Brancaster Staithe is a pretty fishing village that borders the Norfolk Coastal Path. It is one of the loveliest villages along the coast, with a working quayside where you can watch the fishermen land their catches. A small wooden shack sells fish, literally straight from the sea, and you can also pick up bags of mussels from many of the fishermen’s houses – there are signs on the roadside indicating who has mussels for sale.
The Fish Shack and post office also sells fresh fish, alongside locally caught game and a range of fruit, vegetables and condiments.
There are two fabulous pubs, both serving great food. The White Horse has spectacular views over the north sea and an evening sipping wine on the veranda as the sun-sets is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The Jolly Sailors is a lively pub at the other end of the village, serving good ‘pub grub’ and a range of locally-brewed beers and lagers.
There is a range of shops at Burnham Deepdale, which is a five minute walk from Hillview Lodge. The shops include Fat-Face, the Hare and Hen pottery shop, One-Stop Nature Shop, Gone Crabbing and a number of pop-up shops.