Monday, 13 February 2012

Shopping is fun but there are other things to do

Within a 10 minute drive of Artichoke there are several interesting places to visit and lots of lovely cafes and restaurants to tempt you.  We have listed a few of our favourites below - next time you visit us why not try one of them?


Sandra recommends The Gamekeeper at Old Buckenham - she says the food is consistently good, the atmosphere is great and you dont need to take out a mortgage to go there. For more information visit

Andrea loves Cafe Verde at Mattishall - her daughter Amy used to work there before she moved to Holt.  The food is at Cafe Verde is delicious and they are very proud that it is sourced locally in Norfolk. Something we support wholeheartedly. For more details visit Nikki Smith the centre manager is offering Artichoke Ladies a 10% discount at their farm shop until March 31st.  To get your discount voucher email and we will email it back to you.

We all recommend Lincolns Bistro which is on The Green in Hingham and is well known for it's reasonably priced light lunches. Details at


Yaxham Waters - I popped in on Thursday, it was busy mid week which is always a good sign! They were serving light lunches in a relaxed enviroment. Andrea and I will be lunching there soon.

Yaxham Mill  - Recently renovated and it seems like another good find. Busy on a Thursday lunchtime in February so they must be getting it right - Yaxham Mill is on the list to visit very soon


Top of our list is the historic village of Hingham itself.  With it's grand Georgian architecture and beautiful church it is definately worth a visit. In the centre you will find Mongers architectural Salvage and on the outskirts interior designers Margaret Sheridan

Further afield is Peter BealesRoses which needs no introduction and a mile or two on from here based at St Georges Distillery you will find The English Whisky Company which is definately worth a visit - tours run every hour throughout the day.

So as you can see there is a bit more to do than shop in Hingham, but please remember to come and say hello to us too.

Next Month........A profile of Alice Collins, one of our favourite labels selling 'The Country Look' for grownups - meet Louise Collins the woman behind it all. If you have any suggestions or questions you would like us to ask Louise please let us know.

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