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Norfolk and Norwich Restaurant Week menus revealed today

PUBLISHED: 16:35 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:25 27 September 2018

More than 80 eateries are taking part in Norfolk and Norwich Restaurant Week  Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

More than 80 eateries are taking part in Norfolk and Norwich Restaurant Week Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Take your pick from more than 80 restaurants during Norfolk and Norwich Restaurant Week 2018.

A record-breaking 84 restaurants across Norfolk have signed up for 2018’s Norfolk (and Norwich) Restaurant Week, and you can now find out exactly what to chow down on during the event, as all the menus have been released for your delectation and deliberation.

Now in its sixth year, the ‘largest dining event in the county’ will take place from October 29 for two weeks (excluding weekends) showcasing the wide variety of talent and choice across Norfolk’s restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Organisers are particularly delighted with the addition this year of Norwich’s Tipsy Vegan. It’s the first time a wholly plant-based menu has been available during the event - great news for the growing numbers of vegans and flexitarians.

Michelle McCabe from Tipsy Vegan says: “The Tipsy Vegan is excited to part of Norwich Restaurant week as it enables our food concept to be showcased to wide variety of diners who otherwise might not have been aware of us. Our whole ethos at The Tipsy Vegan is to prove a vegan diet does not have to be restrictive in any way and diners can expect to see lots of innovative twists on typically non-vegan dishes. We’ve seen a surge in meat free eating over the last couple of years as more and more people become aware of the environmental and health benefits that plant-based eating offers. Our diverse menu is sure to have something to suit all tastes and dietary lifestyles.”

Hannah Hughes from established participant, Strattons Hotel, Swaffham says: “We were thrilled to be part of the first Norfolk-wide Restaurant week last year, welcoming so many new and regular customers celebrating the fabulous places to eat in Norfolk. We are excited to be part of this wonderful event again this year and you can expect a delicious feast of Norfolk produce by our talented chefs Jules Hetherton and Dan Freear.”

If you have yet to become a Norfolk (or Norwich) Restaurant Week convert, the concept is simple: discerning diners get to choose from fixed-price special lunch or dinner menus in some of the county’s finest eateries such as The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe and the Titchwell Manor Hotel.

This year restaurants will offer either two courses for £12 and three for £17 or two courses for £18 and three for £23.

Unsurprisingly, the event has proved hugely popular with diners and restaurants alike and is now a firm fixture in Norfolk’s culinary calendar.

It was founded by Martin Billing in 2013, with just 11 participating restaurants, but has grown exponentially. Last year, for example, 30,000 diners took part across 62 locations.

“Norfolk Restaurant Week is a win-win for all involved; diners, many of them trying a restaurant for the first time, enjoy outstanding food at wallet-friendly prices whilst participating restaurants have the opportunity to showcase ambitious and interesting menus whilst reaching a wider audience,” says Martin.

As well as being a big hit with local people, Norfolk Restaurant Week is also proving a popular tourist draw, with 15% of those participating coming from outside the county. This year, the event has teamed up with Norfolk Country Cottages, the county’s largest leading independent holiday lettings agency who host more than 50,000 people a year, a move which will help promote Norfolk’s foodie credentials even further afield. Holt-based Norfolk Country Cottages are already sponsors of North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, furthering their credentials as passionate supporters of local food and drink producers.

Lucy Downing, Norfolk Country Cottages’ brand manager says: “We know that Norfolk’s reputation for outstanding local produce and rich food and drink scene is one of the reasons our discerning customers choose the county as a holiday destination.

“We’ve also noticed an increase in customer numbers during the fortnight the event is running, which shows that Norfolk Restaurant Week is attracting holiday makers too. It’s a tourism success story just as much as an opportunity to celebrate our fantastic food and hospitality.”

Find out more at the Norfolk Restaurant Week website.

What’s on the menu?

Here are some of the lunchtime options...

The White Horse, Brancaster Scaithe: Tom’s Brancaster mussels with Brancaster Best ale, smoked bacon,leeks and mustard cream, Slow braised Red Poll beef with horseradish crushed potato, onions and wild mushroom, The White Horse lemontart with autumn berries

The Crown, Wells-next-the-Sea: Wild game terrine with crisp toast, leaves and apple chutney, Wells seafood chowder with smoked haddock, cockles, mussels and basil pesto, Norfolk honey and poppy seed parfait with crushed meringue and autumn berry compote

Saracen’s Head, Wolterton: Leek, parsley and Alpine cheese tart, pheasant breast wrapped in Parma ham with roast butternut squash risotto, sage and onion gravy, Cardamom rice pudding with pistachios and rosewater

Market Bistro, King’s Lynn: Confit duck yolk, leg terrine, orange and potato, ox cheek with coffee, mushroom and pickles, warm chocolate mousse, whisky gel, orange sorbet and sourdough

Farmyard, Norwich: Smoked beets, Rosary Ash goats’ cheese, burnt apple and beetroot crackers, BBQ pork collar with sauerkraut and greengage ketchup, Farmyard chocoalte bar - 65% Colombian, miso caramel, peanut and milk sorbet

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