Visitor Interview: Norfolk Broads
Last updated: January 17, 2021
Kate Laurence, who lives in Hertfordshire, headed to East Norfolk for a short break:
‘My husband Gregg and I had a short break in East Norfolk staying in a holiday cottage in Fleggburgh. This small, quiet village on the edge of the Norfolk Broads has a pub called the Kings Arms and that's about it. Perfect for a quiet break.
‘During our break we visited The White Horse Pub in Upton for a meal. They had set up a marquee in the garden with tables and provided table service. There were a few people there and everything was spaced out well.
‘The food was lovely - freshly battered cod and chips - it was served in cardboard boxes and there was plastic cutlery, which was reassuring from a safety point of view.'
‘We also visited Filby Bridge Restaurant, which is in the next village along and has stunning views over Filby Broad. The restaurant was bright and airy, and we had a choice of sitting indoors or outside. We decided to sit indoors after our outdoor experience the day before.
The tables were well spaced out and although the restaurant was fairly full we didn't feel cramped or close to others. The staff were amazing and gave us enough attention but also kept to their own space.
Tony, the restaurant manager explained that they had changed the amount of covers from 90 to 42. We also saw each table thoroughly cleaned down after the diners left. Food was freshly cooked to order by Richard, the chef. Fillet steak was delicious and the fish really fresh.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
‘We visited Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in South Walsham. We had to book tickets, but this ensured there were not too many people about. We saw a few people walking around but it almost felt as though we had the place to ourselves. There were butterflies everywhere and we even saw an otter playing in the water. Definitely a place
I would recommend if you fancy a walk around the woods. It’s also dog friendly - they even provide poo bags!
‘We decided to have a trip into Norwich. This was fairly busy and seemed almost ‘normal’. I definitely felt less safe, however the couple of shops we went to did have sanitisers at the doors and were restricting customers. There were cleaners everywhere at Chapel Field shopping centre. The city was buzzing, and I would probably stay away if I wanted to keep my distance.
‘We had a lovely time and definitely felt businesses were doing their best to comply with socially distancing rules, and will probably go back next year.’
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