Monday, 5 December 2011

Adventures in Vintage Norwich!

Well, what a weekend!
Thanks have to go at the very start of this blog to my gorgeous Hubby for arranging such a magnificent 40th birthday treat! Norwich is beautiful and really does have a super vintage scene.

Having worked in Norwich for a little while (about 20 years ago), Hubby and I hadn't been back since so we decided to go for my 40th birthday on the advice of Retro Chick. What good advice! Armed with a  town plan and the list of Vintage Norwich places to eat/shop/play we we off.....

Our hotel, By Appointment is one of the quirkiest, vintage styled places I have ever stayed. Our room paid homage to decades past with fab accessories and styling including overstuffed furniture, a vintage nightgown, aged suitcases and an Edwardian dressing table set, oh and a roll top bath in the en suite!
Bedroom (Queen Elizabeth room)

Rose in vintage china in the roll top bath!

The free evening meal included in our 2 night stay was amazing. I had mackerel and fillet steak, hubby had scallops followed by sea bass. A free glass of champagne each and amazing desserts to follow and we were stuffed. I'm glad my Heyday red Mary dress got her first outing in such splendid surroundings!
Dining room 1

Mary Dress in Red

I even matched dining room 2!

Saturday saw clear blue skies and a visit first to Lulu Vintage where I found this gorgeous top hand knitted to an original 1940s pattern. Perfect with my Heyday trousers.

We also visited Poppy Valentine, Prim Vintage, and the market where I bought a stunning 1960s does 1940s dress from Ruby Tuesday's stall. We tripped around the Cathedral too, watched the Christmas Past retro film show in the Forum and nipped in to Goldfinches vintage too.

With all that shopping it was most certainly time for tea, so where else but Biddys tea rooms in Lower Goat Lane. Certainly didn't disappoint!

Inside (although this table was reserved!)

Vintage china and oodles of cakes!

So full people were sharing tables

With the obligatory bits of other non-vintage shopping to do we also traipsed around Chapelfields shopping centre but soon found ourselves back in the lanes for Follies and Soho Hip (fab frocks but a little out of my price range!)

So there you have it; a quick round up of a wonderful weekend in Vintage Norwich! Thanks go to Retro Chick, the Vintage Norwich website, By Appointment and most importantly, hubby! What a lucky lass I am. It's so important to build into a marriage like this- we had a truly wonderful time (and so did our 3 kids back home with their Grandparents! Hooray!)

What were your weekend plans?


Vintage Norwich / Retro Chick said...

So glad you had a good time! You look amazing and very festive in your Mary dress!

Glamourologist said...

To my shame I haven't been to By Appointment yet and am definitely going to go now - looks fab. Glad you had a great time Norwich is really amazing for unusual spots and vintage bits and pieces.

Louise said...

It sounds like a fabulous weekend. You look divine in that red dress and this has really made me want to visit Norwich. X

Julia said...

Looks like you had a great time and your Mary dress looks gorgeous. I think Norwich might just be on my list of weekend's away.

Ange said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments! And thanks to go to you Vintage Divas in and around Norwich for promoting the vintage scene in Norwich so well!