Anyone who's ateen out in Norfolk will already know what a wonderful area of the country this is for fresh, seasonal produce. Considered the "garden of England", this lovely place is home to some fabulous farms producing everything from asparagus in the spring and sweet strawberries in the summer to an abundance of apples at this time of the year.
Those treating themselves to a weekend break Norfolk will no doubt have seen these fabulous ingredients on pub and restaurant menus already, and the chefs in Norfolk luxury hotels really do have some of the best produce to work with. At this time of year, hotels in North Norfolk will be making all sorts of apple pies, crumbles and tarts, while the incredible variety of Norfolk apples (there must be at least two dozen varieties) are also used for apple juice, cider and sauces . North Norfolk hotels will also have plenty more to work with as the seasons change, with autumn bringing the very best butternut squash and pumpkins to the table, whether for simple Hallowe'en and Thanksgiving fare (pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie and so on) or for more winter dishes such as stews and curries. These colorful fruit are plentiful through the colder months and, as there are so many of them around, also offer great value.
The game season also starts soon, with the late autumn / early winter seeing dishes dedicated to feathers and fur on most gastropub menus. And, thanks to its wide and diverse coastline, there's always plenty of fresh fish on offer in Norfolk, together with the famous Cromer crabs and Sheringham lobsters when in season. In fact, you really can get most things here, and there are plenty of places to try them – regular farmers' markets in most of the market towns (Fakenham, Wymondham, Stalham and so on), together with specialist events such as the current month-long Norfolk Food Festival which is backed by the popular daily paper, the Eastern Daily Press. So when you're in Norfolk next, make sure you make time to visit one or two of the local cafés, pubs or restaurants, and then place an order for the daily special to ensure your meal is as fresh as can be.