The Flying Kiwi's Norfolk

Chris Coubrough, of Flying Kiwi Inns, has an enthusiasm to create wholesome food using only the best local ingredients, combining them with inspirations he has picked up during his travels around the world.


Where is your favourite place to eat, and why? It might sound predictable, but I'd have to say it's a three-way tie between The Crown at Wells, The Ship at Brancaster and The White Hart at Hingham. They represent my life's work and if they weren't among my favourite places to eat then I'd be doing something wrong! If you ban me from choosing one of my own establishments then my answer would have to be the car park wall on the Quayside at Wells, eating fish and chips with my wife Jo, and washing them down with a bottle of my favourite NZ Sauvignon Blanc.

Your favourite pub, and why? You might be surprised to hear me say this but I fell in love with the old front bar at The Hoste Arms in Burnham Market 15 years ago, and it's a love that's endured. I always enjoy being back in that room.

Chris CoubroughChris on the sandy north Norfolk coast.

What do you long for if you've been away? That's easy - the smell of the North Sea as I drive down the B1105 – the 'Dry Road' – from Fakenham to Wells.

What's your favourite Norfolk place and why? The sand dunes at Brancaster. Jo and I have spent some magical times there. We went there on one of our first ever dates and it's always been a special place for both of us.

Where would you have a picnic and what Norfolk food would you have? See above – with fresh Brancaster oysters, lobster, crab and samphire.

Your favourite Norfolk view? There's a place at the top of a hill as you drive along the B1153 towards Brancaster. It's just before the descent into the village. The view is spectacular. You can see the big wide fields of crops, the village nestling below, the gentle drop towards the beach. It's special.

Where would you send a visitor to really appreciate Norfolk? Wells-next-the-Sea. It has everything. When guests check-in at The Crown we tell them that once they've parked their car they won't need the keys again until it's time for them to leave because everything they want is right on their doorstep - little trains, beautiful marshes, the ocean, quaint pubs, welcoming hotels, fish and chips, pine woods, sand dunes, a bustling harbour... need I go on?

What piece of advice would you give to a visitor of the county? Come in winter. It's even more beautiful and there's fewer people about. But bring something warm to wear!

What's your idea of Norfolk Big Sky Thinking? I'm not a big fan of phoney office jargon. Big sky thinking in Norfolk means just that - looking up to a vast expanse of space, be it bright blue or stormy grey, and letting your mind wander off into eternity.

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