For more than 100 years, Cromer has been one of Norfolk’s most popular seaside resorts. Today, it combines the charme of the past with bustling streets, galleries, pubs and small restaurants.
Cromer Crabs, a well known delicacy:
“Crab are a large part of the income of the town of Cromer. Historically the crab were only caught in the summer months, in autumn the fishermen brought Herring to the town, and winter cod was the main catch. This has now changed to solely bringing crab and lobster to the town.
The Cromer Crab in particular are known for their tender flesh, and high proportion of white meat to dark. The fleet has reduced to about a dozen boats, looking after about 200 crab pots, meaning that it is even more of a specialty!
Cromer Crab can be eaten on their own and are a great ingredient in Crab Recipes.”
“With its pier and its two museums, wide open beaches, spectacular cliffs, its famous pier show, its cinema with three screens, there’s lots to enjoy in Cromer. The streets of Cromer today are little removed from how they looked in the Victorian era. Most of the great landmarks, many of which were created by the well-to-do Victorian “summer timers”, still stand as familiar to the holiday makers of today as they were to their counterparts a hundred years ago.
Cromer does however have a much more ancient history than that, the magnificent church is a medieval legacy, a relic from the days when Cromer was still known as Shipden – a modest settlement of fishermen and merchants.” (Cromer website)
“By the 1890s Cromer was fashionable and booming. Many fine residences were built and the Urban District Council saw that the infrastructure – drainage, roads, schools, electricity and so on – was the best. In 1900 a new pier were erected and the promenade, first built sixty-five years before, was lengthened and enhanced. The suburban development of the 20th century, particularly of the post-war period has seen the town expand in every direction.
The Town’s reputation for crab fishing is undiminished. You can still watch the crab boats arrive every morning with their catch. There are several small fish shops in town where you can buy one of the day’s catch and virtually every eating place will have a crab dish on the menu.” (Cromer website)
Cromer Pier at night
“June in Cromer”, by Gena Ivanov