Food review: Darby’s Swanton Morley - ‘A great little country eatery’

Six months ago, the village of Swanton Morley welcomed back a familiar face to one of its beloved traditional country pubs. Based just outside of Dereham, Darby's closed its doors last year before undergoing an extensive refurbishment. It wasn't long before owner and resident John Carrick returned to the helm of the businesses vowing to restore it back to its former glory. The pub used to be made up of two farm cottages back when Mr Carrick first bought it in 1946. Then in 1988 he oversaw a p

Why this pub deserved to be named Norfolk’s best

Why this pub deserved to be named Norfolk’s best As soon as you step inside The Brisley Bell it is clear to see why this eatery was recently awarded a pub of the year accolade. The owners, Marcus and Amelia, have spent the last three years renovating the facilities to a very high standard - and it absolutely shows. At this year's EAT Norfolk Food and Drink Awards, The Brisley Bell was up against some top competition but scooped the Pub of the Year award after being "highly recommended" by the

Food review: ‘A must for foodies’ - Is this the best place to grab a roast dinner?

Food review: ‘A must for foodies’ - Is this the best place to grab a roast dinner? From its idyllic setting on the Norfolk and Suffolk border, Old Hall Farm, based just outside of Bungay, is said to serve the best roast dinners for miles. Reviewer Donna-Louise Bishop went to find out just how good they are. To say I was excited about visiting this place is an understatement. Almost everyone I'd mentioned Woodton-based Old Hall Farm to said the mouth-watering roast dinners, served up by owners

Food review: ‘Absolute perfection and I couldn’t fault a thing’ - Could this be Norfolk’s finest place to eat?

Food review: ‘Absolute perfection and I couldn’t fault a thing’ - Could this be Norfolk’s finest place to eat? Donna-Louise Bishop feels she’s found food perfection in north Norfolk at a pub that seems to get universally excellent reviews. Find out why she only had good things to say. You don't have to go many weeks before The Hunworth Bell makes an appearance on yet another 'best of' food list. In fact, in my 30-something years of living in the north Norfolk area I've not heard a single bad

‘I was nibbling on leftovers all night’ - Why this steakhouse food is a winner even from the sofa

‘I was nibbling on leftovers all night’ - Why this steakhouse food is a winner even from the sofa It’s been more than three months since reporter Donna-Louise Bishop stepped foot inside a restaurant. So, as one of the final customers to eat at The Fox Steakhouse in Hevingham before it closed its doors to the public, she decided it was time to make a return visit to check out its new take-away offerings. Three months ago, owners of pubs and restaurants across the country held their breath as th

Solved: The 23 year mystery of man’s body found on Weybourne beach

Solved: The 23 year mystery of man’s body found on Weybourne beach For more than two decades a grave with no name has stood in a north Norfolk churchyard. Despite a six-month police investigation, the man’s body could not be identified - leaving villagers to gather for a poignant funeral at Weybourne cemetery in April 1990. But now - thanks to modern detective work - the mystery of the body washed up on Weybourne beach in 1989 has been solved. Police can now reveal that it is Michael Sutherl

Here to Help: Not Alone pen friends stamping out loneliness amid the lockdown

Here to Help: Not Alone pen friends stamping out loneliness amid the lockdown In association with Norfolk County Council, the pen friend scheme has attracted people and groups from all walks of life, creating new and unique friendships in its path. EDP reporter Donna-Louise Bishop explained how impressive its reach has been: “We’ve now heard from more than a hundred people since we launched. “It’s been an absolute delight and privilege to work on this project bringing people and communities t

It’s time to break the stigma around cervical cancer screenings

The long read: Number of cervical cancer screenings is falling - it’s time to break the stigma Fear, embarrassment, and stigma are just some of the reasons thousands of women in the country are putting off having routine cervical screening. Reporter DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP explores what can be done to break the shame. Major fears have today been voiced after thousands of women could be silently suffering with cervical cancer by avoiding a vital routine test and leaving the disease undetected. Cer

Brave four-year-old Denver Clinton dies after months of battling cancer

A young boy who has been battling a rare form of cancer for less than a year has died aged four. Denver Clinton, of Mattishall near Dereham, captured the hearts of his mid-Norfolk community from the beginning - and his story went on to reach thousands of others around the globe. He became known as a “superhero” by everyone who heard about his battle. His mum, Wanda Le Anne Clinton, took to the Facebook group Denver’s Journey to make the heartbreaking announcement, where nearly 6,000 people ha

Hundreds gather in town centre to give Denver Clinton a ‘bright and bold’ send-off

Hundreds gather in town centre to give Denver Clinton a ‘bright and bold’ send-off A mid-Norfolk town was a sea of bright and bold colours as hundreds of people descended on it to give brave Denver Clinton a day “to be proud of”. From Power Rangers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, superheroes from all corners of Norfolk turned out in Dereham to give the four-year-old, of Mattishall, near Dereham, a flamboyant farewell. The boy “who melted hearts” died in the early hours of Valentine’s Day , j

Here to Help: Not Alone – Our mission to combat loneliness in communities amid coronavirus

Here to Help: Not Alone – Our mission to combat loneliness in communities amid coronavirus For many, the term “pen pal” may invoke nostalgic feelings of bygone days when people would look forward to receiving handwritten letters. But now it could be the key to unlocking the world again for many groups and individuals currently in self-isolation. This week the EDP and Norwich Evening News unveiled its latest campaign , Here to Help, in a bid to create an army of helpers to step in to offer ext
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