Here’s the first edition of our famous Christmas gift guide for foodies. Tuck in!
Bird and Wild Seasonal Blend Organic Medium Roast Coffee
RSPB | www.rspb.org.uk
The RSPB has a great selection of eco-friendly foodie gifts, from water bottles to chocolates, biscuits and fudge!
We love this Fair Trade smooth coffee with dark chocolate tones. Naturally grown under the rainforest canopy, it provides a haven for birds and other wildlife and ideal conditions for nurturing deliciously different beans with a taste of the wild. This is a great ‘every day’ coffee and a perfect stocking filler for coffee drinkers with a conscience.
£42-45 (large bottles), from £15 (small bottles)
Norfolk Gin is a real ‘ginny gin’ that works well in all cocktails and also makes a perfect G&T! With a vibrant aroma of herbaceous notes carefully balanced with a touch of spice, a hint of sweetness, and gentle floral and fragrant citrus notes, it is rich and refreshing in taste.
It has been handmade in Norwich since 2014, by husband and wife team Jonathan and Alison Redding and is sold in hand crafted British porcelain made by Wade Ceramics, making it a perfect festive gift. The mini decanters are now sold in decorative gift boxes, making them easy to wrap and post to friends.
Norfolk Olive Tree Company
Well, here’s a present idea for those who love their gardens – and would simply adore having their own olives to pop into a Martini! Husband and wife Paul and Antonia Smith sell Norfolk grown olive trees which can survive our climate, plus palm trees and a selection of gorgeous Mediterranean plants such as agave and mangave plants. They add a touch of glamour to any outdoor space – and might just help you imagine you are on a Greek island, sipping an Ouzo! Quality is always great, and the couple have bags of information and advice on the care of these wonderful plants and trees.
Staithe Smokehouse, Brancaster Staithe
Here’s a treat for foodies lovers – a delivery of beautiful smoked fish (scallops, haddock and mackerel as well as salmon) from the well respected Staithe Smokehouse in North Norfolk, run by the very friendly Phil Hartshorne.
As a special festive treat, sides of smoked salmon, either sliced or unsliced are available plus superb looking seafood platters and hampers.
The sides of salmon are going to be posted out just before Christmas so will be lovely and fresh, while the shop (in the grounds of the White Horse pub and hotel at Brancaster Staithe) opens from December 18 to 23 from 10am to 5pm and on Christmas Eve, from 10am to 3pm.
Panther Brewery, Reepham
Now, who isn’t going to love opening a box of artisan Norfolk beer on Christmas morning? Everyone at Feast would love it! Panther Beer, brewed in Reepham, is ‘real ale with bite’ and offers a range of seven cask and bottle conditioned real ales. 12 bottle cases are £30 and six bottle gift packs are also available. There is free delivery within a mile radius of the brewery, owned by Martin James since 2009. We love the branding, too!
Ethnic Fusion, Dereham
Here’s something a bit different for friends or family members who love a good curry! Order them a delicious Indian meal to enjoy at home – without any of that pesky washing up. The company offers a great range of dishes, from Bombay aloo to lamb samosas, onion bhaajis and more. There are lamb, chicken, vegan and vegetarian options, and all are gluten free, with no added preservatives. Dishes arrive frozen so can be kept for up to three months. Deliveries are every other weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) across Norfolk – and you can pre-order and collect from the monthly farmers’ market at Creake Abbey, near Burnham Market, or from the Dereham kitchen.