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I've been chatting to lots of people about their reopening plans and here are a few of my local recommends to get you safely started. #INLOVEWITHLOCAL.

Hospitality doors are beginning to open across the county. Yes, we know it’s going to be different but after three months staring at the same four walls, I can’t wait to be back OUT OUT. Here’s our guide to what’s open locally, but please check individual sites to for booking/visiting T&C’s – you don’t want a wasted trip!

EAT

Rose & Crown, Snettisham

These guys certainly won the best first customer award when HRH Prince William rocked up to show his support to his local boozer. However, you don’t have to be Royalty to drink there – this idyllic country pub with great rooms has been a part of the local community for the past 700 years. I bet it’s seen off a lot worse than COVID 19 – have that!

The Norfolk Mead, Coltishall

Eight acres of gorgeous grassy meadows and a frontage onto the River Bure, this Muddy Award winning Boutique Stay is the perfect place to get away from it all. They are open for overnight stays, breakfast, light lunches, afternoon tea, coffee, drinks and dinner, seven days a week. Plus you can hire their six seater English Harbour yacht for day trips.

Soul Cafe & Restaurant, King’s Lynn

With its nice, spacious dining room and al fresco dining options, the Soul Café’s Caribbean British fusion menu will certainly spice up your life.

Farmyard Restaurant, Norwich

Starting with lunches from Wednesday – Sunday, Farmyard will be reactive to demand. So come on people, let’s get out and support our local businesses. Celebrating their comeback with a new Sunday sharing roast menu, co-owner Hannah is behind the drive to pedestrianise St Benedict’s for on street dining. Watch this space!

Socius, Burnham Market

If you’ve not been to Socius, this would make a lovely first step back into social dining. Home to some of the best tapas outside Europe, there’s plenty of parking and an outside terrace and the team are fully prepped to welcome diners safely.

Brasteds, Framingham Pigot

Escape the crowds with some understated fine dine luxury in the heart of the Norfolk countryside.

The Brasserie, Barnham Broom

The spa is not yet open (boo) but plenty of space is to be found at Barnham Broom for golfers and for those looking for a quality and relaxed dining experience.

The Bell, Brisley

This uber stylish country pub in the heart of Norfolk has a Michelin trained Chef offering a tasty menu and six beautiful quirky rooms – definitely worth a detour!

The Bank House, King’s Lynn

Set on the quiet quayside in the heart of the historic King’s Lynn, this Grade II Georgian town house hotel oozes character and history. Another venue that’s seen off its fair share of dastardly disasters and is still here to tell the tale.

Marsham Arms, Marsham

This family run Inn with rooms is a ‘Muddy Must ‘visit. With three dining rooms there’s plenty of space to accommodate social distancing. I can’t wait to visit as I’m sure Head Chef James Mortimer’s menu will be bursting with taste sensations.

Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett

Another one of my favourite spa hotels which is not fully functional just yet. However, while functions aren’t possible, they’ve relocated the bar and restaurant into their newly decorated Colney Suite (check out the video on Facebook). This makes great use of the space and provides a much larger, socially distanced dining area. Plus their new timber self-contained lodges are perfect for a family escape. Watch this space for my spa break review.

The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham

Tucked along a hidden lane behind Thornham’s All Saints Church, this historic pub with rooms has been welcoming visitors for over 500 years and can’t wait to invite you back through its doors!

SHOP

Angelina’s Interiors, Heacham

Bored of your home decor and feeling like a bit of summer switch up? Angelina’s have installed a fabric book bar to observe social distancing and gloves, facemasks and hand sanitiser are available to all customers. Their in home appointment and fitting service is still available and – hot off the press – look out for ‘Amy’s Norfolk Fabric Collection’ launching soon.

 Woofers & Barkers, Holt

Our four legged friends need a little treat after lockdown too, so head to Woofers & Barkers in Holt for a wide range of pooch paraphenalia. A one way system is in place with 2m paw floor markings plus three sanitising stations.

Vegas Vintage, Reepham

Life is short. Wear sequins. This is the strap line for brand new designer vintage boutique Vegas Vintage which is housed at the Dialhouse in Reepham. Pre-loved and hand selected designer & vintage fashion plus antiques and homewear must haves all under one roof. May as well go the whole hog and make a day/night of it with a meal and a stay in one of their 8 beautiful themed rooms.

Ele & Me, Wells-next-the-Sea

Lockdown has given Ele and Me the opportunity for a bit of a facelift and they are very excited to welcome shoppers back into their children’s boutique. All about sustainable, recycled, ethical and organic children’s products – this place is perfect if you like to shop with a conscience.

Hodge Podge, Hethersett

Hodge Podge Gifts & Accessories in Hethersett have helped us get creative with our online lockdown gifting. Hodge Podge is open Thursday 10-3, Friday 10-2 and Saturday 10-2 or by appointment.

Woods Interiors, White House Farm, Sprowston

Woods Interiors is bursting with fabulous fabrics and home accessories and you can now visit their lovely new shop at White House Farm. Whilst you’re there we recommend popping into the Muddy Award winning farm shop for some scrummy goodies!

The Tannery, Norwich & Holt

When you walk into The Tannery you are met with the fabulous smell of leather and a sea of vibrant colours both making me nostalgic for holidays in the sun. Next best thing for now!

Fairfax & Favor, Holt

Oh how I’ve missed shoe shopping. Fairfax & Favor are offering an appointment only experience at their Holt store and I can’t think of a better treat for your feet!

STAY

Gorsey Meadow Glamping, Hockering

This bijou eco glamping site is the perfect tranquil escape for anyone worried about crowds. Only 5 tents, each 10m apart, it’s surrounded by meadows, woodland and rivers. No same day changeovers to allow for additional cleaning.

Hickling Campsite, Hickling

The Hickling Hut has been stocked up with lots of wonderful local produce and there’s an impressive new toilet block plus fancy new firepits for campers to do all of their cooking and marshmallow toasting. The guys at Hickling can’t wait to welcome you to their safe, socially distance prepped site.

The Dialhouse, Reepham

Rooms can be booked seven days a week and people have various dine options: In their room, on the terrace, in one of the three private dining areas or in one of the three spacious main dining rooms. Dinner will start at 5pm and kids get free desserts for the first month of opening!

No. Twenty 9, Burnham Market

Need a bit of glamour back in your life? No. Twenty 9 oozes so much vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll style it’s the perfect place to get dressed up and give your stilettos a much needed outing. Over lockdown these guys have gone above and beyond to support their local community and now it’s our turn to return the favour.

The Hoste Arms, Burnham Market

Another Burnham Market favourite bursting with character. Plenty of space for socially distanced dining including their lovely courtyard. Rooms have had all non-essential items removed for safety and sadly the gym, spa and cinema are closed but hey – it’s still a gorgeous escape in North Norfolk.

Norfolk Cottages, across Norfolk

It’s all about the staycation this year and Norfolk Cottages have everything from traditional fishermen’s cottages and beach huts to high end, luxury townhouses and converted barns. They’re a great place to start if you’re looking to find a place to stay in Norfolk this summer and are fully prepared to move or cancel bookings if circumstances change with lockdown.

SERVICES

The Dog House, Hempton

If your pooch’s lockdown locks need taming, The Dog House are continually monitoring their procedures to make sure both dogs and owners are as comfortable as possible. They have also resumed their City & Guilds student dog grooming training courses and have availability from the beginning of August.

Richard Jarmy Photography, Norfolk

Our Muddy award winning photographer has kickstarted his family pop up shoots again and is offering would have been bride and grooms a ‘What would’ve been your wedding day’ photoshoot opportunity. Love it!

Dawn Rees Ceremonies, across Norfolk

Whilst we’re on weddings, we know that many of you might have had to cancel/reschedule your wedding dates for next year. This lovely lady is a humanist celebrant and will certainly bring the personal touch to any ceremony. If you’re struggling with dates or fancy doing something a little bit different, I can highly recommend Dawn Rees. In fact, I’ve booked her for our wedding next year!

House of Barks, South Creake

If you’re taking the plunge and booking a holiday this year, we can’t recommend this gorgeous boutique hotel for dogs enough. It’s a home away from home for your pampered pooch. Book early!

Dipple & Conway, Norwich, Diss & Swaffham

If your eyes need a bit of TLC, family run opticians Dipple & Conway are open and ready to safely help with all your eyecare needs. A Muddy favourite as they’re right on the fashion pulse when it comes to designer spectacles and sunglasses.

FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Caldecott & Aylsham

2019 Muddy Award Winning Best Family Attraction – Redwings plan to open their Caldecott centre on Saturday 25th July and Aylsham on Saturday 8th August. Opening hours will be reduced to Saturdays and Sundays only, between 10.30am and 3pm and are for booked tickets only. Entry remains free but donations would be very welcome as this charity is 100% funded by public donations.

ROARR Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade

Desperate to get the kids out of the house? Roarr is back open with lots of safety measures in place to help you enjoy some much needed fun. Check out their facebook page for handy guides to booking and videos explaining what they’ve done to protect against Coronavirus.

Bewilderwood, Hoveton

The Twiggles are opening the door to their much loved woodland adventure park on Saturday 18th July! Capacity has been reduced and they are only accepting pre-booked tickets. Plus they are offering refunds on all tickets booked for visits between 21st March and 17th July.

Holkham Estate, Holkham

Apart from the Hall, lake and courtyard cafe, everything else is open and ready to welcome visitors back to the estate! To celebrate, every weekend from 12-4pm, they will be hosting ‘Feast in the Park’ tempting us with lots of local food and drink producers!

Out of Space Drive In events, Norwich & Thetford

Head to Taverham Hall (13-16 Aug) and Euston Park (20-23 Aug) for a whole menu of fun entertainment including ‘midday movies’, live music & DJ’s, comedy and family entertainment. Including – DJ Dave Pearce, panto favourite Ben Langley, Gareth Gates and Rozalla. All you need is your favourite friends bubble and a car and the magic will be delivered via a massive LED screen and your car stereo.

Want more …..? Check out my most up to date guide to all the best places to eat, sleep and play in Norfolk! Or if you prefer to be outdoors, here’s my Muddy guide to best walks!

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