Poppylands Tea Room
A Dad’s Army fanatic has turned this Horsey cafe into a haven for lovers of wartime nostalgia.
Darren Stride and his brother Dean run the Poppylands tearoom which is filling up with Second World war memorabilia and aims to become a museum.
As people enjoy cups of tea and treats they are surrounded by some of Mr Stride’s own collection of wartime artefacts and donated bygone items, such as a pilot’s cockpit suit, a record player and posters.
There is also a strong Dad’s Army presence thanks to Mr Stride’s love of the programme from when he was aged four and used to watch it with his grandfather, who started his grandson’s wartime collecting hobby by giving him war medals.The brothers have run Poppylands, which is off Waxham Road, for two years and they say people are enjoying the chance to have cuppa and food such as toad in the hole and bubble and squeak and a mardle in such a tranquil and fascinating location. Mr Stride, who dresses up as Corporal Pike from his favourite show, said: “When people come through the doors they don’t expect what they will see. It is like the programme Goodnight Sweetheart with Nicholas Lyndhurst. It is a snapshot of the 1940s.