Salthouse Cookies

I am a firm believer that treasure is always found in unmarked boxes.

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…

Cookies have been supplying quality shellfish for over 3 generations.

In 2008 they won an award for the best use of local produce.

It is far from just being a simple shop.

Inside the store is an amazing selection of smoked kipper, mackerel, prawns, crab, crayfish, lobster and I could go on.

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.

You bring out your wine and glasses, and then you tuck in to some of the heavenly food ever prepared on the green isle.

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.

This is the real thing and Norfolk at its welcoming best.

A local treasure that shone through the gray skies and made a traveller feel as though she had at long last come home.

You can find Cookies online here: http://www.salthouse.org.uk/

Email them here: cookies@salthouse.org.uk

And if you happen to be in Norfolk pop along to them here: Cookies Crab Shop, The Green, Salthouse, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7AJ, United Kingdom

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