Muddy’s best quirky local café finds
Double macchiato, you say? From lush jungle to bus stops, sustainable living to pit stops on the bike trail - feel the buzz with our pick of the coolest places for your caffeine hit.
Get your greens – Urban Jungle, Old Costessey, Norwich
Housed amongst the lush greenery of the plant nursery Urban Jungle Norfolk is the destination spot for any green-fingered plant lover and it has a sister, in Urban Jungle Suffolk. Choose your favourite greenery to take home all while you eat cake and drink coffee. There are tons of unusual plants including cacti and succulents, bamboo, trees, climbers and ferns. Get lost in the grass tunnel, wander the rose garden and peruse the palms and perennials – you’ll be there for hours.
Urban Jungle Norfolk, Ringland Lane, Old Costessey NR8 5BG tel 01603 744997
Away from it all – Heydon Village Tea Shop
Picture perfect village green with big movie connections (The Go-Between was filmed here) – tick, adorable quirky cafe serving delicious cakes – tick. You’d be forgiven for forgetting there’s anything wrong with the world after whiling away an afternoon at this darling little tea shop in remote and unspoilt Heydon. The perfect place to treat mum to afternoon cream tea, or meet friends for brunch and a stroll around Heydon Hall park, just a stone’s throw from the tea shop.
Heydon Tea Shop, The Street, Heydon, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 6AD, tel 01263 587211
Coast views and farm fruit – Wiveton Cafe
Wiveton Hall – is home to endearingly eccentric Desmond MacCarthy of Normal for Norfolk (a must watch, by the way) and the cheerfully designed Wiveton Cafe. Gaze out over the marshes while sampling all the home grown delights – crab salads, pizzas and curries all feature, but the menu changes often according to what’s fresh – always a good sign. There’s plenty of space and no need to book so you can just rock up after a beach walk. Food served from 9.30am to 7pm.
Wiveton Hall Cafe, Holt, NR25 7TE Tel 01263 740515
Hidden gem – Shambles Cafe
Shambles comes up again and again as one of the best cafes around. Hosts with the most, a roast to knock the socks off any gastro-pub and properly made cocktails means this one is a winner in my Muddy book – no surprise it continues to win awards. Laid back but delivering on all that matters – this is a real gem for North Walsham folks.
Open Thurs – Sun, 6 Market Street, North Walsham, NR28 9BZ tel 01692 405282
Plant-based and low waste – Re.Source
A lovely, light airy space with everything you need for an unpackaged plant-based diet, plus gorgeous susatainable homewares from local creatives. The cafe is up on the first floor and the vibe is very much chill and have a coffee while the super nice owners help you with your shop – just bring your bags and containers along to be refilled. Family run Resource has a justifiably loyal following and is just what the planet needs. All the food here is gluten and refined sugar-free, plus there are often creative workshops upstairs making a visit good for the body as well as the soul!
Resource 21 Timber Hill, Norwich NR1 3JZ tel 01603 617 524
Bike stop for cake – Reepham Station Cafe
If there was any incentive required to get on my bike and head down Marriots Way, it might just be the mouthwatering cakes and wood fired pizza on offer at the cute Victorian tearoom Reepham Station Cafe, owned by locally loved Kerri’s Pine. The perfect pit-stop for a cuppa and a slice before getting back in the saddle and heading home. Kerri’s is opposite so you can have a browse for goodies or home inspo if you’re in the mood.
Reepham Station Cafe, Station Road NR10 4LJ, tel 01603 920707
Creative space with great coffee – Art Cafe, Glandford
This is a lovely spot on the way to the coast or after a good stomp around the surrounding Bayfield estate. Cosy but spacious, the Art Cafe is home to exhibitions by local artists and has a quirky giftshop (also all local makers) at the cafe front. Dog-friendly and serving great coffee from Grey Seal, the veggie menu is all (yes, you guessed it) locally sourced and the abience is laid back and welcoming.
Art Cafe, Manor Farm Barns, Glandford, Norfolk, NR25 7JP
Vintage charm – Blakey’s Bus Cafe
Dig out your tea dress and get those pinkies poised. Vintage-lovers (and tourists) will love this converted 1950s Lodekka facing the common in Mulbarton. Blakey’s offers afternoon tea, sandwiches and homemade cakes all on victorian tablecoths with vintage china. Adorably British in it’s quirkiness.
Norwich Road, Mulbarton NR14 8AE