As eating in becomes the new going out, Sarah Hardy reviews The Norfolk Scone Co
What did you try?
We, my husband and I, sampled a Winter Warmer from The Norfolk Scone Co which was £16 a head plus £4 delivery.
Who runs it?
The Norfolk Scone Co is run by Rachel Sayer from her home in Mid Norfolk.
How does it work?
Rachel pushes her company pretty hard on social media and has a website. I spotted her on Twitter and ordered on the Friday for a Saturday delivery. At present she offers deliveries of goodies on Saturdays and Sundays.
What is offered?
Afternoon tea is a real favourite and Rachel, in happier times, caters for parties, makes up hampers for holiday companies and more. She tries to use as many local producers as possible, with her flour, for example, coming from Letheringsett Mill, near Holt.
What did you have?
Our Winter Warmer was good value with wild mushroom soup, a pork and chorizo sausage roll, a smoked salmon and dill quiche, a Binham Blue and hazelnut scone, a cranberry, orange and almond scone, a slice of gingerbread cake and some Nelson and Norfolk loose tea to brew up. Everything was times two and we managed to make it last over the weekend – dipping in and out of it as the mood took us!
What’s the presentation like?
Ours came in a wicker basket, with a few sprigs of rosemary to jolly it along.
What did everything taste like?
The scones were great – hearty and full of flavour. The cheese scone was my favourite as, well, it was made of cheese. The soup packed a powerful flavour, with hints of garlic, and the quiche had a more gentle impact, being nice and creamy. I served it cold, with some simple green salad. The sausage roll was super meaty, with a good crusty pastry, and the mini gingerbread was good with a dollop of ice cream.
Anything else we need to know?
Rachel offers a personal service – everything is home made and she can and will adapt as necessary to suit your dietary requirements and personal preferences. The delivery was bang on time.
This was great fun to receive – a much needed pick-me-up in these worrying times. Rachel also attends Creake Abbey Farmers’ Market so you can put a face to the company if you like!