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Lockdown Listings

These listings appeared in print on 20 May. Where venues have informed us of updates, we have entered them here.

(For late entries/latest re-openings go to bottom of page)

Apologies for the lack of shortcut links in the pages. You have to scroll.

The order is: Food and Drink (Takeaways and Deliveries), Local and Farm Shops, BBQ and Picnic Supplies, Bakeries, Beer, Bird watching, Garden Centres, Well-spaced Sports (Golf and Tennis), Bicycle Shops, Bicycle Hire

Food and Drink (Takeaways and Deliveries)

Check websites or phone to confirm latest arrangements. As lockdown eases venues might expand hours and offerings but it’s unlikely customers will be able to eat and drink ‘on site’. When collecting orders, remember to keep well-spaced, pay by contactless if you have not already, and wash your… You get it. 

Aviator

Gastro pub, Sculthorpe. Takeaway and local deliveries. Good quality pub food. Sunday roasts 12-5pm. Menu online. NR21 9QD www.sculthorpeaviator.co.uk. Tel 01328 856744

Bluebell

Pub, Langham. Takeaway, Sat 5-8pm (fish and chips and burgers) Tue 5-8pm (wood-fired pizza). Grocery shop open Tue, Thu and Sat, 9-10.30am. NR25 7BX www.langhambluebell.co.uk Tel 01328 830630

Chequers, Binham

Binham. Take away every Friday, 5-8pm. Menus available at front of pub. NR21 0AL www.binhamchequersinn.co.uk Tel 01328 830297 or 07879 080993

Mr. Chips, Fakenham

Fish and chips. Mon to Sat, 11.30am-8pm. Bridge Street Car Park. Search on Faceboook. Tel 01328 863871

Crawfish Inn

Thai food, Thursford. Takeaway Tues to Sun, from 6pm. Menu online. Order and pay by phone. NR21 0BJ (on A148) www.crawfishinn.com Tel 01328 878313

Dabbling Duck

Pub, Great Massingham. Takeaway on Wed (curry), Fri (pizza) and Sat (pub grub). 4-9pm, best order 24 hrs in advance. Menu and more details online. PE32 2HN www.thedabblingduck.co.uk Tel 01485 520827

The Duck Truck

The popular local festival and fair vendor is delivering a DIY ‘Duck in a Box’ across Norfolk. One box/duck feeds 4-6 people and costs £20 including delivery. Order before 6pm for next day delivery, although they are so busy they might specify a day for deliveries for your area. Order via email to charley.watkins@theducktruck.co.uk

Eric’s

Fish and Chips. Thornham and Holt. Pre-order click and collect. Currently Weds to Sat, 4-8pm but you can order in advance whenever. Very simple and easy to use online menu and order system. Includes wine. Check online www.ericsfishandchips.com

Fakenham Tandoori

Indian. Open for takeaway. Usual hours. Fakenham NR21 8BQ Tel 01328 864059

French’s

Fish and Chips, Wells-next-the-Sea. Open Fri, Sat and Sun eves. Accepting pre-orders via website from 2pm on Fri and allocating collection slots on appropriate days between 4 and 8pm. Could be as quick as 10 minutes, or customers can specify/request time to collect. Collection at door, no entry to shop. NR23 1AH www.frenchs.co.uk

Golden

Fish and chips, Fakenham. Open daily. 11.30am’ish to 8pm’ish. Bridge Street. Tel 01328 853562

Jolly Sailors

Pub, Brancaster PE31 8BJ. Takeaway pizza, Wed to Sat, 4-9pm, Sun 11am-4.30pm. Order and pay by phone, allotted collection times. ‘Meal special deals’ with wine. www.jollysailorsbrancaster.co.uk  01485 210314

Labone

Indian, Sheringham. Authentic Bangladeshi cuisine. Open Thu and Sun, 5-10pm, and Fri and Sat, 5-10.30pm. Sheringham NR26 8RR. www.laboneindiancuisine.co.uk Tel 01263 821120 or 821130  

Mermaid

Fish and Chips, Burnham Market. Open Thu-Sat 4-8pm. Call and collect. PE31 8EA Tel01328 738851

Nelson’s Fries 4 U

Fish and chips, Holt. Also, kebabs, pizzas, fried chicken, burgers. Open daily, 1-9pm. NR25 6BE Tel 01263 713939

Northgate

Indian, Hunstanton. Takeaway. PE36 6EA. www.northgateindianrestaurant.co.uk Tel 01485 535005

Number 29

Burnham Market. Takeaway service every Fri 5-8pm, alternating pizza, Indian and fish or sausage and chips. Sunday roast chicken meal for four people (ideally), order by Thu eve. Artisan bakery open Mon, Wed and Fri, 9am-1pm. PE31 8HF www.number-29.com Tel 01328 738498

Pearl River

Chinese takeaway, Fakenham. Open Sun to Thu, 5-10pm, Fri and Sat 12-2pm and 5-10.30pm. Menu online. NR21 9AA www.pearlriverfakenham.co.uk Tel 01328 863900

Rocky Bottoms

Seafood, West Runton. Free delivery Tues-Sat and call and collect Fri-Sun, 4-6.30pm. Delivery areas different each day. Weds is the day for Holt, Blakeney, Fakenham, Reepham and Dereham and villages in between. Local deliveries every day except Sun. Call and collect orders must be called in by Fri evening. Menu online. NR27 9QA  www.rockybottoms.com Tel 01263 837359

Ship

Pub, Weybourne. Takeaway. Wed and Sat, 12.30-1.30pm and 5.30-7.30pm. Sun 12-3pm. Menu online. NR25 7SZ www.theshipinnweybourne.com Tel 01263 588721 or 07809 482835 Lines open 11.30am-1.30pm.

Silver Belly Roaming Kitchen

Steak burgers, hot dogs with fried onions, homemade veggie burgers,cakes and shakes and daily specials and real ales. Based out of Westacre, delivering to local area. 01760 755156. Email tiff.wellsdeli@gmail.com Insta: wellsdelisilverbelly

Sunny

Chinese Takeaway, Holt. Sun to Thu, 5-10m (closed Tue), Fri and Sat, 5-10.30pm. NR25 6ET Tel 01263 713221

Taste of India

Indian, Holt. Takeaway only. Open daily, 5-9pm. NR25 6HP www.tasteofindiaholt.co.uk Tel 01263 711484

Thornham Deli

Deli menu online. Free local delivery. ‘Orders taken all day 7 days a week’. Also delivering groceries. www.thornhamdeli.co.uk ‘Ring Delia to place your order anytime, 7 days a week, 07833 392584’

Tuscan Farm Shop

Deli and café, Burnham Market. Fresh bread Wed and Sat. Italian produce and fresh coffee. Turn up and call/order in advance. PE31 8EQ hello@tuscanfarmshop.com Tel 01328 730856 or 07775 526911

Village Store

Café and general store, Weybourne. Hot pasties and sausage rolls etc. Takeaway only but if you ask, they direct you to a very close and pleasant out of the way spot to sit and eat. Accepts pre-orders by phone. Open Mon-Sat, 8am-12pm, Sun 8.30am-12pm. NR25 7AH www.weybournevillagestore.co.uk Tel 01263 588219

Local and Farm Shops

All shops listed below stayed open through the lockdown, set up collection systems and made deliveries to people in need. They stock produce perfect for a BBQ or picnic, besides everyday consumption.

Algy’s Farm Shop

Bintree. A farm shop that’s actually on a farm. Wide range of produce from other local suppliers. Operating a click and collect system. Also famous for popcorn. The question: will the picnic area be open? Open Mon to Sat, 9am-5pm. Bintree NR20 5PW, off A1067 south of Fakenham. www.algys.co.uk Tel 01362 683893  

Blakeney Deli

Fresh food made daily in the kitchen such as soups, pasties, pies etc. Current opening hours: daily, 9am-3pm. Local deliveries available. NR25 7AL www.blakeneydeli.co.uk Tel 01263 740939

Staithe Smokehouse

In a shack round the back of the White Horse in Brancaster Staithe, new operation with excellent reviews. Open daily 10am-3pm, online ordering, and delivery available from 3pm. Brancaster PE31 8BY www.staithesmokehouse.co.uk Tel 07717 702630

Cley Smokehouse

Old favourite. All that smoke must have blocked any germs. They’ve been open as normal throughout and very busy. Open daily 9am-5pm, Sun and Bank Holidays 9am-4.30pm. Click and collect recommended. Items all online. NR25 7RF www.cleymokehouse.com Tel 01263 740282

Back to the Garden

Letheringsett. The deli, butchers and café has been well-organized through the lockdown. Restaurant closed. Open Mon to Sat, 8.15am-4.30pm, Sun 9am-1pm. Click and collect available until 4.30pm. NR25 7JJ www.back-to-the-garden.co.uk Tel 01263 715996/715540 (Ext 1 for delivery and collection details)

Bircham Stores

Owner Mark dishes out pork pies and cheery chat in equal measure. A proper local hub. Coffee and tea to take away. Slightly reduced opening hours. Great Bircham PE31 6RJ Tel 01485 576006

Brancaster Village Stores

Includes a Gurneys Deli (not fish). Open Mon to Sat 9am-4pm. PE311 8AA www.brancastervillagehall.communitybookings.co.uk Tel 01485 210618

Four Winds

Tattersett. General store run by a lovely gentleman who goes out of his way to supply what you need. Open daily 7am-7pm. PE31 6TD https://pricedrightstores.business.site Tel 01485 528094

Heath Farm Shop

Attached to Lings Country Goods in Great Massingham. Focus on locally raised and produced meat, brilliant for BBQ. Also fresh veg and other produce, all extremely local. Pick up a picnic rug from Lings while you’re there. Great Massingham PE32 2HJ www.lingscountrygoods.co.uk Tel 01485 520828

Picnic Fayre

Cley. This old favourite is doing deliveries and collections only, or ‘knock and run’ as they call it. Serving and selling all their usual local specialties and staples. Open Mon to Sat, 9am-3pm. NR25 7AP www.picnic-fayre.co.uk Tel 01263 740587

Walsingham Farms Shop

Open with strict limits. Ordering online encouraged and collection by non-vulnerable. Open Mon to Sun, 10am-4pm. Open bank holidays 10am-4pm. Deliveries to different areas each day of the week. See online. (Website takes some digging, bit like a farm) Little Walsingham NR22 6BU www.walsingham.co Tel 01328 821877

Weybourne Village Store

See Food and Drink www.weybournevillagestore.co.uk Tel 01263 588219

BBQ and Picnic Supplies

All the area’s supermarkets are promoting BBQ packs. We also recommend the farm shops listed above, in particular the ones with butchers on site such as Back to the Garden, Heath Farm Shop and Walsingham Farm Shop. They and the Delis are great for picnic supplies.

Local butchers who are open and doing BBQ packs, include but not limited to:

P and S, Holt www.pandsbutchers.co.uk

Papworths, Fakenham, North Walsham, Sheringham and Swaffham www.papworthbutchers.co.uk

H.V.Graves, Briston www.hvgraves.co.uk (Also a deli)

Howells, Wells-next-the-Sea and Burnham Market www.arthurhowell.com

Perfick Pork, Great Ryburgh, award-winning sausages, www.perfickpork.co.uk

And if you want to ‘chuck a prawn on the barbie’ try the following fish shops:

Gurneys, Burnham Market and Thornham, www.gurneysfishshop.co.uk

North Norfolk Fish, Holt, www.northnorfolkfish.co.uk

C Larder (or Sea Larder, to put it more politely), Briston. No website. 01263 862991

Bakeries

Bircham Windmill

Pre-orders of bread, flour, eggs, milk, yeast (everything you need for baking) plus groceries. Delivers for orders over £25 within 5-mile radius. Also serving takeaway tea and coffee. PE31 6SJ www.birchamwindmill.co.uk Tel 01485 578393 or 07768 393552

Pastonacre

New boutique bakery in Cley. Excellent sourdough. Open from 9am Tue to Sat. Pre-order 10am day before collection. Card and contactless payment only. NR25 7RN www.pastonacre.com Email hello@pastonacre.com

Siding

New bakery and café in Melton Constable. Fantastic croissant. Open 8am-3pm, Thu to Sat. NR24 2BT www.sidingyard.co.uk Tel 01263 862444

No 29

Burnham Market. Artisan bakery open Mon, Wed and Fri, 9am-1pm. Burnham Market PE31 8HF www.number-29.comTel 01328 738498

Beer

Local brewers have cut back on the barrels but they’re still bottling it.

Barsham Brewery

Their range of local bottled beers available from Beers of Europe, accessible via their own website. www.barshambrewery.co.uk

Norfolk Brewhouse

Their Moongazer Ale is available online via Beers of Europe. Access via www.moongazerale.co.uk

Real Ale Shop

Wells-next-the-Sea. Accepting orders online and delivering. Also order and collect. See advert for more details. www.therealaleshop.co.uk

Bird Watching Shops

Back-garden bird watching has seen a surge in popularity and regular twitchers can still take their binos with them when they go out on a sanctioned trip to the supermarket or for exercise. Both the listings below sell (and deliver) birdseed and feeders to attract more types to the garden.

Onestop Nature

Burnham Deepdale. Shop currently shut but accepting online orders and by phone. Line open 10am-5pm. Local deliveries. Burnham Deepdale PE31 8FB www.onestopnature.co.uk Tel 01485 211223

Cley Spy

Glandford. Online only. Phone not being answered. www.cleyspy.co.uk Enquires by email to info@cleyspy.co.uk

Garden Stores

It’s official. They’re open.

Creake Plant Centre

This popular plant centre/nursery has been taking orders, giving out collections and making deliveries – and been busy – throughout lockdown. Win a voucher for £25 in our competition! South Creake, NR21 9PW www.creakeplantcentre.co.uk Tel 01328 823018

Fakenham Garden Centre

Taking orders via email to orders@fakenhamgardencentre.co.ukAvailable Mon to Fri. Fakenham NR21 7LH www.fakenhamgardencentre.co.ukTel 01328 863380

Holt Garden Centre

Kelling. Was completely shut during lockdown. Call ahead. Kelling NR25 7ER www.holtgardencentre.co.uk Tel 01263 711574

Wards Nurseries

Ringstead. Completely shut during lockdown. Maybe some bargains when they re-open? Ringstead PE36 5LE www.wardsnurseries.co.uk Tel 01485 525242

Well-Spaced Sport

We recommend golf and tennis. If they're on the ball (‘scuse the pun) the venues listed below will open up soon. They are prime places for people to get outside, stay well spaced and enjoy some sport. Call ahead or check websites where applicable.  (Fencing should also be on the list because you wear a mask, keeping distance is key and the whole idea is to get ‘them’ before they get you. If you fancy a bout get in touch via My Week in…)

Golf

Royal Cromer Golf Club

Cromer, NR27 0JH. Clifftop course with stunning views, also the site of the first ever international golf match, in 1905. Open to non-members.  www.royalcromergolfclub.com Tel 01263 512884

Fakenham Fairways

Fakenham NR21 9SA. Driving range and nine-hole pitch and putt with a small café run by a very warm and welcoming team. ‘Fun for all the family’.  www.fakenhamfairways.uk Tel 01328 856614

Fakenham Golf Club

Fakenham, NR21 7NY. Offers ‘pay and play’, £25 for 18 holes. Open every day, dawn to dusk. A pleasant nine-hole course in and around Fakenham Racecourse and alongside the River Wensum. www.fakenhamgolfclub.co.uk Tel 01328 855678

Heacham Manor Golf Club

Heacham, PE31 7JX. Open to non-members and visitors. Front nine laid out in a links style while other holes are set in lakes and parkland. Full description and details online. The hotel and club bar have pleasant outdoor areas and views. www.heacham-manor.co.uk/golf Tel 01485 579825

Hunstanton Golf Club

Hunstanton, PE36 6JQ. ‘A connoisseur’s course, jammed full of memorable quality golf holes’. Open to non-members, excepting Sat before 2pm. www.hunstantongolfclub.com Tel 01485 532811

Royal West Norfolk, Brancaster

Brancaster, PE31 8AX. Open to visitors but recommended to call well in advance. www.rwngc.org Tel (Club Sec) 01485 210087 or (Club Stewards/Clubhouse) 01485 210223

Sheringham

Sheringham, NR26 8HG. Clifftop long distance course with scenic steam trains. Open to visitors.  www.sheringhamgolfclub.co.uk Tel 01263 823488

Tennis Courts

The courts on Clubspark can usually be booked online. We imagine online booking facilities might lag behind the easing of lockdown. Hence we’ve listed phone numbers where available.

Blakeney

Behind village hall (free parking). Two hard courts. Non-members £10 per hour. www.blakeneyparishcouncil.org.uk or blakeneysc@icloud.com or 01263 740158

Brancaster

Two hard courts. £10 per hour for non-members. https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/DBSTennisClubor email tennis@brancasterstaithe.co.uk

Burnham Market

Two floodlit hard courts. Open to non-members. Club morning Sun 10am-12pm, open to all. https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/TheBurnhamsTennisClub

Cromer

Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, Norwich Rd. NR27 0EXFour floodlit hard courts and ten grass courts. £5 per hour for non-members. www.cromerltsa.co.ukTel 01263 513741

Fakenham Tennis Club

Part of the Fakenham Sports Centre at the Racecourse. Hard courts available to non-members. www.fakenham-tennis-club.co.uk  Tel 01328 862867

South Creake

Two grass courts in the middle of the picturesque village. Available for hire on ad-hoc basis. https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/SouthCreakeTennisClub Tel 01328 823377 [UPDATE: Only one court available from 1 June]

Thornham

One floodlit court, with windbreak. £5 per hour, open to non-members. www.thornhamvillagehall.co.uk/tennis

Wells-next-the-Sea

Two hard courts in centre of town. Open to non-members. https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/wellstowntennisclub Tel 01328 710752

Other local courts

Details below are from the LTA website’s Norfolk search page. It is certainly wise to call ahead or drop by in advance. 

Bircham Newton Training Centre, PE31 6RH, 2 hard courts. Tel 01485 577577

Hindringham Primary School, NR21 0PL, 1 hard court. Tel 01328 878323

Litcham School, PE32 2NS, 3 hard courts. Tel 01328 701265

North Elmham Primary School, NR20 5JS, 1 hard court. Tel 01362 668318

Sheringham Recreation Ground, NR26 8WB, 2 hard courts, Tel 01263 588231

Bicycle shops/repairs

Huff and Puff

Rental, bike sales and repairs. Efficient and friendly operation in Kelling Heath Holiday Park, NR25 7HW. www.huffandpuffcycles.co.uk Tel 07500 865095

Black Bikes

Classic small town small bike shop, family run, with excellent service. Sheringham NR26 8EH www.black-bikes.co.uk Tel 01263 822255

RJ Francis

Bicycles and motorbikes, family run business. Large selection of bicycles in good-sized showroom upstairs. Cash and carry available, i.e. you make final adjustments to bike yourself. Service and repairs. Fakenham NR21 8DY www.rjfrancismotorcyles.co.uk Tel 01328 862336 or 851261

Pedal Revolution Norwich

Since the sad demise of Fat Birds in Hunstanton, this is the nearest main shop for serious roadies, MTBers, Mamils and Puffins. Excellent service and wide range of brands, parts, extras and clothing. Bethel St, Norwich. NR2 1NR www.pedalrevolution.co.uk 01603 614400

South Creake Cycles

A local institution. Has been open, and very busy, throughout lockdown. Large selection of second-hand bikes, all sorts. Low prices. Repairs. Ask for Michael. Open daily 9am-6.30pm. The Common, on the B1355 just south of South Creake. NR21 9JA Tel  01328 823036 

Bicycle Hire

All hire operations were closed at time of going to print. We expect they will be quick to re-open as soon as the regulations allow. They will be busy.

Bike Art

High Lodge, Thetford Forest. Full range of hybrids and mountain bikes, ideal for exploring the forest bike trails. Thetford Forest IP27 0AF www.bikearthire.cc Tel 01842 810090

Huff and puff

See Shops/repairs above.

On Yer Bike

Remote location but they deliver. 20 hybrids, 12 children’s bikes, 2 electric bikes. Nutwood Farm, Binham Rd, Wighton, NR23 1NX www.norfolkcyclehire.co.uk Tel 07584 308120

Wells Bike Hire

Selection of hybrid bikes. Well-next-the-Sea NR23 1HG www.wellsbikehire.co.uk Tel 07920 016405

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