Norfolk restaurants, cafes and pubs offering takeaway and delivery during coronavirus
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Lots of places to eat are thinking on their feet and offering collection and delivery services. Here are the ones we know about so far.
The advice issued by the government recently to avoid all but essential social contact dealt a swift blow to the nation’s hospitality industry. While measures have been put in place now to secure loans, grants and funding, there’s no denying the knock-on effect Covid-19 (Coronavirus) will have on the sector. In response, many cafes, pubs and restaurants have had to think quickly on their feet, coming up with takeaway menus for collection and delivery. Some are even making collections of essential items to deliver to local people in goodwill. Let’s rally around, support our independents and keep them open. If you run a food and drink businesses and are doing things a bit differently during the Coronavirus outbreak get in touch. Email email@example.com
Teles Patisserie, The Covey, Norwich
Call 07850 433834
“To show our respect and appreciation to all our local customers and those in Norwich we will be offering several service,” says Ana Teles. Services include free delivery within five miles of their bread, cakes and light meals, with payments on delivery or BACS. Call the day before to place your order. The team are also able to help bring your shopping – from milk to vegetables. “It’s all about helping others at a time when we all need help,” she adds. “In the mean time we are open as usual as we have a big outdoor space that people can use, some of it under the cover of our open barn and we have strict measures in our already strict cleaning rota, encouraging everyone to wash their hands before coming into the café.”
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Richard Bainbridge’s award-winning restaurant will begin offering ready meals from Mother’s Day. Simply call, make your payment over the phone and turn up to collect. Orders must be received by midday for same day pick-up or delivery. Deliveries are £5 within a seven mile radius of NR1 with a delivery time of 3pm to 5pm.
The menu currently includes the famous sherry sauce with rice crackers and bread, gin cured salmon with pickled cucumbers, leaves, dark rye bread and mustard butter (£5.50), braised ox cheek cottage pie (£10.50), loads of sides, and desserts such as lemon tart (£4.95).
Eric’s Fish and Chips and Titchwell Manor
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Restaurateur Eric Snaithe is gearing up all his sites to be prepared for takeaways and, in some cases deliveries. While, of course, the Eric’ fish and chips locations in Thornham, Holt and St Ives all offer takeaways already, an online click and collect service is currently being created. “Customers can then pay, pull up in their car and we’ll bring their order out to them,” he says. “We are hoping to start that next week. At the moment it’s really difficult as we’re almost trying to second guess what’s going to happen next. If there are forced closures at least we can do this. It’s necessary to keep the businesses going to keep everyone employed really. We are a tight-knit team and we’ve been through a lot, it would be unthinkable to start laying people off.”
Tables at Titchwell Manor have been spaced further apart and the hotel and restaurant remains open but with takeaways available from Monday, March 23. Classic dishes from the main menu will be available to collect, and there will be large sharing dishes for six to eight people to choose from as well, priced at around £35 and including anything from biriyani to fish pie. “We’ll likely offer whole beef Wellington and salmon en croute too, ready to eat. Another thing we’re looking at is cooking in people’s houses if we are able. That would be a minimum of four people locally and we would send out a chef and a waiter at a discounted price.” Menus and prices will be available shortly on the Titchwell Manor website.
The One Food Company, Norwich
Call 07590 561919
Chef Ben Andrew has been fine tuning his food delivery business for just over a year, while working at local establishments such as The Station Smokehouse at Wroxham and Coast Kitchen Café. Little did he know, just as he decided to dedicate more time to the service, it would become more vital to local people than ever before.
The premise is, every week Ben creates a new, fresh, vibrant menu, which customers can pre-order for delivery in Norwich and its suburbs. Menus are published on his Facebook and Instagram accounts seven days ebfore they are available. “It’s a set menu,” Ben says. “We do fantastic things like smoked pork Scotch egg with firecracker beans and miso soup. They’re all meals for two and it’s always a set price. I try to do something from different cuisines – Middle Eastern, Japanese, American...it all depends what’s available.” Meals for two, made up of a few dishes, come in at around £20 and are crafted using seasonal produce and meat from the local butcher. In addition to meal deals, Ben is now expanding his range of frozen meals, which those self-isolating from Coronavirus can store in the freezer ready to heat up. “They’ll be things like lamb ragu, blue cheese carbonara and American mac and cheese with goats’ cheese and smoked barbecue brisket. All dishes come with full instructions and in recyclable packaging, with freezer meals priced from £5.
Walsingham Farm Shop, Walsingham
Call 01328 821877
Not a restaurant, but the shop is renowned for its ready meals and pies and is ramping up production of these, with a new delivery service coming into place. Sam Bagge says: “We are going to deliver in the village and out towards Fakenham, Wells and Thursford way – and anywhere in between. We’ve got a huge elderly population here so we’re trying to cater to their needs as well as trying to survive as a business. We’re finding it a weird situation as we’ve been busy with people stocking up, but do we prepare to be extra busy, as normal or as if we’re going to fall off a cliff?” The shop should soon be opening earlier a couple of times a week for older customers and is ready to deliver and sell in-store its sausage rolls and pies both cooked and frozen, as well as homemade curries, stews, pasta sauces, shepherd’s pies, and bolognese. “If someone has a specific dish they want for a specific number of people we can do that too,” adds Sam. “Say, if they want a shepherd’s pie for eight people. We have a good stock of cheese, fresh vegetables, eggs and bread and we’re stocking up on pasta and rice too. We want to help as much as possible.” Sam says the shop has two vans, so if any local restaurants, cafes or others businesses need help with deliveries they should get in touch.
Old Hall Farm Shop and Café, Woodton
Call 01508 333110
“We’ve seen a lot of new faces we’ve not had in before and people asking ‘will you be open?’ says Rebecca Mayhew of the farm shop, café, deli and butchery. “We are very rural and I consider us an essential service. We will at least keep the shop open if we can and we are making ready meals and delivering them to at least keep people employed. We already have regular milk rounds and we did something similar during the Beast from the East.” Meals and provisions can be delivered around the shop and café and into Norwich – around a 15 to 20 mile radius. “We’ve got cream, butter, ice cream, cheese, meat and pies and I expect we’ll do things like cottage pies, lasagne, stews and casseroles. We have out of hours vending machines if people are worried about coming into contact with others. We can extend the hours to be earlier or later if needed. Another thing I would say is if anyone can’t afford to feed their children give us a ring because we can help. There’s the worry if schools shut there will be families with children on free school meals who can’t cope. It’s quite worrying to think about it.”
The Railway Tavern, Dereham
Call 01362 288166
This pub, known for its fish and chips, is ready to deliver. “We started off saying we’d free delivery for over 70s,” says Paul Sandford, “but we’ve opened that out to everyone now. My opinion is most people will shut down before the weekend and it will get worse before it gets better.” The Railway Tavern is working in conjunction with Age UK next door and Roys opposite to also be a point of delivery for essentials such as bread, milk, toilet rolls and cleaning items. “When the chips are down we rally round in this community,” he adds. “It’s a cracking place.” The pub is delivering for free within a five mile radius, with dishes at the usual price – including fish and chips (with a gluten-free option), burgers and pies – anything on the menu. The service is available from 11.30am to 9pm Monday to Friday and from 11.30 to 10pm Saturday.
The Rose & Crown, Snettisham
Call 01485 541382
The pub, named one of the best in Norfolk is introducing a takeaway menu, providing freshly made, hot dishes to the community. Jeannette Goodrich, owner of the pub, says: “The Rose & Crown has been welcoming customers for good food, drink and company for the last 700 years, and we hope to be able to continue to do so for at least another hundred, (though nothing is clear in these uncertain times). But be assured, any potential cutting back of activity at The Rose & Crown will be short and we will be back as soon as possible and better than ever.
The Rose & Crown sits at the heart of the local community and we want to do as much as we can to help our friends and customers. We have extended our Takeaway menu, which can be ordered from by phone or email for collection. For anyone who is housebound or in isolation, please let us know and we will see if we can arrange delivery. We are here for our community.”
Takeaways are available starting immediately between 12pm and 8pm Monday to Saturday and between 12pm and 7pm on Sundays. Dishes include battered haddock, chunky chips and minted peas (£10.50) and braised beef stew with mash and greens (£12.50).
NoTwenty9, Burnham Market
Call 01328 738498
The restaurant is gearing up to offer takeaway pizzas and dessert pizzas for family dining. Also, the new bakery next door has opened early to help out the community. Give the restaurant a call for pizza menus and timings.
Socius, Burnham Market
Call 01328 738307
The award-winning restaurant (named the best in Norfolk in 2019) is looking currently at ways to diversify and support the local community. While it remains open at the moment, keep an eye out on their social media channels for takeaway menus and in-home meal kits and more.
The Chequers Inn, Binham
Call 01328 830297
The pub is open as usual but is also offering a takeaway and delivery service. Call for details.
The Red Lion, Eaton
Call 01603 454787
The pub is now offering takeaways from 12noon to 2pm and from 6.30pm to 8pm. The dishes are priced at £10 each and include sausage and mash, sesame salmon, smoked haddock mornay, Norfolk lamb casserole and prawn katsu curry.
Swannington Farm to Fork
The award-winning farm is offering a full meal box service for families this Mother’s Day with likely more offers to come. The packages range from a full roast chicken meal to cook at home for £21, to pork £32 and beef, £38. You’ll get the meat, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and a pudding of your choice, from chocoalte to ginger sponge.
River Green Café, Trowse
Call 01603 622448
The vegetarian and vegan-friendly eatery near Norwich will be offering takeaways at 15% discounted from the eat-in menu. Options for diners include falafel mezze, cauliflower ‘wings’, vegan pad Thai, mushroom Wellington and blueberry chocolate brownie.
The Fox Steakhouse, Hevingham
Call 01603 755362
Ring to order for collection or delivery can be arranged for those over 70 and self-isolating locally, with food popped on your doorstep. There’s a minimum order of £20 and food’s available from 11.30am to 1.30pm Monday to Thursday and from 6pm to 8pm, 11.30am to 1.30pm and 5.40pm to 8.30pm Friday and Saturday and 11.30am to 7pm Sunday. The menu includes gourmet burgers, steak and stout pudding, cod and chips, lasagne, handmade pizzas, smothered fries, cheesecakes, brownies and more.
Shambles, North Walsham
Call 01692 405282
The award-winning restaurant has launched a takeaway and delivery service including weekday roasts and all the favourites from their menu.
Orders and payment are over the phone from 9am with takeaways to collect from 1pm to 4pm at the front door and deliveries from 11am to 7.30pm with last orders at 6.30pm. Delivery is free in the town with a minimum £10 order. The eatery’s menu inludes homemade falafels with salad, hummus and mint yoghurt in a homemade flatbread, chicken shawarma wraps, fish pie with vegetables and mixed salad, a weekday roast and various sandwiches.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden Tearoom, South Walsham
Call 01603 270449
The tearoom is offering free delivery in the area for items from the menu and has essential items for sale from its provisions shop too, from 10am to 5pm. Call for more information.
The Stag, West Acre
Call 01760 755395
Local delivery is available from the pub’s new takeaway menu with everything priced at £6 to £11, from baguettes with side salad, to lasagne, chpis and salad, chilli and rice, curries with rice and poppadom, and steak and ale pie.
The King’s Arms, Fleggburgh
Call 01493 368333
Delivery is available within two miles of this lovely pub, or collect. Payment will be taken over the phone, with food served from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Starters are £5, main courses £10, and desserts £4. Dishes include chicken liver and brandy parfait with baby gherkin, apple and prune puree, baby herbs and brioche, free-range chicken with wild mushroom, crispy confit potato, tenderstem broccoli and Madeira sauce, and sticky toffee pudding.
The White Hart, Swaffham
Call 01760 724295
The landlord of this pub is making cost-price meals to deliver to isolated and vulnerable people, running the service from 11am to 9pm with a weekly changing nutritionally-balanced, menu. The team will also be collecting and delivering daily essentials such as toilet roll. Meals are priced at £5 per person, including old favourites such as corned beef hash, chocolate sponge, ham, egg and chips and strawberry mousse. Portions at £2.50 for children are available too, as are breakfasts.
Harriet’s Café Tearooms, Norwich
Call 01603 614848
The tearoom is offering a luxury afternoon tea for delivery in the city at £7.50 per person. Delivery is free for three or more boxes or £2 for one or two. It includes four finger sandwiches, two scones with cream and jam and two homemade patisseries.
The Crown, Gayton
Call 01553 636252
Dishes from the new takeaway menu include cod and chips with garden or mushy peas, specialist sausage of the day with leek mash, mixed vegetables and red onion and wine gravy, and gourmet chicken burger.
The Dabbling Duck, Great Massingham
Call 01485 520827
Essential boxes with bread, milk and more can be ordered at £14 for a small, or £22 for a large with one day delivery if you order by 10am, for the next day. Newly launched takeaways and deliveries are to be paid for over the phone, and include Malaysian Penang vegetable curry, short horn burger with dripping fries, and scampi. There’s street food on Thursday to Saturday nights.
The Cellar House, Eaton
Call 01603 454511
Sandwiches, meals, beers, wine and coffee are all available to order. Pay on the phone, and collect from the bar, or they will bring your wares to your car!