The Norfolk Foodie

  • Burn Valley Vineyard

    Producer of the Month – Burn Valley Vineyard

    2nd February 2023The Delicate Diner

    My Producer of the Month is Burn Valley Vineyard in North Creake, run by sisters Laura and Samantha Robinson.

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  • The Swan Loddon review

    The Delicate Diner Goes To… The Swan, Loddon

    22nd September 2022The Delicate Diner

    I returned to The Swan Loddon to enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast in one of their new rooms. As ever, this historic venue did not disappoint!

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  • Eastgate Larder

    Producer of the Month – Eastgate Larder

    8th February 2022The Delicate Diner

    Eastgate Larder is owned by Jane Steward, and her medlar orchard was awarded National Collection Status by Plant Heritage in 2020. 

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  • Old Hall Farm The Delicate Diner

    Producer of the Month – Old Hall Farm

    1st July 2021The Delicate Diner

    The Delicate Diner’s Producer of the Month for June is Old Hall Farm, who offer everything from dairy to wine and all that is in between!

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  • Norfolk Gin The Delicate Diner Producer of the Month

    The Delicate Diner Producer of the Month – Norfolk Gin

    2nd June 2021The Delicate Diner

    The Delicate Diner’s Producer of the Month for June is Norfolk Gin – a wonderful herbaceous bathtub gin perfect for summer days.

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  • A review of Goodies Food Hall Posh Nosh. Two desserts, lemon posset and tiramisu slice with chocolate

    Goodies Food Hall takeaway review – time for Posh Nosh!

    2nd March 2021The Delicate Diner

    I keep seeing posh nosh menus from Goodies on social media and they are tempting. With the Six Nations matches on over the weekend, I decided that it was time to review this takeaway/dine at home treat, leaving me time to enjoy the rugby. And what a treat it was! I have been visiting Goodies, found off the A140 just through Long Stratton and towards the Pulhams, since it was a strawberry stall. I actually hate to think just how long ago that was. Certainly decades rather than years. Goodies was founded by Stuart Gooderham, the son of a farmer.…

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  • The Norfolk Foodie – Charlie Hodson

    10th October 2020The Delicate Diner

    Charlie Hodson is one of Norfolk’s biggest characters and over the past years, he has worn many hats within the region’s culinary and charitable channels with great aplomb. Now he is set to take on his greatest challenge as he realises a long-held dream – that of opening his own cheese room and deli. However, as Charlie was busy signing the contract just a matter of weeks ago, he discovered that he has bowel cancer. Characteristically unstoppable, and with a smile on his face, Charlie is determined that not only will nothing stop his dream from happening, but that he…

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  • Richard Bainbridge Interview: The Norfolk Foodie Series

    14th August 2020The Delicate Diner

    Passionate, honest, down to earth – and a Norfolk boy through and through – are all ways to describe one of the county’s most endearing chefs, Richard Bainbridge. Famed for his days behind the stove at Morston Hall, as well as winning our hearts on Great British Menu, Richard achieved his ultimate goal as he opened the doors to his own restaurant, Benedicts, five years ago. I spoke with Richard about his culinary life, the power of following your dreams, and how he and his wife, Katja, have pressed the reset button in the wake of the pandemic. “I kid…

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  • The Norfolk Foodie – Chet Valley Vineyard

    31st July 2020The Delicate Diner

    Life is a funny thing sometimes. You find your path but, for whatever reason, you deviate from it and explore other avenues, only to come full circle and back to your chosen way in life. Nowhere is that more true than with John Hemmant from Chet Valley Vineyard in Bergh Apton. Norfolk’s original winemaker John and his wife, Bridget, are behind the iconic Skylark range that is enjoyed by so many, but few realise that John had a vineyard here back in the 1990s. I speak to this dedicated couple to find out more about Chet Valley, John’s deep-rooted passion…

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  • Sea bream

    The Delicate Diner goes to… The Boars

    18th July 2020The Delicate Diner

    The Boars in Spooner Row has a rich history within Norfolk, especially since Chef Patron Simon Turner and his partner Jenny Hay took over 18 months ago. With the lockdown rules easing, Simon invited me along to check out their food and I took my parents as well so that we could enjoy the full Boars experience. And we were not disappointed. Simon Turner is perhaps best known in Norfolk for the Elm Hill Brasserie, a very popular eatery and where Simon honed his skills as a chef. Having spent time in France as a child, as well as living…

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