My Favourite Places: Lucy Edge
Lucy Edge is an ex ad agency strategist turned yoga writer and entrepreneur. Her memoir Yoga School Dropout recorded her encounters with the Indian gurus of the East before she moved to East Anglia – to a Georgian farmhouse on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk.
Lucy’s award-winning carbon neutral online yoga shop, YogaClicks, is based in Norwich. It’s a gathering of the very best yogi makers from around the world, selling everything you need to live a mindful life – from eco yoga mats to sustainable meditation cushions, recycled plastic yoga leggings to soy aromatherapy candles. Muddy Readers get 15% off their first purchase at YogaClicks, just add the code MUDDY15 to your order.
Plant based. Plastic free. Walls of roses. Shelves of succulents. Pink walls. Velvet chairs. A tree strung with fairy lights. No wonder this three-storey restaurant and café is an Instagram star, and host to all our YogaClicks shoots. We also love the food! Vegan Mac Cheese anyone?!
22 Tombland, Norwich NR3 1RF
On a cold day there’s nothing like a plate of Mariana’s beans and cheese on a butter slathered jacket and, of course, the ubiquitous mug of steaming tea. Always delivered with a smile.
Row F, Stall 120
I must have tried every hair salon in Norwich before I found Flint. The emphasis is on getting to know the client and using the latest techniques in a relaxed environment that doesn’t doesn’t feel too cool for school. Stylist and colourist Katie Otto has, over time, transformed my hair from a plain short bob to French girl tresses with golden highlights and gentle waves. The mid-life makeover I needed!
6 Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2 1EW
You’ve got to love a company whose mission is to make you smile, and that’s precisely what Bread Source does. Beautiful light-filled interiors combined with farm to fork storytelling makes Bread Source the standout artisan bakery in Norwich. Signature offerings include naturally leavened sourdough bread, home-made granola, and Swedish style cardamom buns.
93 Upper St Giles, Norwich, NR2 1AB
When we first moved to Norfolk a rather pukka old gentleman asked us if we had hung our paintings yet. Given that we had nothing but the contents of a one-bedroom London flat to fill the place we had to smile. Now that we do have a few Norfolk inspired paintings to hang we use Fairhurst Gallery to do the framing, a hidden gem of a gallery and workshop tucked away in the Norwich Lanes, used by punters and artists alike. A sneak peak at the painting racks is often rewarded with a Maggie Hambling or Fred Ingrams, or perhaps an old master from one of the county’s stately homes.
Bedford St, Norwich, NR2 1AR
Norwich Cathedral’s lofty refectory, designed by Hopkin’s Architects, is the perfect juxtaposition of old and new, sacred and secular. Old flint walls and arches frame state of the art timber and steel – a mash up that is nothing short of heavenly (sorry). As our office is just round the corner I love to come here at lunchtime – for a coffee, a walk in the grounds, or a bit of quiet time in the country’s most beautiful cathedral.
65 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH
We love the classics – Southwold, Holkham, Wells, Blakeney – but we are closest geographically to Gorleston and its wide-open stretch of powdery sand is seriously impressive. I sent a picture of the beach on a hot summer’s day to friends and they thought I was in Miami! It has a long promenade above the beach where mutts strut their stuff accompanied by rollerblading kids and jogging locals. There’s also a bowling green, a trim trail, yacht pond and plenty of ice cream. I also love a sundowner on the terrace at the nearby Cliff Hotel where a George Michael lookalike serenades with a Careless Whisper.