Meet our Champion for Preserve Norfolk

Published: Tuesday 8th Aug 2017

Written by: Norfolk Champion


Jane Steward


Grower and producer of medlar preservesBusiness: Eastgate Larder Limited, Eastgate House, Eastgate, Norfolk, NR10 4HFTelephone: 01603 871109Mobile: 07778 160063Email:

List your top five things about Norfolk…

The landscape and our wonderful beaches, our amazing Norfolk produced food and drink and the amazing array of independent food shops, the beautiful city of Norwich, the feeling of space, the pace of life. 

Which season do you think Norfolk is at its best and why?

It is a truly beautiful county all year round, but if I had to choose, it would be the early autumn for its energising mix of light, colour and surprising warmth.

Norfolk has a 93-mile coastline.  Which is your favourite beach and why is it so special? 

Overstrand, a perfect swimming beach, with beautiful sand and a lovely view of Cromer Pier when you are floating in the water. A great cafe next to the wonderful lobster and crab shed. Like most of our beautiful beaches, it never feels busy. A late afternoon swim on the incoming tide, with the prospect of a chilled glass of white and a freshly boiled lobster supper when we get home. Gastro-nautical heaven.

Where are we most likely to find you enjoying a meal with friends and family?

The Anchor at Morston, make sure to turn right as you go in! Also the Earle Arms in Heydon. A proper pub.

If you had to pick one spot in Norfolk to enjoy the vista, where would that be and why?

Cley on the shingle ridge from where you can see the sweep of the sea for miles and the reach of the amazing landscape. Also the occasional seal. Great for a picnic at any time of year. 

Norfolk is brimming with history and culture.  What’s your favourite heritage building/site and what’s so special about it?

Felbrigg Hall. The house has a personal feel to it and I can imagine a family living there. Most of all I adore the walled garden and have found inspiration there for my own attempts at growing flowers and vegetables.

Eastgate Larder is leading the revival of the medlar from Norfolk. This famously ugly fruit was our sweet treat hundreds of years ago, before sugar and chocolate became accessible to everyone.

For more info check out their website eastgatelarder.

Norfolk Champion
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