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PUBLISHED: 14:30 04 September 2013 | UPDATED: 14:30 04 September 2013

Mike Loveday from Heart at Norwich's Guidhall.
Photo: Simon Finlay
Copy: Rachel Buller
For: EDP 2
EDP pics © 2009
(01603) 772434

Mike Loveday from Heart at Norwich's Guidhall. Photo: Simon Finlay Copy: Rachel Buller For: EDP 2 EDP pics © 2009 (01603) 772434

Archant © 2010

DAY

I love discovering the many hidden gems that still remain hidden away in Norfolk. On my perfect day I would wake up early and head out on my lovely Italian racing bike, exploring new areas and hopefully finding really exciting new buildings to photograph and write about. A few weeks ago I discovered what remains of Beeston Priory, which if you didn’t know was there, you would never stumble upon.

For lunch, I would go in search of a good fish and chip shop in honour of my mum Molly, who sadly died recently. It was something we would do together, to find the best one – we would jokingly call it the fish and chip challenge. It is a proper British tradition and she was very fond of the ones in Swaffham and Holt.

In the afternoon I would go to Carrow Road where I hold a season ticket and hopefully see Norwich beat one of the big teams like Chelsea with Ricky van Wolfswinkel scoring one of his famous hat tricks.

NIGHT

I am a real beer enthusiast and collect unusual beers, so I would start the evening with a quick half pint at the Norwich Tap House in Norwich. Like the Fat Cat pubs, it has been a real acquisition to the city and has some really interesting beers to try.

Then I would go out with my wife Gwyneth and find somewhere nice for dinner, preferably on the coast where I would have something sea orientated. I really am a food lover and last year I set myself a challenge of eating in 12 Michelin starred restaurants in 12 months, which was great fun. We are very lucky here in Norfolk and have some fantastic places to eat.

I would end the evening with a drive home under a full moon. I recently drove back across the Fens into Norfolk when the moon was full and it was a truly magical experience. The silvery light brings an exciting quality to the landscape which is rarely seen.

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