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Vine Park Cottage B&B

vene-park1Vine Park Cottage set on our own private drive was formally two farmworkers cottages which we renovated in 1987 to provide a fine detached property set in ¼ of an acre of garden surrounded by fields and meadows on our family run arable farm which the Bushell family have owned for over 100 years.

In 2008 we added an extension to provide luxury, contemporary GOLD and BREAKFAST AWARD WINNING B & B accommodation, with its own entrance, car park and private gardens. The 3 bedrooms all have ensuite facilities, flatscreen freeview tv , free wifi and tea and coffee making facilites. On the first floor the Holkham room has a 5ft kingsize bed and the Wells-next-the-sea room has a superking size bed which can be converted into 2 singles, they have luxury bathrooms with Victorian roll top baths and separate showers with their double aspect windows both rooms command fine views over the open countryside. The Ground floor Walsingham Room is perfectly set up for the less able bodied visitor or wheelchair user. Overlooking the garden it has a superking bed which can be converted into two singles and the shower room has a floor level walk shower.

The double aspect dining room is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing breakfast. After a start of cereal, fresh fruit salad, yogurt and a choice of fruit juice we offer Full English, or you may prefer a lighter choice of smoked haddock, scrambled egg and smoked salmon or boiled egg and soldiers, all our breakfast ingredients are locally sourced with fresh free range eggs from Great Snoring , sausages and bacon from Walsingham Farm shop and tomatoes from our very own greenhouse. All this washed down with fresh coffee, tea and toast the perfect way to start your day.

Set in the heart of the North Norfolk Countryside with Walsingham only 2 miles away, Thursford the home of the Christmas Spectacular 1 ½ miles and the beautiful North Norfolk Coast with its big blue skies 8 miles, weather it’s just a night away on business or pleasure, or you are looking for a complete holiday, we feel a break from routine should mean just that.

We are sorry we do not cater for children under the age of ten or pets with the exception being guide or hearing dogs.

Tel – Rita Bushell 01328 821016 / 07776 352921
E-mail: rita@vineparkcottagebandb.co.uk

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The Norfolk Riddle

norfolk-riddle1The Norfolk Riddle Restaurant situated in the historic village of Little Walsingham, prides itself on serving the finest quality local ingredients cooked with passion and flair by local chef and owner Neil Rutland.

The restaurant has been refurbished to create a relaxed dining space welcoming to all guests, young or old locals, or visitors alike, all of whom should find something to tantalize their taste buds.

Dishes range from quality fish and chips from the next door fish and chip shop to the finest locally sourced game from the local game keeper (when available) or mussels from local beds when in season.

Don’t feel left out if you’re a vegetarian or require gluten free options either as there will always be many dishes for you to choose from. Children are well catered for with their own menu, dogs are also welcome into certain parts of the restaurant so they don’t feel left out either.

There is also a selection of locally brewed ales as well as a good range of very reasonably priced wines to choose from.

If you would like to make a reservation then please call the Norfolk Riddle on
01328 821903

The Norfolk Riddle
2 Wells Rd, Walsingham NR22 6DJ
Email: info@norfolkriddle.co.uk

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Benbows Fruit & Vegetables

benbows-fruit-vegDenise and Carol run the colourful Benbows Fruit and Vegetable stall in the Upper Market, close to Betfreds.

Where are you from?
Holt.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
15 – 20 years.

What are your opening times here?
7am – 2.30pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Sheringham Saturday Market.

What led you to running this stall?
Nigel who runs Benbows shop, told me his father was a grower, and it has been a family business for 45 – 50 years. They have been running their Fakenham shop about 30 years.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
We love it. We like Fakenham as a town. The people are friendly. We look forward to coming here on a Thursday.

What do you sell ?
Fruit and vegetables – local grown wherever possible. We have Sharrington strawberries in season, and also free range eggs.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

PPS Pet Supplies

pps-pet-suppliesSarah runs her well stocked PPS Pet Supplies stall in the market area just off Cattle Market Street.

Where are you from?
Foxley.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
The stall has been here over 30 years, I took it over about 15 – 20 years ago.

What are your opening times here?
7am – about 2.30pm, sometimes earlier in bad weather.

What other markets do you attend?
Aylsham (Monday& Friday), Sheringham (Wednesday & Saturday).

What led you to running this stall?
I don’t know really! I used to run the pet shop in Fakenham years ago and somehow ended up out here!

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
I have regular customers every week. It’s just like a big family – we all get on well.

What do you sell ?
Wild bird products – food and feeders, pigs ears, biscuits, chicken feet, lots of natural treats for dogs. Also a larger selection of pet bedding, accessories such as collars and leads and also local fresh eggs!

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Sala Seafoods

sala-seafoodsSala Seafoods van run by a father and daughter team is to be found just outside the entrance to the auction rooms, off Cattle Market Street. His son has not gone into fishing, but the family tradition looks set to continue as his young grandson regularly goes out in the boat with him; he is keen to be a fisherman when he leaves school, and is already very skilled and neat working with knots, and making pots.

Where are you from?
Holt.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market? s
About 9 years.

What are your opening times here?
7am until sold out (usually 12 – 1pm)

What other markets do you attend?
None.

What led you to running this stall?
I am a crab fisherman, fishing out from Overstrand, My family have been seafarers for hundreds of years, and my grandfather was a lighthouse keeper. I sell what I catch, which is quite a rarity now.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
I like meeting the people. We have a nice regular base of customers who come every week.

What do you sell ?
Shellfish – cockles, prawns, crabs, lobster and samphire when in season.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Neil Cook Fresh Fish

neil-cook-fresh-fishNeil Cook runs his Fresh Fish stall from his van on the far side of the market area in front of Argos, on the edge of White Horse Street.

Where are you from?
Lowestoft.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
My Dad was here for 35 years and then I took over 6 years ago.

What are your opening times here?
7.30am – 12.30pm

What other markets do you attend?
None. I do rounds in Suffolk villages on Wednesday and Friday.

What led you to running this stall?
I used to be a ceramic tiler for 19 years, then when Dad retired, I took this over.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
Friendly people, very polite and helpful. Generally a nice place.

What do you sell ?
Fresh fish – salmon, skate, dressed crabs, plaice, herrings, kippers, cod, haddock, smoked haddock, mackerel, sea bass, monkfish, halibut, and hot smoked salmon.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield