It is that time of year when everyone wonders just what to buy their foodie friends and family for Christmas. Never fear, we have the ultimate selection here – and many will also double up well for birthday and Valentine’s presents! It is more important than ever now to buy local, so be inspired by the selection on the following pages. Happy shopping!
Staithe Smokehouse Christmas Hamper
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 £70 and consist of a beautiful wicker hamper and inside you will find salmon, hot smoked salmon, mackerel, smoked salmon mousse, smoked mussels, small prawns, five crevettes, Nortons soft cheese, blinis, Montys Mustard, and our smoked salt. You can also add on English Exmoor Caviar, Brancaster Oysters, and Brancaster mussels.
The Nonsuch mini gift box is a perfect gift for non-drinkers, aspiring cocktail makers and mindful drinkers who are both conscious about their alcohol consumption and keen to explore new drinking experiences. An easy and gentle entrance into the intriguing world of shrubs, possibly the most versatile, adaptable, and useful drink on the planet!
Shrubs are the ultimate drink enhancers for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic serves. Perfect for enjoying as a mindful option on alcohol-free occasions, shrubs are also the ideal ingredient for adding depth and complexity to alcoholic cocktails and championed as a secret ingredient by bartenders worldwide. The Nonsuch Shrub range includes Blood Orange & Bitter Lemon, Bittersweet Apple & Cardamom, Caramelised Pineapple and Ginger, and Wild Hedgerow and Rose.
Nonsuch have now made the full range available in a gift box containing each flavour in a 50ml mini bottle, plus a ‘little black book’ of ideas and recipes for each shrub. The book shows five recipes for each shrub – two without alcohol and three with alcohol, the ideal way to get started on your shrub journey.
Heart of Suffolk Distillery
The Heart of Suffolk Distillery is a small family-run business that skilfully and lovingly produces handcrafted, artisan ‘London Dry’ style gins that capture the spirit of Suffolk. Formed by Martyn and Karen Luke in February 2018, the distillery is based in Bacton, Suffolk. Here the gin is distilled in small batches of approximately 70 bottles at a time, with each beautifully designed bottle being filled and labelled by hand. Each label bears the hand-written signature of the master distiller, the batch number, and the bottle number of that batch. The three types of gin produced: Betty’s, Rosie’s, and Ivy’s, all distilled with quite different botanicals to produce three very distinctive and unique flavours.
Marsh Pig – The Whole Schbang
The Whole Schbang is the perfect Christmas gift for any charcuterie lover!
Marsh Pig produce 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 2022. 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 £45 – order at marshpig.co.uk
Give It Some Beans
Give It Some Beans have been roasting coffee since 2017. Based in Mattishall, it is run by husband-and-wife team, Sean and Jo Arnoup.
We are micro roasters who produce roasted coffee beans from around the world. We pride ourselves on great tasting coffee and we give our customers what they want, not what we think they want.
For Christmas we have put together some fabulous coffee gift sets that are ideal for the coffee lover in your life. Every gift set also contains a 15% discount voucher to be used to purchase our coffee online. If you are after a bespoke gift set, get in touch and we can put something together for you.
We also produce our own range of BBQ Sauces, coffee syrups, syrups for cocktails, coffee, and herb rubs.
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, all of these can be added
on to a hamper order, giving the 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, this hamper can be tailored to suit all tastes.
St. Giles Distillery
St. Giles Distillery is a proudly independent, Norfolk based producer of high-quality gin and is the home of an award-winning range of spirits including St. Giles signature gin, Divers’ Edition, and Raspberry, Rhubarb & Ginger. Currently available for the winter season is our gorgeously warming, limited edition Spiced Orange & Cranberry gin.
Handcrafted in small batches, each of our spirits is distilled with the utmost care and patience, resulting in extraordinary depth of flavour and a remarkably smooth finish.
St. Giles offers a range of thoughtful and original gift ideas guaranteed to please even the most discerning gin fan. Whether it is a bottle of one of our delicious gins, a gift package to create the perfect gin and tonic, or even a gin-making experience at our distillery, we have the answer. And of course, if your gifts are all wrapped up, then a bottle of St. Giles makes a well-deserved treat for all your hard work.
For something a little bit different, why not buy Samantha Mattocks’ debut novel? Best known to you as Editorial Director of nourish and The Delicate Diner, Sandstorm is a racy read that will take you away from grey winter days and transport you to the Middle East and Europe. If you loved Jilly Cooper’s Riders, then you will love Sandstorm, set as it is in the world of Arabian horses. One review said: “I wouldn’t buy it for your granny for Christmas!”, but maybe you can buy for your sister instead!
Norfolk Raider Cider
Norfolk Raider Cider is made to an old family recipe, resulting in a still cider free from additives and preservatives. Each cider has its own personality, being made with a range of Norfolk apples, many grown on site at their shop at Salhouse.
Their cider gift packs make a perfect present for friends and family, with a choice of different ciders and strengths available.
If you are more into cooking than drinking, then the Norfolk Raider Cider Vinegars are a must for any kitchen, and the health benefits of apple cider vinegar are well known. All the vinegars come from the cider-making process, meaning that nothing is wasted.
Jarrold in Norwich is home to an amazing deli, wine bar 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 label 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 Christmas Hamper.
One of their best sellers is the Jarrold Taste of Norfolk Hamper, which contains food and beverages from a range of local artisans and producers. Presented in a gift box, it includes: Jarrold Demerara Shortbread 200g, Jarrold Breakfast Tea Bags 45g, Peachey’s Preserve Norfolk Blackcurrant Jam 227g, Sandringham Apples Apple Juice 250ml, Sandringham Apples Apple & Raspberry Juice 250ml, Booja-Booja Chocolate Salted Caramel Truffles 92g, and Real Norfolk Cherry & Almond Cake. Priced at £45, the Taste of Norfolk Hamper is sure to be a hit over the winter season.
P.A. Mobbs & Sons
Chris Mobbs is the third generation of the Mobbs’ family to rear free range turkeys on our farm in north Suffolk. The birds range in grass paddocks, mature slowly, and are hand plucked and finished for the table, like many traditional Christmas turkeys. However, what makes a Mobbs’ turkey really special is the way they are fed. Every morning, Chris mixes fresh food for the turkeys using ingredients grown on the farm, no additives, just wholesome homegrown grains and a great flavour.
Our bronze and white turkeys and guinea fowl have all been awarded 2 Star ‘Outstanding’ Great Taste Awards by the Fine Food Guild.
Creake Abbey Food Hall
Hampers lie at the heart of what the Creake Abbey Food Hall is passionate about. They are a beautiful way to convey the bounty of the area around north Norfolk and can be priced from £20 to £120! The deli specialises in amazing cheese and the Norfolk Ccheese hamper is a firm favourite with customers. This hamper comes with Norfolk-based Eastgate Larder medlar jelly or homemade chutney and the finest crackers by Peter’s Yard.
All hampers can be tailored to a customer’s needs and can feature Norfolk sparkling wines, champagne or prosecco, treats including chocolate gin frogs, sumptuous cookies and traditional candy canes, or you can choose from our ready-made hamper range on show in the shop.
Kin Knives and Kin Boards
Kin Knives and Kin Boards are a husband-and-wife duo, with Harriet running the knives and husband Zak making the stunning chopping boards. Kin Knives specialise in importing a bespoke range of high-quality kitchen knives, not only for chefs but for the keen home cook. The knives are sourced from all over Japan and vary in construction, quality, design, and price. They are made by small makers who take pride in their craftsmanship.
Kin Boards was born during the first lockdown in 2020 from Zak’s passion for all things wood and over 12 years-experience in carpentry. The boards are all handmade in our Suffolk workshop from a variety of timbers. Zak not only makes chopping boards but also a beautiful collection of serving boards, carving boards, magnetic knife racks and the latest and extremely popular addition – the pinch pots! The boards can be made to order so you can contact Zak with your wood preference and dimensions for the exact board you desire!
Little Black Dog Wardrobe & The Lawnes
If you are looking for a more sustainable way to buy clothes, shoes, jewellery, handbags and more this winter, then head on over to the Little Black Dog Wardrobe in Bungay. This super shop specialises in pre-loved pieces, some of which are vintage, and not only can you find yourself a one-off designer piece, but you can also find unique pieces that stand out for their versatility. Owner Liz Wilkinson has a keen eye, and she makes the most of the classic pieces that come into her store to ensure that the shopper leaves looking her very best – and is brilliant at advice if buying for a friend!
Meanwhile, her sister Jane Woolston runs The Lawnes in Loddon, and this is the perfect place to buy not only beauty and make up products for the women in your life, they also offer items from the male Guinot range. If you are unsure what to buy, their gift vouchers always go down well, and come beautifully wrapped.
Earsham Street Deli
Earsham Street Deli comes into its own during the festive season, and this wonderful emporium is home to some amazing temptations, celebrating the very best of the best of local produce and beyond. Think cheeses, intricate artisan 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.
Hampers are a deli speciality, and you can either go in and choose your own or give them a budget and they will curate a hamper for you. For those looking for inspiration, they have some ideas ready including The Hot One at £45, which includes piri piri olives, red hot chilli crackers, chilli and black pepper oil, lime and chilli dressing, hot habanero jam, chilli bacon jam, smoked chilli flatbreads, and chilli ketchup.
Handcrafted in historic Norwich, Norfolk Gin is a fragrant, well-balanced, small batch gin, with each bottle filled and sealed by hand. Large bottles are individually numbered, creating a lovingly made product from start to finish.
A ‘ginny’ gin, Norfolk Gin is juniper-led with herbaceous and floral notes, with a touch of spice, a hint of sweetness and fragrant citrus. It is vibrant, delicious, and easy-drinking and plays well in all cocktails.
The gins, available in 70cl bottles, including a special commemorative sky blue bottle, are presented in beautifully designed British porcelain bottles, handmade by Wade Ceramics in Stoke on Trent.
When the gin is gone, the bottle can be re-used or re-filled locally – it is just too beautiful to throw away.
Our selection of Norfolk born and brewed beers are now
available to order online. All seven beers are available in cases of
12 x 500ml bottles.
Our beer is brewed on the West Barsham Estate in North Norfolk, where we grow the Maris Otter barley used with water from the borehole, creating Norfolk beer in its truest sense.
Our mixed cases will make the perfect gift for beer lovers this Christmas. There are two options – the 4% and under includes our most popular session strength beers, while our 4% and over include are extremely popular Pilgrim’s Pale, IPA, Stout and B.O.B.
R. Bainbridge Dine and Home & RB Provisions
R. Bainbridge Dine at Home & RB Provisions was born out of Richard and Katja Bainbridge’s Benedicts Restaurant following the March 2020 lockdown.
Taking the restaurant menus, Dine at Home brings the same local quality ingredients, seasonality, and pure flavour to your door, for you to enjoy in your own home. With the menu changing monthly, Dine at Home is available for collection or delivery within 10 miles of Norwich. But there is more…
RB Provisions is a specially curated collection of products by Richard to give your store cupboard a helping hand in any situation. All made by Richard and his team, the range includes breakfast granola, homemade jams, a range of unique sauces, jus and ready-made stocks. Available to buy in their online shop, at Benedicts, and at a small collection of delis across Norfolk and Suffolk, the RB Provisions range has now made its way into Michelin-starred restaurants and will be a sure-fire hit for any foodie this winter.
Goodies Food Hall
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 Lynsey, 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.
Our Food and Wine workshops are the perfect gift for anyone who loves food and wine and would like to learn more.
These special themed days are hosted throughout 2021/2022 by Delia and Chef Alex Mackay. Each one takes you through three courses, inspired by a theme, with a live cooking demonstration from Alex.
On arrival, guests are welcomed with coffee and cake and following the demo, get the opportunity to experience the food for themselves over lunch, accompanied with a tutored wine tasting with a special wine expert, Jason Banner. This is closely followed by an expert cocktail making demonstration.
There follows an exclusive Q&A with Alex, Jason, and Delia Smith herself, who is present throughout the day to chat to guests and sign books.
The workshops are days to remember with lots to enjoy and are hosted at Carrow Road Stadium.
- Find out more at deliascanarycatering.co.uk
Hodson and Co Cheese Room and Delicatessen
Owning a cheese room has long been a dream for Charlie Hodson, and when he opened Hodson and Co Cheese Room and Delicatessen in Aylsham last year, he made sure that the very best of local and international cheeses were available for his customers. Since then, he has expanded the range to include his own crackers, made in the back of the deli, and local chutneys – among a great many items – and his cheese hampers were born.
This year, Charlie will be able to send his cheese hampers nationwide and one highlight is his bespoke Master of Cheese Hamper. As well as a wide selection of amazing cheeses, this hamper will also include a beautiful apron, a knife set from Salle Forge, and an oak cheese board from Woods Worldwide, all items handmade for Hodson and Co. And for those with memories of The Two Ronnies, have some fun with a Four Candle Hamper – find out more in his column for nourish, as well as his Table for Two.
As Charlie says, Hodson & Co have got Christmas covered.
Moon Gazer Ale
Moon Gazer Ale always has something for everyone but this year, they recommend their special Bob’s Tail for those wanting something warming and special for Christmas. A rich barley wine that comes in at 8.8% abv, this amber beer is bursting with malt and biscuit flavours, and it pairs superbly with your Christmas cheese!
Marsh Pig Letter-box Charcuterie
Letter-box Charcuterie is the perfect selection delivered directly through your door! This is the perfect platter to share or indulge yourself.
This selection includes a taste of our most popular Fennel Salami, included in the selection pack, and our newest flavour Kalamata Black Olive. 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 2022.
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 £31
- order at marshpig.co.uk