My car had to go in to a workshop early today for the annual MOT check, and a full service. Julie followed me down, and brought me back in her car. I took Ollie out early for his walk, in case of the forecast thundrstorms hitting us later, then we decided that we would both like to go out and enjoy a traditional English Breakfast.
We could cook this at home of course, but it is a nice treat to let someone else do it for you.
Our first choice was the cafe at Corners Farm Shop and Garden Centre. Very close to the house, we could walk there. But it is on a fast road with no pavement or walkway, so we made the short drive.
However, we found the whole place closed and locked up, even the separate cafe in an adjacent building. There was no sign on the fencing to say why it was not open.
Never mind, we could try our second choice. Yaxham Waters restaurant, four miles south. We have enjoyed breakfasts there in the past.
Once again, we found it was closed, with obvious work in progress that coud be seen through the windows. A man saw me looking, and informed me it would re-open on the 1st of September, after what he called ‘extensive renovations’. That was an added surprise, as it was already a very attractive restaurant, in pleasant surroundings.
Undaunted, we drove back into Dereham town centre, parking the car in a car park that is free for three hours. A short walk took us to a relable cafe on the High Street.
You guessed it, closed! At least this one had a sign in the window, ‘Closed today due to unforeseen circumstances’. Third time unlucky, we decided to walk to the far end of the High Street, where we were sure that the restaurant ‘Tall Orders’ would be open. Luckily it was!
Unluckily, it was full.
The waitress told us she might have a table free in 20-30 minutes. But it was now past 11am. Breakfast menus might stop being served, and lunch menus begin. We said we would let her know, and tried the final choice across the road, Norfolk Kitchen.
Success! We got a table, and ordered our breakfasts from a very pleasant waitress.
After well over an hour travelling around, and having driven some 12 miles, we finally ate the breakfast we had been searching for.