Local eats

To stop us melting your search engine, we decided to limit our favourite local foods to eleven (ten just wasn't enough).  An impossible task, but we’re thinking you probably haven’t got all month to read this!

1. The Cromer Crab – such a Norfolk delicacy and renowned by chefs worldwide for unique sweetness, which is due to their rare feeding habitat being a chalk ridge just off the coast of Cromer.  Nothing beats a freshly-dressed crab served with local asparagus and new potatoes.  Bliss.

2. Brancaster Staithe mussels and oysters – we have to combine these as we have a very short list!  Farmed in the clear waters by the likes of Richard Loose, these should be eaten during months featuring an ‘r’, and preferably with the sea in earshot.

3. Norfolk Charcuterie – made by the talented Lisa (trained at River Cottage HQ we’ll have you know), her delicious offerings are made using local ingredients including outdoor-reared pork from Tim Allen at South Creake and venison from the Holkham estate.

4. Freshly-picked samphire – naturally growing on our captivating salt marshes, sea asparagus or sea pickle (as it’s known by the locals) tastes of the sea and is best simply served steamed, with a knob of butter and sprinkle of sea salt flakes.

5. Mrs Temples Cheeses – Catherine Temple has a lot to answer for when it comes to our waistlines in Norfolk! Her award-winning cheeses are made onsite at Copys Green Farm using milk from her herds of Holstein Friesians and Swiss Brown cows.  Brighten up your cheeseboard with Binham Blue, Norfolk Dapple and Wells Alpine, accompanied by a locally-made chutney.

6. Smoked fish – ranging from salmon and trout to kippers, bloaters and prawns, you will be spoilt for choice at The Cley Smokehouse.  Smoked onsite over oak for a unique and very special taste.

7. Stewkey Blues – it’s a bit of a Norfolk tradition for local families to ‘go a cockling’.  And that’s just what Stewkey Blues are – blue-shelled cockles from in and around the pretty village of Stiffkey (see where we get the term ‘Stewkey’ from now?).  Enjoy from one of the coastal fish huts, and best eaten with a wooden fork and shake of vinegar.

8. Ice cream – a trip to the beach isn’t complete without an ice-cream.  Head to the The Pavilion in Hunstanton - home to the Hunstanton Ice Cream Company, or Ellie’s Ice Cream in Sheringham for Norfolk-made Ronaldo’s luxury ice cream.

9. Crush Foods - found in all our favourite delis, made on their farm at Salle their Crush Granola is a reason to jump up out of bed in the morning.  We particularly like the Chocolate and Hazelnut Granola - yum!

10. Fish and chips – well, we couldn’t miss this seaside staple out!  Our top tips are to head to No.1 Cromer, Eric’s Fish and Chips in Thornham, French’s in Wells-next-the-Sea, Rocky Bottoms at West Runton, Mary-Jane’s in Sheringham or The Bucket List in Overstrand.  Or anywhere else your nose leads you.

11. Norfolk Turkeys – No Christmas is complete without a free range Norfolk bronze or black turkey.  As the festive season embarks look out for Godwick Turkeys from near Kings Lynn and Morton’s Traditional Taste at Skeyton – both multiple award-winners.