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romer, perched on the edge of the North Norfolk coast, overlooking fine sandy beaches, is famous for its delicious local crabs and traditional seaside pier, with perhaps the most famous pier in the county. A vibrant seaside town, it boasts a thriving tourist industry and rich fishing heritage, as well as a wide variety of shops, galleries, pubs, cafés, restaurants and accommodation, mostly independently owned and passed down through the generations. A resort that was popularised during Victorian times when the growth of the railway meant well-to-do Victorians could head to the coast on holiday to take in the sea air, many of the great landmark hotels of the day still stand. You may also catch sight of one of the town’s iconic lifeboats. For those interested in the history of the work done by the men and women of Cromer’s lifeboats, the Henry Blogg Museum provides a fascinating insight into this valuable service.



irtually every place in Cromer will have crab on the menu, so you must give it a try when visiting for the first time. Rocket House Café serves a fabulous array of dailychanging seasonal specials, often featuring lots of Cromer crab and lobster. The large balcony offers beautiful views out to sea, so what better place for a leisurely spot of lunch? If fish and chips is the order of the day, No1 has earned a reputation for the best in town. As well as the takeaway counter, there’s an eat-in restaurant, where kids’ meals are presented in cute buckets and spades! For light bites or tea and cake, try Art Café, North Norfolk’s only vegetarian café, with a sunny courtyard for summer and a cosy wood-burning stove for the cold Norfolk winters. Plus, that’s not forgetting the Lifeboat Café at the bottom of the gangway, a delightful little coffee shop run by the lovely Becky.




otels in Cromer remain extremely popular and get booked up quickly during the summer months. Hotel de Paris is one of the town’s most historic, and is thought to be the place where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles. If you’d prefer a great quality bed and breakfast, Cambridge House is an attractive family-run Victorian guest house in the heart of the action, situated on the sea front, a stone’s throw from the pier, with steps to the promenade directly opposite the front door. Enjoy uninterrupted sea views and an excellent full English breakfast made using fresh local produce and tasty homemade marmalades and preserves. Or, perhaps a self-catering Norfolk cottage or local campsite is up your street? The options are endless!


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or shopaholics, Cromer is awash with quirky independent shops selling all manner of seaside gifts, homewares, and men and ladies fashions. Upstairs Downstairs is an amazing three-storey gift shop packed to the rafters with interesting and exciting things including jewellery, ceramics, glassware and greeting cards. Meanwhile, Lily B is a gorgeous ladies boutique stocking clothes and accessories from a range of great labels, suitable for all shapes and sizes. What’s more, there’s a wonderful selection of local art galleries in the town. Check out Garden House Gallery for original artwork, prints and gifts, and be sure to step inside The Gallery Norfolk, a lively gallery offering a stunning selection of paintings, limited edition prints, jewellery and crafts, plus expert inhouse picture framing.

Norfolk on My Mind - Autumn 2017  

The Autumn 2017 edition of Norfolk on My Mind Magazine. Cover all of North Norfolk, including Holt, Burnham Market, Sherringham, Cromer, Fak...