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For months, behind whitened windows, the old Kimberley Arms on Trory St has been a hive of activity. At last, the secret’s out. The building, which was a pub from 1853-2015, has embraced a new phase in its career morphing into a lovely café called NR2. In fact, the word ‘café’ is too limiting a description of NR2. NR2 is licensed, and sells deli produce. Think café with cakes and patisseries, but also think yummy cheeses, preserves, charcuterie, biscuits, chocolate, fresh eggs, and much more! Think a place you can dive into if suddenly need ingredients for an ad hoc lunch, but also think a place to meet friends, or to curl up solo, with a book, or a notepad.
NR2 is owned by locals Teresa and Peter Carr, and managed by daughter Harriet. 2 years ago the Carrs bought the Kimberley Arms at auction, and began a systemic –ongoing - renovation. The upper floors have been restored as living accommodation, whilst the spacious ground floor has become the café. A terraced area (and wide pavements) surrounds the corner building, where there’ll be tables and chairs in summer. To make al fresco coffee quaffing even more appealing, one side of the building basks in sun in the morning, the other in the afternoon.
For breakfast, enjoy a granola bowls (granola, yoghurt and compote), or toast with award winning preserves from Garden Pantry. Or opt for a bacon roll - to die for. From noon onwards, pick up a sandwich made with artisan bread from Breadsource on Upper St Giles, or a salad bowl made up from a selection of Ottolenghi-ish type salads. There’s a daily soup option. Add a Bray’s Pork Pie, sausage roll, or local ham for good measure. Throw in a coffee from Hot Numbers in Cambridge and roasted by Red Rooster or tea, delivered to the table with a timer so that you know exactly when to pour. There is a wide range of homemade cakes – some of which are gluten free. Menus are planned and cooked by another member of the NR2 team, George Brentnall, together with Harriet.
NR2 also sells various Norfolk and Norwich produced gins (Bullards, Pinkster and Norfolk Gin) - available either by glass, or by the bottle. Malt Coast beer from Wells-nest-the-sea is also on sale, as well as wine by the glass. At present NR2 is open 8-4 but once the place is up and running (as Teresa puts it, “Once we know we’re walking!”), there will most likely be evening pop up events – wine tastings, quiz nights, and so forth.
As for the deli section, well, here’s a taster. There are oils and dressings by Crush (previously we brought these from the now very sadly defunct Farm Shop at Notcutts); cheeses from all over the county (Binham Blue, Norfolk Mardler, Smoked Dapple, Baron Bigold), and Mondovino’s aperitivo biscuits. There’s chorizo and salami from Norfolk Chacuterie, and chutneys from Candi. There’s pasta – including the sometimes hard to procure orzo - from Garofolo. There is Stokes Bloody Mary Ketchup, and the Greek Olive Company olives. There’s white truffle oil. And on the inedible front there are flowers. Once a week Angela from Rosehips delivers her exquisite posies and pre-ordered bouquets to the café. To sit and drink good coffee looking at them whilst they wait to be collected is a delight in itself.
NR2 opened to a discreet fanfare at the end of March. A week later it was busy, even at a relatively quiet time of day – 2.30 in the afternoon. One week further on, it was packed at 11.00 (but packed doesn’t mean jammed; there is space here, plenty of it).
Homely, cool, welcoming, and not at all precious, serving delicious food (and gin), NR2 is bound to be a great success. Make a mental note of it as a Go-To deli, too. Right on our doorstep, in a peaceful alcove, it’s an absolute delight of a place.
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