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Christmas Crackers 1

Christmas Crackers

Here’s the second part of our legendary Christmas gift guide, aimed at all you foodies out there!

Christmas Crackers 2Nonsuch

Packed with flavour, this age old globally celebrated drink is just what you need in your drinks cupboard this Christmas. Hugely versatile, its complexity offers options for those imbibing as well as those who are not. The full range of shrubs can be bought individually or as part of a two or four flavour set, an ideal Christmas gift for the aspiring cocktail maker or the designated driver – or both. The shrub sodas are perfect for matching with food and are a great celebratory drink on the Big Day itself.

Christmas Crackers 3Archangel Distilleries

Handmade exclusively in Norfolk on a family farm, Archangel Gins are packed with richly flavoured botanicals. The classic Archangel Gin is a big, complex number. Delicious juniper carries top notes of sea-buckthorn, while verbena and orange peel give it a rich and zesty fragrance, and rooty botanicals including cinnamon, angelica, ginger and cardamom, provide a long and satisfying finish. The Rhubarb Gin liqueur is packed with fresh rhubarb grown specifically for the artisan business at Beeston in Norfolk.

Both the Archangel Gin and the Rhubarb Gin liqueur 50cl bottles come in beautifully decorated boxes and make heavenly Christmas gifts!

Christmas Crackers 4Cheese Room and Deli
Hodson and Co
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This new business, right in the heart of Aylsham on Red Lion Street, is a great hunting ground for Christmas presents for foodies. Cheese is a must and the daily range of more than 40 cheeses from all over the world is super tempting. The friendly staff will help you choose a delicious selection, adding in biscuits, chutneys and more to create an individual present for the cheese lover in your life. Or you might like a gorgeous olive wood board or platter, a OI Shen knife or some stunning Virginia Casa ceramics from Italy.  The shop is packed with goodies, from jam to coffee, vinegars, sauces, mustards – with wines and beers arriving soon. And there’s a real emphasis on local products and producers. So you’re bound to end up buying something for yourself as well as gifts for friends and family!

Christmas Crackers 5Moon Gazer at The Norfolk Brewhouse

Enjoy a true taste of North Norfolk this Christmas with award winning craft ales and lagers from Team Moon Gazer.

Run by Rachel and David Holliday, the small team crafts a range of ales and lagers to suit all tastes, all made using Norfolk’s finest Maris Otter barley.

Available in bottle, can or beer boxes, there is something for all to enjoy. Ranging from the traditional ales to more modern varieties there are also gluten free and vegan options to choose from – you can even create your own gift case of 12 beers.

The team has also created two special beers for Christmas: Triskele is a dark, rich, complex Norfolk Porter with a slight smokiness and orange and citrus notes – a perfect accompaniment to Norfolk cheeses. Hiberno is another seasonal offering, but copper in colour for those who like the fruitiness of a winter ale but prefer their beers lighter in colour.

Christmas Crackers 6Yare Valley Oils

Based on a family run farm just outside Norwich, Yare Valley Oils offers a comprehensive selection of award-winning cold pressed rapeseed oils, oil infusions, dressings, sauces and all-natural lip balms, plus a range of selection packs that make perfect presents.

Whether it’s for an accomplished cook, fervent foodie, those who have gained more confidence in the kitchen over lockdown, or even a cosmetic collector, there really is something for everyone.

Gift boxes include the Tasty Twosome which contains two Great Taste award-winning sauces,  or a vegan-friendly lip balm selection.

Yare Valley Oils is hosting its own Virtual Farmers’ Market on its website over selected weekends, where you can create your own bespoke selection packs, and enjoy several special offers, too. Check it out!

Christmas Crackers 7Baking for Bacon

This cookbook, produced by sixth form students at Norwich School, aims to raise £20,000 for the Norfolk-based Priscilla Bacon Hospice. The charity is building a new state-of-the-art  £12.5m hospice on the outskirts of Norwich that is due to open in 2023. The cookbook is packed with recipes from the region’s restaurants and hotels, plus ones from students and other local foodies. It costs £10 and can be ordered online.

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