About Walsingham Cafe

Walsingham Cafe – Paul and Nisa Stretton

The team behind Walsingham Cafe’s success

The creative team of Paul Stretton and Nisa Copeman were the driving force behind the opening of the Walsingham Cafe in spring, 2011.

Paul Stretton, a Norfolk born and trained chef, has a passion for local Norfolk ingredients. Already well-known for his locally supplied ‘pies, puds and tarts’ it’s no accident that a good many locals refer to him as ‘the pie man of Norfolk’ – and of course the combined talents of both he and his wife Nisa create much more than pies alone – their repertoire is as wide as all the varied produce Norfolk farmers can provide. After all Norfolk is still to a large extent a farming community, in touch with traditions and qualities that to a large extent remain timeless.

An unassuming and patient man by nature Paul would rather his food did the talking – and the countless reviews, the personal tributes that ‘say it all’. His approach is one of consistency and care, of telling details, of the integrity of the ingredients –
and even the teas and coffee, of course impossible to grow in Norfolk, but chosen with the same dedication.

Great Walsingham Cafe –
the history and background

When the Post Office and cafe in Great Walsingham village closed in 2009 it marked the end one era, but of course the beginning of another one! Established over 20 years ago, Great Walsinghan Barns had become a popular destination, perched on the hill overlooking the village on the Hindringham Road, with both Post Office and cafe providing a valuable amenity. However, its demise proved to be an ideal opportunity for one local chef to fulfil his dream of running his own cafe.

Paul Stretton, 48, and partner Nisa, had been producing pies for local butchers and delis from their home when they heard the premises were available.

Trained in Great Yarmouth and with 30 years experience – even on one occassion preparing a meal Pierre Marco White – Paul has rapidly gained a reputation for his renowned baking skills – and once the cafe opened in spring 2011 there was no holding back.

Producing quality pies and tarts from the kitchens for the very best of retail outlets and farmers’ markets, Paul’s high standards are reflected in the volume loyal and returning customers. Pies with fillings, such as venison and sloe gin source, tarts including goat cheese and sundried tomato, and the zestiest lemon meringues you’ve ever tasted proving so popular that demand can on occasions outstrip supply. Such success is hard work, and Paul standards are such that there can be no compromise on quality. It’s hard work, but the rewards are evident – one only has to read the visitors’ book.

Walsingham Cafe is open all week in the season from 10.00 am to 4 pm for morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. Scones, cakes and sweet tarts are all baked in-house, and an inventive lunch menu includes soups, salads, fish cakes and tarts – or visitors can simply stop off for a hot pie complete with a jug of delicious gravy. Alternatively purchases can be taken away for picnics or supper.


Keith & Gloria Knights

We absolutely love the food, atmosphere and friendly staff. We often travel a three hour round trip just to visit wonderful Great Walsingham Café for our lunch, which is always thoroughly delicious. Many thanks to you all. Keith & Gloria:-)


Before returning home from Norfolk, we stopped at Great Walsingham Cafe for a delicious full English Breakfast and to buy some pies. This evening we have enjoyed the parsnip and cranberry pies, they are exceptionally good and would thoroughly recommend a visit to the cafe, where you are receive a friendly welcome and great service. Jane.

Janice and Steven Hall

Wow we had a fantastic roast today , very tasty , I would go as far in saying it was the best , served by friendly staff , pies and cakes look amazing , definitely going back

Paul info@walsinghamcafe.co.uk

Thankyou both for your kind comments, so glad you both enjoyed your Sunday roast with us. Many thanks from all at Great Walsingham Barns Cafe.


Nisa and Paul,what an amazing place you have! I had your beef and Stilton pie with all the roast dinner trimmings, which was absolutely delicious. We bought some pies and your “to die for” gravy to take home and pop in our freezer, so we can tastes your products at home too, fab service and good value for quality food.

Pie lover

We discovered your pie shop last year and been looking forward to visiting again – the food is yummy and service friendly- my 2 boys think your pies are the best of the best – thanks for doing what you do –

Maryanne Walker

In the past we have been in for Sunday roasts, I just wondered if you consider take away ones, Many thanks


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