Food and Drink

Green grocers and butchers are preparing for a second surge in demand if Covid-19 rules are tightened, after many shoppers returned to supermarkets when lockdown eased.

The brains behind Gonzo’s Tea Room in Norwich have launched an evening service at upstairs restaurant Brix and Bones, with locally sourced meats cooked on a coal grill and steaks sold by weight.

A north Norfolk brewery has thought of an innovative way for many people to be able to socialise in the same place despite the coronavirus rules.

Too Fat Roasties has been serving Sunday lunches at The Reindeer in Norwich since the pub reopened after lockdown - and they have proved very popular. Louisa Baldwin headed along to try it out.

The owners of Bake Away are celebrating sweet success as they gear up to open their relocated shop in Norwich city centre, after outgrowing their premises in Sprowston.

A new Middle Eastern takeaway has opened its doors in Norwich, with options such as kebabs and wraps, and it is already proving a hit.

A 76-year-old former headteacher’s dream has finally come true after she opened her very own chocolate shop in Norwich’s Royal Arcade.

Diners in Norfolk have shown their support for restaurants through their tips, with owners seeing record generosity from the public.

The former head chef of one of Norwich’s top fine dining restaurants has launched a street food stall offering quality dishes at affordable prices.

A Norwich pub is seeing customers staying longer and spending more after lockdown thanks to a refurbished garden, pop-up street food and introducing deposits.

Make the most of the end of the summer by enjoying a drink in a beer garden with your family and friends at one of these great Norwich spots.

Reviewer Donna-Louise Bishop set herself the task of finding a great place for the whole family to eat out. Find out why the she found the perfect spot...

A Norwich businessman is planning to run the Panda Bar which closed earlier this year because of “crippling rates.”

The owner of a taxi firm has spent £40,000 converting a van into a gourmet fish and chip shop, which has just launched on the north Norfolk coast.

Pubs across the county have begun drafting plans for how to keep up revenue without Eat Out to Help Out or warm summer weather driving the public through their doors.

The boss of a Norwich accountancy firm and his wife are taking over a cafe and tearoom in historic Elm Hill.

A blend of three different grapes into a ‘cuvée’ has been declared the East of England’s top drop at a competition in what has been a bumper year for the region’s wine.

A city baker who has built up a following from her Danish pastry deliveries and pop-ups is now looking to open a café in Norwich.

A burger company that has been popping up at Norwich pubs during lockdown has been selling out every time and the owner has now turned his hobby into a career.

Three teenagers have turned their lockdown fortunes around having lost their jobs before launching a wood-fired pizza business.

Junkyard Market is a new street food event that is running in Norwich until the end of September, but is it worth the trip? I headed along to find out.

The Prince of Denmark pub in Norwich has reopened as a coffee and beer house with developments ongoing to convert some of the building into flats.

Norfolk and Waveney restaurants have claimed more than £5m back from the government thanks to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Nearly 5,000 people visited a town’s garden centre restaurant during the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

A new delivery service has been set-up to rival the likes of Deliveroo and Uber Eats in the city.

A Romanian restaurant in Norwich has shut for good with its owners filing for liquidation.

Norwich’s new bar has celebrated a bumper opening weekend with its tables selling out fast for the rest of the month.

Diners in Norwich were unfazed about hour long queues for restaurants as they made the most of the final day of Eat Out To Help Out.

A restaurateur says he has seen more no-show diners this season than ever before, with a surge in demand for bookings potentially to blame.

An esteemed chef in Norwich could be crowned chef of the year after making the finals of a prestigious competition.

Over the last 20 years, Dee Bartram put her career on hold, settling down into family life.

A Norwich teenager is joining a growing number of home bakers whipping up a storm after launching her own vegan cupcake business.

Can vegan dishes inspired by meaty varieties stack up in terms of taste? STUART ANDERSON went to Erpingham House in Norwich’s Tombland to find out.

A popular pub has reopened after lockdown with new faces behind the bar.

Business is booming at Bedfords Bar in Norwich where takings are now higher than before lockdown, despite a reduced capacity - and the secret to success has been diversifying.

Britain has often been labelled a nation of shopkeepers, and during lockdown corner shops, greengrocers and butchers became a lifeline.

Singer La Roux visited a popular Norwich restaurant earlier this week while visiting the city and was happy to pose for pictures with fans.

A new street food festival with live entertainment has been launched in a Norwich car park by the man behind a new Irish bar in the city centre.

An enterprising couple who began a drive-through doughnut business at the height of lockdown say their surprising success belongs to the “power of social media”.

Owners of restaurants in Norwich are seeing record bookings with the government’s half-price scheme leaving few free tables.

For many restaurants, the Eat Out to Help Out scheme has been a blessing. But some of those in already busy tourist areas have struggled to cope with overwhelming demand. Kaeti Newport, at The Smokehouse in Ormesby, has spoken about her experience.

Restaurants and cafés in Norfolk and Waveney say they will continue to offer discounts when the Eat Out to Help Out scheme comes to a close as they fight to keep customers dining out.

The owners of Norwich’s independent chain of American diners have announced they’re reopening their third restaurant.

For almost every shop, restaurant or café, social distancing has presented challenges.

A new company has launched in Norwich delivering New York-style chunky cookies across Norfolk, with plans to launch a postal service nationwide too.

A city restaurateur has thanked his loyal customers after Covid-19 robbed him of the opportunity to say a proper goodbye after more than two decades - and urged them to back the city’s other independent offerings.

Lockdown left many of us looking for new hobbies to pass the time, and plenty of people turned to baking.

A much-debated and “unique” outdoor seating area will be part of the package when a city centre pub reopens next month.

As the government’s Eat Out to Help Out rescue package for the hospitality industry comes to a close, restaurant owners have described feeling “overwhelmed” by the public’s support.

The founder of an artisan crumpet company which started in lockdown is hoping to expand her business due to orders continuing to “snowball”.

A Norfolk gin firm is celebrating success once after winning awards from the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

Shares in a former coaching inn which is to be reopened as a community pub have now gone on sale.

Two pubs have pulled together to launch a new beer, marking the hopeful end of a tough time for the hospitality industry.

Businesses are set to launch a formal complaint against Norfolk County Council over its handling of the pedestrianisation of a city centre street.

Four of Norfolk’s pubs have been announced as finalists in The Great British Pub Awards 2020, with up to £10,000 available to the winner of each category.

During a getaway to the north Norfolk coast, Lauren Cope visited an award-winning pub and restaurant for a lazy lunch in the summer sunshine.

A man who has taken over a renowned cafe is losing money every day by offering his own meal discounts - having been refused entry to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

If you own a café, run a pub or lead a restaurant, you automatically have my respect. And if it’s by the coast, I salute you.

The owners of an independent restaurant have said they have no plans to reopen the venue after it shut during lockdown.

A Norwich car park is set to be transformed into a new street food market, also offering cocktails and craft beer, which will run for seven weekends this summer.

The owner of a street food van that has built up a following across Norfolk is spicing up a seaside town by opening a shop selling Asian-inspired tacos and rice boxes.

Norwich’s Last Brasserie – formerly The Last Wine Bar – is set for a change of ownership in a bid to give it a “chance of success” post coronavirus.

A vegan café has finally been able to open in its new home after its move was delayed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lion at Thurne is the perfect summer spot, boasting views of the Broads and a huge beer garden - but is the food as good as the setting? Louisa Baldwin headed along to find out.

An all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet in Norwich is set to reopen next weekend for the first time since March.

Another two Norfolk restaurants have got the seal of approval from renowned food critic Giles Coren, including Norfolk’s restaurant of the year in 2019.

An independent restaurant near Norwich has been named in the top 1pc of eateries in the country by Tripadvisor bagging a place in its top ten fine dining establishments.

A government scheme to boost income for eateries has proven to be “a wonderful incentive” in its first week for cafés and pubs in a Norfolk market town.

Queues formed outside restaurants, cafés and pubs as diners flocked to grab a discounted dinner under the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which launched on Monday in a bid to boost the industry. Our reporters enjoyed a taste of the bargains on offer.

A derelict village pub could be brought back to life if an ambitious plan to raise £230,000 is successful.

With temperatures soaring and summer in full-swing, it is essential to know where you can find the best ice cream in Norwich. Here are the top-rated places on Tripadvisor, which are open at the time of writing, to get a cool treat in the city.

The Unthank Kitchen, one of Norwich’s top breakfast spots, has reopened at last after shutting for more than four months due to coronavirus.

While Friday and Saturday nights might have been our go-to for a special meal out, coronavirus has started to tweak our habits.

It was the kind of Sunday that a slow and relaxing day was called for, which is why I decided to venture out into the sticks for some much-needed chill time and good food.

A new map shows every independent restaurant, café and pub taking part in the government’s Eat Out to Help Out money-off scheme.

From Brancaster mussels to Cromer crab, Norfolk has some culinary delights for all to enjoy.

A Norwich market favourite which has been in business for more than fifty years has gone online having previously sworn it would never have a website.

Leading food critic Giles Coren has written a gleaming report of his trip to a Norfolk restaurant for his latest review in The Sunday Times.

This gorgeous summertime dish serves two as a starter or one person as a main.

We’ve rounded up some of the best places in Norfolk to pick your own this summer.

Enjoy sustainably grown produce and pick your own flowers at Clinks Care Farm, all while supporting the fantastic therapeutic services they provide for the community.

A restaurant at Potters Resort has closed down due to the impact of coronavirus - with the owner stating some “tough decisions” will have to be made for the family-run holiday business to survive.

Nearly 4000 restaurants across the East of England will cut diners’ bills by as much as 50pc, as the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme officially opens for business today.

The owners of a popular city bowling alley have spoken of their “devastation” after they were told they would not be able to reopen this month as planned.

An Emmy and Bafta nominated sound designer has swapped the studio for the kitchen in lockdown, supplying sourdough bread to businesses along the Norfolk coast.

Of all the celebrations of food and wine that take place each year, one of the best surely has to be National Wine and Cheese day - particularly since Norfolk has both of these delicious treats in plentiful supply. It’s easy to put together a fantastic cheese and wine pairing without having to leave the county, and here are some of our favourite combinations.

If you’ve got an afternoon or evening spare this August then head to Norwich’s Bowling House as they are offering a free game for diners all month.

It has been a difficult time for food and drink vendors in recent months, but luckily there are some brilliant festivals running in Norfolk all summer long where they can trade.

Diners can now find out which restaurants are taking part in the government’s Eat Out to Help scheme, which launches next week.

A new pizza parlour has opened in a yurt on the Norfolk coast.

Google ‘farmer purple flowers’ and you’ll be greeted with glorious images of a north Essex farmer amid a stunning array of his flowering echium crop.

After five months of eating at home, I’ve dipped my toe into the world of dining out (not literally, I’m not sure that’s Covid-friendly).

Our third Norfolk Day, on Monday, July 27, is fast approaching. But we’re calling on the county to turn the celebrations into a long weekend. To help, four of our chefs have contributed their favourite Norfolk-inspired recipes.

Diners can tuck into tasty sandwiches and sweet treats at home or in the park as The Assembly House in Norwich has launched a takeaway version of its award-winning afternoon tea.

With pubs finally reopening across Norfolk, head to one of these brilliant beer gardens this summer and unwind with your family and friends over a pint.

A city centre pub will open its doors to customers for the first time in months.

A Norwich sushi restaurant has backed a campaign urging diners to cancel reservations they can’t attend after seeing no-shows every day since reopening.

From venison and blue cheese to a standard bacon burger, a new gourmet van has left people wanting more in Toftwood.

A pop-up food and drink market is set to be held in a town centre next weekend.

Despite many bars, nonessential shops and restaurants reopening at the start of the month many of Norfolk’s favourites spots are yet to throw open their doors.

The Honingham Buck has finally reopened after lockdown to the delight of customers, 10 days later than planned due to a leak, and it has also been given a refurbishment.

Is it possible to have a slap-up authentic pub dinner in the comforts of your own home? STUART ANDERSON tried a takeaway menu at the Black Swan Inn at Horsham St Faith to find out.

From crab sandwiches and gratin of courgettes, to trifle in a jam jar and an eight inch Norfolk scone, here are some Norfolk inspired dishes to impress the neighbours this Norfolk Day.

Restaurateurs and hoteliers in Norfolk have urged customers to have empathy with the industry after national criticism of no-show diners.

The owner of Kofra in Norwich is reopening his latest new shop after closing because of coronavirus.

A new “one-of-a-kind” restaurant and hotel with an emphasis on mental health awareness is in store for the city centre.

When lockdown was announced, Jo and Sean Arnoup feared it would be a death knell for their artisan coffee business.

Brendan Gray has had the keys to his Norfolk bistro for almost five months now – but in that time has only been able to trade for four weeks.

From wood-fired pizza to duck wraps, the Holkham Estate is making the most of its huge grounds this summer by launching Feast in the Park with street food stalls and music.

Though the food and drink sector is reopening its doors to the public, it’s certainly not back to business as usual. Here’s a handful of ways it might change going forward.

A grandfather and former IT worker has given up the day job to build his business selling his own bottled hot sauces.

You can now enjoy fresh pasta and ice cream al fresco as neighbouring Norwich businesses Al Dente and Sundaes Gelato in St Giles Street have joined forces to open an outdoor dining area.

A Norwich pub says it has been the victim of a “malicious social media attack” after a rodent was spotted inside on its second day of reopening after lockdown.

Coffee and cake is now centre stage at a north Norfolk theatre.

From Norfolk Fair Buttons to cheese rusks, we’ve teamed up with the Woman’s Institute (WI) to bring you some Norfolk inspired recipes that will make your taste buds tingle.

A Norfolk pub is planning to hire more staff than usual as the country comes out of lockdown.

Frustrated business owners are urging the council to rethink plans to ban cars on a city centre street.

A Norfolk teenager is hoping to capitalise on a boom in online cup cake sales by launching her own bakery.

A pub group says it expects its managed estate to take a 40% dive in takings because of new social distancing rules.

Hospitality businesses will need to perform a balancing act between customers worried that a visit to their local will be devoid of the fun factor versus those concerned about their health, an expert suggests.

East Anglia’s largest independent retail chain has given a new boost to food banks across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex as fears grow that the economic downturn will hit more families.

It’s not been an easy few months for those working in the food industry. But the challenges have been met with resilience and innovation. Here, we’ve picked eight reasons to celebrate the work of everyone in the world of Norfolk food and drink during lockdown.

Norwich’s restaurants enjoyed a calm return to trade on Saturday, as they opened their doors to customers with a host of new rules in place.

Make the most of the summer berries with this fruity cake.

Are you a ‘master of chocolate’?

What exactly is kombucha anyway?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis met Louise Avery of new business, LA Brewery.

From brownies to single origin bars - how do you eat yours?

Producer says new raspberry, rhubarb and ginger spirit is ideal for summer.

Flint Vineyard unveils its exciting new wine.

East Anglia entrepreneur launches postal cake business.

If you’re bored of burgers give our lower fat barbecue recipe a go.

The expert growers at Nurtured in Norfolk reveal their favourites.

Norwich’s Farmyard owners put their stamp on Reepham hotel.

Blogger Leah Larwood of Roots & Toots picks her favourite places for guilt-free dining.

It’s the last ever Battle of the Bangers at the festival this Sunday.

Jeremy Dunn, chief wine tutor at Norfolk Wine School, explains which wines work well chilled, and shares his favourite red wines for summer.

Make our gluten-free carrot, and Eton mess cupcakes for Alzheimer’s Society’s Cupcake Day 2018.

Our recipe is a wonderful way to use seasonal fruit and flowers and is amazing with a bit of fizz.

Meet the producers and farmers behind what goes on your plate.

Chill out with this fruity pineapple, lime and strawberry frozen dessert.

Butchery wins big at the Meat Management Industry Awards.

Chet and Waveney Valley Vineyard has ambitious plans for 2018.

Jeremy Dunn, chief wine tutor at Norfolk Wine School shares his favourite English bottles.

Get your first taste at the Royal Norfolk Show.

Norfolk producer moves to purpose-built premises and launches two new chutneys.

Make our tangy frozen dessert with fresh local strawberries.

Sink your teeth into one of these beauties for British Sandwich Week.

East Anglian bean to bar chocolate maker scoops accolades at 2018 Academy of Chocolate Awards.

Eat to your heart’s content at this festival in the Waveney Valley on May 26.

All you need to know about this year’s festival, plus a tasty recipe from Galton Blackiston.

Jeremy Dunn of Norfolk Wine School shares his recommendations.

Make a batch of these beauties for National Doughnut Week.

Bring out the bunting and crack open the bubbly for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on Saturday.

Sandwiches don’t have to be boring - try one of our recipes.

Norwich chef joins forces with award-winning bakery.

Truffles and ice creams win big for Norfolk brand.

Pancakes are one of the best fast foods for dinner. Try making ours, filled with mushrooms, leeks, onions, ham and cheese.

Get your coffee fix during UK Coffee Week from one of these artisanal local producers.

Bace promises to take the headache out of preparing meals.

Plan your spring garden with a slice of cake and a cuppa.

Make these tasty cardamom and cream-filled buns as part of your Easter weekend celebrations.

Award-winning Flint Vineyard launches new vintage and very locally sourced lunch.

Try our quick pasta dish with a twist.

Let’s celebrate some of our very best butchers.

Make this hearty pie for Mother’s Day.

It’s time to roll out the pastry for British Pie Week.

Whether you like your spirits brash with juniper, floral or citrussy, East Anglia’s gin distillers have all bases covered.

Ditching processed food, committing to cooking from scratch, and moving more are the key to staying trim, says Charlotte Smith-Jarvis.

Homemade cakes, single origin hot chocolate and some of the best sandwiches around greet our reviewer at Twyfords in Beccles.

Emily Cotton enjoys Sunday brunch at The Boarding House Dining Rooms in Halesworth.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis talks all things Cromer and fish with Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston.

Suffolk dairy farmers are over the moon after scooping a national cheese award for the second year in a row.

Try over 15 types of locally produced sausage and vote for the best at this year’s Great Framlingham Sausage Festival on Sunday, October 8.

Calling all food and drink fanatics! Here’s a selection (there’s too many to list) of fabulous food and drink events happening across Norfolk this July. Any take your fancy?

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