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8 Must Eat Norfolk Foods

Celebrate fabulous food in Norfolk. Here we feature 8 ‘must-eat’ foods from Cromer Crabs to Brancaster Mussels, here are just a few we recommend you simply must try!

Celebrate fabulous food in Norfolk. Here we feature 8 ‘must-eat’ foods from Cromer Crabs to Brancaster Mussels, here are just a few we recommend you simply must try!

Our 8 ‘must eat’
Norfolk Foods

This isn’t a definitive list by any means as there is such a wonderful array of great food & drink to sample in Norfolk. These are just a few to consider while on your travels around the fabulous county of Norfolk. Explore and enjoy!

This isn’t a definitive list by any means as there is such a wonderful array of great food & drink to sample in Norfolk.

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Cromer Crabs

It had to be in pole position – it’s as distinctively Norfolk as pasties are to Cornwall and champagne to northern France.

The reason they’re so good is that Cromer crabs thrive on the chalk reef just off the coast and are known for their tender flesh and high proportion of white meat to dark. Crabs were caught all along the coast but it was the expansion of Cromer as a Victorian seaside resort that made their name.

Available on just about every street corner in Cromer and a delicacy in cafes and restaurants throughout Norfolk.

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Norfolk Asparagus

A seasonal delicacy held in high regard since the Roman times.

Labour intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant and considered to be one of the delicacies of the vegetable world. The light soil of East Anglia creates the perfect growing conditions for this vegetable.

Driving around Norfolk you’ll find plenty of impromptu roadside stalls selling these delicious shoots however this popular vegetable is on many menus whether that be a small local café to some of the county’s top restaurants.

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Marsh Samphire

Marsh samphire, otherwise known as “sea asparagus” thrives in our tidal salt marshes and creeks along the North Norfolk coast and is fabulous steamed and eaten with butter.

It’s sometimes called sea asparagus or sea pickle, in Norfolk it is commonly called sampha [sam-fa]. It looks like a miniature cactus, but without the spines and has a satisfying crunch when you bite into it.

It is a unique wild plant which tastes of the sea. We absolutely love it and had never tasted it until we moved to Norfolk.

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Brancaster Mussels

The clean harbour waters of Brancaster Staithe make it an ideal area for shellfish.

Enjoyed during months with an ‘R’, so roughly from September to April depending on how warm early autumn and spring are. Collected when they’re young, they are then moved to lays (beds) in the tidal creeks and left to mature nicely before harvesting.

Mussels can be enjoyed in pubs, restaurants and cafes all along the Norfolk coast.

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Stiffkey Cockles

The clean harbour waters of Brancaster Staithe make it an ideal area for shellfish.

Enjoyed during months with an ‘R’, so roughly from September to April depending on how warm early autumn and spring are. Collected when they’re young, they are then moved to lays (beds) in the tidal creeks and left to mature nicely before harvesting.

Mussels can be enjoyed in pubs, restaurants and cafes all along the Norfolk coast.

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Mrs Temple’s Cheese

Farmhouse cheeses, hand made in Norfolk from their own cows available in a wide range of flavours and textures.

Made at Copys Green Farm at Wighton using milk from the Chalk Farm herd of Holstein Friesians and the Copys Green herd of Swiss Brown cows. Handmade cheeses developed to offer a Norfolk cheeseboard.

Walsingham and Hard Matured Cheese (also available smoked), Wells Alpine a supple mountain type cheese, Warham Cheese, a semi soft available in Mustard, Tomato and Herb or Cumin variants. Binham Blue, a soft blue veined cheese. Mrs Temple’s cheese can be bought in many farm shops and deli’s all over Norfolk.

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Norfolk Turkey

Yes, Norfolk Turkeys really are ‘bootiful’ and they’re not just for Christmas either.

Lean, healthy and versatile, it’s a great food for any time of the year. Just ask Marco Pierre White, who is an ambassador for Bernard Matthews Farms and has concocted recipes such as fruity turkey kebabs, Thai-style bites, turkey red pepper burgers and rigatoni and turkey meatballs.

Believed to have come to the United Kingdom via Spain, the farmers of East Anglia quickly adopted the Black turkey as their breed of choice and now Norfolk has been synonymous with rearing great tasting turkeys and work very hard to keep that tradition going.

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Norfolk Game

The great thing about game is that it’s all around us, which makes it very sustainable, particularly in a big rural county like Norfolk where edible game birds and mammals are plentiful.

Game is a great meat packed full of natural flavours, this a specialty of The Brecks – no wonder, with all those forests and high grass – and usually refers to wild animals and birds that are hunted and eaten.

Look out for venison, pheasants and pigeons on pub and restaurant menus, or buy locally from farm shops and deli’s and cook it for yourself.

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