Cromer pie and mash shop is ‘best of England’

Michele Dickinson, owner of Shelley's pie and mash shop in Cromer which has been listed on the Best

Michele Dickinson, owner of Shelley's pie and mash shop in Cromer which has been listed on the Best in England website, an independent online travel guide to England. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Fish and chips may be synonymous with the seaside, but another classic English dish seems to be going down a treat in Cromer.

Shelley's Pie and Mash Shop in the town has been listed as one of the best places to eat in the country by an independent online travel guide.

The Garden Street restaurant is one of a number of north Norfolk eating places featured on The Best of England website.

Owner Michele Dickinson, who took over the business last year, said: 'There are some fantastic restaurants featured so to have been listed in the same category is amazing. We were the only place included in Cromer, along with the pier, so it is a lovely little accolade.

She added: 'We serve traditional London-style pie and mash alongside others with a more modern twist. Pie and mash is great comfort food and is something that is popular all year round.

'It has always been a dream of mine to run my own restaurant, to do so in a beautiful town like Cromer is even more special.'

A delivery service is being launched later in the year for locals wanting to enjoy the restaurant's dishes at home.

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Mrs Dickinson, who works front of house and in the kitchen, employs nine at the pie and mash shop, including her sister-in-law, Carole.

She discovered the business was being listed on the website when a photographer arrived to ask if he could take some pictures.

Best of England creative director Simon Ridgwell said: 'We spent a couple of weeks in the area working on a word-of-mouth basis asking residents where they would recommend and visited the businesses unannounced – the theory being that you cannot beat local knowledge.'

Other north Norfolk-based businesses to feature on the website include Cley Smokehouse, Stiffkey Stores, and Grey Seal Coffee in Blakeney.

In another culinary accolade, No 1 Cromer fish and chip shop was ranked in the UK's top five chippies earlier this year in a scheme organised by Seafish. Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston launched the New Street-based business three years ago.

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