We created our own ‘Hawaiian Haven’ during last years’ lockdown for somewhere to retreat to as a family. We’ve found that no matter how wet and miserable the good old UK weather is - the bar and surrounding area still manages to transport you to sunnier climes. We’ve received great feedback from family and friends who we’ve been lucky enough to share our Norfolk paradise with since restrictions were lifted and are looking forward to welcoming and sharing the experience with even more people in the coming months.
We have 2 young children who enjoy making mocktails and eating their breakfast at the bar on weekends in the summer and love to dress up in grass skirts and garlands to wiggle about amongst the palm trees. (It’s also standard dress code to wear a Hawaiian shirt too, so anyone visiting has to don one or the other!)
It will remain a work in progress as we have plans to extend the area out by adding a wooden, palm-laden pathway from the newly built veranda to the bar area as well as adding more and more exotic plants and trees to enclose the space making it even more tropical.
I built it myself with some help from my partner, Linzi. It was built from scratch gaining inspiration from a lockdown ‘staycation’ in Cornwall when visiting the Eden Project. A lot of the trinkets were sourced from car-boot sales in the Norfolk area as well as coastal resorts in the UK and further-a-field as the Canary Islands. We’ve tried to bring that tropical, island feel to the garden using puffer fish ornaments, Japanese floats, netting and a crab pot we ‘rescued’ from under the pier in Cromer! Our aim is to fill-out the interior as much as we can with weird and wonderful items which will be a talking point for visitors as there should always be something you’ve not noticed before.
This really gives the bar its unique tiki-feel.