Discovering Norfolk’s Larder

Catering by William Gowing

Searching through the many delights of Norfolk’s larder is a tough task but someone has to do it!

What’s in Norfolk’s Larder?

Crabs, asparagus, strawberries, free-range pork, craft beer, cheese, even award-winning wine – Norfolk’s Larder is renowned for its food and drink. However, with so many places to taste really great food, sometimes eateries need to offer something a little extra… or a little different.

A super supper

Old Hall Farm in Bungay is running monthly supper clubs, using locally sourced products, including many from their own farm. The farm, which specialises in dairy products and free range pork, charcuterie and beef, has diversified into a deli, butchery and farm shop, with the supper clubs providing a showcase for their products.

Unique dining

Ricluce is the new kid on the block when it comes to dining experiences but the creators are old hands when it comes to all things culinary. The dining experiences take place in iconic locations around the county. In February, the Ricluce dining experience took place at St Nicholas Chapel in King’s Lynn, where Executive chef Richard Golding delivered an amazing eight course menu. The meal was paired with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and Richard himself guided guests through the creation of each dish.

No soggy bottoms in Holt

Fans of the tv who Great British bake-Off can re-live the soggy bottoms and magnificent showstoppers at the Great Holt Bake Off. This event is running from February to April in the Holt Community Centre. Judging days are on 29 March 29 and 5 April. Judges include local culinary stars, plus celebrity guests.

 

Pride in pork

A trip to Aylsham on 10 May could be on the cards for fans of the Great British banger. The Big Norfolk Sausage Bash celebrates the humble banger and the event will be taking place in the Norfolk market town. Co-hosts for the day are Charlie Hodson, Sam Bagge of Walsingham Farm Shops and Oxford Butchers. While the sausages are the stars of the show, live musicians will provide the soundtrack to the day.

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A rogue’s gallery of food

Rogues London is the pop-up restaurant that has taken London by storm. The duo behind the concept – top chefs Zac Whittle and Freddie Sheen – are now bringing their unique foodie experience to Norfolk. The chefs will be holding pop up evenings at Highfield House in Holt in March. Check the website for dates and details.

Bib and tucker in Wiveton

While all of the above are finding new ways to attract the discerning foodie, other eateries are doing what they do well – serving great food with a side order of top notch customer service. Local gastropub, The Wiveton Bell is one such place. The pub has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand – a national award that recognises great food at good prices. Only two places in Norfolk hold the award and there are fewer than 150 Bib Gourmands nationally.

What is special about the Wiveton Bell? Well, local, seasonal food, such as Brancaster Mussels, Baron Bigod Cheese and locally-shot partridges; Norfolk beers and gins, roaring fires, a pretty garden dining area, and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. And that is just for starters.

These are just some of the local eating experiences that we here at Rookery Farm Barns would recommend. We would love to hear your ideas on where to go in order to enjoy all that Norfolk’s larder has to offer