Famous Norfolk Food

Published: Friday 29th Aug 2014

Written by: Laura Foster

With the 10th anniversary of the Norfolk Food & Drink Festival about to start, here are the top Norfolk foodie related items we are famous for.....

Cromer crabs are probably the most famous Norfolk food item and the reason they are so uniquely delicious and sweet in flavour compared to other crabs found in the country is due to the fact they thrive on the chalk reefs just off the coast.

English mustard made by Colmans is a well-known name all over the world, during the 1880s, six thousand people were earning their living directly through the Norwich based company.

Marsh samphire known as “Sea Asparagus” (although found all round Britain’s coastline) is regarded as a famous part of Norfolk culture where locals still go out and pick it for their supper.

Mussels and oysters are best found at Brancaster and Morston and enjoyed during the months with an r in their name (from September to April).

Stiffkey cockles are known locally as “Stewkey Blues” due to the colour from their habitat which is under the marshland mud and sand.  

Brundall mint - more mint is grown in Norfolk than anywhere else in the country!

Mrs Temples Cheeses are made at Copy’s Green Farm at Wighton using the milk from the farm cows. The varieties are now found on many Norfolk restaurant menus and beyond.

Norfolk breweries - there are more breweries in Norfolk than any other county in the UK. Crisp Maltings, based at Great Ryburgh supply most of the breweries with their grain and have a dedication group of contract farmers consistently proving high quality malting barley.

Charcuterie – we have two of the country's few Charcuterers in Norfolk - Lisa at Creake Abbey Food Hall (trained by the butcher at River Cottage) and Jackie at the renowned and award-winning Marsh Pig.

Game can be found throughout Norfolk, including venison, partridge, pheasant, hare and even squirrel from our rich farm and woodlands.

Foodie haunts – you can find most of the above at these fabulous foodie haunts: Creake Abbey Food Hall and Farmers Market, Bakers & Larners in Holt, Norwich Market, Whites Butchers in Aylsham, Dozen Bakery in Norwich, Walsingham Farm Shop, Icarus Hines Butchers in Cromer and Sheringham, The Real Ale Shop near Wells-next-the-Sea, Chocolate Deli in Waslingham… (too manyto list)!

Laura Foster
Laura Foster


Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.


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