5 June 2014

A weekend in Norwich

I've had so many weekends away over the past month that I barely know where to begin with sharing them with you (and I can hardly remember where I've been and when!) It's fair to say it's been a bit of a whirlwind month, with trips to London, Norwich, Shropshire and over to the Isle of Wight, but luckily I'm home this weekend (albeit we have to pack up our entire kitchen!) and for the next few so I can get used to sleeping in my own bed and not living out of a suitcase!

We went to Norwich a couple of weeks ago to stay with my brother, who up until today lived in a lovely flat just outside of the city centre.  I say up until today because he's just got a new job in Aberdeen and will be moving his life up there over the next few days, which is very exciting and scary for him at the same time - good luck Tom!

Tom (my brother, not my other half - a bit confusing!) lived in Leeds prior to living in Norwich and we didn't get a chance to visit him there, so we thought we'd better visit him in Norwich before he relocated to Scotland! I never knew what a cool and vibrant city Norwich was, and I feel sad that I've discovered that now just as he's moving!

We arrived there on a Friday night and started the weekend with a big Chinese takeaway, ciders and a film, before an early night - I'd had to drive to Northampton to pick (my) Tom up from a training course and then we drove on to Norwich, and five hours in a car seriously knackered me out!

The next day we woke up bright and early and headed into Norwich for brunch.  We went to The Iron House - I had 'Eggs Markus' and a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, both of which were delicious.


We then headed into the town for a bit of shopping (I say we - my Mum, my brother's girlfriend and me did, the boys went to the pub!) and our first stop was this rather charming tea and coffee shop, Wilkinson's. They had an amazing range of tea and the girl behind the counter was really helpful and knowledgeable. I bought some Rose Petal Green Tea and Passionfruit, Mango and Guava Green Tea.  Yum!

Tea shop

We then did quite a significant amount more shopping, and I picked up some bits in House of Fraser, Mango and Topshop, before meeting my Dad, brother and Tom at the pub for cocktails (well, they had beer!)

We then went to a burger restaurant for dinner - it was a really lovely family dinner so I didn't go too crazy with the camera, you'll just have to trust me that my fish fillet burger and sweet potato fries were uh-mazing!

The next day we took Bodhi and my parents' dog Henry for a walk in Horstead, near Coltishall.  We set off from The Recruiting Sargeant pub and went for a lovely walk by the river.

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Bodhi got really hot but he doesn't like going in the water so Tom pushed him in when he went for a drink! I'm not sure he liked it but he did like cooling down and he and Henry had a lovely run around.  We then went back to the pub for lunch and it was in-credible.

Tom had a started of scallops and pork belly...

Starter - scallops and pork belly

I had a steak, which came with onion rings, a side caesar salad, and sweet potato fries!

Sunday dinner

It's fair to say that I was just a little bit full after polishing all that off! After lunch and some more ciders in the beer garden (except for for Tom as the designated driver!) we set off back for home.  I must admit I spent most of the 4.5 hour journey wishing I hadn't eaten quite as much!

It was such a wonderful weekend in Norwich, and we were so lucky with the weather! I was quite sad to wave Norwich goodbye knowing we wouldn't any longer have an excuse to visit (apart from my desperation to meet Jenny!) but I am excited for my brother moving to Aberdeen, and now we have a whole another city to visit!

Have you been to Norwich? Or indeed, Aberdeen? We are city-hoppers at the moment!

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  1. Looks like a gorgeous weekend! Those eggs - delicious!

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

  2. Those eggs look AMAZING, hope you had a lovely time! xx

    Sarah// A Sunday Smile

  3. Those river pictures are beautiful.

  4. Looks like you had an awesome weekend. That Tea Shop looks like my kind of heaven! xx

  5. Its so nice to see a blogger visiting Norwich. Its my hometown, and it often gets overlooked! So much more to explore and you made a good choice with The Recruiting Sergent! Definately come back and explore further, we have the broads and the beaches! :D
    Glad to see you enjoyed it though :D
    Katie/ Far From Uniform

  6. My favourite tea shop!!! And we live just down the road from Coltishall. Coltishall is where we hope we'll buy a house next! I've never been to the Ironhouse, but just the mention of salted caramel hot chocolate makes me want to go, like now! You probably did the same walk that we often take Pip on. She jumped into the water once, thinking it was solid ground. It was hilarious, she hates water :P

    You'll have to use me as an excuse to come back. Norwich really is a lovely city.

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

  7. Lucky you having some nice weekends away :) That tea and coffee shop looks so cool, and I'm not even a tea or coffee drinker! You're photos are gorgeous as always, the food looks delish! x

    What Rachael Wrote

  8. Wish I could go travelling around the UK as much as you, posts like this always make me want to see more of my country, I love the vintage tea shop so many jars! hahaa

    Life in a Northern Town

  9. Ah I've been to Aberdeen. Admittedly I was seeing a student friend so we spent a lot of time getting drunk so I didn't see much. But the harbour was nice to walk along! It's much better in the sunshine as the grey buildings look dull in the drizzle. They do have cracking charity shops there!

  10. AHHHHHHHH OMG this is amazing :) Firstly as soon as I saw this pop up on my bloglovin feed I was excited cos I saw the word "Norwich" and that's where I'm originally from and spent the first 27 years of my life ... but now I'm even more excited because YOU WENT TO HORSTEAD! Of all the places! That's the village where I grew up and lived! CRAZY! The Recruiting Sergeant was about 2 doors down from my house so was our local, they do gorgeous food there :D My parents still live in Norfolk although have moved out of Horstead now so I don't get there very often anymore, I think the last time was actually over a year ago now for my sisters wedding, she wanted to get married at Horstead Church as she'd spent so much of her childhood in the village.

    I moved away from Norfolk quite a few years ago now to spend some time living in London before eventually moving to Newcastle where I am now. It's a 5 hour car trip to Norfolk so I don't get home too often but we're heading back for a week at the end of this month and I can't wait!

    Sorry this comment is far too hyper and excited, I just can't believe you went to Horstead :D

    So glad you enjoyed Norwich :)

    Chloe x

  11. Looks like such a beautiful place, I shall have to put it on my list of places to visit! xx

  12. Sweet potato fries rule! Loving the photography in this post :)


  13. Oh I'm so glad you had a lovely time in Norwich as that's where I'm from! There really are some lovely places hidden away.
    Hannah x | That Girl From Norfolk

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  15. Rosie! I'm getting married just outside Norwich, so I'm happy you were so enchanted with it. I think my wedding will be a lot of my friends first time visiting and really hope they see what I (and now you) see in lovely Norfolk. I always go and hide out in the countryside bit at my gran's, but your tasty treats in the city have inspired me to make sure I spend some time nosying around Norwich town centre next time I'm there. x

  16. I love this! I live about five minutes from The Recruiting Sargeant, I go there all the time, it's so lovely! Glad you loved Norwich, it's a great place!

    Laura Jarvis Pattern Design

  17. it must have been a really lovely and relaxed weekend at norwich! love the beautiful natural environment you've captured, and the food sure looks amazing!

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    AL xx

  18. Gorgeous photos, all the food looks amazing! I'm glad to hear you had a good time :) x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

  19. I live in Norwich, and it's a lovely city, so glad you enjoyed it, and it's really cool to see someone else's photos and take on it.

  20. So happy that you liked Norwich, we live just outside the city, but I love Norwich too. You must come again there is so much to see!

    I have a blog too and it's at http://everythinglizzieloves.blogspot.co.uk/


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