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Christmas Lunches & Selected Evenings at Creake Abbey Cafe – 4th to 22nd December


Available for lunch by pre-order or for dinner on selected nights
From Monday 4th December to Friday 22nd December inclusive

Courgette and brie soup with courgette linguini and brie beignets (V)
Beetroot cured gravadlax with lemon and black pepper crème fraiche and toasted rye bread
Warm chicken liver and bacon salad, brandied vinaigrette and herbed croutons

Norfolk Black Turkey, South Creake chipolata & bacon, chestnut and cranberry stuffing,
duck fat roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables

North Atlantic cod loin, wilted nutmeg spinach and clam broth
Roasted root vegetable cobbler with a herb scone and tomato sauce (V)

Malted bitter chocolate tart with clementine and cranberry truffle and chocolate sauce (V)
Creake Abbey Christmas Pudding with brandy sabayon (V)
Selection of local cheeses from our Food Hall, served with quince jelly, apricots, walnuts and biscuits
£2.50 supplement

£22.00 for 2 courses or £27.00 for 3 courses
(inc filter coffee or tea)

Lunch from 12pm – 2.30pm (excluding Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes).

Evening bookings available on Saturday 16th December 6pm to 9pm
please contact the Café to enquire about any additional evenings or functions.
01328 730399 or

Menu choices to be confirmed by email 5 days prior to the reservation and we request payment in advance for parties of 10 or more.

November Farmers’ Market – Saturday 2nd, 9.30am to 1pm

The November Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturday 4th November between 9.30am and 1pm.

50 of the regions best food and drink producers will be at Creake Abbey to supply outstanding fresh seasonal produce including meat, vegetables and fruit, cakes, tray bakes, dairy produce, artisan beer, apple juice, artisan breads, morning goods, puddings, pies, tarts (sweet and savoury), olives and prepared meals all made with the finest local ingredients.

Please find below a list of all the producers booked to attend our November market.

Main Barn
Alburgh Lamb – Superb cuts of local lamb and mutton
Billy Goat Stuff – Dairy and wheat free chocolates
Blackbird Cottage – homemade terrines and pâté
Bonallack Home Cooked – Award winning ‘Great Granola’, rye bread, quiches, Coronation Chicken and super salads
Brays Cottage – Pork Pies Award winning Norfolk pork pies
Bread Source – Artisan sour doughs, morning goods and traditional bread
Ethnic Fusion -Indian Cooking Award winning curries, Indian treats and take away meals
Hands-on-Preserves – Pickles, chutneys & jam
Ian Wright – pork Rare breed pork sausages, chops, roasts and bacon
Martins Farm – Real chickens, hung and free from growth promoters, hormones and antibiotics
Naked Greenz –  Wheatgrass powder, smoothies and advice
Panther Brewery – Artisan local beer
The Artisan Pastry Chef
The English Spirit Company – Artisan small batch copper pot independent distillers
The Old-Fashioned Pudding Company – Steamed puddings
Truly Rural – Home made fudge

East Barn
Great Walsingham Barns – Pies puds and tarts
Marsh Pig Charcuterie – Quality British Charcuterie; salami, chorizo, lomo, bresaola, coppa
Nelson and Norfolk Tea
Nortons Dairy – Milk, butter and cream plus specialist cheese
Ollards Foods
Pye Bakery – Traditional bakery with breads, morning goods and pizza
Sandringham Apple Juice
Taste Collectiv – Fresh savoury cooking sauces including pesto, harissa, piri piri
Time for Tea – Whole cakes, slices and tray bakes

Tin Barn
Candies Chutneys – Outstanding chutneys
Eastgate Larder Ltd – Medlar cheese & medlar jelly
Good Taste – Provencal delicacies and French staples
Grey Seal Coffee – Coffee
Leigh’s Bees – Raw honey
Norfolk Charcuterie – Venison charcuterie
Rita Holland – Sheepskins and accessories
So Sweet – Handmade sweets
The Fruit Pig Company – Award winning pork and pork joints plus ready to cook cuts

Acropolis Foods – Olives and baklava
Barkie Bakes – home baked, gluten free dog treats
Belle Bantams / Vale Farm Eggs
Crush Foods / Algy’s Norfolk Popcorn
Essence Foods
Fen Farm Venison- Venison meat and freshly cooked burgers
Floppy Chicken – Deboned chickens for roasting with different stuffings
Gemima’s Garden – Herbs and small aromatics
Green Stuff – Vegan Food
Jelly Cottage – Plants
Lincolnshire Poacher – Cheeses, raw milk and whey butter
Manor Farm – Fresh vegetables and flowers
Norfolk Sharp – Knife and blade sharpening while you shop
Sarah Coxon Design – Wreathes
St Elvan Mead – Aged mead
The Pink Partridge Cake Company – Traditional cakes, celebration cakes and gluten free cakes
Willie Westons Fish – Lobster, shell fish and wet fish
Woodfruits – Fresh loose shiitake mushrooms

The following producers are unable to attend the November Market but will be back in December:
Essers of Wisbech

We hope to see you here!

Nicola Hart Exhibition – ‘Feathers and Fur’, Wednesday 27th September to Sunday 14th January 2018

Nicola Hart Exhibition
‘Feathers and Fur’
Wednesday 27th September to Sunday 14th January 2018

Nicola graduated from the City and Guilds of London Art School in 1993 with a degree in Decorative/Fine Art.
Variety and experimentation are the main emphasis of Nicola’s work.  She is continually striving to represent life in a new and exciting way, whilst retaining an element of realism. Nicola work’s primarily in acrylics with layers of collage, acrylics give her speed to work spontaneously, to give movement and energy to her work. . Images are built by applying layers of collage made of different colours and textures. She has always been fascinated by the way different textures affect the paint, the emergence of different layers, revealing or hiding, drawing you into the painting so you always see something different.

North Norfolk Restaurant Week – Monday 30th October to Friday 10th November

Creake Abbey Café will be taking part in North Norfolk Restaurant Week from Monday 30th October – Friday 10th November

(Weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November excluded)
Two Courses £10
Three Courses £15
Follow the link for our menu: NNRW Menu 2017
No passes, tickets or vouchers required, simply visit us during the two week event. To avoid disappointment, booking is strongly recommended
Telephone: 01328 730399 or

Christmas Gift Fair – Saturday 25th November 10am to 3pm

Bags and wreaths (Small)

Christmas Gift Fair- Saturday 25th November 10am – 3pm


Over 50 stands bringing you superb Christmas gifts, including festive decorations and wreaths, food & drink, local art including jewellery, paintings and some carefully selected local crafts.  Highlights include, children’s clothing by Poppy & Hester, kaftans by Wandering Bee, lampshades by the Harvest Hare, premium vodka by Wild Knight and much more.

The Courtyard Shops will be full of stunning winter goodies including stylish country clothing at Christopher William Country, antiques and Homewares at Home by Annie Lambert, lamps, blinds and decorative pieces at Utopia and art and jewellery at Fineline Frames. The Creake Abbey Food Hall will be bursting with festive cheeses, hams and other foodie treats.  Don’t forget that Six Appleyard at Creake Abbey, our award winning AVEDA hair salon now offers manicures and facials!

Producers attending this Gift Fair include:

Barefoot Living – Lifestyle, home and giftware
Big Sky Bags – Handmade bags, aprons and homeware
Birstone Forge – Ironwork both decorative and practical
Candlewick – Candles in cups and glass
Catherine Downes – Contemporary jewellery and Silverware
Coxford Pig Tails – Childrens books, prints and cards
Creative Crafts – Lamps, birdfeeders, gift sets, cake stands, soft furnishings
Driftwood Birds – Driftwood carved birds and fish
Emma & Cathys Crafts – Handmade jewellery and hairbows
Essers of Wisbech – Plants and shrubs
G J Woodworks – Small tables made from reclaimed wood
Good Taste
Happy Eye Studios – Sculptures, wooden toys, prints and cards
Hazel Millington – Fused glass art and jewellery
Hearts and Crafts – Masaic cards
Henry Stephen – Sculpture
Huffs Crafts – Textiles
J & M’s Crafting Creations – Hand sewn bags, cushions and wooden items
Jewellery by Jessica – Bespoke jewellery, handmade gold, silver and precious gemstone sets
John Hartley – Driftwood and photography
Katie and the Bear – Upcycled clothing and gifts
Louise Money Originals – Bird & wildlife art cards, stationary and bags
Lyn Sandford Pottery – Handmade stoneware pottery
Margaret Lake – Knitted items & soft toys
Marilyn Fountaine – Jewellery
Meadow made Vintage – Handmade furniture and accessories
Naked Greenz – Cosmetics and health products
Neals Yard Remedies – Handmade certified organic skincare
NequeWhere – Quality handmade neckware
Norfolk Coastal Memories – Driftwood, nautical gifts and bags
Presence – Home accessories and children’s gifts
Rita Holland – Cowhides, sheepskin rugs & accessories
Saltmarsh and Samphire – Fine art, photography, crafts and cards
Sarah Burt Design – Contemporary textile art
Sarah Darnell Photography – Wildlife photographic prints, card etc
Sarah Coxon Design – Christmas items, wreths, plants and flowers
Sian Van De Welle – Decorative china, glass and painted furniture pieces
Smock – Smocks and related textile itemsGift Fair 2
Studio 59 – Ceramic garden  and wall planters and vases
Sue Robinson – Home produced fragranced candles and diffusers
Susan Purser Hope – Glass, jewellery, broaches, pendants, earrings
Swaffham Potter – Stoneware ceramics
Tel the Pot – Bird nesting pots and feeders
The Norfolk Stillroom – hand crafted linen sachets for wardrobes and drawers
The lily Shed – Handbags, fashion accessories and scarves
To the Moon and Back – Ottomans, footstools, cushions and throws
Tuffdogs Stuff Ltd – Dog accessories
Turned out Nice – Wood turned gifts
Twisted Silver London – Solid silver jewellery handmade usting antique silverware
V H Designs – Cushions and accessories for the home
Yvonne Law Pewter – Pewter, handcast shells, seed pots
Food & Drink
Archangel Distillery
Candi’s Chutneys
Fakenham Country Market – Cakes & preserves
Leigh’s Bees – Honey
Panther Brewery – Bottled real ale & glasses
So Sweet – Handmade chocolates
The Pink Partridge Cake Company – Traditional and gluten free cakes

Halloween Fun – Saturday 28th October, 4pm to 7pm

Bring your family to the  Creake Abbey Café for a fantastic evening of spooky thrills on Saturday 28th October from 4pm to 7pm.

There will be lots of activities on offer  such as apple bobbing, unlucky dip and gingerbread decorating.

Cost for these activities is £5 per child (food charged separately).

Children may dress up in all manner of terrifying outfits with a prize for the best dressed ghoul.

At 6pm a storyteller will lead families to the haunted abbey ruins with singing and dancing en route.

The Café will be open serving children’s supper from 4pm and the Food Hall will be full of goodies to eat in or takeaway.

Join us if you dare!

Steak Night – Friday 20th October from 6.30pm

Steak Night – Friday 20th October

Choose from the following aged steaks hand cut by our resident butcher, EH Prior & Sons.
8oz Onglet, hand cut chips, homemade onion rings and a watercress garnish £15.00**
8oz Rib Eye, hand cut chips, homemade onion rings and a watercress garnish £20.00
10oz Sirloin, hand cut chips, homemade onion rings and a watercress garnish £22.00
6oz Fillet, hand cut chips, homemade onion rings and a watercress garnish £28.00
** 2 for £25.00

Cashel Blue Sauce
Vegetarian option available, please see ‘Specials Board’ or call in advance

The Lincoln Red is a breed with ancient origins.  The ancestors of this magnificent breed are thought to have been brought in by the Viking invaders of Britain.

At each “Steak Night” we will be celebrating the traditional breeds of the UK which have been unchanged for centuries.  It is these breeds, and the stewardship of the farmers who look after them, that shape the way the English countryside looks today.  The stockmanship passed down through the generations remains much the same as it was centuries ago as the farmers chosen carefully balance the rearing of their animals with care of the environment.

Belgian sweet waffle with banana, vanilla ice cream and chef’s homemade toffee sauce £6.00
Penrith fudge and sea-salt brownie with double chocolate ice cream and a marbled chocolate shard £6.00
Seasonal fruit crumble £4.95

Call to book 01328 730399 or email:

Cardio & Core Family Fitness Fun – Sunday 22nd October, 9.15am to 10am

Cardio & Core Family Fitness Fun 

Sunday 22nd October, 9.15am to 10am

A combination of exercise suitable for all the family.

Class and breakfast combo – Adults £6.50, Children under 14  £4.50

The combo breakfast options are:

Granola & yoghurt
Fresh fruit & yoghurt with toasted seeds
Porridge with dried fruit

Other breakfast options are available to be paid for separately.

Class only – Adult £4.00

Class only – Children under 14 £2.00

Booking Essential
Call Sue on 07774 245810

Quiz Night – First Friday of the Month

Join us for our monthly quiz night and pit your wits against our quiz master.

7pm for 7.30pm

£10pp including a main meal.

Teams of any size welcome but only teams of four or less eligible for prizes.

Booking Essential – 01328 730399 or email

Steak Night, last Friday of the month from 6.30pm

The last Friday of the month is steak night. photo 2

Join us from 6.30pm, last dinner orders at 8.30pm.

We have fantastic Norfolk bred fillet, sirloin, rib-eye and rump steaks on the menu, as well as a range of other seasonally inspired dishes.

Please follow the link for the May menu: Steak Night – 19th May 2017

To book call 01328 730399 or email