Cromer’s odyssey: from Victorian escape to foodie hub

It’s the classic crabbing-from-the-pier seaside town but alongside the faded grandeur is a thriving community with a fab food scene

Mention Cromer and someone within earshot will think “crabs”. Cromer crabs, a happy bit of alliteration which sticks in the mind and conjures visions of wide beaches, seaside fun and wholesome seaside fare, with or without mayonnaise.

And that’s pretty much how it is. The brown crab – Cancer pagurus – is found all around the UK, but here off our stretch of Norfolk, in the shallow water on the chalk reef, brown crabs are sweeter than anywhere else. Men were launching boats to bring them in long before visitors began to spread the word.

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