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3 Dalegate Market
Tel: 01485 210200
Email: [email protected]
Versatile cafe full of youthful enthusiasm serving up great food for all - breakfasts, meals, light bites and take aways – good value and friendly service guaranteed.
Where to find it
Deepdale cafe can be found at Dalegate Market on the main A149 coastal road between Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea. Here you’ll also find a selection of shops including Fat Face, The Hare and the Hen, One Stop Nature Shop, Gone Crabbing, and Relish, as well as weekly changing pop-up stores throughout the summer. There’s free car parking and the Coast Hopper bus stops right outside; the Norfolk Coastal Path is also across the road making it an ideal mid-point to stop off at. Under new management from March 2014, the cafe has taken on a new lease of life with customer service top of its list of priorities, so I expect nothing but good things to come from this evolving hotspot.
What to expect
The bubbly and eager to please energy ball that is Sophie, the new owner, may be young but she’s hugely competent having grown up in the hospitality industry, previously managing Deepdale’s hostel and campsite. Her ethos is ‘work hard, reap rewards’; “I prefer to be hands on, never expecting my staff to do anything I don’t do myself”. This provides a harmonious environment where she’s respected by her team and in return they also aim to please. With the cafe’s emphasis on customer satisfaction, development of the venue is intended to grow and evolve to what its visitors want. The menu is a work in progress with Sophie and her two chefs listening to suggestions, trialling new dishes and getting a feel for what sells. Eat in, take away or sit in the sun on the terrace, the choice is yours at this pit stop for all.
What can you buy here?
Deepdale breakfasts are a winner, served all day with a good selection of options from the usual large portioned full English, meat or veggie version, to hidden delights such as the Builder’s Monster Breakfast Sandwich – try eating that without spilling any! There’s also more up market offerings such as sautéed field mushrooms and Binham Blue cheese on toast. That’s what I like about this cafe; it manages to meet the expectations of all types of hunger munchers. The legendary Deepdale salads are great for healthy eating; try the warm falafel salad with yoghurt mint dressing, or the roast chicken and smoked bacon with parmesan and croutons to get the taste buds active. Light bite snacks through to steak, pies, and gluten free fish and chips – nothing is too much bother and everything is cooked fresh, with care and attention to detail. You’ll always find a specials board too with seasonal favourites like mussels and crab.
Catering for all
There’s a children’s menu but a smaller portion of anything is available on request. In a similar vein, you can take away anything on the menu. They also offer a pre order service and can cater for large parties such as walkers or cyclists passing en route. If you want to cheat you can even bring your own dish in and they’ll cook you something wonderful to pretend you did it yourself – neat idea for people on the go. Theme nights will be coming soon too as well as other events – check out our What’s On pages to find the latest plans.
Dalegate Market is in such a prime location that you could argue it cannot fail to do well, but I think the cafe here really needed the fresh finesse that Sophie has brought to the venture. It’s a pleasure to see young talent transforming somewhere that could have stayed stagnant in its guaranteed footfall. Keep up the good work; I’ll be watching the place bloom.
The cafe is open daily throughout the year 7.30 am to 5pm seven days a week. 48 hours notice on large part orders; all budgets catered for on request. Dogs are welcome outside and in one section of the cafe.