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It’s so thrilling to experience something new. The excitement of the unknown. The anticipation of discovery. And that feeling of making memories that last. And here in Norwich, there’s an endless number of unique new adventures to find – especially if you’re a foodie! The City of Stories is perhaps the undiscovered food capital of the country – with hundreds of fantastic restaurants and cafes, as well as a host of locally made produce. And better yet, there’s plenty of food and drink experiences available that you can get stuck into. Whether you want to discover how award-winning whisky is made, take a cheese tasting tour, create your own gin or more.
Gyre & Gimble is an internationally recognised distillery producing award-winning gin. Spend some time in the stylish cocktail bar that’s working towards being a zero-waste venue and sample some spirits (it has the largest selection in the city). Want to get a bit more hands on? Book a visit to the Gin Academy. You’ll be guided through developing your very own gin with an expert distiller and once ready, your gin will be labelled, bottled and wax sealed for you to take home. The best part – your unique recipe is then kept on file so it can be reproduced at any time! £85 per person for a two-and-a-half-hour experience (that includes a selection of gin and tonics to enjoy throughout).
Cheryl Cade Tours
Cheryl Cade is a beer sommelier and an Academy of Cheese member, offering up a range of food and drink tours in Norwich. Learn the history of some of our most loved drinks and snacks (as well as having plenty of samples – for educational reasons of course) on one of her many tours. We love the sound of the beer and cheese matching tour (£45pp) which consists of visits to 4 different pubs to sample beer and cheese combinations. Or there’s the historic food and drink tour (£45pp) where you can eat and drink your way through time. There’s also regular cheese and gin tours you can book onto – check out the details on the website.
Richard Hughes Cookery School
Want to learn some new kitchen skills so you can surprise some friends at your next dinner party? Well, at the Richard Hughes Cookery School you’re learning from the very best – so gaining some impressive skills is almost a guarantee. Suitable for cooks of all ages and abilities, you’ll cook, learn and laugh as you get hands-on in a stunning kitchen with a chef with four decades of experience. You’ll be given expert tuition and step-by-step instructions, and once the hard work is over, the experts will cook and serve you lunch or afternoon tea. You can then take the fruits of your labour home to share and enjoy! There’s plenty of courses to book onto, from ‘A taste of Norfolk’ to ‘A cook’s tour of Spain’. Spaces are limited so we recommend booking ahead. Courses from £145 per person.
The Ribs of Beef
The Ribs of Beef is a picturesque freehouse serving up real ales and delicious pub food. And it’s unique for its riverside location and free mooring. Hire yourself a canoe, picnic boat or stand-up paddleboard – and after a morning cruising along the river and taking in the scenery, what’s better than taking a break for some lunch and a refreshing pint. The Ribs of Beef is the perfect stop off point on a river adventure (and not just because the food and drink is so good!). From here, you can row towards the colourful houses on Quayside and onwards to Cow Tower and Pulls Ferry. Or you can head the opposite direction which will take you to Norwich University of the Arts, the old Bullard and Sons Anchor Brewery and the Eastern Electricity Building which has Sir Thomas More’s novel Utopia painted on it.
Bullards is a name that has been synonymous with Norwich since it was founded in 1837 in the heart of the city. And with a Bullards gin experience at their Chantry Place store you can discover more about the Bullards name and the history of gin. In this experience lasting 45 minutes to an hour, you’ll be guided through their core range of gins and a range of tasting techniques. Plus, you’ll get four fabulous gin and tonics to enjoy. And all this for only £25 per person!
History and Hostelries Tour
The History and Hostelries tour is a relaxed and sociable guided walk that will take you on a journey through 2000 years of Norwich history – with drinks in a handful of iconic pubs included too! Beer and public houses are integral to the Norwich story. In fact, it was once said that there was a pub for every day of the year here. So, what better way to learn about the city than in a tour that takes the time to enjoy delicious drinks at brilliant pubs. 3 – 4 hours tour, £25 per person.
English Whisky Company
The English Whisky Company is known as England’s oldest and most prestigious whisky maker, so you can bet on a tour here, you’ll learn some interesting history (as well as having a drink or two!). There are several different tours to choose from, and a create your own whisky experience. All tours will allow you a behind the scenes glimpse of the working distillery, a guided tasting, a voucher to spend in the shop and a small gift to take home. From £20 – £250 (discounted children’s tickets are available which do not include tasting).
Have you ever wondered how cheese is made? Do you fancy making your own? At Fielding Cottage you can! Fielding Cottage has been making award-winning goats cheese for over ten years and has launched an exciting cheese-making course. Visit the farm in the Norfolk countryside for an immersive experience of all things cheese-making. You’ll learn the science of the process, tour the state-of-the-art factory, and get hands on to make your very own goats cheese. At the end of your course, you’ll enjoy cheese and crackers (including the spectacular Fielding Cottage cheese) and other local specialties, before taking home your own cheese creation. Regular courses run between January and June, starting around 9am and running until 3pm (approximately). Courses hold up to 8 people, and tickets are £ 95.00 per person. See the website for more details.