Mum and I decided it was time we went to her beloved North Norfolk UK coast again. We know it well, cos it is Mum’s native land, and she likes to visit often. We headed for Blakeney to go to the Muddy Dog Café, but it was closed due to staff sickness. Our favourite fish restaurant, Cookies Crab Shop in Salthouse, was also closed as the proprietors were on holiday, but both say they will be open again on 13th or 14th January. Even if many amenities aren’t open there’s always something to do along that coast, whatever the weather.
On Blakeney quay we found a huge boat, The Juno, registered at Morston, and I decided it was my duty to guard it for a short period.
After some exploring, including walkies at Blakeney, we did a quick tour of our favourite places and then drove homeward along the coast stopping at The Ship Hotel, Brancaster, for lunch. They are extremely dog friendly with a water bowl strategically placed near the bar. Where else would it be? The bar area was buzzing with almost as many dogs as humans. The landlord, who was very friendly, brought me biscuits and gave me permission to sit on the seat with Mum. We always put a cover on the seat for me to sit on….. well, it’s the responsible and respectful thing to do, isn’t it? Mum said her sandwich lunch was simply delicious. It certainly looked like a plateful to me, with country bread, salad and crisps, all at a very reasonable price. Other lunch dishes were available, and looked wonderful.
If you are over this way the North Norfolk coast is just beautiful, if a little wild over the marshes in winter. If you need some advice about amenities for you and your human friend, The Barking Bugle’s ‘Doggy Tourist Guide‘ is like an encyclopaedia, containing everything a dog needs to know about this area. Hopefully my pictures of Blakeney and The Ship Hotel will give you a taste of the area, and make you want to visit. And once you have been, I bet you will want to return again and again!
Woofs Emma Teckel.