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Cookie’s – The North Norfolk Heritage Coastline




After leaving Wells – Next – The – Sea we continued along the Norfolk Coast, passing through Blakeney Point, famous for it’s Seal Sanctuary. This would have been a very tempting stop had the weather not been so cold and windy, it was a boat ride out to sea that I didn’t fancy at this time of year.

We continued our journey heading for Sheringham and Cromer along the beautiful coastline and came across a small fishing village called Salthouse. Nothing spectacular in the village itself just another fishing village, but we spotted a tiny seafood shop-cafe on the side of the road & ventured in as it was lunchtime. The place is called Cookie’s, at first it looks like a small shop with two tables in the corner to eat in if you wished to. We decided to stay and eat and our order was taken by one of the two Eastern European women running the place.

Cookies as recommended by Stephen Fry
Cookies as recommended by Stephen Fry and Frances Potter.

She explained that the summer house outside was warm or the tented gazebo area was also available. We chose the summer house and placed our order of  Prawn Chowder, Royal Crab Salad for Steve and Crayfish Salad for me. It was hard to choose as the menu was so vast and everything sounded lovely. Whilst waiting for the soup we looked at the various pictures and articles on the wall, one caught our eye. It was an article from Stephen Fry who had also travelled the North Norfolk Heritage Coastline for a TV program some years previous. He described the trip as ‘Heaven on Earth’ and the most ‘To Die for’ place eat is Cookies in Salthouse. He described it as the most memorable experience of his trip around the coast.

The Prawn Chowder arrived and it was deliciously thick and full of flavour and packed full with prawns and only £2.80. The fish soup we had in Wells was dish water in comparison. The main course arrived and we could not believe our eyes. The plates were cram packed with different salad items, and mounds of various seafood piled on top. We struggled to finish the food there was so much and again for only £6.20 each. We had Crayfish, Crab, Cockles, Salmon, Sprats and 4 different types of Herring cooked in various spices and herbs. Not to mention potato salad and coleslaw on the side – absolutely delicious. !!

Anyone visiting the Norfolk Coast be sure to give Cookies a try, even if you are not a seafood fan this place is worth a visit.

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