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Producer to plate, farm to fork, Norfolk is a heaven for lovers of local fare!
Norfolk, with its temperate climate and abundance of farms, is a veritable hamper of fresh, locally grown and raised produce. But where to find the finest food for your holiday cottage table?
Start by substituting supermarkets for straight-from-the-source farm shops and your taste buds will be celebrating flavour-rich fruit, vegetables and meat in no time.
You’ll notice farm shops across Norfolk, from small roadside stalls selling the day’s fresh harvest, to boutique businesses complete with cafés and artisan shops.
We’ve compiled a helpful list of our favourites where you’ll find a warm welcome and a wholesome selection of produce to choose from.
Back to the Garden
Letheringsett, Holt, North Norfolk NR25 7JJ
A mouth-watering array of produce awaits at Back to the Garden. There’s organic beef and poultry raised on the adjoining farm, a choice of carefully selected British artisan cheeses, tracklements, and organic vegetables grown under the vast Norfolk skies. Complement your purchases with beer from local brewers, organic wine and a choice of pickles, conserves, pastries and fresh bread.
Browse nature’s bounty at your leisure and stop at the café/restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal or home-baked cake just a stone’s throw from where the ingredients were sourced. You can’t get fresher than that.
Farm to Fork and Fish
Norwich Road, Horstead, Norfolk NR12 7EE
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Farm to Fork and Fish sells fresh local produce, direct from Norfolk suppliers. The meat produce comes from their own Swannington Farm, fresh fish is sourced daily from along the coast and the deli selection includes Norfolk cheeses, homemade pies, quiches, sausage rolls and pates, as well as locally made artisan produce. It’s impossible to leave without a full basket!
Walsingham Farm Shops
Guild Street, Little Walsingham, Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6BU
Norfolk Lavender, Lynn Road, Heacham, Norfolk PE31 7JE
The Walsingham Farm Shops aim to make shopping for food a pleasurable experience, not only connecting customers with local suppliers and exquisite produce, but also celebrating the origins of food through watching it being made or sampling the wares on offer.
Their objective is to source at least 75% of their range from Norfolk and 95% from within the UK. The shops are housed within characterful converted barns, one a former grain store, the other at the famous Norfolk Lavender attraction. They also have an online shop and offer an array of catering services, as well as bespoke butchery workshops for those looking to learn something a little different on their holiday.
Thornham Road, Thornham, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 6LS
Set in over 350 acres of orchards, farmland and meadows, a stone’s throw from the Norfolk coast, Drove Orchards is a welcoming farm shop, fishmonger and restaurant. Seasonal fruit and vegetables are grown in the orchards, and juices are made with fruit which is grown and pressed on-site. The shop also sells local meats and cheeses, breads, groceries, beers and wines, or you can let Drove’s skilled chefs do the cooking and choose from Eric’s Fish & Chips or Shuck’s yurt restaurant which sells rustic dishes whipped up from home-grown and local produce.
Visitors can even wander around the Heritage Orchards to discover the origins of the produce they are buying. Apples, pears, plums, gages, strawberries, currants, gooseberries and other seasonal fruit and veg are grown here, some of which can be picked and purchased yourself for ultimate freshness.
Opened in August 2004, Blakeney Delicatessen is a specialist, family-owned fine food and wine shop situated on the High Street of the charming North Norfolk coastal village of Blakeney. It has a growing reputation as a destination in its own right and has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the last 4 years. Blakeney Delicatessen offers the best of local Norfolk produce as well as carefully sourced deli foods from around the world and a wonderful selection of wines.
The hub of the shop is the on-site kitchen in which hand-made foods are prepared on a daily basis from fresh seasonal and local produce. Customers can collect their signature Sausage Rolls plus tarts, breads and croissants still warm from the oven, plus Deli-made soups, salads and a range of delicious meals to take home. Menus change regularly and follow the seasons.
Green Pastures Plant Centre and Farm Shop
Mill Road, Bergh Apton, Norwich, Norfolk NR15 1BQ
With a focus on fresh, quality home and locally grown plants and produce, Green Pastures Plant Centre and Farm Shop has an old-fashioned allure and makes a pleasant afternoon out, rather than just a shopping stop.
The plant shop sells home-grown specialities and personally selected varieties from local growers, with experts always on hand to help. In the farm shop, ‘real food’ comes directly from producers in Norfolk and Suffolk with many crops grown right there on the farm. Other products include meat, bread, baked goods, pies, confectionery, milk, eggs, ice cream, pasta, flour and more, with seasonal items topping up the shelves throughout the year.
Sample the produce cooked up by talented chefs in the Gardeners Kitchen restaurant, which also has a play corner for children.
Goodies Food Hall
French’s Farm, Wood Lane, Pulham, Diss IP21 4XU
At Goodies Food Hall you’ll find dedication to local produce and an emphasis on quality. From meat to cheese, pies to puddings and a rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables, they have all you need for your hearty holiday meals. Visit on a Saturday and pick up fresh fish from John Skelly’s fresh and smoked fish stall. There are even ready-made meals, groceries, British beer, animal treats and homeware – who needs a supermarket?
And again, if cooking doesn’t feature high up your list of things to do on holiday, let the experts take over and tuck into a delicious dish in the café restaurant. Serving mouth-watering breakfasts and lunches based around local and seasonal ingredients, the cafe is also licenced, so you can enjoy a cooling glass of wine or beer with your meal. What’s more, an outdoor playground will keep children amused for hours while you enjoy a long lunch!
Where better to cook up your freshly picked and locally raised ingredients than in the homely kitchen of one of our beautiful Norfolk holiday cottages? Choose from charming romantic boltholes, beautiful family homes and striking friends' houses across Norfolk, and start looking forward to your foodie adventure!