Bucket List: 20 tastes of Norfolk not to be missed

A selection of local produce. Photos by Anthony Kelly, James Bass and Matthew Usher.

A selection of local produce. Photos by Anthony Kelly, James Bass and Matthew Usher. - Credit: Archant

Forget the traditional 'Bucket List', it's time to release your inner foodie and work your way through the best of Norfolk food delights...

Macarons and More.

Macarons and More. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

When I was first asked to write this list, I didn't know where to begin and it will never be complete, Norfolk is full to the brim with wonderful restaurants and local producers. There are 101 places I'd like to include but sadly I only have a page.

1. Soup and scones at The Folly, Holt

A truly genius combination. The leek and potato soup is the best I've ever tasted, Although sceptical at first, the mini stilton cheese scones served alongside left me addicted to this match made in heaven.

2. Cromer crab

Eat it by the sea. Classic.

3. Bray's Cottage pies

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Made from local seasonal ingredients in beautiful North Norfolk, they use mouthwatering hot water crust pastry. You have to try the 'Chilli', but it's not for the faint hearted.

4. Mrs Temple's Binham Blue

Marsh Pig Charcuterie.
Picture: James Bass

Marsh Pig Charcuterie. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2014

The best cheese in the world. Fact. Made at Copy's Green Farm at Wighton this smooth blue is packed full of flavour but isn't too overpowering. It's hard to track down but oh so worth it.

5. Macaron's & More

The best sweet treat in Norwich. Once you look into the shop's window there's no going back. Beautifully presented and just as good to eat, I love the rose and pistachio macarons, and for the chocolate fiends the silver brownies are not to be missed.

6. Aspalls

Whilst not technically Norfolk (it's made in Suffolk) and not technically food (it's cyder), I couldn't miss it out and not because my mum is in love with the eighth generation owner, Mr Chevallier, but because it's the best cyder ever. Light and fresh and not too sickly.

7. Parravani's ice cream

Since 1898 the Parravanis have been turning local milk into luscious ice cream. I am not a chocolate ice cream fan but I can hand on heart say I can't recommend the nocciolata flavour enough. You truly won't appreciate how good it is until you've had a scoop or two or three...

8. Booja Booja ice cream

Timberhill Bakery. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Timberhill Bakery. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

If you're looking for something a bit healthier than the above then the dairy-free caramel pecan praline ice cream is all you need in your freezer.

9. Sepping's sausages

Still selling their famous pork sausages, made from a recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation, the original shop in Beccles has been going since 1919. And with sausages of this quality, it's not hard to understand why.

10. Cheese scone at Jarrolds, Norwich

I know, scones again. These giant mountains of cheesy goodness will forever remind me of my childhood and the days when eating them in bulk didn't affect my waistline. In my opinion they are the best cheese scones going, so go and get one before I get there first!

11. Fish and chips at the Grosvener, Norwich

Not complete without an alcoholic beverage consumed over the road at The Birdcage. They even deliver them to your bar stall. Melt in the mouth cod and outstanding batter.

12. Any Marsh Pig meat

Folly Tearoom, Holt.

Folly Tearoom, Holt. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

This charcuterie heaven is based in Claxton and with more awards to their name, than I've had hot dinners. It's safe to say their passion for producing the very best really pays off.

13. Aubergine chips at East Twenty Six, Norwich

There are very few words than can do justice in describing these smoked, tempura battered aubergine strips served with chilli mayo, but if I had to list a few: divine, dazzling and dare I say, life-changing might suffice.

14. Gnaw hot shots

With the tagline 'Handcrafted in Gnawfolk', the couple behind Gnaw are more than just witty. There are seven flavours of hot shots (that's chocolate on a stick that melts into super indulgent hot chocolate) and it's hard to pick a favourite. I'd go caramel but my friend, Jess, swears by the orange.

15. Picnic Fayre, Cley-next-the-sea

Head over to the beautifully old-fashioned Picnic Fayre Delicatessen, grab some luxury treats before wandering down to the beach to enjoy. Picnics are seriously underrated and with our coastline you'd be crazy not to try this.

16. Everything at Pye Baker, Norwich

Mrs Temple's Cheese - slice of Binham Blue. Photo by Matthew Usher

Mrs Temple's Cheese - slice of Binham Blue. Photo by Matthew Usher . - Credit: Matthew Usher

My boyfriend insisted over and over again that I included this local artisan bakery. It's one of those places where you want to eat everything from the black olive bread to the almond artisan croissants. And you should.

17. Lunch at the White Horse, Brancaster

Talk about eating with a view. The panaromic views of the marshland and coastline are so breathtaking that you might forget about the beautifully cooked, seasonal, local food on your plate, but you probably won't.

18. Stokes Bloody Mary Ketchup

Another product that isn't from Norfolk, but the East Anglian based company is still close enough to home that I feel it's only right to include it - especially seeing as since this slightly liquored up tomato ketchup came into my life, I've never looked back. The flavour is so unique. It's hard to describe. Earthy and punchy with just a hint of sweetness.

19. Green Pastures Farm Shop

Now that we're meant to be getting 10 portions of fruit and veg a day, there's no better place to buy them than from a third generation Norfolk farm that uses small-scale growing methods to ensure they handpick the very best crops. Ain't nothing better than quality veg!

20. Country sourdough at Timberhill Bakery

Made from scratch everyday, using traditional methods to produce bread. Real bread. The kind of bread you could eat forever. I don't know anyone that isn't in love with this place. Absolutely everything is worth trying - from the savoury muffins to the new organic spelt sourdough.