Holt – a North Norfolk haven

Written by Nicole Ranaweera

The Georgian market town of Holt has gone from strength to strength over the years to become a real Norfolk gem. Perfect for art lovers, shopping addicts and foodies alike; stop off on route to the North Norfolk coast or make a day of it and explore some of the town’s best kept secrets. This quaint, picturesque town is truly one of my favourite places to visit.


As I write this, I’m sat in one of my favourite cafes; drinking coffee and watching the town’s busy life carry on regardless. A tourist hotspot, Holt cannot be visited without popping in to at least one of the many cafés and eateries or for a pint of real ale at The Kings Head on the High Street. Enjoy tapas at Nina’s, Italian dishes at Capri or traditional pub fare at The Feathers Hotel.

No trip for me however is complete without a trip to either Byfords – renowned for delicious coffee and cakes in its beautiful Georgian surroundings, or to the more quirky Wells Deli – who, along with a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, host a gallery upstairs and regular live music events.


Of course, Holt is not just a foodie haven…among the amazing jumble of yards, alleys and lanes that make up the town’s character you’ll find a shoppers paradise. From the famous department store, Bakers and Larners of Holt to independent fashion boutiques such as Annas, Eliza Gray, Tilley and Grace and vintage clothing retailers Past Caring, to larger well-known chains such as Joules and Fat Face. Holt is also perfect for finding that unique gift for a loved one or simply treating yourself to something really special – splash out on an original artwork from one of the many galleries or find the perfect trinket from one of the charming courtyard independent shops.

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