We may all be at home this Valentine’s but that’s no reason not to celebrate, says Sarah Hardy. Here’s our pick of the best foodie options. More next week!
The Norwich Porridge Co.
Try a hot and steamy threesome this Valentine’s! That’s right, three of the tastiest porridge mixes in one value bundle. Get a bag of festive Cranberry & Pistachio, very crunchy Fruity Nut and award-winning Grain & 5 Seed Porridge for just £10. Norwich Porridge goes against the grain to be far braver with flavour. Indeed, the porridge would make a traditional Scot blush – they never scrimp on taste and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more generous helping of fruits, nuts or seeds than in their porridge mixes. There’s no more fishing around the bowl to find the good stuff! So head over to their website and get ready to turn on your taste buds this Valentine’s Day.
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Fakenham based caterer and self confessed lover of all things foodie, Kate Howlett of Katering 4U is producing another one of her very popular Treat Boxes with a nod to love and the colour red! Her Valentine’s inspired homemade boxes will include two red velvet cupcakes, two red onion chutney pork sausage rolls, two sweet chilli and cheddar scones, two cherry and white chocolate scones, two chocolate dipped strawberries and a selection of chocolates. All of this for £20. You can also add a ‘Wrap of Red Roses’ for £10, made by a local florist. Kate has continued to supply her boxed Afternoon Teas and treats throughout all three lockdowns. These have become very popular with families wanting to surprise loved ones when they have been unable to visit. She delivers free of charge in Fakenham with a small charge to surrounding areas. She also supplies small shops and butchers with her sausage rolls and sticky toffee puddings.
Wells Crab House
Kelly and Scott Dougal of Wells Crab House plan a very special three-course meal for Valentine’s. Available on Saturday, February 13, for collection between 3-5pm, and must be ordered by 4m on February 8. The ‘finish at home’ menu starts with king prawns in a five spice and black bean sauce, the main is a rather splendid lobster, crab and pork wellington while the dessert is a trio of orange and date salad, an apricot tart and a fruit kebab – with all the trimmings.
Scott uses the finest local ingredients and always adds an unusual twist to his dishes! Do try one of their own gins, too.
The Dabbling Duck, Great Massingham
The Dabbling Duck Pub, beautifully situated in the idyllic village of Great Massingham, near Fakenham, is re-starting its popular click and collect, take-away service from February 3.
Head chef Dale Smith and his team are providing a little bit of The Dabbling Duck culinary magic, with freshly prepared yummy food, to tickle taste buds and save us all from what seems to be an endless round of shopping and cooking!
Wednesdays will be ‘themed nights’, starting with curry, Fridays will see pizza from the wood fired pizza oven, plus street food, with Sunday roasts available on alternate Sundays.
On Valentine’s Night, February 14, there will be a special three-course set menu, a real indulgent treat, and please book by February 7. There is a vegetarian/vegan alternative to the meat courses and very clear instructions, including photos where necessary, to make your dining experience as enjoyable as possible. Take a look online at the menu which is £25 per person. Orders for takeaways can be made on the website and if you fancy treating someone you love on Valentine’s Day please e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Norfolk Raider Cider
Paul and Beth Cork have an army of fans with their lovely range of locally produced ciders which include Dolly Pink, Honey Belle, Elder, Cinnamon, Wingman and, our favourite here at Feast, Gator (with rhubarb and ginger). There is also a full bodied perry, Perry-Winkle, made with pears from their orchard.
Gift sets are available – you can select any three 500ml bottles from the seven flavours produced for just £12. Or, you can have a mixed box of 12 bottles of your choice for £40. And if there is a flavour that is your real favourite, there is a three-litre ‘bag in a box’ available at £20.
Delivery is free for Norfolk in February so make the most of it!
The Orangery Tea Room, Ketteringham Hall, Ketteringham
Afternoon Tea is such a decadent treat, and although it may conjure up images of stuffy tea parties and lace, sharing an afternoon tea is a beautifully intimate experience. The current circumstances mean that guests can’t be welcomed for the usual three-tier experience at The Orangery Tea Room at Ketteringham Hall, near Norwich. So this year they are offering a gorgeous Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. It will include delicate finger sandwiches, delicious themed cakes, and their famous mini scones. The Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea for Two is available for pre-order at £35. Each box will be paired with a loose-leaf tea of your choice or freshly ground coffee. Whilst they pride themselves on catering for all dietary requirements as closely to the standard afternoon tea as possible, whether you are vegan, gluten-free, or have another dietary requirement, some items may differ. At least 48 hours’ notice is required for all Valentine’s bookings, so all orders must be placed and paid for by 11am on February 12.
Each booking will be given a time slot for collection on February 14 to allow for a Covid-safe pick-up.