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Taste Fakenham More: A foody tour of the town

PUBLISHED: 09:45 22 March 2019

Sarah Ravencroft takes a foody day trip out in Fakenham, enjoying breakfast at Q's Coffee Shop and Bistro. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sarah Ravencroft takes a foody day trip out in Fakenham, enjoying breakfast at Q's Coffee Shop and Bistro. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Sarah Ravencroft samples the culinary delights of North Norfolk’s largest market town.

Fakenham's medieval Parish Church. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYFakenham's medieval Parish Church. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Truth be told, despite growing up a few miles away, I wasn’t entirely convinced that there would be enough to do in Fakenham to fill an entire day. It was a pleasant surprise to find that the small market town has lots to offer including some fantastic places to eat.

A delicious bacon sandwich at Q’s Coffee Shop and Bistro with its charming atmosphere and friendly locals was the perfect place to start the day. The coffee shop is traditional and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. With a vastly various menu, this would be a great place to stop any time of the day (just check the opening times).

The Wisteria Restaurant in Fakenham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Wisteria Restaurant in Fakenham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Following a wander around the town centre and a look round St Peter and St Paul Church, it was midday and time for more food!

Everyone told us that we were visiting The Wisteria at the wrong time of year, that it looks stunning when the wisteria along the front of the tea rooms is in full bloom. Is there ever a wrong time to visit somewhere with a wonderful atmosphere and fantastic food? I think not. The hot chocolate was simply fantastic as was the toasted chicken with chilli jam and pineapple sandwich which had a great blend of flavours.

A toasted chicken with chilli jam and pineapple sandwich at the Wisteria Restaurant in Fakenham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYA toasted chicken with chilli jam and pineapple sandwich at the Wisteria Restaurant in Fakenham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Then it was off to the races. Arriving a few minutes before the first race, there was already a crowd and a buzz of excitement in the air. There was a brilliant atmosphere as people chatted to friends and complete strangers - we even ran into a few locals we had met in Q’s Coffee Shop and Bistro earlier in the day. The chatter turned to roars of excitement from the crowd as each race reached it’s conclusion. The unseasonably warm weather was certainly a bonus too.

As the weather turned colder, we headed back to town to the cosy Bella Corona family Italian Restaurant. It’s difficult to choose what to eat when you’re presented with a menu let alone when there are numerous plates of food in front of you. I started with the carbonara which was wonderful and then ducked into the steak and ale pie which was equally delightful and a slice of pizza to finish off a meal never hurt anyone!

Sarah Ravencroft's visit to the races during her foody day trip out in Fakenham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSarah Ravencroft's visit to the races during her foody day trip out in Fakenham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

From the point of view of a wheelchair user, Fakenham is great for accessibility with smooth pavements and drop down curbs. I was pleased to see that the racecourse was very accessible too with good paths and an accessible viewing platform.

If you’re looking for some where with friendly locals and brilliant food, Fakenham is the place to go. I’ll be heading back very soon too.

Sarah Ravencroft on a foody day trip out in Fakenham with plenty of choices for dinner at the Bella Corona family Italian restaurant. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSarah Ravencroft on a foody day trip out in Fakenham with plenty of choices for dinner at the Bella Corona family Italian restaurant. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A foody day trip out in Fakenham at the Bella Corona family Italian restaurant. Classic carbonara. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYA foody day trip out in Fakenham at the Bella Corona family Italian restaurant. Classic carbonara. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A foody day trip out in Fakenham at the Bella Corona family Italian restaurant. Stonebaked margherita pizza. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYA foody day trip out in Fakenham at the Bella Corona family Italian restaurant. Stonebaked margherita pizza. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A foody day trip out in Fakenham at the Bella Corona family Italian restaurant. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYA foody day trip out in Fakenham at the Bella Corona family Italian restaurant. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


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