, Mable’s also offers Decopatch and has a traditional sweet shop downstairs. Great for entertaining the kids during the school holidays, as well as catering for groups and children’s parties! For further information, call 01328 730379 or visit www.mablespaintpot.co.uk
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There’s a sizzling programme of summer events to entice you. WORSTEAD FESTIVAL
Worstead, Norfolk NR28 9SD. Tel: 07551 259777. www.worsteadfestival.org Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July, 10am to 6pm Adults (£5), children (free).
Various locations in Wells-next-the-Sea. Tel: 07771 874997. www.wellscarnival.co.uk Friday 29th July to Sunday 7th August. Free admission.
traditional summer carnival in the heart of North Norfolk, head to Wells over the last weekend in July and the first week in August to enjoy buckets of family fun, including a carnival day procession around the town featuring floats, fancy dress and the crowning of the carnival royals. There will be plenty of seaside activities for the children, as well as stalls and live music at different venues throughout the week. What’s more, carnival would not be complete without a summer fair, packed with an array of stalls selling everything from food from around the world to homemade crafts and gifts.
KING’S LYNN FESTIVAL
Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 1JJ. Tel: 07765 248152. www.festivaltoo.co.uk Saturday 25th June, Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July. Free admission.
Various locations in King’s Lynn. Tel: 01553 764864. www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk Sunday 17th to Saturday 30th July. Ticket prices vary.
orn back in 1985 with the aim to put on a free music event in King’s Lynn to complement the town’s annual festival, 2016 promises to be another incredible year for Festival Too, with fireworks, live music, food and fairground rides over six afternoons in July. Attracting world-famous acts in previous years, including The Fratellis, Republica and Buck’s Fizz, just who will be taking centre-stage this summer? If you would like to show your support, watch out for the fundraising buckets, which will be making their way around the crowds.
orstead Festival is gearing up for another successful year. The annual event, which raises thousands for local groups and organisations, is a weekend of traditional, fun and quirky attractions, with tractors, heavy horses, a dog show, music, entertainment and, new for 2016, pig racing on the Saturday. The Sunday will see a performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Arts North Norfolk, with children (and adults!) encouraged to bring along their teddy bears. There will also be a mini music festival, flower show, Norfolk food marquee with demonstrations from local chefs and food experts, music stage, as well as a Pimm’s and fizz bar... See you there!
roviding high quality performances of classical music, recitals, choral and jazz, plus talks, exhibitions, films and workshops, Kings’ Lynn Festival continues to attract both upcoming and established artists. Using the town’s beautiful historic venues as their backdrop, the festival’s ongoing success has helped establish King’s Lynn as a festival town, offering a broad programme of music and arts. And 2016 is no exception, with big name acts that include the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, composer Toby Young, The Unthanks 10-piece Northumbrian folk group, and Britain’s most popular northern soprano Lesley Garrett. email@example.com
HOLT FESTIVAL Various locations in Holt. Tel: 01603 598699. www.holtfestival.org Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st July. Ticket prices vary.
rom comedy to cuisine, politics to pop, Holt Festival brings you the best in music, theatre, fine art and the spoken word in a glorious celebration of the arts. During festival week, the pretty Georgian market town is home to musicians, poets, actors, dancers, artists and comedians, with venues all over Holt playing host to a wonderful line-up of unmissable events. Highlights of the 2016 programme include Joanna Trollope OBE, Jenny Eclair, The Searchers, pianist Mariola Cieniawa, mind reader Colin Cloud and John Illsley of Dire Straits. So, if you’re looking for cultural nourishment and the pleasure of seeing some top internationally recognised performers, you’re in the right place!
CYCLE TOGETHER Park House Hotel, Sandringham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE35 6EH. Tel: 020 3242 0200. www.leonardcheshire.org Sunday 12th June, 7am to 6pm. 10-mile route (advance, £10; on the day, £15); 20-mile route (advance, £15; on the day, £20); 50-mile route (advance, £20; on the day, £25); 100-mile route (advance, £25; on the day, £30). Children under the age of 16, £5 (must be accompanied by an adult).
une marks the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, so in honour of its patron, Park House Hotel on the Royal Sandringham Estate has organised a fundraising cycling event. Starting and finishing in the grounds of the hotel, every penny from the entry fees will go towards helping disabled visitors and their carers enjoy a much-needed holiday. With 10 and 20-mile routes for families and novice riders, as well as 50 and 100-mile routes for more experienced cyclists, you’ll go on a tour of this picturesque corner of Norfolk via quiet roads and unspoilt villages, with the longer rides heading out to explore the beautiful Norfolk coast. To advertise call 01953 456789
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Pete Goodrum chats to Greg Smith, Chief Executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, ahead of this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.
at in Greg Smith’s office at the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, looking out at the showground, Greg tells me the agricultural seeds were sown early, going from his home in Norwich to university at Newcastle to study for a degree in Agriculture and Food Marketing. He explained, “I came from a non-farming background, but it interested me. I’d worked on some farms during school holidays.” After graduation, Greg considered going into the army, but a tutor convinced him to reconsider. Marketing research in the agricultural sector seemed attractive, and London beckoned. For over eight years, he was immersed in the capital, researching machinery, chemicals and government policy on agriculture. Greg said, “I worked on everything from tractor cabs to animal feed, and I learned a lot about agricultural practice, but with a marketing slant.” His next move was into agency management, becoming Managing Director of a subsidiary of the legendary Nielsen research company, followed by a spell running a business in Ireland and a job with another high profile name in research, MORI. Joining the Territorial
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Army, in 1980, he was promoted in 2010 to Major General, and then Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets). In 2011, Greg and his wife Rebecca spotted a house for sale in Norfolk. Greg explained, “We have family there. It’s a great place, so we came back.” The following year, he saw that the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association were looking for a Chief Executive. He applied, got the job, and became full-time in 2013. Greg said, “It’s a busy life. There’s the show, the events we run throughout the year, and, of course, we are land owners.”
infrastructure, buildings, rentals and income generation to consider. Greg adds, “It all takes a lot of looking after.” Passionate about educating people, especially the young, about the world of agriculture, Greg sees the educational role of the association as vital, and enthuses about the opportunity to share experiences and develop awareness. The Royal Norfolk Show aims to strike the right balance between agriculture and entertainment, thus maximising audience appeal. And at the heart of it all is charity, raising funds for a chosen host each year. For 2016, it’s the turn of the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. Away from his day job, Greg dips into practical farming with his handful of sheep and chickens. He also loves fishing and sailing, and is a devoted Norwich City supporter.
The Royal Norfolk Show alone is a massive undertaking. One of only eight agricultural shows to hold the Royal Warrant, it’s the biggest of the two-day shows, attracting some 80-90,000 visitors a year.
With his unusual mix of marketing and military experience, combined with his knowledge and love of agriculture, Greg is in exactly the right job. The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, and all its activities, including the flagship Royal Norfolk Show, have someone in charge who can see the big picture without losing sight of the smaller details.
The showground has been owned by the company since 1952, and there’s the
We look forward to an even bigger and better Royal Norfolk Show this year.
Royal Norfolk Show The Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR5 0TT. Tel: 01603 748931. www.royalnorfolkshow.rnaa.org.uk Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th June, 8am to 6pm. Adults (£25), concessions (£22), children (£10), family ticket (£60).
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FESTIVAL FEVER There are four great acts lined up to perform at Thetford Forest this summer.
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“HAVING HAD A GREAT TIME AS PART OF FOREST LIVE BACK IN 2010, I AM DELIGHTED TO BE RETURNING IN 2016, AND HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US IN CELEBRATING OVER 30 YEARS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS” – Mick Hucknall
he defining sound of British R ‘n’ B in the eighties and nighties, one in five British households owns a Simply Red album! As the band enters its fourth decade, buoyed by the excellent new album Big Love, their reputation as one of the best-loved British groups is set for some timely enhancement as they perform some of their biggest hits such as Money’s Too Tight (To Mention), Holding Back The Years, If You Don’t Know Me By Now, Something Got Me Started, The Right Thing, Stars, Fairground, Angel and Sunrise.
Picture Book, Men And Women, A New Flame, Stars, Life and Blue, with front man Mick Hucknall’s smooth, distinctive voice cementing his reputation as one of the greatest blue-eyed soul singers of our generation.
Culminating in over 60 million worldwide sales, the band’s landmark albums include
Simply Red will perform at Thetford Forest as part of Forest Live on Sunday 3rd July.
Commenting on the forthcoming Thetford Forest performance, Mick said, “Having had a great time as part of Forest Live back in 2010, I am delighted to be returning in 2016, and hope you can join us in celebrating over 30 years in the music business.”
PAUL HEATON AND JACQUI ABBOTT
he Hackney quartet has chalked up number one albums and big hit singles featuring a host of collaborators including John Newman, Ella Eyre, Emeli Sandé, and more recently, global superstar Ed Sheeran. A firm festival headliner, they guarantee a truly great live show, with disco, funk, soul, electro, drums and bass all in full flow! Rudimental’s debut album, Home, has now gone double platinum, selling over 600,000 copies in the UK, and spawning five hit singles including two UK number ones with Feel The
Love and Waiting All Night. Public adulation was further reflected in industry accolades including a Brit Award (Best British Single) and a MOBO Award (Best Album). Collectively, they have gone on to sell over five million singles worldwide. Renowned for their electric live performances, fans can expect a formidable set from this much-loved four-piece, together with their supporting cast. Rudimental will perform at Thetford Forest as part of Forest Live on Thursday 30th June.
elivering songs with wit and irony, as well as a strong social conscience and gorgeous harmonies, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott will perform both new hits and old favourites together with a live six-piece band in July. Their fantastic show will feature songs from their acclaimed second album Wisdom, Laughter And Lines, alongside popular classics from The Beautiful South and The Housemartins, such as Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Her and Perfect 10. Expect singles from their latest album including I Don’t See Them and The Austerity of Love, which was ‘Record of the Week’ on BBC Radio 2, together with new material from What Have We Become, their first recording reunion since the multimillion selling days of The Beautiful South. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott will perform at Thetford Forest as part of Forest Live on Saturday 2nd July. firstname.lastname@example.org
he Hertfordshire singer-songwriter with a husky, bluesy voice and an incredible talent with a guitar picked up the Critic’s Choice Brit Award in 2015, enjoying a rapid rise to global stardom. His highly acclaimed debut album Chaos And The Calm was one of the best-selling UK albums of last year, alongside his massive platinum selling single Hold Back The River. Now James’ success has been acknowledged by the music industry on both sides of the Atlantic, with three Grammy Award nominations to add to his growing list of achievements. With a visit to his native South-East of England lined up for the summer, we are promised a funfilled sell-out night spent with James and special guests. James Bay will perform at Thetford Forest as part of Forest Live on Friday 1st July.
Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s woodlands and wildlife. With everything required for a great nightout, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere. For further information, call 0300 068 0400 or visit www.forestry.gov.uk/music To advertise call 01953 456789
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Feature writer Thomas Dick explores the work of Humphry Repton, often regarded as the last great English landscape designer of the 18th century.
View from The Temple towards Sheringham Hall at Sheringham Park in Norfolk NTPL Commissioned (NTPL). www.nationaltrust.org.uk ÂŠNational Trust Images/Rod Edwards
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oday, we call in a landscape gardener to design or improve our small domestic gardens, often at high cost! In the 18th and 19th centuries, however, they would be employed to design an entire estate for a member of the landed gentry. The two premier exponents of this were ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton. The former would look at an estate and remodel it into an ideal landscape by damming rivers to create lakes, waterfalls or fountains, and carefully planting trees in just the right place. The latter would simply view the existing landscape and decide how it could be improved. Repton was born in Bury St Edmunds in 1752, and was buried in 1818 in the churchyard at Aylsham. Following the death of his parents, he moved to a small country estate in Sustead,
where he tried to earn a living in many ways. He was private secretary to his neighbour, William Windham of Felbrigg Hall, where he was given access to the library to study books on botany. In 1788, with his capital dwindling, he moved his family to a modest house in Romford, and hit on the idea of combining his sketching and gardening skills to become a landscape gardener (his own term!). Since the death of Brown in 1783, nobody had dominated English garden design, and Repton was determined to fill this gap. He started by sending circulars to all his contacts in the upper classes. At first, his
work involved fine-tuning much of Brown’s landscapes, before being employed in his own right. His first paid commission was the creation of Catton Park in Norwich in 1788. He presented clients with his ideas in the form of his ‘Red Books’, which offered a vision of the final garden design in watercolours with a system of overlays, which showed how the landscape appeared and how it would be changed. The landowner would then consult with his team of gardeners. Repton also had a wonderful knack of incorporating existing features into his designs, such as a church tower or sea views. He
Circled photo: Rhododendrons in the Wild Garden in June, at Sheringham Park, Norfolk. NTPL Commissioned (NTPL). www.nationaltrust.org.uk ©National Trust Images/David Levenson
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differed from Brown in including the house as part of the garden, rather than sweeping lawns around it. In doing so, he reintroduced formal terraces, balustrades, trellis work and flower gardens. He was also the initiator of themed gardens such as a Chinese garden, American garden or an arboretum. His close association with Sheringham Hall even led him to propose that the house should be built facing south rather than north, with views of the North Sea. These views could be enjoyed from the gardens, but with the advantage that the house would be protected from the vicious north winds. He also worked extensively for the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey and was responsible for the central gardens in Russell Square, London. Humphry Repton suffered a serious carriage accident in 1811, and spent the last seven years of his life in a wheelchair. However, 200 years later, his legacy remains, and visitors can still admire the beautiful gardens, which he inspired. Sheringham Park A classic example of the skill and imagination of Humphry Repton, clearances in the gardens offer distant views of the North Norfolk coast. Together with his architect son, John Adey Repton, Repton also designed Sheringham Hall. The foundation stones were laid in 1813, but work was not completed until 1839 due to family problems. The National Trust has a visitor centre within Wood Farm Barn at the southern end of the park, housing an exhibition of its history and wildlife. Notable for its amazing display of rhododendrons and azaleas, the National Trust has organised rhododendron parties for the last two years, reviving a tradition which was started in the 1950s by the last owner of the estate, Tom Upcher, who invited his friends to a champagne reception to admire the lovely flowers! OTHER GARDENS OF NORFOLK Humphry Repton is not the only gardener to have left his mark on our county. Here are some of our favourite gardens that are worth a visit.
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Felbrigg Hall One of the most spectacular walled gardens in the county, lovingly maintained by the National Trust gardeners, volunteers and allotment holders, youâ€™ll see magnificent examples of espalier trained fruit trees, many of which are now rare varieties.
Hoveton Hall There are 15 acres of gardens sited here on the edge of The Broads, together with footbridges and walking trails. They were created around an impressive regency house, built by Humphry Repton around 1809.
Fairhaven Located in South Walsham, there are 131 acres of woodland, nature trails and water gardens, as well as a secluded Norfolk Broad. Fairhaven is best known for its display of candelabra primulas in May.
Mannington Hall The beautiful grounds surround a moated mediaeval manor house, with emphasis on the assortment of classic and modern roses. A special exhibit traces the development of the roses over the centuries.
Holkham Hall There is some superb parkland, including many rare trees and shrubs, around this Palladian house, built in the 1760s for the Earl of Leicester. Originally designed by William Kent, both Capability Brown and Humphry Repton designed later additions.
Stody Lodge This 20th century garden around an attractive manor house is blessed with a large azalea and rhododendron display. A quiet woodland walk leads to a Japanese water garden, with one of the largest collections of azalea mollis in the country.
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Well presented detached 4 bedroom house with garage and good sized garden situated at the end of a cul-de-sac position in this popular village. EPC – B.
A substantial 6 bedroom, 6 reception, barn conversion in established grounds with triple garage, large workshop and outbuildings. EPC – F.
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Substantial family house built in 1972 and standing in grounds of nearly 7 acres (sts) adjoining woodland and countryside on the edge of the village. EPC – D.
A freehold Public House having extensive trading area, games room, dining space, beer garden, car park and 3 bedroom accommodation. EPC – D.
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OFF THE WALL
Written by David Morris
Photographer David Morris reflects on leaving the Norfolk winter behind.
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“SO, WHEN EVERYONE ELSE IS IN HIGH HOPES OF THE COMING SUMMER SEASON, I ALWAYS EXPERIENCE A SLIGHT FEELING OF REGRET. BONKERS, YOU’RE PROBABLY THINKING”
or me, the best part of the winter months are the mists, fog, frost – and if we get lucky – snow! Not everyone’s cup of tea, I agree, but good news for lots of photographers, because they transform the landscape into an unusual beauty. As we head into summer and warmer weather arrives, we forget what we are losing – a wonderful picture-taking opportunity. Everyone wants lazy days on The Broads of Norfolk and a chance to unwind in the sun, but it’s also a time when the rivers crowd up with boats. It’s when Norfolk becomes a picture-postcard of itself, a place of sheer relaxation.
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And why shouldn’t it? Norfolk is a very picturesque county, and she must have led the way in being one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the UK. Driving into one of its many sleepy villages, which come to life during the summer months, residents often seem a bit undecided as to whether the 21st century is really worth joining. Nothing wrong with any of this, of course. It just means the photographer has to choose his locations with a bit more care in the summertime. Sailing boats and old wooden cruisers look great, but I feel anything more modern jars the landscape. I’d rather be on one of those high-decked cruisers enjoying a beer, watching the countryside roll past, than include them in a photographic setting. And then there are the people who insist on wandering about while you are trying to take your photograph. Landscape photographers do seem to agree on keeping people out of their compositions. The odd figure can offer drama and scale, adding a thoughtful element, but crowds of people? I think not. It’s a bit like the feeling you get on entering a room full of
stangers, that sinking feeling you experience when you realise you are going to have to strike up mundane conversation. In truth, it’s not that hard to find the right unoccupied spot and take great photographs, but what I do miss is the quality of the light of the winter. It’s cooler, more subdued, quieter. Nothing is growing for a start, nothing is moving about, only the occasional owner of a bobble hat, and they’ll soon be gone. So, when everyone else is in high hopes of the coming summer season, I always experience a slight feeling of regret. Bonkers, you’re probably thinking. Maybe, but the other big advantage in taking photographs off-peak is that you don’t have to get up at 3 o’clock in the morning. You can comfortably languish in bed for another three hours! And then there’s the joy when you do get home, freezing cold and unable to take your mitts off, and the wife is there waiting with a bacon sandwich. Nothing beats it. So, do spare me a thought when you are embracing your Norfolk summer.
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AFTERNOON TEA ANYONE? Celebrating one of our greatest British traditions.
CONGHAM HALL Grimston, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE32 1AH. Tel: 01485 600250. www.conghamhallhotel.co.uk Afternoon tea is served between 3pm and 5.30pm, priced £20 per person (booking is essential).
he perfect place to sit and enjoy afternoon tea or morning coffee, perhaps after a walk around the herb garden and orchard, Congham Hall is an elegant country hotel set within 30 acres of gracious parkland. In summer, the terrace looks out over the beautiful grounds, offering a stunning backdrop for guests enjoying leisurely refreshments. Delight in a selection of freshly made sandwiches, homemade cakes, freshly bakes scones with clotted cream and jam, and a variety of mini tartlets and desserts. There’s also a great choice of teas, coffees and infusions. Celebrating a special occasion? Why not add a glass of bubbly? And should you wish to spoil a loved one, gift vouchers are available on request.
Afternoon tea at Strattons Hotel
STRATTONS HOTEL 4 Ash Close, Swaffham, Norfolk PE37 7NH. Tel: 01760 723845. www.strattonshotel.com Afternoon tea is served between 12pm and 5pm, priced £15.50 per person (booking is essential).
S BRIARFIELDS Main Street, Titchwell, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE31 8BB. Tel: 01485 210742. www.briarfieldshotelnorfolk.co.uk Afternoon tea is served between 2.30pm and 5.30pm, priced £11.95 per person. Bookfest tickets are priced £15 per person.
trattons’ scrummy afternoon tea is either served alfresco in the sunshine or within the relaxed and cosy surroundings of the lounge. Themed throughout the year to reflect the season, a typical menu includes ham, smoked salmon and cream cheese, and alpine and essence chutney finger sandwiches, chocolate scones with jam and cream, classic Battenberg, chocolate and raspberry mallow teacakes, Sachertore, and a choice of tea or coffee. Ideal for a birthday, anniversary or engagement treat, the restaurant can accommodate parties of up to 40 guests, as well as catering for any special dietary requirements. A peaceful setting in which to indulge in one of life’s little luxuries!
alling all book lovers! There can be few greater pleasures in life than afternoon tea and a good book. So, with this in mind, Briarfields has developed Bookfest to combine its ‘Posh’ afternoon tea with the chance to hear an author chat about their work. This year, the hotel has announced a stellar line-up, with a talk from Freya North on Saturday 25th June, followed by Tom Thorne author Mark Billingham on Sunday 16th October. Always sell-out events, the Bookfest concludes with a delicious tea, which is served on a three-tiered plate packed full with sandwiches, cakes and scones – the latter come with clotted cream and lashings of strawberry jam, of course!
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LOCAL FOOD Luxury picnic, priced from £72, at The Norfolk Deli
Wild Elderflower Cordial, priced £4.50 per 250ml, at Norfolk Cordial
Be inspired to create your very own Norfolk picnic. Garlic & Paprika Salami, priced £5, at Marsh Pig
Naked Pork Pie, price on request, at Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies
Multiseed Baps, price on request, at The Tudor Bakehouse
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Bramley Apple & Norfolk Ale Chutney, priced around £4, at Candi’s Chutney
Norfolk Mixed Fruit Cake, price on request, at The Real Norfolk Cake Company
Norfolk Tawny Cheese, from around £5 per 250g, at Ferndale Norfolk Cheeses
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There are exciting times ahead for chef Harry Farrow and the team. Written by Harry Farrow @HarryFarrowChef @morstonanchor
t’s amazing how a little bit of sunshine can enhance the mood and instantly put a smile on our faces, and summertime in Norfolk really is like nowhere else on earth. OK, maybe I’m biased, but I think ourselves lucky to be blessed with such an abundance of lovely pubs and restaurants in
which to sit alfresco with a cold beer in hand, or perhaps tuck into a bite of something special. Since Rowan and I took over The Anchor inn in Morston five years ago, the pub has gone from strength to strength, which spurred us
to take on a sister pub, acquiring The Hero in Burnham Overy Staithe last month. With an emphasis on serving as much locally-sourced produce as possible,
the aim is to bring The Anchor Inn’s tried-and-tested classic pub dishes and seasonal specials to this traditional Norfolk inn. Being close to the coast, both pubs are all about delicious seafood this summer, caught a stone’s throw from the doorstep and delivered fresh to the kitchen door. I love cooking (and eating!) wild sea bass, crabs and lobsters at this time of year, served quite simply with a seasonal salad, courgette flowers or locally-grown asparagus. Of course, Norfolk is renowned for its vibrant green samphire, which you will find for sale on roadsides across the county. A great accompaniment to fish, it grows abundantly in coastal marsh areas and on salty mudflats. With a distinct taste of the sea, it can be used raw in a salad, but I prefer to steam it for a few minutes to reduce the salty taste.
The Anchor Inn is open from 9am until 11pm daily, serving food from 12-3pm and 6-9pm. We serve high quality local fish, game, meats and vegetables, cooked to perfection.
01263 741392 www.morstonanchor.co.uk The Street, Morston, Norfolk NR25 7AA
We are hiring! Visit our website for details When June arrives, nothing says summer more to me than yummy homemade ice cream! And now that the season is in full swing, why not pick your own summer fruits to whip up a creamy strawberry ice cream? Back on the dessert menu for the summer months, we will be making our own Eton mess, raspberry ripple and mint choc chip ice cream, prepared using mint from the pub’s own herb garden. Feeling thirsty? Woodforde’s and Adnams, brewed in Norfolk and Suffolk, are among the best beers in the country! I don’t think you can beat a refreshing, cold beer on a hot, sunny day. We will also be offering a great selection of different gins – perfect for gin and tonic drinkers! So, whether you’re calling in to whet your whistle, or delighting in a leisurely meal that celebrates the best of Norfolk, we look forward to welcoming you soon.
For further information on The Anchor Inn, call 01263 741392 or visit www.morstonanchor.co.uk For further information on The Hero, call 01328 738334 or visit www.theheroburnhamovery.co.uk
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RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Written by Mark Mitson
Mark Mitson, pastry chef at The Assembly House in Norwich, gives a classic summer tart an exotic twist.
s the sunshine starts to replace the spring showers, our food habits tend to change. This delectable dessert is a huge nod to summer. Light and refreshing, it is the perfect finale to a three-course meal, or even better, a mid-afternoon treat, served with a dollop of clotted cream.
You can find passion fruit purĂŠe in a lot of good supermarkets, or alternatively buy online. Whilst we make our own sweet crust pastry, donâ€™t be afraid to cheat and use a ready-made case. As an extra indulgence, add a layer of chocolate onto the pastry case. We use dark chocolate, but white would work just as well. It has a practical role in sealing the pastry before the filling is poured in, as well as providing a touch of decadence.
PASSION FRUIT TART INGREDIENTS 10-inch pre-baked sweet crust pastry base 50g melted dark or white chocolate 8 eggs 225g caster sugar 150ml passion fruit purĂŠe 500ml double cream
METHOD Brush your pastry case with the melted chocolate, creating a thin seal across the bottom and sides. Leave aside to set. Bring the double cream to the boil. (Keep an eye on it, and turn off the stove as soon as it reaches this point.) Whilst the cream is starting to boil, beat the eggs, sugar and passion fruit purĂŠe by hand.
Carefully pour the passion fruit filling into the pastry case. (You can do this in the oven by pulling out the shelf to save a treacherous walk from your worktop.) Bake at 120 degrees for 25 minutes. The filling should have a little wobble when it is taken out of the oven. Leave to cool for 2 hours then store in the fridge.
When the cream has boiled, slowly pour over the eggs and passion fruit mix, and whisk together.
If you have a blow torch, dust with a thin layer of icing sugar before serving, and caramelise the top of the tart.
Strain the mix and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
Serve with a large dollop of clotted cream or mango sorbet, and an ice-cold glass of Semillon dessert wine!
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art of the impressive Holkham Estate, The Victoria’s overall style and charm is compelling. The country house elegance is understated, chic yet cosy, with good lighting and intriguing touches and attention to detail everywhere. The heritage of Holkham Estate is woven into everything here, from the deer skulls on the wall, to the paintings of pheasant and cattle – and other creatures that might once have graced the estate, now encased in glass. But despite its lineage, everything is pretty informal. Buzzing all year round, The Victoria Inn
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has become the go-to place for those seeking warmth and sustenance after walking on the nearby golden sands of Holkham Beach. Wellies, thick coats, red cheeks and tired wet dogs are all a familiar sight, and it makes for a wonderful family atmosphere and a shared appreciation of the countryside, fresh air…and of course excellent food, which The Victoria Inn takes very seriously indeed. The pub’s reputation for food has become its main attraction, and at the heart of the culinary operation is Executive Chef of the estate Nik Hare. A seasoned, ambitious chef with rosettes
Images courtesy of Holkham Estate and Nick Smith Photography.
“OUR OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE VICTORIA INN IS THAT IT WAS LIKE HAVING DINNER – A VERY GOOD DINNER – WITH FRIENDS. OUR NEEDS WERE ANTICIPATED, OUR PALETTES DELIGHTED AND CHALLENGED, OUR APPETITES SATISFIED” and other regional awards to his name, Nik was brought in four years ago to relaunch The Victoria after extensive refurbishment. Since his arrival, Nik has been instrumental in growing Holkham’s overall food offering. Expansion is in full swing, with the new Lady
Elizabeth Wing wedding and corporate events venue opening this summer at the Hall, along with the newly renovated Courtyard Cafe. Nik also oversees the Beach Cafe, in Wells.
all sourced locally, and this is very important to us. There is such an abundance of fantastic produce on our doorstep that we are spoiled for choice.
As Nik explains, his overarching aim, and passion, is to use as much produce as possible from the estate, and local suppliers for the rest.
“The suppliers of our bread, dairy products, vegetables, fish, fruit, and the butcher who prepares the meat from the estate – all are small, trusted local businesses who have the same attitudes and ethics as us, with quality and complete traceability top of the list. Seasonality is also key, using produce when it’s at its best and abundant.”
“Our ethos is to be as self sufficient as we can. We use beef and lamb from the estate, with game and venison when in season. There is no waste, because we always use the whole animal – so it’s prime cuts one day, then braised oxtail or liver the next, and finally bones for soup and stock. This sustainability is key to what Holkham stands for.” Some vegetables, too, come from the estate. “We don’t have a huge garden, but we grow things like cabbages, potatoes, salads, tomatoes, squash and mushrooms. “The other produce we cannot grow or take from the estate is
Nik’s cooking style is very much Modern British, and over the years his “expressive and explosive” cooking style has mellowed into something that is less about drama and more about giving centre stage to the ingredients. “I believe that the fewer ingredients in the dish the better,” explains Nik. “Simplicity and letting the ingredients speak for themselves is a more honest way of cooking, and if the produce is superb quality, then you shouldn’t need complex sauces and over fussy cooking. Above all, we want to give our customers the best possible dining experience.” I’m here to try Nik’s food for myself – along with my partner S and his greyhound. Just a quick word about dog-friendliness. Phil (that’s firstname.lastname@example.org
venison raised on the estate. This evening the special was a 10oz Sirloin Steak, served with Grilled Mushroom and Tomatoes, a Peppercorn Sauce and a Bag of Chips. Other dishes were Whole Lemon Sole, with Vegetables Julienne & Cockle Noisette; Spatchcock Poussin, with Champ Mash & Salsa Verde; or Beetroot & Red Onion Tarte Tatin, with Pecorino & Tomato. We opted for starters on ‘Vic’s Favourites’. For S, a Smoked Haddock Fishcake with Frisée & Salsa Verde. For me – and this is one of my favourites – Whitebait, with Lemon Mayonnaise. Fishcakes can often be insignificant, tasteless, mean on the fish, bulked out with potato and easily forgotten. Not so here, this was substantial, golden, crisp and packed with fish. Moist, memorable, and a meal in its own right. S was off to a cracking start! There is something about whitebait that I cannot resist, and I didn’t even try! These little silver darlings were crunchy, salty and delicious, just as they should be and – true to Nik’s promise – simply and quickly fried with no fuss or unnecessary added ingredients. Their freshness was impeccable and they didn’t stay on the plate for long. Of course Phil, patiently waiting for his tidbits, was rewarded with a couple. He can’t resist them either! the greyhound) goes everywhere with us. We take him to a lot of pubs, and he is always well-behaved, never takes food unless it is offered, and gets a great deal of attention.
Ollie took time to help S make his choice, providing samples to taste and a great deal of knowledge as well. The message here was clear – if you get stuck, just ask Ollie, he’s your man!
In our experience, dog-friendly pubs are just nicer places all round. These establishments understand that, in rural areas especially, man’s best friend is part of life and they open their doors to wellbehaved guests with both two and four legs!
S decided on a Navardia, Bodegas Bagordi Rioja, from Spain – an unpretentious, very drinkable, light, but well rounded wine… “quaffable all evening,” he said.
The Victoria Inn is just such a place and, from the moment we arrived, Phil was was accepted as a guest in his own right, given treats, water and respect from staff who are all clearly animal lovers! Before dinner, we all relax at the bar, where bartender, Ollie, demonstrated his extensive experience by talking us through the selection of hand-picked wines for dinner. S is big fan of the grape, and was impressed by the list – very simply laid out as Red, White, Sparkling & Pudding Wine, or Rosé . He also commented on the manageably small selection, which offers something for every taste and wallet. S described the wine list as “very thoughtful” and “covering all bases”, ranging from new world to classic French. There were some very affordable ones in there too, such as a Romanian Cabernet Sauvignon. Top end choices included the rich, warm Chateau Musar red, and a fresh Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. To advertise call 01953 456789
We were shown to our table, and while we nibbled on some very good complimentary bread and butter it was time to peruse the menu, which clearly showcases all those superb ingredients that Nik is so passionate about. There are two sides to the menu – ’Vic’s Favourites’ offers more ‘pubby’ meals, with starters such as Soup of the Day; Black Pudding Scotch Egg & Chutney; and Chicken & Bacon Terrine, with Tomato Chutney & Toast. Mains include Venison Sausages; Champ Mash & Caramelised Onion; Fish Pie & Sautéed Greens; and Wild Mushroom Risotto. The Lunch & Dinner menu is slightly more high-end. Starters include Pork Rilette, with Celeriac & Apple Remoulade; Half a Dozen Oysters & Sherry Vinegar; and Goats Cheese Croquettes, with Tomato & Fine Beans. The mains selection includes a daily special and cut of the day using game, beef, lamb or
Presentation is such an important part of dining, and the food here looks so good on the plate – simple, professional, unfussy, clean, always showing off the food in the best light. There are clearly artists in the kitchen. Mains arrive in good time. S had chosen the day’s special of Sirloin Steak, which after the first mouthful he declared to be one of the best steaks he has ever eaten! Cooked rare as ordered, succulent and superbly tender, with crisp and moreish chips and a light, yet creamy peppercorn sauce. The mushroom and tomatoes were also cooked to perfection, and the whole plate was well thought out and executed with care. I chose Sea Trout, with Chateau Potatoes & Sauce Provençal. This type of fish needs very subtle cooking, just shown the heat, as it’s so easy to over cook and spoil it. But this chef has a gentle touch, the skin was crisp and beautifully seasoned, while the fish itself was moist, full of flavour and spankingly fresh. The potatoes and Provençal sauce – rich with onions, tomatoes and olives – were a perfect accompaniment. Both meals were exactly the right portion size, neither overwhelming, nor minimalist. No chance of us going home via the takeaway! At this point S commented that The Victoria Inn has got the distance between tables in the restaurant just right. Not so close as to be able to earwig on fellow diners’ conversations, or so far apart that you feel isolated and self conscious. A small point, but so important for comfortable dining. www.norfolkonmymind.co.uk
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Our meal was made even more enjoyable by the charming staff. Smartly dressed in matching muted tweed waistcoats they were unfailingly good natured, professional and attentive throughout – letting us enjoy our meal in peace, but stopping by occasionally to check we had everything we needed and give Phil a quick stroke! It was time for dessert. The menu offers a nice selection of sweet indulgent treats, as well as some lighter dishes for those who have only a little room left. These include Chocolate Brownie & Vanilla Ice Cream; Pear & Almond Frangipane Tarte; Lord Leicester’s Smelly Cheeses; and Chocolate Torte & Berries. S chose Creme Brûlée, and he does judge a restaurant by its ability to execute this classic dish to his liking. I’m delighted to report that The Victoria Inn passed his test with flying colours. The sugar coating had that satisfying ‘snap’ as it was attacked with a spoon, and the crème was light, not too sweet, with a lovely smooth consistency. Served with a buttery shortbread it was all very good indeed.
For me, an Apple Bavarois & Honeycomb. This dish is also a traditional creamy dessert, similar to a panna cotta, but Nik had infused this with apple, and served a refreshing, tart apple compote on the side, with berries and honeycomb. A perfect end to the meal for me, light, sweet and tart together and very cleansing. A great-looking dish – almost too good to eat! We rounded off what was probably the best meal we have had in a long time with some very good coffee. S also made a quick trip to the loos (here called Cocks and Hens!) and reported that there was a very nice hand wash in the gents with a good ‘masculine’ fragrance of Whisky & Honey. An unusual and muchappreciated touch. Our overall impression of The Victoria Inn is that it was like having dinner – a very good dinner – with friends. Our needs were anticipated, our palettes delighted and challenged, our appetites satisfied, and we had one tired hound who had tried a few delicious things for himself and been part of the crowd.
The appeal of The Victoria Inn is clear – honest good manners, respect for people and animals, a passion for Norfolk and all its wonderful produce, and a great deal of skill and dedication to bring it all together. We shall return, and urge you to try it for yourselves.
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TO THE COAST! Art aficionado? Discover the county’s amazing art galleries, scattered along the North Norfolk coastline from Hunstanton to Cromer.
Country Cabin 9a Cromer Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 6BZ. Tel: 01485 534721. www.mjwasephotography.co.uk A cabin full of outstanding images of the natural world, as well as coastal and country home furnishings, you’ll find an intriguing array of artwork and objects covering every inch of this unique gallery space. The beautiful photography captured by owner Martin Wase shows a real love of Norfolk, its rich wildlife and ever-stretching coastline, with works on canvas available for purchase. With hundreds of shots from Martin’s vast portfolio, depicting everything from British birds and mammals, to flora and fauna, which will be your favourite?
The Hare & The Hen Gallery 11 Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk PE31 8FB. Tel: 01485 211245. www.philippaleepottery.co.uk Gallery owner Philippa Lee’s decorative ceramics are hand-painted with wildlife characters and coastal themes to blend both good looks and practicality. Her eye-catching range of tableware includes dishes, jugs, teapots and platters, alongside a huge selection of gifts by many other talented local artists including her daughter’s handmade cards and tags. Seeking out a special commission for a birthday, wedding or anniversary? This little haven of creativity tucked away down an alleyway at Dalgeate Market is definitely worth a look.
BURNHAM MARKET Pocock’s The Artmonger 21 North Street, Burnham Market, Norfolk PE31 8HG. Tel: 01328 730370. www.theartmonger.co.uk Stocking fine pictures of all genres and dates, here you are as likely to find a delicate 19th century watercolour as a work by an artist of the Royal Academy. Whether you’re interested in local art, book illustrations, etchings, linocuts or small sculptures, you’re sure to find a piece you’ll adore. What’s more, there’s a wonderful selection of greeting cards and wrapping papers, as well as a regular exhibitions programme. A real treasure trove for art lovers, there’s always hundreds of exciting works on display throughout the year. Burnham Grapevine Overy Road, Burnham Market, Norfolk PE31 8HH. Tel: 01328 730125. www.burnhamgrapevine.co.uk A highly individual gallery situated in one of the oldest buildings in Burnham Market, Burnham Grapevine is owned and directed by Alison and Peter Low. Offering an eclectic mix of contemporary paintings and ceramics, the aim is to make the gallery as welcoming and as interesting as possible, with visitors free to pop in for a browse at their own leisure. Combining the best of the region’s artists and potters, there are featured exhibitions held at frequent intervals. HOLKHAM Bringing The Outside In Main Road, Holkham, Norfolk NR23 1AD. Tel: 01328 713093. www.bringingtheoutsidein.co.uk Established in 2006 by landscape photographer Martin Billing, Bringing The Outside In has grown to become one of the must-visit shops on the North Norfolk coast. Together with Martin’s stunning photography, you’ll find a heady array of coastal artefacts, old and new, designed to capture the spirit of the North Norfolk coastline. Located a stone’s throw from Holkham Beach, why not enjoy a spot of shopping after your walk?
Made In Cley High Street, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR25 7RF. Tel: 01263 740134. www.madeincley.co.uk Founded in 1984, all Made In Cley products are handmade on the premises by a dedicated group of craftspeople, from lamps, pottery and jewellery, to prints, photography and sculpture. Visitors can watch a workshop in action and learn the various aspects of pottery making and processing such as glazing and firing. Fusing function and beauty by creating pots for everyday use, the gallery has managed to establish a wide customer base over the last 30 years, both in the area and beyond. CROMER The Gallery Norfolk 3 Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9ER. Tel: 01263 515745. www.thegallerynorfolk.co.uk The Gallery Norfolk in Cromer is a vibrant art gallery, providing a hand-picked selection of paintings, limited edition prints, jewellery, crafts, gifts and expert in-house picture framing. Much of the artwork gives a nod to nature and the sea, while the gorgeous gifts from some of the UK’s finest creatives ensure you’ll find a must-have piece to treasure for years to come. There are also seasonal exhibitions showcasing distinguished Norfolk artists and craftspeople, as well as a number of illustrators and printmakers known internationally.
WELLS Quayside Gallery The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AR. Tel: 01328 711090. www.quaysidegallerywells.co.uk Representing Norfolk’s artists and makers, as well as guests from further afield, there’s definitely something to see down by the quay at Wells! Quayside Gallery’s owner and curator Jim Carr is passionate about displaying a variety of artwork, ensuring something for every taste and budget, from the massive Altitude Creations furniture to the distinctive framed pebble art. You’re always guaranteed something new, from prints and sculpture to crafts and furniture. CLEY Pinkfoot Gallery High Street, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR25 7RB. Tel: 01263 740947. www.pinkfootgallery.co.uk One of the UK’s leading art galleries showing art inspired by nature, Pinkfoot Gallery specialises in modern British nature art and always has a wonderful array of paintings and sculptures on view. Representing a diverse group of artists, collectively called The Pinkfoot Artists, their efforts range from the semi-abstract to the realistic, from oils to prints and porcelain. Plus, a large part of the gallery is dedicated to sculpture, woodcarvings and bronzes. To advertise call 01953 456789
BEHIND THE SCENES
Ceramic bowls and earrings by Kate Allsop sitting next to a decorated box using mussel shells by Carolyn Brookes-Davies.
Oak triangular trivets by Nick Hamond on a hand-painted 20th century coffee table by Egge Alecsdottir
Large shell bauble by Carolyn Brookes-Davies
50cm long chain with sterling silver pendant by Madeleine Spencer
THE UNIQUE, THE ANTIQUE AND THE HANDCRAFTED
Detail of shell decorated box by Carolyn Brookes-Davies
Ceramic jug by Kate Allsop who draws into porcelain using a needle and underglaze stains
Upcycled 20th century table using hand-printed fabric by Tinsmithâ€™s House Coastal landscape by textile artist Wendy Watt
Swarm pots by Laura Huston
The BlueJacket Showroom in Morston is a melting pot of artists and designer-makers.
collective of Norfolk-based craftspeople and artists established BlueJacket Showroom in 2010. Ever since, they have sold a mix of handcrafted furniture made using traditional techniques and reclaimed woods, characterful antiques, up-cycled 20th century pieces, art and craft to a loyal clientele. It has become a beacon on the North Norfolk coast, a treasure trove for those who love and appreciate what is on display. BlueJacket’s walls are lined with original paintings, drawings, textile art, prints, stone carvings, vintage textiles, cushions, children’s knitwear and toys, ceramics, shell work, glassware, bespoke lighting and handcrafted jewellery.
“IT PROVIDES SUCH A REFRESHING DIVERSION FOR VISITORS TO THE NORTH NORFOLK COAST” Housed within a timber-clad workshop built by craftsmen father and son, Ned and Nick Hamond, its name refers to a Billyboy ketch that operated out of Blakeney Harbour from 1867 to 1911. Bought by Major Philip Hamond, the vessel was converted into a houseboat, anchored near Morston Creek. The original BlueJacket finally disintegrated in 1938.
Limited edition screenprint by Paul Bommer: Cromer, Gem of the Norfolk Coast
The history and coastal location of this little showroom informs the subject choices and materials of the furniture, art and objects on display. It is strangely fitting that the memory of this vessel, which was an important component of coastal commerce, lives on in the showroom’s name, as it provides such a refreshing diversion for visitors to the North Norfolk coast. The BlueJacket team is working towards an exhibition, opening on Saturday 9th July, entitled Sheltering Sky, which will feature new work by invited craftspeople and artists, inspired by the coastal landscape. For further information, call 01263 740144 or visit www.bluejacket-norfolk.com BlueJacket Showroom is open weekends and bank holidays, 10am to 5pm. To advertise call 01953 456789
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t is only when studying the higgledypiggledy skyline of a town or admiring a thatched country cottage that you realise everyone’s roof is slightly different. It is often dependent on which county you are in, dictating which materials were available and which style was popular at the time, from modern eco-friendly houses to stately homes with servants’ quarters in the roof. Many cottages originally built for agricultural workers have since decayed and collapsed. In East Anglia, their roofs were generally thatched, holding in the heat in winter and keeping the house cool in summer. Norfolk reed was readily available, but straw was much cheaper and lighter. Thatch can last up to 50 years in East Anglia, as the climate here is drier than many other counties. However, the risk of fire was such that thatched properties were banned in King’s Lynn in the late 1500s, so plain flat clay tiles were produced as a fireproof alternative.
In Norfolk, the main roof style is red clay pantiles, which are s-shaped tiles, originally imported from The Netherlands, and an improvement to the flat tiles in keeping out the rain. In East Anglian cities, the older properties often have black glazed pantiles to the front of the house, and red at the rear. From a distance, the black pantiles looked like slate, which indicated the owner’s wealth, as slate was costly and difficult to transport across the country. As industry grew, terraces of houses sprang up with the same roof styles in each street, and housing estates appeared, often featuring identical properties. Today, new homes are built with varying roofing materials, although, in the main, modern roof tiles are made from concrete. At this time of year, it puts a smile on my face to hear the sound of birds nesting under our pantiles, trying to find a home amongst the many boxes we have stored in our loft!
“THATCH CAN LAST UP TO 50 YEARS IN EAST ANGLIA, AS THE CLIMATE HERE IS DRIER THAN MANY OTHER COUNTIES”
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SANDRINGHAM FLOWER SHOW Rub shoulders with royalty whilst picking up top tips from your favourite gardening experts.
reparations are well underway for this year’s Sandringham Flower Show, held in the grounds of Her Majesty The Queen’s much-loved Norfolk home.
East Anglia’s largest one-day flower show, this annual event continues to attract visitors from far and wide looking to spend the day admiring the flower and vegetable competitions in the cottager’s marquee, or taking a peek at the open competitions in the adjacent amateur’s marquee. Spaced further around the showground are rural craft stalls, not to mention the horticultural marquee, where traders vie for the prestige awards judged by TV personalities Chris Beardshaw and Alan Mason. Back by popular demand for yet another year, the pair also has the arduous task of judging the show gardens.
Should you tire of flowers, however, you can watch eventful happenings in the main ring. This year, there are plans for a spectacular display by the Portsmouth Action Field Gun Teams – always a finger-biting affair! What’s more, The Red Devils will drop from the skies (weather permitting!), leaving trails of coloured smoke billowing behind them. And as if that’s not enough to keep you entertained, how about Bob Hogg’s more traditional show with his dogs, sheep and ducks? A popular calendar highlight for both gardening enthusiasts and keen novices alike, there’s never a dull moment at the Sandringham Flower Show. So, be sure to make a diary date for the last Wednesday in July. Look forward to seeing you there!
Sandringham Park, Sandringham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6AZ. Tel: 01485 545400. www.sandringhamflowershow.org.uk Wednesday 27th July, 9am to 6pm. Adults (£10), children under 16 (free). Ticket includes entry to the grounds of Sandringham House and the museum.
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The trend for blue and white stripes always comes around this time of year, so make sure you look the part when heading to the North Norfolk coast.
Turtleneck pullover, ÂŁ28, and Jake holdall, ÂŁ29, both at Blakely Clothing Co
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Ladies Hackamore sweatshirt, £49.95, and Bowline shorts, £59.95, both at Barbour
ow that the warmer weather has arrived (hooray!), many of us will be hitting the beach, whether it’s a relaxing walk with the dog, a romantic picnic for two, or sandcastles and ice creams with the children. So, with this in mind, what should you wear? Well, the ever-popular nautical look never goes out-of-date. Combining classic tailoring with ultimate comfort, it’s a winning option for casual days spent out in the open. Inspired by the spring/summer collections seen in boutiques and department stores across the county, here are our top tips for effortless nautical style.
Rita tote bag, £69, at Fiorelli
Sandy Rose Stripe flip-flops, £14.95, at Joules
Longitude jacket, £140, at Seasalt
REMEMBER THESE FEW RULES, AND YOU WON’T GO FAR WRONG: A basic tee or pullover teamed with dark blue jeans can be dressed up or down. Throw on a pair of heels to instantly feel smarter. Don’t forget to pack a waterproof jacket, especially if you’re planning to spend the whole day at the coast. Plus, there’s a wonderful array of beautiful beach bags in which to keep it. Flip-flops or espadrilles are ideal for beach walks, as well as offering a more pared-down look. A stylish striped dress, either sleeveless or with short sleeves, says summertime like nothing else! Don’t be afraid of shorts – bright red or blue ones work perfectly when united with a cool cotton vest or shirt. If nautical stripes make your eyes go dizzy, why not team a navy blue top with loose white harem pants or chic white denim cut-off jeans?
Stripe To Stripe jersey dress, £55, at White Stuff
Dash top, £29, and Dash trousers, £45, both at Jacques Vert
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ON THE ROAD
Written by Tim Barnes-Clay
Motoring journalist Tim Barnes-Clay test-drives the all-new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
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“THE ROOF OPENS AND CLOSES QUIETLY, AND IT FOLDS AWAY TIDILY INSTEAD OF STACKING UP ON THE TAILGATE”
ars give us a sense of independence. They also answer to our smallest touch and sometimes seem the most animated non-living thing ever made. If you’re feeling low, go for a drive and you’ll discover a smile on your face in no time, especially if you’re behind the wheel of the new Evoque Convertible.
it works really well. Truly, the pinch-to-zoom function is as quick as an iPad’s.
petrol is quicker, sprinting from 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds.
The car will seat four and, for a soft-top, it has a decent 251-litre boot, too. The other nice thing is that the roof opens and closes quietly, and it folds away tidily instead of stacking up on the tailgate.
It might take some getting used to, but Range Rover’s latest model certainly grows on you. It has a fabric roof that can be activated on the move, as long as you’re not doing over 30mph. The five-layer rag-top will drop in 18 seconds and raise in 21.
You can choose either petrol or diesel, supported by turbo power. This is all hooked up to a slick nine-speed automatic gearbox, and all-wheel drive. The 2.0 oil-burner is the best for economy, managing 49.6mpg.
On and off-road, it seems just as accomplished as its tin-top sibling, with identical clearances, and a shared 500mm wading depth. Indeed, at the car’s media launch in the French Alps, the Evoque eased up and down – and through – everything requested of it, including snow!
Inside, the massive 10.2-inch InControl Touch Pro nav is attractive, and, more importantly,
The diesel version does 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds, which is 1.3 seconds behind the Coupe, but both do 121mph. The 237bhp
I doubt many people going for a topless Evoque will bother with the off-roading bit, but it’s nice to know that it’s able to do a lot more than just look good in affluent British suburbs. Prices start at £47,500 (which is £5,200 more than a comparable hard-top Evoque Coupe).
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Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins Photo by Johan Persso
“ZIZI IS THE MOST TALENTED MARY I HAVE EVER WORKED WITH. THERE IS MORE DANCING IN THIS PRODUCTION BECAUSE OF OUR BACKGROUNDS. I GET TO DANCE ON THE CEILING, WHICH IS SOMETHING YOU DON’T GET TO DO EVERY DAY” – Matt Lee 54
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The iconic West End show is heading to Norwich Theatre Royal and is set to be one of the biggest productions the venue has ever staged!
he magical story of the world’s favourite nanny is one of the largest productions ever to come to the county, boasting a cast of 35 adults and 12 children, two touring directors (one for the adults and one for the kids), a choreographer, seven stage managers, three carpenters, three automation technicians, three lighting staff, three sound staff, five in wigs, five in wardrobe, four chaperones, and a 13-strong live orchestra. Add in a specialist production crew of 28 to get the show into the theatre, 28 local staff to work behind-the-scenes, two merchandisers and a physiotherapist, and you have an idea of the scale of the show. This glittering production of the classic book and movie is being co-produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, which makes it an onstage big-hitter. Mary Poppins company manager Neil White explained, “It is the closest you will get to the West End on tour, whether you are talking about the quality of the cast or the size of the set.” Neil added, “Cameron is very involved with the artistic side of the show, with its creation, the story-lining and how everything is constructed. He is also so passionate about it. In a technical rehearsal, he spotted the Admiral’s sideburns were not at quite the right angle. He approves every poster, all the artwork, and even every piece of merchandise because his name is on it.” To advertise call 01953 456789
The casting is also top-notch, headed by Zizi Strallen in the title role. A member of the Strallen acting dynasty, she boasts a strong performing pedigree in musical theatre, and is relishing the chance to play what is arguably one of its best-known female roles. She said, “The tour is going really well and we are getting some amazing audience reactions. It is not exactly the same as the film. Elements of the Mary Poppins books have been woven in, so it is a nice mixture of the two.” Without giving too much away, you will see some flying during the production, which took a bit of getting used to. Zizi added, “I was really looking forward to that part of the show. I am on my feet from the beginning to the end, so, in a way, it is a bit of a rest. I have to rehearse at each venue I go to, as the flight height and distance change each time.”
Starring opposite Zizi is Matt Lee, who is reprising the role of Bert, which won him a Helpmann Best Actor Award in his native Australia. He said, “Bert is a great character to play. His magic in the show comes from Mary Poppins, as she enables him to go on a journey with the children, to teach them life lessons. Of course, he is also head-over-heels in love with her too!” Matt added, “Zizi is the most talented Mary I have ever worked with. There is more dancing in this production because of our backgrounds. I get to dance on the ceiling, which is something you don’t get to do every day. It is good though, because I enjoy being physical and having a good cardio session throughout the show.” Throw in music and lyrics by the Olivier Awardwinning composers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and a script by Julian Fellowes, who is best known for creating and writing Downton Abbey, and you have a must-see production. A truly once-in-a-lifetime performance, combining a lesson for us all and that allimportant spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, Mary Poppins is guaranteed to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Mary Poppins is at Norwich Theatre Royal from Wednesday 29th June to Saturday 30th July. For further information, call the box office on 01603 630000 or visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk www.norfolkonmymind.co.uk
COASTAL ESCAPE Norfolk On My Mind has teamed up with the White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a night’s dinner, bed and breakfast for two people on Suffolk’s stunning heritage coast.
et opposite the beach and fishermen’s huts, the White Lion Hotel has stunning sea views, yet it’s within an easy stroll of the town’s shops and galleries.
The privately-owned 38-bedroom hotel is blessed with a stylish contemporary décor, many offering a great vantage point to watch the sun rise over the glistening sea in the morning. With the recent opening of Sea Spice, the White Lion now has a choice of two vibrant restaurants, catering for a variety of tastes. Relaxed dining is on offer in the hotel’s Brasserie Bleue, which has a well-deserved reputation for providing great value, beautifully cooked, classic dishes, with the added bonus of an exciting French twist. The head chef and his team are passionate about using Suffolk’s natural larder from the sea and the region’s finest and freshest ingredients for their menus.
There’s also an excellent wine list, with both easy-drinking and fine vintages from the world’s top wine-producing countries. Sea Spice brings the diverse flavours of exotic Indian cuisine to the Suffolk seaside town, uniting quality local produce with traditional Indian dishes originating some 4,000 miles away. There’s an array of regional dishes to choose from, including Goan-inspired fish and seafood, tandoori grilled meats, curries and vegetarian options. A selection of local craft beers has also been chosen to complement the popular menu. For further information, call 01728 452720 or visit www.whitelion.co.uk
ENTER THIS COMPETITION To enter, send your name, address and daytime telephone number on a postcard to: Norfolk On My Mind, Queens House, Queens Square, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 2AE or email your details to: firstname.lastname@example.org Competition rules: 1) One winner will receive a night’s bed and breakfast for two people sharing a double or twin room including full breakfast and a three-course dinner in either Brasserie Bleue or Sea Spice (to be taken Sunday-Friday before 30th November 2016, excluding 1st July and weeks with bank and school holidays, subject to availability). The winner will be notified after the closing date of Sunday 31st July 2016. 2) There is no cash alternative, the prize is non-transferable or refundable. 3) Open to residents in the UK aged 18 or over; employees of Norfolk On My Mind and the TA Hotel Collection and their agencies are not eligible for entry. 4) Only one entry per person. 5) The Editor’s decision is final. 6) Winner will be selected at random from entries received before the competition closes. 7) Allow eight to ten weeks from selection to completion. 8) Correspondence may be entered into unless marked ‘no offers’ .
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Queen of the Broads
SETTING SAIL Barbara Greasley, Director of Broads Tours in Wroxham, is looking forward to the summer season ahead.
What do you think makes The Broads so popular? A. There’s something to offer all visitors, from holidaying on board a luxury cruiser, to taking out a self-drive day boat, canoe, or even a paddle board. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, the quiet lanes through pretty Broadland villages are perfect for cycling and walking. We also have some of the country’s rarest plants and birds, making it the perfect location for those wishing to spot wildlife. Q. Do you see an increase in visitors each year? A. Yes, there has been a steady increase year on year in people wishing to holiday here. This is partly due to the general improvement in the standard of the holiday cruisers and the waterside pubs and restaurants. Q. Do the day boats get booked up in advance? A. We take advance bookings on our day cruisers and large electric day boats, but operate our standard day boats on a firstcome-first-served basis. Q. What types of day boat are available? A. We have standard day boats that seat up
Q. What makes an escorted river trip so different? A. For those wishing to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery whilst listening to the skipper’s live commentary, a Broads Tours river trip is the perfect choice. We run a daily timetable from Easter to the end of October. Q. Which special cruises will you be running over the summer months? A. We have a great programme of evening music cruises, with our very popular boogie evenings with disco music and dancing on Wednesdays, and live jazz on Thursday nights. Vintage Broadsman
to eight people and are available by the hour, large electric day boats that are a quieter option and can seat up to 11 people, as well as our day cruisers. These can be hired for a full day only and have a toilet and galley facilities on board. Q. Do you need previous boating experience? A. It is not necessary, as every customer receives instruction before leaving the boatyard.
Q. Do you cater for many private events and weddings? A. Three of our passenger boats, the Vintage Broadsman, Cordon Rouge and the Queen of the Broads, are available for private charter. We have helped people to celebrate weddings, anniversaries and special birthdays, as well as providing a unique venue for corporate functions. Q. What do you love about Norfolk? A. I feel really privileged to live and work in The Broads. If I had to choose my favourite spot, I would probably have to say Salhouse Broad. It is within easy walking distance of my house, and I love to sit on one of the benches or overturned trees and take in the stunning views. For further information on Broads Tours, call 01603 782207 or visit www.broadstours.co.uk