Shopping In Norwich
A wet and gloomy day (yes, we do sometimes have them in Norfolk) so my daughter and I decide to head for Norwich in search of a buggy for the imminent new arrival. ‘Buggy’ is what they were called when I bought one for the daughter – these days they are known as ‘travel systems’, cost more than a small car and have enticing names like Bugaboo and Strawberry.
Norwich is a great town for shopping and has been voted one of the top ten shopping destinations in the UK. It has two shopping malls, all the major high street stores including John Lewis, a large flagship M&S, House of Fraser, Debenhams and independent department store Jarrolds . It also has new favourites like Cath Kidston, Joules, Fat Face, White Stuff, Gap and East.
A browse through The Lanes with its selection of quirky independent shops is also recommended. We were particularly excited to discover a newly opened Jo Malone in Jarrolds and spent a happy half hour testing products and indulging in a bit of ‘fragrance combining’. Smelling fabulous, we headed off to our favourite lunch spot, the Britons Arms at the bottom of historic Elm Hill, one of the city’s few remaining thatched buildings.
The inside is cosy and quirky with a real fire and outside there is a lovely garden with views of nearby St Andrews Hall and St Peter Hungate. The food is home cooked and delicious and it’s a short walk to Tombland and the cathedral. Norwich is small enough to walk around comfortably and has a comfortable, relaxed feel to it. It’s a great place for a city break, or stay longer and explore the surrounding countryside or Broads.