Norton Village is a seriously sought-after area, now home to an eclectic mix of boutique businesses, fabulous foodie spots, stunning homes and prestigious schools.
Dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period, the village combines the old with the new. In terms of property, historical buildings retain original features, while beautiful new boltholes boast all the mod-cons of today. And when it comes to local businesses, family run stores take pride of place at the heart of the high street, while savvy businesses-minded locals continue to pop up with fresh and exciting new ideas. Together, all of the above forms Norton’s tree-lined high street with an array of cafes, eateries, shops, hairdressers, boutiques and studios.
With glorious green open spaces, the award-winning Red House School, good road links and imposing properties popping up on the market, Norton is an inspiring, up-and-coming place for a contemporary, village lifestyle.
Good road, rail and air transport services link Norton up with the rest of the North East and beyond. It’s proximity to both the A19 and the A1 make it easily accessible from pretty much any direction. Trains from Stockton, Thornaby and Billingham, all within five miles of the centre, will take you to Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Newcastle and Hexham. Teesside airport is just a twenty minute car ride away and Newcastle Airport just over 50 minutes by car.
If you’re still on that new year health kick, make a beeline for Neanderthals Health Deli – the go-to foodie shop and stop-off spot for natural foods that will fuel and nourish the soul. Think loose leaf teas, sumptuous smoothies, wholesome juices and organic coffee. This clean-eating deli also offers healthy, homemade meals for shoppers to eat in or take away to indulge at home.
Foodie shoppers should also pop to Blackwells of Norton for quality meat and award-winning pies and pastries. Serving the finest meats to the people of Norton for over half a century, this little gem is at the heart of village life. Go here for locally sourced meats, family meal boxes, celebration hampers and delicious deli favourites from artisan cheeses to wine, gin and Yorkshire puddings.
Norton is home to the loveliness that is Christian Alexander – perfect if you’re looking to spring clean your wardrobe this season. A bit of retail therapy and a real luxe retreat for ladies hunting down anything from loungewear to evening gowns. Complete with a bridesmaid boutique, designer accessories and fashion-forward footwear, you can dress from head to toe, whatever the occasion.
Call Me Pretty is another independent ladies fashion boutique boasting brands such as Vero Moda and Fransa. Go here for cosy knits, beautiful blouses and pretty patterned trousers.
Spring has sprung and we’re seeing new blooms. The place to be for a bit of flower power in Norton is The Green Florist, a family-run business offering a tailored service for bridal bouquets, centrepieces, Mother’s Day gifts, home styling and more.
FOOD & DRINK
Norton’s eating out scene is at the top of its game, going from strength to strength with new openings and of-the-moment concept bars and restaurants taking centre stage. Within that thriving foodie scene are some old favourites such as Cafe Lilli – a lovely bistro-cafe that buzzes from 11am until 11pm and has firmly established itself as one of the region’s top eateries. Go here for light lunches, delightful evening dinners and scrumptious Sunday roasts every week – with live music scheduled for the first Sunday of every month.
For something fun and casual, check out 12 Harland Place – a creative space with no single description or name tag. It’s a delicatessen, a patisserie, restaurant, bakery, coffee shop, brunch spot… whatever you make of it. Not only does it serve top-notch brunches, afternoon tea, quality coffee and cool cocktails, it’s an event space hosting DJ nights, live music lunches, foodie events and pop-up workshops.
Combine carbs and cocktails with a feast at Norton’s nourishing newbie, Scrann. Standing boldly in all its neon, yellow-canopied glory just off Norton high street, it serves seriously good sourdough pizzas, cocktails and charcuterie. Complete with DIY decorations, sweeping palm trees and industrial-style lighting, this bold, busy and bustling environment oozes city-chic charm in a cosy, village environment.
Norton’s chic cocktail offering doesn’t stop there. Swing by Canteen & Cocktails for stylish sipping and authentic American barbecue food. Expect classic concoctions, martini mixes and signature sips, served alongside ribs, burgers, fajitas and chargrilled dishes.
Norton’s pavement appeal and coffee culture thrives thanks to the likes of Cafe Maison – a cute coffee shop on the quieter side of Norton high street. It’s the perfect place to end a shopping trip or a stroll through town. Rest your legs, pick up a hot drink and tuck in to something sweet.
Norton is more of a high street stroll kind of place than a somewhere you’d go for a hilly hike, but that doesn’t mean to say there’s no exploring to do by foot. It’s a picture-perfect village with all the benefits of a bustling town centre. Park up, stroll, shop and end your day with a sip at one of the many contemporary cocktail bars the high street and surrounding streets.
It’s a great day out for the whole family with green open spaces to let off some steam, a busy high street to tick off your to-do list and peaceful places like the famous duck pond where you can relax, unwind and take in the tranquility of the village green.
Barry Faulkner is the Company Director at Norton’s new pizza place, Scrann. With the aim of bringing something new to the table when it comes to Stockton’s foodie scene, this authentic sourdough spot is ticking all the boxes amongst locals and pizza-lovers.
Three good things about living here >>
1. It’s just nice to walk along the high street; there’s a lovely vibe here and a real sense of community. We’ve got some great venues for eating and drinking in the village.
2. Norton is in a great location as it has everything you might need in close proximity and is only a short drive to some of the region’s best beaches and National Trust sites such as Roseberry Topping in Great Ayton.
3. Everything you need in the village is within walking distance – so it’s great for a stroll and ticking off your do-to list.
Three places to take visitors >>
1. For the hungry visitor – pop to Scrann for an authentic sourdough pizza!
2. Canteen & Cocktails is a must-visit bar serving American smokehouse food and great cocktails.
3. A wander down to the duck pond and a chill out on the village green if the weather allows.
An ‘in-the-know’ secret >>
Go to Canteen & Cocktails for a Sunday roast sharing board! They’re amazing. I’d recommend booking in advance as it is very popular amongst the locals.