Creake Abbey was founded in 1206 as a House for Austin Canons. Its heart remains the monastic ruins managed by Historic England, open every day of the year, but in more modern times the site has become home to a flourishing rural retail complex. The abbey ruins and the shops, Café and Food Hall lie one mile north of the village of North Creake and three miles south of Burnham Market on the North Norfolk coast.
A short walk from the ruins visitors will find the Creake Abbey Courtyard Shops and the Creake Abbey Café and Food Hall. The shops include Christopher William Country – country clothing, shooting wear, gifts and accessories, Home by Annie Lambert – Continental and UK antiques and objets d’art, Six Appleyard – an award winning hair salon, Fineline Frames – bespoke picture framer and gallery and Utopia – The Unexpected Gallery with unique interior pieces.
The Café is open from 9am, 7 days a week serving great breakfasts, excellent coffee, seriously good lunches and afternoon teas with homemade cakes. The Food Hall includes a fine butchery, superb cheese counter, great charcuterie, and homemade meals to take-away, fresh produce, staples, wines and beers.
On the 1st Saturday of each month (excluding January) Creake Abbey hosts an award winning farmers’ market. 50+ stall holders come with fresh local meat including rare breed pork, grass-fed Aberdeen Angus beef, chickens reared with no medicines or growth promoters, fresh vegetables, fruit and flowers in season, cheeses, 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 (and some exotic spices!). The markets are offer inside space in two old brick and flint barns and outside stalls by a picturesque pond. At times there is live music and cookery theatre demonstrations during the year. The ethos at Creake Abbey is to offer support for farmers and education for visitors while also offering fun and seriously good local food. The market opens at 9.30am and closes at 1pm.