...Makes This Tudor Retreat A Must Visit!
Norwich’s medieval history can be read in buildings throughout the city centre, and nowhere can you imagine better what Tudor Norwich was like than on Elm Hill. This small street, reminiscent of Flanders’ prettiest lanes, contains more Tudor houses than the City of London. Walking down it feels like stepping straight into the past.
And in the block buster movie Stardust we did just that as Elm Hill was transformed into a mythical land of damsels, witchcraft and romance where Claire Danes in the lead role, took refuge at The Slaughtered Prince. Unfortunately ‘ The Slaughtered Prince’ no longer remains but where it was filmed at The Britons Arms thankfully does.
The Britons Arms is a 15th Century thatched merchants house (one of only 5 in Norwich) which since the seventies has been a coffee house (Central Perk eat your heart out). Run by sisters Sue and Gilly it serves tantalising home-made cakes, flapjacks and lunch using only the best seasonal local produce. As you walk through the door the aroma of strong bitter coffee hits whilst the sweetness of cake mixture sends your tummy into somersaults.
Eat in the lush country courtyard garden over looking St Peter Hungate Church and Elm Hill or tuck yourself into one of the many nooks and crannies inside. The Britons Arms is one of Norwich’s gems; frequented by generations of local families but a big hit with visitors too due to its friendliness and welcoming hospitality. It’s a ‘don’t miss’ from us!