Cheap and chic: The best budget eats in Norfolk
There's no shame in seeking out the brilliant but budget! From oh-so-reasonable seafood to streetfood treats, these eateries are Muddy-approved for light pockets.
Street Feast at The Ffolkes, Hillington
Who wants a side order of disco with their delicious, low-cost dishes? Er, me! West Norfolk folks know that there’s only one place to be on a Friday and Saturday night – Street Feast at The Ffolkes.
Banging DJs and cool decor (think neon signs and industrial chic) form the backdrop for a selection of favourite local street food vendors, from The Cabin (Asian-inspired tacos) to Hen House Kitchen (naughty but oh-so nice deep-fried chicken burgers). Pep up with Norwich’s own Raiders’s Cider or a selection of lush cocktails – and there’s also a guest food trader every week.
The Ffolkes have big plans to create a snazzy permanent home for their street food bonanza over the next few months – so watch this space!
Fupburger, Lowestoft, Gorleston and Norwich
“Filthy” burgers and dirty indulgence are the order of the day at this irreverent, no-bookings local chain – think chips slathered in cheese sauce with jalapenos, or garlic-flavoured slaw.
A basic burger costs nine quid, but you can level that up as much as you like with extras such as black pudding. A quadruple patty option is available, though the very thought makes us feel pretty faint.
Fupburger have just opened their newest branch in Gorleston, and are tipped to be opening in Great Yarmouth later this year. Good news for those of us who do like to be (eating burgers) by the seaside!
The Bucket List, Cromer
The Bucket List do one thing, and they do it oh-so-brilliantly – they heap pots of high quality chips with delicious and decadent toppings, from pork satay to cheddar fondue. If you’re on a diet, do yourself a favour and look away now.
While these guys pop up all over Norfolk, from Street Feast at The Ffolkes Street Feast to The Pig & Whistle in Norwich, their original shop is in Cromer. I can thoroughly recommend treating yourself after a brrrrrrr-acing dip in the North Sea!
Bun Box, Norwich
If you’re after cheap eats in Norwich, the market is an affordable foodie paradise. And if you love buns, hun, you better head straight to Japanese street food stand The Bun Box.
Take your pick from fluffy bao buns, delicious don buri bowls and flavoursome ramen. We really rate the aubergine tempura bun with sesame dressing – just make sure you get there early, as queues often snake down the market.
Stubby’s Pizza, Sheringham
Norfolk has some fabulous roving wood-fired pizza vans – we majorly recommend trying to catch Lawless Pizza on its travels. But if you’re up for sitting in, Stubby’s can’t be beaten. (They also offer takeaway, plus click and collect, and often offer amazing special deals – such as a margherita for a fiver at certain times of day!)
The family that runs it make their pizzas completely from scratch, and cook them in an oven fuelled by ethically-sourced local wood.
And while you can nab yourself all the usual flavours, you can also check out plenty of inspired, unusual flavour combos. Next time we’re in we’re planning to pick up a slice of The P.I.G, topped with rosemary, bacon – and Fruitpig black pudding!
Junkyard Market, Norwich
The best bargainous local street food, brilliant booze PLUS music from the likes of Norman Jaye MBE? Yes please!
Norwich’s Junkyard Market features a rotating array of awesome but affordable street food vendors, both national and local, including the city’s own Christophes Crepes. It’s also fully heated, and under cover…handy for those biting East Anglian winters!
Even better? The market gives back into the community, and has so far raised thousands for great local causes. Good vibes all round.
Eric’s Fish & Chips, Holt, Thornham (and St Ives, Cambridgeshire)
If you were to find the platonic ideal of fish and chips, it might look a little something like this. The freshest fish, the crispiest batter, the tastiest golden chips – it’s no wonder the likes of Giles Coren et al have been known to rave about Eric’s. They also have a notorious but presumably delicious deep-fried jam sandwich on their menu – if you dare to try it!
You can eat in at their coastal restaurant in Thornham, on the grounds of Drove Orchards, or at the branch in the Georgian market town of Holt – or arrange to click and collect. (And on another night, make sure you try sister restaurant Eric’s Pizza!)