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Nothing inspires festive joy quite like a good Christmas meal. And we’re not just talking Christmas dinner itself, though that’s undeniably important too. We also mean all the foodie bits in between, like office Christmas parties (socially-distanced this year, of course), breakfast on Christmas morning and smaller treats nestled into our stockings. To make sure you indulge this season with the very best, check out these Norwich & Norfolk businesses for all your holiday feasting needs.
Christmas morning is for festive pyjamas, opening presents and sweet, bright-and-early treats. Bread Source is your go-to for fresh pastries and buns, plus hearty loaves of bread, eggs, butter, cheese and milk to whip up a full holiday feast. Can’t make up your mind as to which pastries look best? We know how you feel. But we also know from experience that you can’t go wrong with the raspberry buns sprinkled with pistachios.
The award-winning Norwich Market, tucked right in the centre of town, is one of the oldest and biggest outdoor markets in the country. Inside are nearly 200 stalls, each boasting local goods and food. It’s the spot to pick up everything you’ll need for Christmas dinner, like fresh produce, meat and fish, sweet treats, wine and beer, all under one big roof. Did you know, you can now order online from some of your favourite market stalls?
Down at the bottom level of Jarrold, Norwich’s very own department store, sits its renowned Deli, packed to the ceiling with delicious goodies from near and far. Perfect as stocking stuffers, gifts for friends or even just as bits to enjoy for yourself, the food here ranges from gift hampers to cakes and biscuits, gourmet chocolate and local liquors. Plus, Jarrold has even just launched their own food brand, bringing you an exclusive range of alcohol, olive oil, preserves and more, many of which are made in Norfolk.
The Goat Shed at Fielding Cottage
What we love about the Goat Shed at Fielding Cottage, a local Norfolk farm, is that not only is the produce from farmers in the area, but the goat’s cheese and meat are right from Fielding Cottage itself! While here, you’ll also have the chance to pick up fresh baked goods, eggs, fruits and veg, chutneys, jams and honey all made locally, ensuring you have a seriously fresh Christmas feast.
The English Whisky Co.
Widely known as the oldest whisky maker in England, the English Whisky Co. isn’t just award-winning, but is also located right here in Norfolk. You’ll be hard pressed to find better Christmas tipple. Stop by their Norfolk headquarters and you’ll find an incredibly wide range of whiskies made either on site or at nearby distilleries, as well as gins, vodka, liqueurs and more. Or order online and get some of the country’s best whisky delivered straight to your front door.
Cupcake & Co.
Located just near the foot of the charming Upper St. Giles Street, Cupcake & Co. is a sweet little shop boasting even sweeter treats. Each day offers new bakes like cupcakes, brownies, tarts and more, but the sugar masters here are also available to whip up commissioned pieces too. Think towering cakes with sugary icing that’s perfect for an after-Christmas dinner treat.
After the year we’ve all had, we deserve to over-indulge this Christmas. So why not do it in style, with a delicious range of oven-ready meals from Benedicts restaurant. Cooked up by Head Chef, Richard Bainbridge (winner of Great British Menu, 2015) and his award-winning team, dishes include Fen Farm Sirloin with black garlic mayonnaise, Alpine Cheese Soup, and Marshmallow & White Chocolate Cheesecake. Dishes can be delivered within the Norwich area, or you can pick up from the restaurant.