Norfolk produce earns top accolade for Hoste Arms at Burnham Market

Head chef James O'Connor (left) and food and beverage director Richard Howard, with local suppliers

Head chef James O'Connor (left) and food and beverage director Richard Howard, with local suppliers from around the region at the Hoste. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Paul grows the salad out near Wisbech and picks it hours before it hits your plate. Simon up at Brancaster smokes fish that melts in your mouth.

The Norfolk coastline seafood platter, which includes lynn shrimps, Brancaster oyster, cromer crab a

The Norfolk coastline seafood platter, which includes lynn shrimps, Brancaster oyster, cromer crab and north Norfolk sea bass.. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Jackie from Norwich can teach the italians a thing or two about cooking pancetta. And if chef ever hankers for chickweed, fat hen or sea buckthorn berries, then Ben from Lynn's your man.

East Anglian produce was the driving force behind another accolade, when a hotel whose kitchen sources almost every ingredient locally was named one of Britain's best.

According to the Sunday Times, the Hoste Arms at Burnham market is among the top 25 'foodie pubs with rooms' in the country - along with the Queen Victoria, at Holkham, Morston Hall and the Neptune Inn, in Old Hunstanton. It highlighted the Hoste's use of fresh seafood and local produce on its bar and restaurant menus.

Owner Brendan Hopkins, who took over the Hoste in 2012, said: 'This accolade reflects the dedication of all our staff and in particular head chef, James O'Connor, who has developed a first class kitchen team over the past three years.'

Mr O'Connor keeps in daily contact with his network of suppliers, which include fisherman Simon Letzer, grower All Organic, Barsby Produce, Coles of Lynn, Perfick Pork, Marsh Pig, Sharrington Strawberries.

James Thompson, who runs the Potato Warehouse at Tattersett, near Fakenham, supplies the Hoste with around 10 tonnes of spuds a year.

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'Everyone here in north Norfolk is doing their best to promote local produce,' he said.

Ben Keeley, business development manager with Lynn-based Barsby Produce, said: 'This area's a fantastic growing area, it's just brilliant, there's just so much diversity of what's grown in the region.'