Victoria Arrowsmith Floral Design

Victoria Arrowsmith Floral Design

Victoria always does the most beautiful flowers, and she is so creative. Our flowers at The White House and they are always wonderful and working with Victoria is a complete joy. We usually like seasonal and as local as possible, but do have the odd floral extravagance for parties - as in this photo. These fabulous flowers were for a girl's 21st dinner party and were all over instagram the following day. 

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Tuscan Farm Shop

Tuscan Farm Shop

This is a wonderful shop, packed with delicious cakes, freshly made lunches and produce flown in directly from the owner's farm and local area in Tuscany. The Coffee is a real treat.

Welcome to the Tuscan Farm Shop. You can find us on the green in Burnham Market, Norfolk.

Come in, look around and try the produce from my farm at Montalcino in Tuscany: the wine and olive oil that we grow are simply delicious!

We also have a wonderful selection of cheeses, salami and prosciutto and other artisan specialities from around our area, the Val D'Orcia. We bring excellent coffee from Arezzo, which you can enjoy with a pastry or one of our home-made cakes.

We hope to bring you as much of the Tuscan way of living as we can; the food, the wine and some Tuscan vintage homeware. We will be serving a few simple Tuscan dishes to whet your appetite and show how easy it is to use our perfect produce in your own kitchen.

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Anna, Burnham Market

Anna, Burnham Market

The famous shop Anna in Burnham Market has been featured on so many "best of" lists it would be impossible to write them all here - they do include accolades from Vogue UK, which has to be the clincher. It is thoughtfully stocked with new labels and a speciality is colour and prints. Their own label, designed by Anna herself, Primrose Park is a favourite. There is always something immensely covetable, whether it is the perfect pair of shoes or a Chinti and Parker cashmere sweater...

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Collen and Clare, Burnham Market

Collen and Clare, Burnham Market

Featured in The Telegraph's 50 best boutiques outside London, this is a real find. With brands like Samsoe + Samsoe, Belstaff, Citizens of Humanity, Rixo, Weekend MaxMara, Diane von Furstenburg, Seafolly, Superga, Hartford and Annick Goutal perfumes to name a few, this is unexpected in a country market town. It is on two levels and is packed with great clothes, shoes, jewellery and accessories. Something to cheer up a rainy day perhaps?

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Birdie Fortescue

Birdie Fortescue

I could buy everything in Birdie Fortesque's Burnham Market shop. It is simply a beautiful homewares shop. Birdie's style is impeccable and every item is completely perfect. Pretty, excellent quality and timeless, this really is one of my favourite shops. You might find one or two items there that we have featured in The White House. I will be adding to our collection. They have a comprehensive website too.

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Drove Orchards - Shops and Restaurants

Drove Orchards - Shops and Restaurants

This place is a little piece of magic on the Norfolk coast. Lovely shops, including chic nordic womenswear at Nelle DK lovely homewares in the peaceful Joyful Living (photo) and sweet children's shop Bells and Whistles all housed in pretty buildings, a farm shop and orchards with pyo and the most delicious apples and fresh apple juice. Gurney's Fish Box, which is one of the best, Eric's Fish and Chips which is funky and fabulous and does great takeaway too and Shucks at the Yurt Restaurant, which is actually in a Yurt and is great fun; it also houses the Chicken Box takeaway at the weekends in the summer season. This is just outside Thornham and is worth a stop. All independent shops run by people who really care about their products and service. Unexpected and quite wonderful.

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Bircham Stores Cafe

Bircham Stores Cafe

This place is a real gem - it is just a few miles inland from The White House on the way to Houghton or King's Lynn, and is well worth the trip. Bircham Stores Cafe serves the most delicious sandwiches, breakfasts (until 12), lunches, cakes and afternoon tea. They will also pack a bespoke picnic or a Hamper to order for your day out at the beach. Priced well for really outstanding quality, this is a great find. It is not a secret sadly, so it can get busy, but is so worth a wait - or ring ahead for your Hamper. We can also organise your Bircham Stores Cafe picnic for you from the White House.

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The Owsley-Brown Catering Company

The Owsley-Brown Catering Company

Pop up events in Tipis on their smallholding are hugely popular here in Norfolk, the events feature locally sourced food, often grown by Matthew and Caroline themselves, presented in a warm and generous environment - and the food tastes incredible. 

The Owsley-Browns also do huge weddings and parties, small dinners and a wildly popular Supper Club at The White House, where the emphasis is on wonderful food, beautifully prepared, paired with different wines and their trademark warm and welcoming atmosphere. We plan to grow this from a traditional supper club, all at one table to a larger one with tables set up around the house, to give an opportunity for more people to enjoy these dinners at The White House. Watch this space!

They are very in demand in the wedding season, so do contact them asap if you are interested.

In their own words..

Matthew and Caroline Owsley-Brown moved up to Norfolk in 2001 to own and run the well-known and loved seafood restaurant, Fishes in Burnham Market, which we sold in march 2009.

We have since bought a smallholding on which we grow vegetables and raise livestock. We have a commercial kitchen here at Conkers from which we operate our outside catering business, run cooking workshops and host the odd popup restaurant.

We are very passionate about fine, seasonal and locally sourced food. We are lucky - Norfolk is so rich in regional produce. Since being in East Anglia we have witnessed a sea-change in the quality of goods on offer. I hope we can show you that we are part of that new wave of good food.

Previously we worked for Rick Stein in Padstow in the mid 90’s and Matthew has over 25 years’ cooking experience in many top restaurants in London, including Mosimann’s The Belfry and the Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols.

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The Retreat in Docking

The Retreat in Docking

Bec Newstead owns and runs this relaxing small spa just about 3 miles down the road from The White House. It is immaculately clean, with a very relaxing atmosphere. The Elemis treatments are particularly lovely and it is a great spot for a bit of get away from it all time. Bec also specialises in wedding makeup and makes brides and the whole wedding party look just like themselves, but somehow more glowing and perfect. We can highly recommend this - and she is very popular particularly in the wedding season, so do get in early. 

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Blott Kerr-Wilson

Blott Kerr-Wilson

At The White House, we have 2 of the most beautiful works of Shell Art created by Blott Kerr-Wilson in our drawing room. They are sublime, reminding us of the shifting, shining colours of the sea, schools of glimmering fish and are, whilst wholly imagined and created by the talented Blott, things of natural beauty. Whilst she is now based in Norfolk (previously France), Blott travels around the world and creates bespoke Shell Houses, Grottoes and whole walls of beauty, as well as her uniquely beautiful individual pieces for collectors. We feel privileged to host two such special works and would encourage a look at her website, as the work is really extraordinary.

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Creake Abbey

Creake Abbey

One of the wonderful things that happens at Creake Abbey, just outside Burnham Market, in North Creake is wonderful Art Exhibitions. This photo is from a Harry Cory Wright Exhibition in 2017. The Photo is from his 'Hey Charlie' collection of work. 

They also host a hugely popular monthly Farmer's Market - featuring our own delicious Great Granola made by Sara Bonallack. This is held the first Saturday of every month - get there early.

There is a brilliant food hall too, a good place to stock up on the way home. The cheese counter is a particular favourite of ours. Everything is at peak ripeness and there is a great selection too.

There are several other shops with desirable bits - antique garden bric a brac, divine french soaps etc. Worth a little wander...

All of this is set in a beautiful countryside location in the grounds of ancient Creake Abbey and just a few miles from us at The White House.

They also do picnics, hampers and food to take away - ring ahead or ask us to help. Delicious.

 

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Wiveton Cafe

Wiveton Cafe

We really love the Wiveton Hall Cafe - the quirky style, delicious food and the view. Since it has been made famous by Desmond MacCarthy's BBC programme 'Normal for Norfolk' it is very busy, especially at weekends and peak season, but weekdays in May, June and September it is often possible to sit outside and bask in the sunshine whilst eating delicious and truly local food and gazing out over the marshes to the sea. Inside there are Art Exhibitions, scrumptious cakes and brightly painted furniture. Take home strawberries, raspberries and asparagus in season too. It is absolutely unique and full of personality; we love it. 

Here is what they have to say about it and seasonal opening hours and events...

Our Chefs are passionate about sourcing truly local ingredients, if they’re not from the farm then you can be sure they won’t have travelled far.

The Café is also a regular exhibiting space for artists, please see the art page for details.

 Café Opening Times

22nd March – 11th November 2018

Monday to Sunday 9.00am – 4.30pm

 

Lunch served daily

The Café gets very busy between 11.45 – 3.00pm please do call or email us to reserve a table

12.00 – 3.00pm (Bookings are taken between 11.45 – 3.00pm)

Wiveton Afternoon Tea served daily

(selection of homemade cakes and savouries)

Booking is not required

3.00pm – 4.30pm (Last order at 4.30pm)

Light Breakfast served on weekdays

9.00am – 11.00am

Booking is not required

Cooked Breakfast served  on Saturday and Sunday
and Bank Holiday Monday

Booking is necessary during the busy periods

9.00am – 10.30am

Friday Evening Beef and Reef

Booking is necessary during the busy periods

Every Friday from 4th May – 28th September

Food is available 6.30pm – 8.30pm (Bookings are taken between 6.15pm – 8.15pm)

Saturday Tapas

Booking is necessary during the busy periods

Every Saturday from 5th May – 29th September

Food is available 6.30pm – 8.30pm (Bookings are taken between 6.15pm – 8.15pm)

Pizza Evenings

Booking is necessary during the busy periods

Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 22nd July – 30th August

Food is available 5.30pm – 8.00pm

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20 North Street Bistro

20 North Street Bistro

Not sure why we adding this to our list, as we would like to be able to get a table there sometimes too and as it is such a complete gem of a restaurant, it is already a challenge to get booked in ourselves. But, as the secret is out, we are thrilled to have them just down the road in Burnham Market and have to share their info just in case there is anyone who hasn't heard the buzz. Holly and Dan, the Front of House and Chef owners of this perfect little bistro have really created something special.

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National Trust - East of England

National Trust - East of England

The photo is of wonderful Blickling Hall, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, but the National Trust has many places to explore and to run free in North Norfolk. Including the Brancaster Estate, Morston Harbour (and Seal Trips) Snettisham and Titchwell Nature Reserves. The houses to visit and explore are as special as you would expect, including the 16th Century moated Manor House Oxburgh Hall, which houses remarkable embroidery done by Mary Queen of Scots and extraordinary Felbrigg Hall with stained glass that dates back to the 15th Century.

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Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, Holkham

Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, Holkham

Fabulous kitchen shop on the Holkham Estate as well as the more obvious craft beers and huge range of spirits and wines, including their terrific quality range of Adnams made beers and spirits. The barley and wheat for their beers and spirits are grown locally, on the Holkham estate and even closer to The White House on Sussex Farm. Everything is distilled in Southwold, so it is a genuine East Anglian enterprise. We are happy to serve these from our Honesty Bar at The White House.

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Norfolk Coast Path

Norfolk Coast Path

The most beautiful coastal walk - between Hunstanton and Cley. Choose your section and just bask in the huge open skies and wonderfully unspoiled coastal views. The Brancaster Staithe section of the path is recommended in The Daily Telegraph's Walk of the Week. Of course, everyone has their favourite stretch. Mine are the bite size chunks between Brancaster and Brancaster Staithe and from Burnham Overy Staithe to Wells - which includes the spectacuar stretch of Holkham coastline and from Morston to Blakeney. So many great pubs along the way too, a few of the ones we like are: The Hero, Wiveton Café (seasonal, as seen on the BBC's "Normal for Norfolk"), The Anchor and, right on the path in Brancaster is The White Horse.

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