Blakeys - The Bus Café
A140, Junction Swainsthorpe; 6 minutes
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
If you have a child who’s transport mad you’ll be prepared to drive across East Anglia to have tea in a converted Bristol Lodekka bus. But even without a tiny bus-spotter you would be mad to miss this place if you’re anywhere to the south west of Norwich.
It’s hugely popular with locals so there is extra seating outside the bus in case the top deck is full. Sam and Rachael are the owners; Rachael is known locally for her impressive bespoke cakes. Gingham and vintage china make for perfect décor inside the 1950s double decker where sandwiches, jacket potatoes and afternoon tea are served. Children can have a special bus box meal, and it’s probably worth investing in the Blakey’s Bus children’s book to keep them occupied when you’re back in the car.
Mulbarton is a village with an enormous green just across the road from the bus – a lovely place to walk off that afternoon tea and give the dogs a runaround.