There are so many great products out there this winter, ones that taste delicious and ones to make your life easier. We are sharing some of our favourites with you over the next pages. These make great gifts, either for yourself or for your loved ones, and we have the best of the best here for you below.
The Whole Schbang
The Whole Schbang is the perfect Christmas gift for any charcuterie lover!
Marsh Pig produces handmade free-range charcuterie made in Norfolk. We have been making free range salami, chorizo and air-dried meats for almost 10 years now, and we pride ourselves on the quality of every ingredient in our products – all of which are gluten, wheat, and lactose-free.
The Whole Schbang is four of our most popular products, all together in one gift box. No refrigeration is required until opened, and the best before dates are a minimum of April 2023. In the Whole Schbang, you will find one each of: Whole Rosemary & Garlic Salami 250g; Whole Red Wine & Thyme Salami 250g; Whole Fennel Salami 250g; and Whole Hot Chorizo 250g. Price £47.70.
Earsham Street Deli
Suffolk’s answer to Fortnum & Mason
Established in 2007, Earsham Street Deli comes into its own during
the festive season. This wonderful emporium is home to some
amazing temptations celebrating the very best of the best of local produce and beyond.
Having opened their second store earlier this year at the
prestigious Snape Maltings, the work that goes into curating the
very finest selection makes it the destination all year round, but especially so at Christmas.
Think artisan cheeses, intricate delights from Italy and Spain, including the amazing limoncello panettone, beautiful chocolates including the iconic Rococo, Pump Street and B Chocolates Honey Sea Salt Caramels. Two new products this year that are not to be missed the exquisite chocolate bon bons from Suffolk company Woodrow Chocolates, and the incredible D&G Italian panettones.
Receiving an Earsham Street Deli hamper is one of life’s pure joys; either go in and choose your own or and they will create the perfect bespoke hamper for your requirements
Old Hall Farm
Hampers are our speciality, and we have a wide range on offer as well as creating bespoke hampers for individuals. Whether you would like an Old Hall Farm Hamper, containing milk, milkshakes, butter, ghee, fudge, and rainbow eggs for £40 or a hamper of local
cheeses, we have something for everyone.
With our own selection of wines, including a sparkling blush, as well as a wide range of local wines, gins, and other spirits available to choose from, these can be added on to a hamper order, givingthe recipient that little something extra.
For those looking to celebrate the best of the region with friends further afield, we have The Best of Norfolk Hamper – a selection of the very best items from our Norfolk suppliers, beautifully presented in a hamper. Priced from £30 to £200, we can tailor our hampers to suit all tastes. National delivery available.
Moon Gazer Ale & Black Shuck Distillery
Moonshuck Golden Distale
A limited edition, unique Norfolk spirit
Moonshuck combines the very best of two of Norfolk’s finest artisan drink producers in creating a unique Norfolk spirit. 100 litres of White Distale were aged in barrels and, with a touch of Black Shuck magic, a limited release of 120 bottles is now available. Moonshuck was borne out of adversity when gin producers Black Shuck and Moon Gazer Ale came together during the Covid-19 lockdown. With several casks of Moon Gazer Bouchart dark mild that wouldn’t survive, we put our heads together and distilled it, aiming to retain its unique malt and hop characteristics. Distale was born.
We have now aged the Distale further resulting in Golden Distale. Malt back notes blend with blackcurrant, toffee, and caramel flavours, creating a complex, warming, satisfying, and distinctly Norfolk spirit.
Moonshuck Golden Distale was born from two businesses, and friends, working together and sharing our passions for great flavours and Norfolk.
Discover the difference – Moonshuck Golden Distale. 70cl £40.
Goodies Food Hall
goodies at Goodies!
Goodies Food Hall turns even the most hardened shopper
into a big kid at Christmas as they offer something to suit
every palate and every pocket. Mixing the traditional with
the modern – think chocolate Santa’s through to tasty Italian
cannoli, and local gins and beers to top end champagne
and luxury liqueurs – there really is something for everyone.
At the heart of this is Lindsey, who has worked at Goodies for
many years, and who channels the spirit of Christmas as she puts together bespoke hampers for any and every budget – the only limit is your own imagination! You can either order a themed hamper – think cheese, beer, Goodies own selection, or local produce – or just give a price and she will create a hamper for you.
Hamper delights & a chance to win!
Jarrold’s of Norwich is home to an amazing deli, two wine bars and food hall, and it comes as no surprise that their hampers are much sought after. Many of the hampers are filled with their Own Brand produce, made through a wonderful network of local producers, and they offer everything from Jarrold sparkling wine and truffles in a gift box right up to their magnificent Jarrold Extravaganza
Delight in the Jarrold Tickled Pink Hamper at £85: CA Morlin Prosecco DOC Rosé Brut, Garden Pantry strawberry jam, Cartwright & Butler butter fudge, Cartwright & Butler strawberry and white chocolate biscuits, Joe’s The Berry Best tea bags, Monty Bojangles magnificent luxury Belgian chocolates, and Love Cocoa milk champagne truffles, all presented in a wicker basket.
Win a luxury Jarrold Hamper worth £500 packed with the very best treats and tipples for feasting. Competition closes 18 December.
Experience life as a beekeeper for yourself
Discover the world of the honeybee with an exclusive beekeeping experience at our Sunnyfields apiary on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.
Nestled beside a 99 acre ancient woodland and surrounded by fields and wildflowers, our two-hour experience will cover the basics of beekeeping, allowing you to get a bee’s eye view of the hive and the honeybees at work.
Each session is unique to the bees on the day, but you will get dressed up in a full beekeeping suit and view a hive both inside and out. You’ll learn about the different bees within the colony and their roles, and may have the opportunity to handle frames of bees yourself, if you wish, and will carry out an inspection with the beekeeper – looking for eggs, searching for the queen, and checking how much honey and pollen the bees have stored. After the experience, you can enjoy some refreshments, along with an opportunity to try some honey!
This gift is perfect for the complete novice interested in bees, ecology, or honey. Experiences run from late May to late August. Corporate experiences also available. From £65.
Hawk and Owl Trust
Adopt a Box
For 50 years, the Hawk and Owl Trust has been dedicated to conserving owls and birds of prey in the wild, conserving and managing their habitats, and increasing knowledge and the understanding of them. And you can get involved with this by adopting a xox for your chosen bird of prey.
Liza Goddard, who features in this issue’s My Taste of East Anglia, rightly says that “Adopt a Box is an excellent Christmas present rather than just ‘stuff’,” and we couldn’t agree more. East Anglia is so well known for its wildlife, and you can adopt a box at the Sculthorpe Mill Sanctuary for just £25 a year. Even better, you can choose what kind of bird of prey you would like to adopt a box for – Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Peregrines in Norwich, Little Owl, Kestrel, or even a Peregrine in Bath if that takes your fancy!
Adopting a Box supports the Hawk and Owl Trust in helping to conserve wild birds of prey and their habitats. The only question is, which bird will you choose?
R. Bainbridge Provision Hampers & Christmas Day Dine at Home Meal
Sister Company of award-winning Restaurant Benedicts in Norwich
Chef owner Richard Bainbridge and his team have got you covered this Christmas, as their hugely popular Dine at Home Christmas Meal is back and available for collection or delivery within 10 miles of Norwich on 24 December. Think a three-course menu, where all the hard work has all been done for you. You get a Christmas dinner to the table without the stress, a smile on your face, and a glass of sparkling in hand. And there is more… RB Provisions is a specially curated collection of products created by Richard and his team to give your store cupboard a helping hand in any situation. This festive season, they are bringing you three different hampers. A Breakfast Hamper (£25) including their award-winning granola, a hand thrown ceramic bowl, a stunning preserve, and a single origin coffee. Then there is the Twilight Hamper (£25), the perfect gift for any foodie and includes their popular smoked, spiced nuts, BBQ sauces, an exclusive spice rub and recipe card and their spiced fig chutney. Finally, there is the Festive Hamper at £95. This contains everything anyone would want or need, a range of RB Provisions, and a voucher to their favourite Restaurant – Benedicts.
Reserve sparkling wine from Flint Vineyard
Flint Vineyard in Earsham on the Norfolk/Suffolk border is an award-winning vineyard owned by winemaker Ben Witchell, who creates wines that regularly make the national press. The perfect gift for the wine lover is a very special bottle of their new limited edition reserve sparkling wine.
Ben has been working on this wine since 2016, blending the best reserves of Pinot noir across three years (2016, 2017 and 2018) to make a multi-vintage traditional method sparkling wine. With partial ageing in oak and tree years on the lees in bottle, the wine is complex, textured and full of toasty brioche while retaining a crisp freshness.
Ben is disgorging (the process of removing the yeast and sealing the bottle) half of the wine now and half in two years. Customers will have the opportunity to buy bottles being disgorged now and also to reserve those being disgorged in 2025. This is quite a unique proposition, with the chance to taste the very best expression of English traditional method sparkling wine with varying levels of bottle ageing. Bottles are available online and in their shop for £49 each. This is a wine to set aside for a very special occasion.
Trio’s at St Peter’s
All you need to cook your Christmas dinner
Let Trio’s Catering & Events do all the hard work for you while you put your feet up and relax this Christmas by ordering one of our festive hampers.
Each box includes rolled turkey breast, roast potatoes, cauliflower and leek gratin, stuffing, bacon/chipolatas, red cabbage, seasonal vegetables, stuffing, and gravy. No Christmas dinner would be complete without Christmas pudding and brandy butter, and we have included this too!
Prices start at £75 for two people, making this locally sourced Christmas hamper great value. If there are more of you, don’t worry – our hampers can feed up to eight people, costing £250. Hampers must be pre-ordered; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book your Christmas dinner hamper.
Burn Valley Vineyard
Book a treat for next year
A family-run vineyard, Burn Valley Vineyard in North Norfolk consistently produces a range of wines to suit every palette. With a full shop available, why not think outside the box this year and buy the wine lover in your life a wine tasting voucher for 2023, giving them a chance to visit the vineyard, try the wines, and also enjoy one of the vineyard’s delicious cheese and charcuterie boards? The tastings run all year around, offering the chance to walk around the vineyard, plus a chance to talk to the winemakers, making this a wonderful gift.
Burn Valley run a host of events throughout the year that bring together delicious wine and food, including secret supper nights, meet the winemaker events, steak nights, and the annual summer party. They even have a wine club, which includes 12 bottles of Burn Valley wine, four complimentary tasting tours, and 10% off all wine purchases. From £25.
Wheatacre Hall Barns
Local bespoke gifts and hampers
Nestled in the beautiful Waveney Valley you will find Wheatacre Hall Barns. Situated in a working dairy farm, it only felt right for
the Burroughs family to introduce a farm shop. Stocking all local produce, flowers, artisan goods, local beer and wines, as well as lots of gifts and cards.
At Christmas, it is a hidden gem of gift ideas, hampers and stocking fillers, plus everything you could need for your Christmas lunch including turkeys from a local farmer and meat from a local butcher.
Hampers are a seasonal speciality, offering bespoke goods for every need. Suffolk and Norfolk hampers filled with deliciousness for him and her, gardeners, chocolate lovers, gin lovers… The options are endless!
The Burroughs family and their friendly team are on hand to help put together your festive delights. The farm shop also offers local delivery service. Call 01502 677208 to find out more.
Baking for Bacon
Raising money for Priscilla Bacon Lodge
What started as a relatively modest project by a small group of 6th form pupils at Norwich School who wanted to produce a charity cookbook has grown beyond all expectations. With the aim of raising £20,000 for the new Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich, an amount that would fully equip one of the single bedrooms in the new hospice being built next year, Baking for Bacon was born.
Three local businesses, Dardan Security, Loveday & Partners, and The Last Wine Bar, fully sponsored the production costs meaning that 100% of the sales of the book are donated to this important charity.
At over 100 pages, Baking for Bacon is packed full of recipes provided by award-winning restaurants and cafés in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as from amateur bakers including students at the school and those involved with the charity.
The Priscilla Bacon team are currently building the new hospice and are raising the final £1,000,000 necessary to complete the project. This means that Baking for Bacon truly is the perfect Christmas gift for the foodie in your life as it will go towards the charity reaching its goal.
Letter-box Charcuterie Hamper
Our Letter-box Charcuterie Hamper is the perfect selection delivered directly through your door! This is the perfect platter to share or indulge yourself.
As always, all of the meat used in this selection is free-range and rare breed with only 11% fat added rather than the 30%-50% traditionally added. No refrigeration is required until opened, and the best before dates are a minimum of February 2023.
The Letter-box Charcuterie contains one each of: Selection Pack 100g; Sliced Coppa 60g; Sliced Garlic & Black Pepper Salami 100g; Sliced Rosemary & Garlic Salami 100g; and Sliced Black Olive Salami 100g. Price £32.86.
Staithe Smokehouse Christmas Hamper
The taste of Christmas
Our Staithe Smokehouse Christmas Hampers are available again this year, available for collection only from our Smokehouse Shop at Brancaster Staithe on 23 and 24 December between 9am to 5pm.
The hampers cost £75 and comprises a beautiful wicker hamper
and inside you will find our award-winning salmon, kiln roasted smoked salmon, kiln roasted smoked mackerel, homemade
smoked salmon mousse, saffron infused cockles, small prawns,
five crevettes, Nortons soft cheese, blinis, Montys Mustard, and our delicious smoked salt. You can also add on English Exmoor Caviar, kippers, haddock, smoked scallops, Brancaster Oysters, and Brancaster mussels.
Limited numbers of hampers available.
Wood Row Chocolate
Artisan chocolates almost too pretty to eat
Wood Row Chocolate launched in March this year, but owners Simon – ex The Leaping Hare in Wyken Vineyards – and his partner Jessie have already made a huge impression and created a huge following. Born from a lockdown project, Wood Row Chocolate creates unique and beautiful chocolate products that not only taste incredible but are also small works of art in their own right. Each chocolate is hand-painted, creating something unique for the customer every single time.
Using high-quality, sustainable dark, milk, white, and caramelised chocolate, Simon and Jessie have created their own palette of flavours. While classic such as salted caramel, hazelnut crunch, and pistachio make an appearance, so do blackberry cheesecake, dark tiramisu, pineapple and match, and pear and apple crumble. Christmas flavours include the highly tempting cranberry, mascarpone and gingerbread chocolate; wow.
Available to order directly from their website, as either bars or customisable boxes, as well as selected stockists around the region, Wood Row Chocolate also create bespoke collections for weddings and other events. These chocolates are pretty as a picture, and they taste amazing as well!
Bakers & Larners
For a cheese lovers’ heaven
Nothing brings us together more at Christmas than a show stopping feast of the finest foods. That’s why a visit to Bakers & Larners Food Hall and Wine Cellar showcases only the most delicious treats and specialties during the festive season. This year we have made it easy for you to find the perfect gift with our handpicked hamper selections combining indulgent treats, local produce, and personal touches. Whether you’re looking to spoil a loved one, or a chance to treat yourself, you’ll find brand new hampers for 2022 alongside our most loved collections.
The Cheese & Wine Cracker is the perfect gift for cheese lovers with plenty to share. It’s full to bursting with award-winning Norfolk cheeses from our delicatessen’s local suppliers. This hamper is an essential for Boxing Day nibbles and features Vergelegen Premium Cabinet Sauvignon Merlot – a deeply coloured, medium bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, matured in oak barrels. £80.
The tastiest macarons this side of Paris
Founded by husband and wife team James and Andrea three years ago, Hilton Macarons has won five Great Taste awards to date. The perfect macaron should have a crunchy outer shell, a slightly chewy centre that is not too sweet, and a generous filling with flavour that seamlessly fills the whole macaron. Hilton Macarons are handmade in Framlingham and use Italian meringue and free-range eggs and with all natural ganache fillings containing Belgian chocolate. Naturally gluten-free, they are also vegetarian, and are perfect birthday and Christmas gifts to send, or to give to friends for dinner, or simply to treat oneself.
This year’s Christmas macaron line-up includes brandy butter, Christmas pudding, eggnog, hazelnut, mulled spice, and chocolate orange. Optional ‘festive greetings’ cards can be added. Feeling the cold? Try the ‘winter warmers’ selection: apricot, chilli chocolate, dark chocolate, ginger chocolate, mulled spice, and rose and cardamom, or the year-round classic collection.
All boxes come in boxes of 6, 12 or 18, plus we have a limited number of Christmas trees – a tower of macarons that come in options for 36 or 72. Lasting eight days from delivery, now is the time to get your order in! Prices from £18 including delivery.
The Fresh Herb Salt Company
The must-buy gift for the discerning chef
The Fresh Herb Salt Company is the inspiration of Aynsley Evoli who, when she lived in Italy, learned how to preserve the goodness of summer fresh herbs in sea salt for year-long use removing the need for dried herbs in the kitchen. Returning to England, she set up The Fresh Herb Salt Company, creating an ethically and sustainably produced herb sea salt seasoning that is 100% natural.
First came the Original Italian Fresh Herb Salt, an aromatic blend of rosemary, basil, sage, garlic, and bay, chopped and mixed into organically approved pure white sea salt that, in turn, absorbs the natural oils of the herbs preserving its freshness and aroma. From there, other flavours followed: Chilli Parsley and Garlic, Dill, Lemon and Garlic, Herbes de Provence, and Coriander, Lime and Garlic.
Ready to use, the salt comes in reusable glass kiln jars and refillable pouches, as well as a gift pack of 20g samplers or a gift box of four. Made to order, the salts bring the flavour of freshly preserved herbs to your kitchen for sprinkling on roast meats, potatoes, fish dishes, barbecues, vegetarian and vegan dishes – the options are endless! From £6.95.