When a popular restaurant takes on a new identity it can be something of a risk – how long will it take before the new name sinks in (does anyone else still call a Snickers bar a Marathon?), will the new décor be too try-hard or the menu just as tasty?Read more
When London opened its first dessert bar a few years back, the concept was met with a certain amount of trepidation – was this a one trick pony, all style over substance, an idea too far…? Happily, it was the start of a trend that shows no signs of abating with one-dish restaurants opening up all over the capital and beyond, including celebrations of eggs (Good Egg), cereal (Cereal Killers) and puddings (Afters).Read more
If you walk at a relatively brisk pace down Upper St Giles Street towards the lanes, you could easily sail past The Library. But, once spotted, you wonder how you could bypass such an imposing building, set so far back from the main humdrum that it boasts a courtyard bigger than its central location should allow – perfect for enjoying a tipple on a summer’s evening amid Norwich’s gentle buzz.
Opened in 1886 as the UK’s first public subscription library, this gorgeous listed building – with its grand pillars – was destroyed by a fire in 1898 and re-opened in 1914 after a full refurbishment that cost just £1,719.Read more
WARNING: THIS POST WILL MAKE YOU VERY, VERY HUNGRY!
It’s roast season (hurrah) and Norfolk is well and truly stuffed with beautiful pubs serving some beautiful Sunday roasts between now and, well, February I guess (hurrah!). With inventive takes on traditional produce; medleys of colourful, local veg; Yorkshire puds as big as your head; and pork crackling so crunchy you could use it as a weapon – not to mention warming fires, local ales and cosiness galore – the choices are endless.Read more
Winter: brrrrr. Cold, dark, damp… Despite the twinkly lights and the alcohol-fueled Christmas parties, this time of year isn’t always kind weather-wise. Thankfully, Norfolk is stuffed like a Turkey with cosy pubs to retreat to – open fires and hot cider at the ready. So, pick up a paper, a loved one and (or) a dog, and bunker down in one of these beauties.Read more
Getting lost isn’t usually a good thing but if, like me, you miss the right-hand turn into the town centre of Holt and can’t turn round for another mile, the first place you’ll come to is The Kings Head – a sprawling country pub housed in a jaw-dropping Georgian manor. As soon as my tyres hit the gravel and I see this absolute beauty, spinning the car around is no longer a priority – upstaged by a convenience break, a quick snoop around, half a pint and a homemade black pudding scotch egg.Read more
When you mix children and pubs it’s hard to get the balance right – say they’re not welcome and you lose half your clientele; encourage them in and you risk reducing your establishment to the noisy, sticky, disruptive mess akin to my lounge on a Saturday afternoon.Read more
From the outside, The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe looks like an ordinary pub and restaurant, but then you come face-to-face with *these* view from *this* floor-to-ceiling beauty and all pre-conceptions literally go out the window:
A pub and fine dining restaurant with 15 rooms, The White Horse unsurprisingly won the Best Destination Pub category in this year’s Muddy Stilettos Awards but – even with this insider knowledge tucked away in my hot pink stiletto – I was still unprepared for the lunch I was about to encounter.Read more
One of my jobs at Muddy is to find things that would go down an absolute storm in London and shout about them. When I stumble across something that doesn’t just have all the London-style ingredients – on brand, trendy and doing something altogether different – but has an absolutely stunning view of the beach as well (something London can never compete with), well, my job is made all the easier (and altogether more fun!).Read more
There’s nothing like the thought of a boozy lunch with a friend to perk up a dull Tuesday – particularly when the weather is suffering from an identity crisis and flitting between happy and sunny and moody and hailstone-y (it’s April weather, April).
East Twenty Six is an upmarket bar and restaurant on Exchange Street, next to Norwich City College and opposite Côte Brasserie. Owned by the same people that run the revered Iron House in The Lanes, East Twenty Six is just as popular, with Saturday night diners without a reservation fresh out of luck (I know, I’ve tried it).Read more