Pubs and Markets

Today was Market day in Fakenham (The market runs every Thursday and is well worth a visit if you in the area). There are always cracking bargains to be had. As usual, Tony’s Deli stall came up with the best bargain of the day- 800 grams of sirloin steak for £10! The new potatoes from the local fruit and veg stall are now an acceptable price as well. The other fruit and veg stall, which gets stuff from all over the world had a few good things as well, including fresh coriander at £1 a bunch.

Wednesday is the night I regularly go to the pub. I got into the habit of having my night out on a Wednesday when it was quiz night at the Cat & Fiddle. Not only has the quiz night stopped, the pub in question no longer exists.

When I first moved to this part of the world, the village had two pubs. The Crown was rougher than most sandpaper, while the Cat & Fiddle was a good village pub. Things started to go pear shaped for the Cat & Fiddle when a new landlord (all names in this section withheld to protect the guilty) took over and turned out to be the one person I have encountered who is definitely even less suited to a customer service role than I am. People responded to his way of running the place by staying away in droves. When he bowed to the inevitable and departed, he was replaced by a family who were much nicer people (not difficult), but were not the most hygienic. It was while this family were in charge that the Cat & Fiddle suffered it’s death blow, although it was a slow death. The Crown, previously a place best avoided, was bought by a TV Chef, and completely refurbished, in the process unveiling a 14th century fireplace. When it re-opened for business I went to visit, in a skeptical frame of mind, and came away convinced that this was a good thing. This establishment manages to combine being a good local pub with being a top of the range restaurant. The final twist in this little tale came when Flying Kiwi (the company set up to run the stable of pubs of which The Crown is one) bought the old Cat & Fiddle, which is now divided between housing the Village Shop & Post Office, and providing accommodation for staff at the Crown (this part of the building is now called the “Kiwi Nest”).

Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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