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Monica Vinader’s guide to North Norfolk

27th May 2024

The founder of the eponymous jewellery brand, who lives near the coast, talks to Harriet Cooper about her go-to shopping spots, favourite foodie destinations, and finding inspiration from the sea

I like Socius in Burnham Market, they do delicious tapas-style sharing plates. I go with friends and family; in the summer they have tables outside, which I like as you can go with the dogs ( The Tuscan Farm Shop, also in the village, is a great place to meet someone for coffee or a bowl of soup, and they sell the most amazing olive oil (

On Saturdays, I do a weekly shop at Drove Orchards in Thornham. The farm shop has a great butcher, great veggies, a very good cheese counter ( and next door they have Gurneys where I have always bought fresh fish and the best fish patés ( I also go to The Old Store in Snettisham for their fantastic sourdough – and you can have brunch there ( 

© Mark Luscombe-Whyte,

My favourite place on a summer’s evening is Scolt Head for sundowners. But if I’m meeting friends for lunch, I like The Duck in Stanhoe ( and The Ship Hotel in Brancaster (

I go to Bombay Sprout in Burnham Market for gifts. They also sell beautiful rugs ( Kelling Home has recently opened in the Barn at Creake Abbey – it’s a bit of an emporium now ( And I love Hannah Hunnam’s flower shop in Castle Acre (

I’m a big fan and good friend of Harry Cory Wright, a brilliant artist, both a painter and a photographer. I have a few of his large photographs, watercolours and paintings ( You can visit him in Burnham Market when he has an open studio; he is also represented by art curator Davina Barber, who has a good selection of his work, as well as other East Anglian and British contemporary artists (

My favourite view is somewhere quiet, where there’s no-one around. I love sitting on the terrace at the back of my house, looking out over our pond and the fields beyond – it’s one of my happy places. Also, I have one of the best Norfolk views going into work every morning. My office is just inside the gates of Holkham Park and approaching it through the south gate, driving along an avenue of Holm Oaks towards the obelisk, is a great way to start the day.

I’m looking forward to seeing Antony Gormley’s ‘Time Horizon’ exhibition at Houghton Hall. I really admire how they have built an incredible sculpture park in Norfolk ( 

Monica Vinader Head Office, Holkham Park © Mark Luscombe-Whyte,

I love to walk by the sea – the Norfolk Coast Path by the creek at Burnham Overy Staithe, the pine woods at Holkham, and the sand dunes at Holme. My daughter Scarlett loves swimming and the creeks at Stiffkey Freshes were always a highlight. 

Norfolk for me is all about open spaces and big skies. It’s a place to unwind and connect with nature, but it doesn’t have to be on the beach. At work, we have been working with Jake Fiennes [director of the Holkham National Nature Reserve] on a seven-acre piece of land we’re regenerating called Monica’s Meadow. It’s a five-year biodiversity project to create a new species-rich grassland field. This year the wildflowers will be in full bloom – my team and I have been very involved in the progress and are looking forward to picnicking in the meadow.

Our designs are frequently inspired by nature in the area. A friend has a company called Norfolk Seaweed, which farms sustainable seaweed off the Norfolk coast ( I was looking at what he was harvesting and the wavy, organic-looking shapes were the inspiration behind our new Wave collection which has just launched.

Pieces from Monica’s new
Wave collection


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