Here’s a round up of some thriving artisan foodie businesses in the region
This lovely café, run by Vessy Ignatova, is close to the Broad and Nicholas Everitt park so is the perfect pit stop when you are out and about on your daily exercise. There’s a lovely friendly vibe and a gorgeous selection of cakes, hot chocolate bombes, coffees, pastries and more for you to enjoy. Don’t miss the baklava if it’s on!
Afternoon teas and various specials are also available for you to collect, including their famous cheese and meat boards, available on Friday evenings. Simply order by 3pm, to collect after 5.30pm.
Vessy also makes the most delicious chocolates (we love the truffles) and biscuits for you to take away and enjoy at home – and they obviously make great presents, too. Look out for the attractive gift boxes and unusual flavour combinations like matcha and rose!
Walnut Tree Catering
Norwich-based Walnut Tree Catering offers a comprehensive catering service for customers across East Anglia. Run by Tracy Cole who has more than 25 years experience in the business, the company specialises in local, seasonal dishes, using the finest, fresh ingredients.
At present, they are concentrating on delicious home-made afternoon teas, picnics and bespoke meals, delivered straight to people’s homes. And once lockdown is lifted, they will again cater for private dining requests, children’s parties, weddings, anniversaries, funeral parties, and even themed events.
A highly personal service, with friendly, professional staff is guaranteed, taking all the stress out of your catering needs. Who could want more?
Houghton St Giles, Fakenham
Based in Houghton St Giles, near Fakenham, Lil’ Miggins is an online shop which came to life in early 2020, selling a scrumptious selection of preserves and baked goods. Deborah Steward, who created Lil’ Miggins, and her husband, Kevin, are Royal Warrant holders, having run the cafés and restaurants at Sandringham for the last decade and perfected their recipes for more than 25 years. Deborah is also an author; her recent book, Gatherings: Tales of a Catering Family, tells the story of the Steward family and their life in catering, from intimate dinners to Royal garden parties, as well as including 22 recipes. From mouth-watering marmalades and charming chutneys to brilliant brookies and classic cookies, Lil’ Miggins offers something everyone can enjoy. Their baked goods are naturally gluten and dairy free, meaning everyone can tuck into these scrumptious sweets.
Middleton Street, Wymondham
Look out for this new bakery opening in this popular Norfolk market town in a week or two. Run by Clare Brown, she concentrates on heritage sourdough loaves including stone ground white, seeded rye, and focaccia, and also plans to sell refined sugar free plant-based treats including cinnamon buns, and chocolate babka.
Clare, who gained quite a following from her microbakery in Great Hockham, where she plans to still deliver from locally twice a week, is passionate about sourdough and you can taste the sheer joy in what she creates in every mouthful!
She is also working with the South East Coffee Company to offer a single origin, Indian Monsoon Malabar coffee bean which makes an earthy, chocolatey brew. Lucky old Wymondham!
Husband and wife Dan and Odessa Clayton run this popular Norwich home catering business which specialises in wonderful foodie treat boxes. Odessa has worked in the catering industry for more than 14 years and works hard to produce fresh, seasonal boxes, crammed with locally-sourced tasty treats such as blueberry and lemon cake, a rum and coke cupcake and a sage and apple chutney sausage roll which all sound amazing! Once a month, she offers a rice bowl box, too.
The couple, who are looking for new premises due to the success of their business, deliver at weekends, and menus are available on their Facebook page.
Finally, a new Spring treat box option starts on March 19. Pre booking is always advised as the boxes do sell out quickly!