At the heart of Creake Abbey lie the remains the monastic ruins managed by Historic England.
Today, this historic site, only three miles south of the coastal town of Burnham Market, has become a flourishing rural retail complex with seven independent businesses, a bright and airy café/restaurant and a Food Hall full of Norfolk’s best produce.
The abbey ruins are open every day of the year, free of charge. The site is free to enter and has free parking. The shops, Café and Food Hall are open Tuesday/Wednesday to Saturday/Sunday. Please check website for full details.
Shops include Home by Annie Lambert – Continental and UK antiques and soft furnishings, Fineline Frames – bespoke picture framer and gallery, Marshes & Flint – a beautiful lifestyle boutique for children offering clothing and gifts, Constance at Creake – floral bouquets, arrangements and cut flowers, Cape Vanilla – decorative homewares from South Africa and Woven Anew – preloved designer clothing and accessories for women. In addition, Lox Hair is a full-service hair salon offering cuts, colour treatments and beauty.
The Café is open from 9am, Wednesday to Sunday serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas with cakes and freshly baked scones. The kitchen is headed up by Abbi Saunt who is passionate about local, seasonal food. The specials board in the Café features new items daily and the menu changes seasonally. The Food Hall includes a superb cheese counter, a deli offering with homemade quiche, sausage rolls, pork pies, salads and sweet treats together with chilled dairy items, freezer meals to take home, fresh fruit and vegetables in season, artisan bread, cooking staples, gifts, chocolates, wines and local Norfolk beers.
On the 1st Saturday of each month (excluding January) Creake Abbey hosts an award-winning farmers’ market. 60 stall holders come with fresh local meat including grass-fed beef, lamb, turkey and venison, fresh vegetables, fruit and flowers in season, cakes, tartes (savoury and sweet), pies, fudge, artisan breads, pickles, rapeseed oil, vinegars, preserves, local ales, juices and plants. A number of exceptional pre-prepared dishes are on sale all made with local ingredients. The markets held inside in three old brick and flint barns and outside by a picturesque pond. The ethos at Creake Abbey is to offer support for farmers and to educate visitors while also offering fun and seriously good local food. The market opens at 9.30am and closes at 1pm.
Throughout the year Creake Abbey hosts other events including gift fairs, a plant lovers’ day, evening dining in the Café and private events organised by the shops and services in the Courtyard. Check the website for full event information.