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It’s the hot ticket: Junkyard, Norwich’s global street food market. Sarah Hardy checks in
Where did you go?
A friend and I headed to the huge car park of St Mary’s Works in Norwich for the pop up, open air global street food market, Junkyard.
What’s the vibe?
This is the hot ticket of the moment. It’s a trendy place, with wooden tables and benches for up to groups of six, positioned under huge open sided marquees. There’s loud music, funky signs, bars in old shipping containers and decorations like huge palm trees and it is all pretty cool! I felt old!
Who’s in the team?
Junkyard popped up last summer and at Christmas and is now back for a few weeks. It is run by AfterDark Promotions, with Michael Femi-Ola as the operations manager. There are lots of friendly staff to direct you where to sit and explain how it all works.
What do we need to know about the menu?
All ordering and payment is done by scanning a QR code code on your table, which directs you through to the menus of the bars and the different food vendors. Once you’ve ordered, food and drinks are then delivered directly to your table. There are about eight to 10 street food vendors on site, selling everything from burgers to pizzas, Turkish flatbreads and mac and cheese. There is a mixture of local and national stalls and they change regularly. When I visited there was, among others, Nanny Bill’s burgers from London, Fat Ted’s Streat Food from Sheringham, Christophe’s Crepes from Norwich and Churros and Chorizo, also from Norwich. Proceeds are split 50/50 between the vendors and the organisers.
My friend and I shared a portion of Loaded Nachos (£8.50) from Fat Ted’s, smothered in halloumi, avocado, hummus and lord knows what else. It was a huge serving, more than enough for two, and disappeared pretty quickly. The avocado and hummus were good and fresh.
I flirted with thoughts of pizza or crepes, but finally went to OnlyJerkin for fried chicken and chips! The triple-dipped fried chicken (£11.50) had big Caribbean flavours and was served with jerk seasoned skin-on fries and creamy slaw. I shudder to think of the calories but sometimes – who cares?! My friend had a meat pizza (£9) from the Olarossi Pizza Co, a new Norfolk wood fired pizza company, which was crispy round the edges and loaded with pepperoni, chorizo and plenty more.
Well, if brownies are available… we tucked into a plateful from Sully’s Brownies, served with Ronaldo’s vanilla ice cream, (6.95) and they were very good – super sweet and plenty gooey enough.
What about dietary requirements?
With so much choice available, there is something for everyone.
Tell us about the drinks
We each enjoyed a Junkyard Sands cocktail, made with spiced rum, peach liquor, pineapple, apple, lime and mango juices at £9 which had a bit of a kick. Wines are supplied by Norwich’s Harper Wells – I quaffed a couple of very decent glasses of house white – and the house red was declared a hit, too. There are lots of beers and cider on offer too, with Jubel fruit ales from Cornwall recommended by many.
Anything else we need to know?
This is a discretionary charitable donation you can add on as you pay – at the moment they are going to Norwich’s Priscilla Bacon Lodge. Last summer £20,000 was donated to the Norwich Soup Movement and £7500 has also been donated to St Martin’s Housing Trust, also in the city.
It is free to attend and you can book from 6pm on a Monday for the following week. Be quick, spaces go. Dogs and children are allowed.
This felt safe and well run to me but there are plenty of people about. Wrap up warm – I didn’t spot any heaters! I loved the loud music and life felt fun again!
It is hoped that Junkyard might return to Norwich on a regular basis, and there is also one in Ipswich.