Norfolk chef to launch walking tours of Norwich’s finest food and drink
- Credit: SIMON FINLAY
A Norfolk chef and cookery tutor is to launch a whistle-stop tour celebrating Norwich's finest food and drink.
On Tuesday, Zena Leech-Calton, who has more than 30 years experience in the industry, will host her first Norfolk Bites Food and Drink walking tour, a three-mile trip around some of the city's independent eateries, pubs, street vendors and local producers.
Inspired by similar tours abroad, Mrs Leech-Calton, who owns Lodge Farm Kitchen in Bawburgh, said there was a growing culinary market to celebrate in the fine city and further afield in the county.
The mother-of-two said: 'I had the idea a couple of months ago, after we went to Lisbon and did a food tour. We've done them elsewhere and they're always great.
'I don't think many people really think of Norwich as a food destination but there's loads of great independent places.'
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Tours will begin outside the Forum, before weaving through the Lanes and down by the river, with visitors able to savour a taste of local bread and cockles and whelks.
The three-and-a-half-hour trip will also include a spin around the Colman's mustard museum, a hot sausage roll at St Giles House Hotel, a miniature fish and chip cone from Grosvenor Fish Bar, a drink at the Mash Tun, a sweet treat from Macarons and More, Cromer crab at North and ice-cream at Delice.
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Mrs Leech-Calton, 49, said the tours, which may develop in the future depending on the uptake, would also take in seven of the Norwich 12, the most iconic buildings in the city.
'If people are interested in the history we will include some of that,' she said, 'but as I'm a foodie, it's the eating and drinking that's the real focus.
'I hope it will be really interesting for people. Given how long I've been in the industry and what I've studied, I've still been surprised by some of the things I've learnt while researching.'
The first tour will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at 11am. There are still tickets available.
The tours are £35 per person. For more information or to book, visit www.lovenorwichfood.co.uk or call 01603 742247.
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