On the outskirts of Thornham, on the way to Holme, is another of those 'hidden' Norfolk gems.
There is plenty of parking, with retail shops including Danish men and womenswear at Nelle DK, homeware and interiors from Joyful Living and childrenswear and gifts from Bells and Whistles. It's also home to Gurneys Fish Box and two excellent eateries: Shuck's and Eric's FIsh and Chips and a play area for children.
They have a friendly welcome for dogs, too
For a unique dining experience visit this family-run restaurant open all year round. Award-winning local Chef patron Philip Milner is passionate about using the quality produce on his doorstep at Drove’s kitchen gardens and beyond. Relax and unwind in the yurt by the log burner on those chilly days and in the summer enjoy al fresco dining by the orchards. Children have their own menu and fun corner plus a fabulous outdoor play area. Dogs are welcome too with their own treat menu coming soon. Live music will be a regular feature following a PRS music makeover award. Expansion plans for early 2017 include a rustic pizza and chicken takeaway with bottle shop.
A clothing boutique specialising in Danish and Scandinavian designers, Nelle DK stock an ever-changing collection of clothing, footwear and accessories for both men and women. Danish-born owner Jeanett has always had a passion for the quality and effortless style that Scandinavian fashion brings and an understanding of the similarity in lifestyle between Denmark and here, in Norfolk. If you are looking for stylish outdoor footwear, a special occasion outfit, a great pair of jeans or a quirky, unique piece of clothing to update your seasonal wardrobe then Jeanett and her staff are always on hand to give style and outfit advice.
Joyful Living is a real beauty of an interiors store. Owner and stylist Jo Griffiths has hand-picked unique items to add those important finishing touches to your home including soft furnishings, rugs, candles, tableware and bathroom accessories, all interspersed with fresh plants and hand cut flowers. Her focus is on combining textures and soft use of colour for calm, easy living. An eclectic mix of vintage and new pieces, Jo’s stock changes quickly so there is always something new to tempt you. Each season sees beautiful displays of seasonal products all with the guarantee that there is nothing in store that Jo wouldn’t have at her home or covet. With a devoted following of regular customers, Jo has an order book for special stock requests and offers a styling and sourcing service.
Eric’s Fish & Chips harks back to the traditional great British chippy but with a few modern twists.
They serve the finest line-caught cod and the freshest crab sourced just down the road. The black garlic aioli is inventive and delicious. Other dishes include mackerel with beetroot and sorrel, halloumi and spinach arancini, or black pudding fritters. Everything possible is made from scratch including the chunky tartare sauce and popular curry sauce.
Gurneys was set up by Mike Gurney some 40 years ago, when he learned how to grow oysters in the creeks and how to smoke fish. His first shop, in Brancaster, was the first fishmongers on the coast road. In 1992, Gurneys began selling high-quality, locally-produced shellfish, smoked fish and wet fish on Burnham Market. Today, Gurneys is a thriving fishmongers, run by Mike, Ned Catt, Matt Falvey and Alistair Steele. They also make fish products, including pâtés, pies, soups and curries, from original recipes.
01328 738967 (Burnham Market shop gurneysfishshop.co.uk
A well-established children’s boutique, Bells and Whistles is situated at Drove Orchards in Thornham, a great location on Norfolk’s “hop on and hop off” coastline route. It offers a unique range of clothing for babies and children up to 10 years old. Proprietor Georgie Newling says her inspiration comes from her surroundings - the beaches, the sea breeze, the wildlife and the great expanse of Norfolk’s open skies. She always aims to bring practicality, comfort, fun and vibrancy to her shop..