Sometimes the humblest appearance belies the wealth that lies inside. Just think of the oyster.
When I paid a visit to Cookies Crab Shop in Salthouse Norfolk, I felt that I had found not just a pearl, but an entire necklace of them.
It doesn’t look like much from the outside. Just a small shopfront, a little tent in the garden and some empty lobster traps by the front door.
And then you step inside…
In 2008 they won an award for the best use of local produce.
It is far from just being a simple shop.
All packed into a glass fronted case to which you have to battle your way past a crowd of local Norfolkmen.
Now, in the tent is where the magic happens.
While the rain pattered down around us the twitches stalked the seaside armed with wellies and telephoto lenses.
We gorged ourselves on baked potatoes filled with prawns, salmon salads and crayfish followed by a sticky toffee pudding that stuck to the ribs and let a slow warmth creep through our insides.
This is no twee touristy gourmet-pub. You can’t buy a fridge magnet here, or Jubilee memorabilia.
A local treasure that shone through the gray skies and made a traveller feel as though she had at long last come home.
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