For the first time in months we have been able to stay at 106 this weekend, rather than simply going over for changeovers.
We decided to use the time to get out on our feet, explore and sample some cafe’s and a restaurant that we haven’t been to before and one that we have! If you follow us on Facebook, you may have read about our first night already (@norwichselfcatering). Hopefully this will give future guests some inspiration and ideas.
The two night stay was lovely, the car didn’t leave the garage and we are home to Fakenham now feeling completely refreshed!
On arrival on Friday evening we walked along King Street, through Tombland and onto Wensum Street to spend a couple of hours watching the world go by and chatting at a window table at The Lawyer with some decent Shiraz. We were too late to sample the Tapas now being served there by the chef from No 42 King Street, but we’ve heard good reports and will return.
Saturday morning we headed down Magdalen Street, which is full of independent stores, selling a myriad of products from fabric, to antiques, bric a brac, modern furniture, world & European groceries, vinyl records, arial photography of Norwich, plus cafe’s and restaurants. Next stop Pickerings Sausage Shop on Norwich Market, their quality sausages are locally made and they sell 2lbs and give a 1lb free, they also take orders and post home to customers.
A browse in Scarlet Norwich (with Mr 106 waiting outside), bought sausage rolls at Amaretto Delicatessen ,headed to St Benedict’s Street and admired the fabulous, unique shoe designs in Milly J Shoes and then on up to Upper St Giles Street to continue on the food theme!
Bread was grabbed from Breadsource, their delicious Rye Bread, and the brand new 106 copy of The Norfolk Table Cookbook & Food Lovers’ Guide, just published in late 2016, the book delves into the recipes and businesses of 20 local Norfolk Chefs.
Tea was ordered at Cupcake & Co, reopened this week after a refit. Vegan Chocolate Cakes & White Chocolate Brownie neatly packed into a takeaway box for later. (P.S the white chocolate brownie was the bestest…). Do go in an see Anne, she is always very welcoming.
The afternoon included a bit of separation, with Mrs 106 heading going for a 10km run around Whittlingham Broad via Trowse and Mr 106 off to watch the Norwich VS Wolverhampton match at Carrow Road – 3/1 On The Ball City…
Saturday evening included drinks at The Coach & Horses on Little Bethel Street, which we noted now serves Sunday Roasts and Tapas, a warm & cosy pub, definitely on our ‘must do again list’. We had booked ahead at the St Giles Spice restaurant on Upper St Giles, newly opened 3 days before. The food was freshly prepared, beautifully served and thoroughly enjoyed!
This morning, with a hard frost glistening on the roof tiles of the houses opposite, again we set off on foot. We’d googled ‘Sunday Breakfasts in Norwich’ first thing and came up with The Fry Up Inspectors review and from this picked Storm in a Teacup on Elm Hill. The cafe was the perfect start to our day, warm, with happy smiley people serving. Please do visit, they are open from 8am weekdays, 9am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday…
One Full English with ‘the best black pudding ever’ and one Crushed Avocado, Poached Egg and Cherry Tomatoes on thick toast, washed down with leaf tea with an egg timer and instructions not to drink until the sand had drained through – worked for me as I like mine respectably strong!
We returned again later in the day for a hot bowl of tomorrow’s freshly made Mushroom Soup, after walking for hours around Norwich Lanes, the Cathedral Quarter at Norwich Cathedral, the Unthank Road & taking in a quick look at Cinema City and The Dining Rooms (that will be another day).
All in all it’s been fun, relaxing and great to see so many foodie haunts for our guests to discover…
If you can’t fit in a 3 night stay, simply email or phone me (Sarah) and we can try to arrange a 2 night break!