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23 November, The Cut, Halesworth The next in the series of Cut Conversations is poet Jackie Kay in conversation with Naomi Jaffa (former director of The Poetry Trust/Aldeburgh Poetry Festival) on Zoom. Jackie Kay CBE is a Scottish poet, novelist, playwright and writer of short stories, and was the Makar - the poet laureate of Scotland from 2016-2021. Her memoir Red Dust Road – about the search for her Nigerian birth father – is published as a Picador Classic and was adapted for the stage in a National Theatre of Scotland production. Earlier this year, Faber & Faber reissued her biography of the blues singer Bessie Smith, coinciding with its serialisation as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week.
Art Fair East 2-5 December, St Andrews Hall, Norwich One of the biggest contemporary art fairs outside of London is set to return for 2021. Art Fair East annually hosts artists, galleries and art dealers from across the world. The fair, now in its sixth year, will re-emerge to share the buzz of the real-life art world after last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic. From affordable prints by recognised artists and new talent through to serious investments, gallery specialists will be available to advise on collecting contemporary art.
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From Lost Boys and Stand By Me to 24, everyone knows about Kiefer Sutherland’s phenomenally successful acting career. Yet in recent years, he has focused on applying his masterful storytelling ability to music, with two acclaimed albums spanning a spectrum of country and Americana. Kiefer Sutherland will return to these shores in January with his full live band to embark upon his biggest UK and Ireland headline tour to date.
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27-28 November, The Cut, Halesworth Over the last weekend of November, The Cut Grand Bazaar is back for all your gift and treat needs this Christmas! Expect your usual range of stalls and some exciting new ones this year. Over 60 stalls over 3 floors of the iconic Maltings building with art, craft, music, food and drink.
Festive Fair 25-28 Nov, The Forum, Norwich The Festive Fair at The Forum is always a popular event, attracting thousands of visitors, and traders and locals alike are pleased to see it back in action again this year. Open from 11am to 7pm on the Thursday, from 10am to 6pm on the Friday and Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on the Sunday, everyone is welcome and entry is free.
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With the festive season nearly upon us here is our round up of some of the best festive shows in the area...
Norwich Theatre Royal
Thursford Christmas Spectacular
Dick Whittington & His Cat 8 December-21 January
9 November-23 December The Christmas Spectacular is an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast-moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites. With a cast of 130 this is the biggest Christmas show of its kind in Europe!
Great Yarmouth Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show 12 December-10 January The Christmas Spectacular, with Jack Jay and Ben Langley plus an incredible international circus cast, combines the festive spirit with the breathtaking magic of the circus. There’s no Christmas show quite like this one and it's a completely new alternative to the traditional pantomime.
The rags to riches tale of a young man leaving home with only a spotted handkerchief and his cat on an exciting quest for fame and fortune! Featuring all the traditional pantomime ingredients including sensational songs, a live band, magic, dazzling dance routines, magnificent slapstick comedy and bags of audience participation. A show guaranteed to be full of wonder to delight audiences of all ages. A purr-fect treat for all the family!
15-31 December The Maddermarket Theatre plays host to the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes. Packed with traditional pantomime ingredients, Cinderella features laugh out loud comedy for all the family, stunning costumes and a whole heap of festive fun. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her wicked step-sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming.
Cromer Pier Christmas Show 27 November-30 December This show will warm your hearts and get you ready for the Christmas season with a whole heap of festive fun and is fast becoming one of the ‘must see’ family Christmas shows in Norfolk. Good old Norfolk boy, all-around entertainer, and jolly nice chap Olly Day returns for his belated twelfth year at the helm.
Hunstanton Princess Theatre Aladdin
4 December-1 January Set sail for Old Peking in this magical pantomime adventure, Aladdin. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients, Aladdin will feature a lamp-load of comedy, jaw-dropping special effects, sensational song and dance and plenty of boos and hisses the whole family will enjoy. Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure they’ll never forget, with flying carpets, a wishgranting genie, an evil sorcerer and plenty of festive magic.
Beccles Public Hall Snow White 18 December-3 January The Beccles stage will be filled with festive sparkle this Christmas as pantomime returns to the town. When the Magic Mirror declares Snow White to be the fairest in the land it sends the Wicked Queen into a jealous rage. Can she be defeated and Snow White and her friends live happily ever after?
Sheringham Little Theatre Jack & the Beanstalk 21-31 December Get ready to climb a beanstalk to adventure, laughs, songs and family entertainment. Join lazy Jack as he gets used to life beyond lockdown, his trendy but embarrassing Mum (Dame TikTok), his love interest from the local council (Jill Weaver) and his pet cow who has learned how to talk (Colin). Will they be able to get to the top of the beanstalk and defeat the evil Giant? Here comes the fee, fi, fo... FUN!
Marina Theatre Lowestoft Cinderella 14 December-2 January Covid-19 restrictions meant that Cinderella couldn’t go to the ball last year. But, in 2021…she will find her Prince Charming! With one charming Prince, two Ugly Sisters and a huge sprinkling of Fairy Godmother magic, join us for Christmas 2021 to find out if the glass slipper fits and if Cinderella makes it to the ball and back before midnight. Enjoy breath-taking special effects, spectacular scenery and sparkling costumes along with plenty of traditional pantomime mayhem, laughter and chances for you to join in the fun!
Ipswich Regent Aladdin 17 December-2 January Starring X-Factor runner-up Marcus Collins as Genie, and back by popular demand Mike 'Squeaky' McClean as Wishee Washee! Laugh at dotty Widow Twankey, boo and hiss the evil Abanaza and cheer on our hero Aladdin who, with one rub of his magic lamp, meets the most amazing Genie.
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Christmas The festive season is upon us, here are some of the best things to enjoy in the month before the big day itself
The Tunnel of Light
says Melanie Cook of VisitNorwich.co.uk
If like many
of us, you feel you missed out last Christmas, then worry not. Christmas 2021 sees the return of some old favourite festive things to do and the welcome addition of some new ones. If you are wandering around Norwich from the beginning of November and you pass The Assembly House, you might just glance twice into their gardens - there is some unusual activity taking place. Situated at the front of the House you’ll find a collection of pop-up igloos! The good news is that you can reserve them for your very own private get togethers to enjoy Prenoon Tea (breakfast version of the traditional afternoon tea) or a Narnia themed afternoon tea. Teas are bookable November right through until 2 January. Don’t hang around though to book, they are popular! Narnia evokes feelings of nostalgia in me so to be enjoying perfect finger sandwiches, lashings of warm beverages and delights such as ‘Raspberry Snowflake Dodger’, and ‘Snowy Black Forest Cheesecake’ in an igloo makes me imagine warm and cosy times with friends or family. You can also complement your tea with extras such as
Turkish Delight cocktails, mocktails and hot chocolate. Teas are priced at £35.00 per person and £22.00 for under 12s. If, however you fancy dining in glorious Georgian surrounds under shimmering crystal chandeliers you can do that too. Afternoon Tea inside the House is £23.95 per person or £47 for two. Not forgetting you can also have Cakeaways to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. In October we saw the welcome return of Mysabar in Castle Quarter Gardens. Its latest iteration sees bigger tents, extra
seating and heaters, new floors and décor plus more choice than ever of craft beers, local drinks and food. And as Christmas gets underway there will be winter warmers and festive dishes plus some special one-off events and live music. Keep an eye on their website (www.mysabar.co.uk), and Instagram (@ mysabar_) for details of what’s coming up as tables need to be booked for 2-hour sittings (tables of 2, 4, 6) though some tables are available for walk-ins. It wouldn’t be Christmas in Norwich without the Tunnel of Light and this
Overlooking Norwich Market
year it’s runs from 16 November until 5 January. It remains one of the most popular sights in the city along with Norwich Castle projections. So, pop along and grab yourself a festive selfie. Christmas 2021 is extra special because there’s a 900-year-old anniversary to celebrate! In 1121 one of the most powerful medieval kings, Henry I, used Norwich Castle as the venue for his Christmas court. And so, hundreds of years later Norfolk Museums Service rightly wants to share the story of Henry I and his Norwich Christmas with us all. Events to celebrate the Christmas court in the City of Stories includes beautiful 70ft projections onto the castle portraying, through the medium of film, the royal Christmas visit, one of the few recorded visits to Norwich by an Anglo-Norman king. There will also be a programme of Christmas at the Castle: The Story of the King activities - for details take a look at www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk. Inspired by The Story of the King, Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) and VisitNorwich are working in partnership with Norfolk Museum Service to bring a Christmas Crown Trail from the castle to the Tunnel of Light. Following a printed map, look out for crowns of all shapes and sizes in many forms in the windows of participating shops, restaurants and businesses. But you’ll need a keen eye. The trail will take you across Norwich including the 900-year-old market. I wonder if Henry ever visited our award-winning market? Whilst at Norwich Market look out for a special VisitNorwich pop-up stall located at the top of the market. It has to be Norwich’s smallest Christmas installation. Here visitors will find quirky pictures and photography depicting Christmastime in Norwich over the centuries (17 Nov–17 Dec, during Norwich Market trading hours). Items on display will include festive family photos, past Christmas events in Assembly House
Norwich, images of decorated shop windows - anything that shows what Christmas represented or was like in Norwich over the years. There will also be Christmas trees and fairy lights and maybe a hidden crown or two. Just around the corner treat yourself to a delicious, mulled wine from Sir Toby’s Beers before you take a look around. On a particularly crisp day why not top it up with a slug of rum or whisky? I love this charming small bar so much it’s now become a tradition of mine each Christmas to visit with friends. It seems most of us love a good old Christmas market, so save the date for the Festive Fair at the Forum to truly
Flowers experience at The Maids Head Hotel (28 November). For £38 you learn how to craft a stunning wreath to take home plus the price includes a glass of Prosecco and a mince pie, as well as all your materials. To book your place call 01603 272008. Finally, Houghton Hall last month opened its inaugural Autumn/Winter exhibition - Chris Levine at Houghton Hall 528Hz Love Frequency. I’m really excited by this as it is a major solo exhibition featuring a series of new holographic artworks, print works and large immersive laser and LED installations. All created specifically for the unique environs of the house
It seems most of us love a good old Christmas market, so save the date for the Festive Fair at the Forum to truly get in the mood. In Norwich between 25–28 November with free entry... get in the mood. In Norwich between 25–28 November with free entry you’ll find wonderful entertainment and music including Norfolk’s own Pavilion Brass Quartet and a traditional fairground organ. Dine on winter food and drink from waffles and gourmet doughnuts to freshly roasted almond pralines. There will be stalls galore inside The Forum for all your Christmas shopping. Get your list ready to buy local: jewellery; pottery; plants; textiles; woodcraft; glassware; art; clothes; tins; preserves; decorations; lifestyle and so much more. The Forum looks particularly lovely when the sun goes down, filled with sparkly lights and decoration. If like me, you love to make your own Christmas wreath then book the Festive wreath making with Hannah from Fern Norwich Market
and grounds. Each distinctive work is characteristic of Levine’s unique and cutting-edge work with the meditative and immersive properties of light and sound. You may know Levine for his light portraits of famous cultural figures. In 2012 his depiction of the QueenLightness of Being was described by the National Portrait Gallery as the most evocative image of a royal by any artist. Along with this royal portrait, iconic meditative portraits of Banksy, and Grace Jones, amongst others, will be shown in the South Wing gallery. It’s important to say this is not a Christmas event, so those who like to get away from all the festivities will be especially delighted! It runs until 23 December from 4.30pm–9pm, Thursday–Saturday. Tickets cost £18 including parking, under 18s are free.
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easy-going and, as the signs rightly proclaim, fine city is the main hub of shopping, culture, food and attractions within Norfolk. As the most complete Medieval city in the country, it’s just as interesting to walk round as it is inside the many quirky shops and bars. Once one of the most affluent cities, it has always been a popular place to visit, and an excellent base for Norfolk’s Broads and beaches. Today you’ll find plenty of historical buildings, winding cobbled lanes filled with independent shops, one of the largest and oldest outdoor markets in Britain and a myriad of places to enjoy a bite to eat or a cheeky drink.
What to see and do
If it’s a dose of history you’re after, you’ll find it here. Boasting 33 medieval churches, a complete Tudor cobbled street at Elm Hill,
and of course the soaring spire of the Norman cathedral – complete with the largest cloisters in England – there’s something to interest everyone. A tour of Norwich Castle’s eclectic exhibits is also a must – be sure to head to the battlements for unrivalled views over the city. If you’re here to shop ‘til you drop, first head to Jarrold, the family-run independent department store. For independent shops you can’t beat the Norwich Lanes – in fact, almost half of the city’s shops are independent, so you’re sure to find something unique. Of course, you can’t come to Norwich without having a browse of the famed market place, where another rite of passage is to enjoy the sights with a portion of delicious market chips.
Norwich is a city made for foodies. For a slap up meal, try the Farmyard, a Michelin-listed restaurant where you’ll find a relaxed bistro/ gastronomy set-up offering dishes featuring the finest local ingredients. If you still fancy dining al fresco, the cosy (and heated) Mysabar tent is back throughout autumn and winter, offering tasty food from a rotating line-up of local traders and some of the best craft beers, wines and cocktails. www.farmyardrestaurant.com www.mysabar.co.uk
The Maids Head Hotel Complete your trip with a stay at the oldest hotel in the UK. The Maids Head has a history that dates back over 800 years, and is conveniently situated in the heart of the city, so the sights are all on your doorstep. All the bedrooms have recently been refurbished, with many including charming period features. Ranging from standard through to suites with stunning views of Norwich Cathedral, all rooms have en suites, tea and coffee facilities, Freeview television and an in-room iPad guest services directory. The hotel also boasts an award-winning fine dining restaurant and an inn on-site, where you can enjoy sumpuous evening meals and afternoon teas, or simply a nightcap in the bar. www.maidsheadhotel.co.uk
One of the newest additions to Norwich’s cocktail bar scene, Gyre & Gimble claims to have the largest range of spirits on offer in the city, so there’ll be a tipple for every tastebud. They also serve their own homemade gin. www.gyreandgimble.co.uk
Imelda’s Shoe Boutique
Set in the iconic lanes, Imelda’s is a trendy boutique teeming with quirky shoes and accessories. Whether you’re after some Irregular Choice heels, Ugg boots, Dr. Martens, Havanas, Hush Puppies or Shellies, shoe-lovers will be spoilt for choice. There is also jewellery from Big Metal and a selection of bags, sunglasses and tights. www.imeldasshoes.co.uk
Need to get cracking with your Christmas shopping? Here is a selection of some of the fabulous independent shops in Norwich, offering everything from vintage clothes and jewellery to food, homeware and collectibles.
The Bear Shop
Lady B Loves
For a sprinkling of vintage glamour head to the Lady B Loves boutique in the Royal Arcade, where you’ll find vintage inspired clothing and accessories to add some colour and fun to your wardrobe. Lady B Loves believes that women should be able to wear whatever they want without compromising their comfort, in clothes that help them "feel fabulous and look gorgeous" – we can’t argue with that! www.ladybloves.com
Founded by its namesake in 2004, Lisa Angel designs and sources unique and bespoke jewellery, accessories and homeware. With a wide range of items that can be personalised, including jewellery, scarves, bags, BabyGrows, glassware, notebooks and bookmarks this is the perfect place to come if you’re after a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special. www.lisaangel.co.uk
Macarons & More
Masterchef contestant Tim Kinnaird left his job as a consultant paediatrician in 2010 to follow his passion creating patisseries. The Macarons & More shop in Norwich’s Royal Arcade is the culmination of Tim’s efforts. Filled with a vast array of tempting treats including cakes, pastries and, of course, multi-hued macarons, this is the place to satisfy your loved one’s sweet tooth. www.macaronsandmore.com
The Book Hive
Situated in the lanes, The Book Hive celebrates the beauty of printed material and is everything you’d want from an independent bookshop. Instead of traditional sections, there are mixes of the booksellers’ picks, meaning you’ll have a truly unique browsing experience and come across books you may not otherwise have found. Bookworms beware: you may want to spend all day here! www.thebookhive.co.uk
Opening in 1883, this famous toy store is one of the city’s longest-running retailers. Filled with an impressive array of toys, games and models, Langleys not only carries traditional lines such as Lego, Playmobil and Hornby but also sources products that would be hard to find anywhere else. The additional Models and Hobby Games department means Langleys is a must-visit for children, modellers and hobby gamers (and those gift-hunting for them!). www.langleysnorwich.co.uk
Opened in 1990 on pretty Elm Hill, The Bear Shop offers one of the largest selections of teddy bears anywhere in Britain. A whimsical place to browse whether you’re a collector, hunting for a little one or simply need a dose of cuddly bears in your day. Offering well-known brands such as Steiff teddies, Merrythought, Deb Canham, Kaycee Bears, Hermann and Charlie Bears. www.bearshops.co.uk
The T Junction
If you’re after a gift for the tea lover or coffee connoisseur in your life, head to the T Junction in the Castle Quarter. With over 60 sugar and calorie-free gourmet flavoured whole bean or ground coffees, more than 40 traditional and speciality coffee blends, and over one hundred varieties of tea from around the world – plus all manner of brewing and drinking receptacles – you’re sure to find the perfect brew. www.thetjunction.co.uk
Established in 2017, Elm is an independent lifestyle store nestled on Lower Goat Lane, where owner Paige Mitchell works inhouse as a ceramicist. You’ll find thoughtful, design-led homewares and gifts, which often can't be found elsewhere. Whether you’re looking for plant pots, stationary, cushions, prints or gift wrap, you’ll bag something unique to gift here. www.elmshop.co.uk
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Katherine Ryan: Telling Everybody Everything Comedian Katherine Ryan uses her podcast platform to tell everybody everything about a huge variety of different subjects. From how she hates her cat, Eurovision and the Kardashians, to more serious subjects like politics, women’s health, being a mum and divorce. Katherine is engaging, refreshingly honest and super funny and her take on these subjects is truly brilliant. FREQUENCY: Weekly
Ordinary Vegan In honour of World Vegan Day (November 1st), I couldn’t not include one of the biggest vegan podcasts out there in my top picks for this month. Ordinary Vegan talks about all aspects of eating and living healthily using a plantbased diet. Each episode discusses commonly asked questions about being vegan, including food, cooking, recipes and nutrition. This popular podcast aims to empower and inspire its listeners to live a long, healthy life that is also kind to the planet and animals. ordinaryvegan.net⁄the-podcast FREQUENCY: Monthly
Comfort Eating with Grace Dent Grace Dent is the Guardian’s awardwinning restaurant critic. In this brand-new podcast, she sits down with a famous guest to find out which foods are most important to them, the stories behind their favourite meals and what meals and snacks have seen them through their lives. Guests so far have included comedian Nish Kumar, screenwriter Russell T Davis and actor Rafe Spall. Comfort Eating with Grace Dent is a brilliantly entertaining, warm and uplifting celebration of friendship, family and food. FREQUENCY: Weekly
The Guilty Feminist Hosted by comedian and Radio Four favourite Deborah Frances-White and recorded in front of a live studio audience, this award-winning podcast discusses feminism in the modern-day world alongside a selection of special guests. Previous guests have included Dawn French, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sandi Toksvig, Eddie Izzard as well as many others. guiltyfeminist.com FREQUENCY: Every Monday
How I Built This How did the well-known big brands start off, break into their industry and become dominating market-leaders? How I Built This talks to a range of different creators about how huge businesses made their mark, the highs and lows they faced and how they became as successful as they are today. A brilliant podcast for the businessminded and those interested in business. Previous big brands discussed include Instagram, Expedia, Wayfair, Ring Doorbells, Five Guys Restaurants, Fitbit, Lush Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Dropbox, Canva and many more. FREQUENCY: Every Monday
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of World Vegan Day, we've brought together a great selection of new, plantbased cookbooks that were all released in 2021. There's plenty here to keep you busy, whether you're a complete novice in the vegan culinary world... or looking for some plant-based inspiration to liven up your current dishes! Here, we've got it all!
Plant-Based Cooking for Absolute Beginners by Therese Elgquist Plant-Based Cooking for Absolute Beginners features sixty recipes (including basics such as dressings, sauces, dips, breads and porridge) as well as superhelpful tips for fantastically easy, seasonal, plant-based recipes. Perfect for those new to vegan cooking who don’t quite know where to start! The book (released November 11th) is also filled with great tips and smart ideas on how to build up a basic pantry, what kitchen tools you’d want to establish success in the kitchen, and what ‘backwards cooking’ is all about.
The Vegan Meat Cookbook by Miyoko Schinner Over one-hundred hearty, succulent, people-pleasing meals featuring plantbased meat, from comfort food classics and speedy weeknight dinners to global flavours and showstoppers. Plus, amazing recipes for DIY vegan meats and cheeses. Some of the delicious recipes include lettuce wraps with spicy garlic prawns; grilled chicken and nectarine salad with arugula, almonds and fried herb cheese; and persian eggplant stuffed with spiced beef and walnuts!
Great British Vegan by Aimee Ryan This truly unique cookbook showcases delicious plant-based versions of classic British staples, from a take on the traditional full English and bubble and squeak to a beefy mushroom stew, beer-battered tofish and chips, sticky toffee pudding or coffee and walnut cake… There truly is something in here for everyone!
Super Vegan Scoops! by Hannah Kaminsky Hannah Kaminsky brings over her expertise from her award-winning blog (bittersweetblog.com) in this new cookbook compiling one-hundred absolutely gorgeous dairy-free, vegan ice cream recipes for everyone to enjoy!
Asian Green by Ching-He Huang Every day, simple plant-based recipes inspired by the East. Fast, fresh, dishes from Asian chef Ching-He Huang, offering her modern take on recipes that are traditionally meat and dairy free. Featuring delicious recipes such as: Chinese black bean seitan tacos, redcooked smoked tofu, aubergine & potato stew, raspberry & chocolate and avocado pudding pots.
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My Top 5 Simple & Budget-Friendly Christmas Activities by Emily Sparks Get baking (or just decorating if baking’s not your thing!)
Have a Christmas movie night/afternoon With the chaos of family life, opportunities to sit and put your feet up in front of a good film can be few and far between. Whilst it may sound painfully obvious, sitting down together to watch a festive flick is a fantastic opportunity to pause and relax in the glow of those twinkly Christmas tree lights. Make it extra special by stocking up on festive treats like hot chocolate (or mulled wine for the adults if you prefer – I’m not here to judge!), mince pies and a tub of Quality Street. If it’s a hit, make it a weekly treat throughout the lead up to Christmas with each family member taking it in turns to choose their favourite movie.
The most wonderful time of the year. Although, for parents and carers, it can often be the most stressful and expensive time of the year. It’s all too easy to fall into the black hole of looking at little squares of other people’s family lives and feeling that you too need to take your children to frolic with elves and reindeer in Lapland (all whilst wearing matching festive pyjamas, of course), have afternoon tea with Father Christmas and Mrs Clause (served by genuine elves, flown in especially from The North Pole), and adorn your home in enough lights to give Rudolph arc eye! Deep down, we all know that really it's not about what you spend but who you’re spending it with. And actually, there’s every chance that once the presents are long forgotten and outgrown, it’s the memories children will treasure. So, without further ado, here’s my list of simple and budget-friendly festive activities...
Like it or loathe it, children love baking. I’m not sure whether it’s the promise of tasty treat at the end, the opportunity to be creative or just their innate attraction to anything that has the potential to create a horrific mess. That aside, spending time together baking, building and decorating a ginger bread house provides a delightful opportunity for both young and old to get into the Christmas spirit. If you don’t fancy yourself as the next Bake Off champion, kits containing pre-fabricated ginger bread houses are widely available. Even if constructing a pre-baked ginger bread house feels a push too far for your structural engineering skills, it’s the decorating kids seem to like the most. Buy a packet of biscuits; some writing icing and some sweets and let them decorate to their heart’s content. Just remember to keep soft furnishings out of harm’s way!
The movies to watch Everyone has their own family favourites, but during the build up to the big day I recommend that you watch one or all of these must-see movies... It never quite feels like Christmas without them.
Arthur Christmas Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, James McAvoy leads an excellent cast in this fun spin on the festive story... A must watch.
Elf Will Ferrell shines in a Christmas movie that has joined the ranks of holiday classics. Buddy the elf has a special place in our hearts.
Home Alone Prep & Kevin never fails Landing
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to entertain as he battles Harry and Marv to defend the family home. Maybe stick to the first film of the franchise to avoid disappointment.
A wonderful film which includes a tattooed sword weilding Santa, what's not to love about that? A movie to be enjoyed time and time again.
Wayne gets a new rookie partner, instead of a promotion. But what he really needs is to be reminded of the true spirit of Christmas.
Don’t get too caught up on spelling – I know it sounds counter-productive coming from an English teacher but trust me, kids soon switch off if they see too much red pen. Focus on a couple of age/ability-appropriate spellings and do your best to ignore the rest. It’ll be endearing if you dig the letter out at some point in the future. Cultivate their vocabulary – Encourage children to think of snazzy synonyms. “Can you think of another word for ‘cold’?” or “What could you say instead of ‘Christmassy’?” Decorate – Not all kids love writing. In fact, for many it can be exhausting and frustrating. Once your child has finished composing their letter, invite them to decorate it with pictures, colours or even sequins. Remember to post it – thankfully there are a variety of mediums by which Father Christmas can receive his mail. Some like to send their letter up the chimney, some leave it under their pillow and others post it via Royal Mail who ensure Santa writes back, as long as they receive the letter by the 11th December.
See the lights I imagine that by 2065, Outdoor Christmas Decorating will be an Olympic sport. Over the course of my lifetime, Christmas light displays have become increasingly elaborate with fierce rivalry brewing amongst neighbourhoods as they compete to see who will be crowned Christmas Light Champion of the Year. Make the most of it. As children, I vividly remember that my sister and I enjoyed the most mundane of car journeys during the festive season as it provided the perfect opportunity to enjoy all those twinkly lights from the comfort and warmth of the backseat of our Mum’s Ford Mondeo Estate. Sometimes, it really is the simplest things! If however, you’re made of more intrepid stuff than my sister and I, you could always wrap up warm and take a wander around your local area to bask in the glow of other people’s hard work. You might even warm up with a hot chocolate/mulled wine and mince pie on your return. As they say around here, “Job’s a good’un!”
Write letters to Santa Cliché but hear me out. Before embarking on my current career of Domestic Engineer/Child Development Associate/Household Co-Ordinator, I was an English teacher. As such, I couldn’t really compile a list of festive activities without throwing in a written assignment. Nothing says Christmas like literacy, hey? Writing letters to Father Christmas is an age-old activity but it’s not escaped the long arm of consumerism. Lately, these letters have become less about the traditional pleasantries of asking after the elves and reindeer and more like Mariah Carey’s rider, complete with Amazon links. This is an activity that children of all ages can take part in, even those who are still grappling with the most basic literacy skills. Here are my tips: Provide a structure – Give kids a list of questions to answer such as “What would you like to tell Father Christmas about yourself?” “Is there anything you’d like to know about Father Christmas or life at the North Pole?”
I’m not recommending that we all channel Scrooge in the final chapter of A Christmas Carol - The Muppets did a good version if Dickens isn’t for you - but really, Christmas is all about spreading kindness. If the last two years has taught us anything, it’s the power of kindness and community. Encourage your children to reflect on the things they’re grateful for and think about things they can do to brighten someone else’s festive period. It could be as simple as making a homemade card and delivering it to an elderly neighbour or perhaps during a trip to the supermarket, they could be given a budget to choose items to donate to the local food bank. No matter how small a gesture, encouraging children to take the time to think about things they can do to help and support others is an invaluable lesson.
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Barsham Brewery The North Norfolk brewery produce fabulous beers including their 4% and under case which includes 3 bottles each of their session strength beers; Mr. Shanks, Oaks, Norfolk Topper and Pilgrim’s Pale Ale. £36 plus £3.95 p&p
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Whether you’re looking for Christmas gift inspiration, party activities or a way to pass a dreary Sunday afternoon, here are our top...
The party game: Taskmaster
Whether you’re familiar with the TV show or not, you’ll love this quirky, funfilled game. Take turns in choosing a taskmaster (unfortunately, Greg Davies not included) and compete with your friends to perform a set of absurd tasks. The game comes with a winner’s trophy, loads of ludicrous tasks, a downloadable code for the taskmaster timer app and exclusive video assignments by little Alex Horne.
The strategy game: Catan
You and your fellow players will need your brains and plenty of time for this one. The aim is to gain dominance over Catan, a land rich in natural resources, bartering and strategising in order to upgrade humble settlements into powerful cities. If you want to win, you’ll need to anticipate other player’s moves and work out plan b’s.
DID YOU KNOW? • There are over 4 trillion ways to fill a Connect Four board • The longest game of Monopoly lasted 70 days • Jenga is Swahili for “build” • Two Canadian news editors found pieces of their Scrabble game missing and decided to make their own – Trivial Pursuit
The family game: Articulate!
If family are descending upon you en-masse, Articulate! is the board game to break out. This trivia classic has straightforward rules that anyone can get involved with. Plus, the subject range is broad enough that you don’t need to be a font of obscure knowledge to win. It’s a sure-fire way of getting everyone away from their smartphones and chatting, just like the good old days!
The drawing game: Scrawl
Forget Pictionary – this hilarious adult party game is for all the bad artists of the world: the worse you are at drawing, the funnier it will be. You and your pals must draw silly scenarios such as “A Monkey Knife Fight”, “Octopus Mating Season” or “A Haunted Oven”, then pass it on and try to describe the new drawing in front of you. Simple and very effective.
The quick game: Dobble
Don’t want to be locked into hours of gameplay? Dobble is a fast, familyfriendly and highly competitive card game with rounds taking as little as 5-15 minutes. The aim of the game? Each two cards have one symbol in common. Be the first to find and name it to win the card. Expect lots of shouting, card snatching and general chaos/merriment as you battle to be the fastest eye.
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ART of good taste Alice Rebecca Talbot is the owner of ART’s – Craft Kitchen, a home-based artisan business which makes small-batch preserves and conserves to her own secret and highly imaginative recipes. The young entrepreneur from Kirkley in Suffolk launched in April this year and has been capturing her own amazing and unique flavours in each jar ever since. New flavours have just been launched, including Jim Jam, a “divine” banana jam, and Plum Bob, (“pure plum!”), with one or two treats for Christmas on their way, too. Available to buy online, at select outlets in the area and at Beccles Farmers market, these flavours are not to be missed. A must for any festive table... cheese boards are not the same without them.
The hot product in the office this month is the SHO Food Flask. Lunchtimes will never be the same again with the 530ml version giving enough capacity to tame any appetite. The 800ml capacity is perfect for sharing or for an individual who is extremely h'angry. Keeping hot things hot for up to 10 hours and cold things cold for 20 hours, they are 100% leak proof, BPA free and come with a lifetime guarantee. Plus, each flask comes with a stainless steel spork. Gone are the days of a dull sandwich or cold salad on a wintery day. Delicious dinners soon turn into lovable lunchtime leftovers. This is a game changer ensuring you won't have to compete in the hunger games in the office. 530ml £28.99 | 800ml £33.99
Go Bananas Storming onto the snack scene, these delicious healthy crisps are packed with flavour. If you've never eaten a banana crisp before, then get ready for a surprise; they are crunchy, crispy and surprisingly savoury, offering a healthy and nutrient-packed alternative to any potato crisp. Even non-banana believers are converting to these flavour-packed snacks as a more natural alternative to potato-based crisps. 100% natural, vegan, dairy and gluten free, the new Banana Crisps come in four tasty flavours: Thai Sweet Chilli, Mixed Herb, Salt & Vinegar and Himalayan Salt, and each pack contains one of your five a day! Katie's Food Co's Banana Crisps are available from Amazon. RRP £1.49 for a 32g bag.
Picturesque Garden kitchen Café, located within the grounds of Hoveton Hall near Wroxham, will be hosting a very special high tea every Wednesday afternoon until 15 December. Hestia patisserie is run by professional chef Rebecca Heath, whose background is in highly acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants Sat Bains in Nottingham and Restaurant Studio in Copenhagen. Rebecca said, "I'm absolutely over the moon to be able to showcase my work in such a gorgeous place. The Garden Kitchen Café offers a unique setting to enjoy Norfolk at its best. I aim to compliment that beauty with delicious food to help create an unforgettable afternoon." Expect dainty savoury bites, light homemade scones and perfectly presented patisserie, all served on vintage china within the warm cosy atmospheric Hay House located in the walled courtyard. Chef owner Alex Firman said, "This is London Michelin star standards of high tea, without a shadow of doubt. It’s a new exciting partnership for the Garden Kitchen Café." £19 per person Bookings can be made on 01603 784500, £5 deposit taken at time of booking
Full details can be found on www.thegardenkitchencafe.co.uk
Tea & Coffee Gift Pack Perfect for hot drinks lovers, the new Paddy & Scott’s Christmas hamper includes one bag each of 227g Wakey Wakey ground coffee, 227g Easy Days Ground Coffee and 227g Chit Chat ground coffee, as well as Teapigs English Breakfast Tea Temples with 50 bags inside, and Teapigs Lemon and Ginger Tea Temples, with 15 tea bags. There’s also some P&S Brew Bags to try as well. The tea and Coffee hamper is reasonably priced at £31.99.
Award-Winning & Free-Range Morton’s ethos is to remain small and focus on free-range and pastured produce, looking after the welfare of their animals and nurturing them to their fullest potential. Supermarket turkeys are often grown for just 16 short weeks, but for Morton’s the festive process begins in February, when they order slow-growing strains of Norfolk Bronze turkeys. The Great Taste Award-winning turkeys, as well as cockerels and hampers filled with local artisan produce are directly from Morton’s website, and can be shipped nationwide. Morton’s free-range turkeys are a beautiful centrepiece for Christmas dinner, with generous quantities of sweet white and dark meat. Turkey breasts and crowns will also be available for purchase, as well as cockerels, a great alternative to turkey for smaller festive gatherings. Christmas Day hampers (small, medium and large) will be packed with produce for the day itself - turkey, smoked salmon, pigs in blankets, free range pork and chestnut stuffing, traditional Christmas pudding and more.
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Macarons paired with
Salted caramel espresso martini
INGREDIENTS: SERVES: makes 15 macaroons • 100g egg whites • 110g caster sugar • 120g ground almonds
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Macarons are considered dainty and beautiful treats and are surprisingly simple to make too. These delicious coffee ones have sweet almondy shells which are sandwiched between a salty and rich dark chocolate ganache - they are perfect when paired with the Salted Caramel Espresso martinis as an after-dinner showstopper.
• 2 tsp espresso powder • Cocoa powder, for dusting Ganache: • 200g dark chocolate • Pinch of Maldon salt • 300ml double cream
METHOD: In a food processor, place the icing sugar, ground almonds and espresso powder. Blitz together until fine in texture. Sift this through a sieve into a large bowl and discard any larger bits that don’t pass through. In a separate bowl, use an electric whisk to beat together the egg whites until they resemble soft peaks. Slowly add the sugar – a tsp at a time – whisking to incorporate after each addition. Keep whisking until all the sugar is added and the egg whites are glossy and at stiff peak stage. Tip the egg whites into the ground almonds and fold them through until fully incorporated, trying not to over-mix. Line two baking trays with baking paper. A good tip is to use a little of the macaron mixture to stick the corners of the paper to the tray to ensure it doesn’t blow and flutter in the oven. Place the macaron mixture into a piping bag with a small nozzle attached. Pipe 30 small circles (15 on each tray). Then bang the tray onto the
work surface firmly a couple of times to knock any air bubbles out. Leave the macaroons to dry out at room temperate for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 180˚C. While the macaroons are drying, make the ganache. Finely chop the dark chocolate and place in a large heatproof bowl along with a pinch of Maldon salt. Pour the cream into a small pan and heat gently until it reaches scalding point but before boiling. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and then without stirring, leave it to sit for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, use a whisk to mix and combine the chocolate into the cream – it will thicken and become smooth and glossy. Set aside. After an hour, put the macaroons into the preheated oven and bake for 15–20 minutes until crisp. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely. Once cool, sandwich the shells together with the ganache and dust them with cocoa powder.
Salted caramel espresso martini Salted caramel works beautifully in this take on a classic espresso martini. Delicious served after dinner alongside Coffee Macarons.
INGREDIENTS: SERVES: makes 1 • 2 tbsp caramel sauce
• 50ml coffee liqueur
• 1 tsp Maldon salt
• 50ml hot espresso
• Cocoa powder, for dusting
• 70ml vodka
• 3 coffee beans, for garnish
METHOD: Mix together the hot espresso with the caramel sauce and Maldon salt, stir together so the caramel and salt melt. Place this into the fridge or freezer to cool completely. In a cocktail shaker add ice cubes, then the cooled espresso, vodka and coffee liqueur. Shake it well for 1 minute. Then pour into martini glasses through a fine strainer, making sure to add all the liquid. Dust half the top with cocoa powder and garnish with 3 coffee beans. Serve immediately alongside coffee macarons. 39
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INGREDIENTS: SERVES: makes 2 • Maldon smoked salt • Ice • 100ml Ketel One vodka • 500ml spicy tomato juice • 1 tbsp lemon juice (plus lemon wedges, to garnish) A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce (to taste) A few dashes of Tabasco (to taste) • Cracked black pepper • Celery stick and olives to garnish
METHOD: Start by preparing the glasses with a smoked salt rim. Take 2 highball glasses and run a lemon wedge around the rim. Then pour some Maldon salt onto a small, flat plate. Take each glass and turn it upside down into the salt and turn and press it so the smoked salt sticks to the rim. Set aside while you make the Bloody Mary. Into a jug add the Ketel One vodka, spicy tomato juice and lemon juice and mix well. Then fill the jug with ice and add the Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and cracked black pepper (to taste). Stir the ice round until it has chilled all the ingredients but not too long as to water it down. Fill the Maldon smoked salt rimmed glasses with ice. Then pour in the Bloody Mary cocktail. Garnish with a stick of celery, a wedge of lemon and some olives on a cocktail stick. 40
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METHOD: Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Place each beetroot onto a piece of foil, drizzle with oil and wrap each individually. Then place them onto a baking tray and into the preheated oven, roast them for 30 minutes until soft and tender. Whilst the beetroot is roasting you can start the risotto. In a large wide frying pan heat the olive oil and 30g of butter. When the butter is melted and foaming add the finely chopped onions along with a pinch of Maldon salt. Allow the onions to cook over a gentle heat until soft and translucent. After they have softened, add the garlic and fry for an additional 2 minutes. Next add the arborio rice and stir so all
the grains are well coated in the onions. Fry for 2 minutes and then add the red wine, allowing the wine to bubble and be absorbed by the rice. Once the wine is absorbed begin adding the hot vegetable stock a ladle at a time, allowing each addition to be absorbed by the rice before adding the next. The rice should be tender but still with a little bite. Once the beetroot has roasted, remove from the oven and unwrap the foil to allow them to cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle carefully peel away the skins (you might want to wear gloves for this as they can stain your hands). Once peeled, roughly chop 3 of the beetroot and place in a blender or
food processor and blend until smooth and pureed. Chop the other two beetroot into a small dice. Pour the pureed beetroot into the risotto and stir through, it will turn it a brilliant pink colour. Next add the diced beetroot and stir through. Check the seasoning of the risotto and add a generous pinch of Maldon salt and some cracked black pepper. Finally add the 10g butter at the end and melt through to give a creamy and glossy texture. Divide the risotto among 4 plates and then top with the crumbled blue cheese, toasted walnuts and thyme leaves. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and a final sprinkle of Maldon salt. 43
During the first lockdown, I decided to set myself a challenge to alter my spending habits, and it ended up bringing me a whole lot more than fresh produce and locally-sourced goods.
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How global pandemics and lockdowns have made me live more local
By Rachel Gilbert
and supporting small businesses is at the heart of living in East Anglia. We live in close knit communities and many of our neighbours produce the food on our tables. It is, however, often these small businesses that get hit the hardest during global pandemics, fuel crises and other curve balls. During the first lockdown, I decided to set myself a challenge to alter my spending habits, and it ended up bringing me a whole lot more than fresh produce and locally-sourced goods. I made friends and altered my spending habits long term. I have always been a champion for shopping locally. You can taste the difference in food when it hasn’t travelled the ocean, and it is always lovely to catch up with the lovely shop keepers. To fulfil my lockdown challenge, my deal with myself was to never step foot in the nearest bigname supermarket. I restricted myself to shops with a local last name above the door — where I knew the name of the face behind the counter. My main stops on my charming — albeit busy in the summer — high street were the deli, the greengrocer’s and two small convenience stores. I learned so much from this project, and have tried to carry as many of my new habits with me beyond those first months spent inside.
It is cheaper to shop on the high street... Ok, maybe the savings were partly due to the fact that I couldn’t really go to a pub and had no reason to buy a lot of items. The greengrocers in my town is extremely reasonable, especially when shopping in season for British-grown goods. Smaller shops like these often run deals when fruits and vegetables are going out of date — I love creating a meal exclusively with “sad section” finds. Prior to the pandemic, the shop was cash-only, and I continued this into the pandemic, however, I decided to “quarantine” any and all change into a little savings pot which came in very handy when the pubs reopened! Additionally, shopkeepers enjoy seeing regular faces and will reward loyalty. You are supporting them and sometimes you may be rewarded with a few extra wonky carrots, or a “rounding-off” of your total.
You are supporting real people in your community. Getting to know the producers in the area you live and shop in is wonderful — not only as a consumer, but as a member of the community. I started my challenge timidly stepping into the local deli to see what was on offer. Now I can walk in and boldly ask for my friends, and ask for advice on how to revive my sourdough starter. Martin Billing owns five shops on the Norfolk coast said getting to know owners and staff in local shops will elevate your experience. “You’ll get added value from knowing exactly who you are supporting,” Martin said. Knowing who you are supporting each time you spend is rewarding. Each time you step into a shop, wou will be greeted by a familiar face that knows their customers and is willing to help you have the best shopping experience possible.
It is more sustainable than the supermarket. I have an endless collection of cardboard boxes from the greengrocers and the local market — much more environmentallyfriendly than a plastic bag. Each time I stepped on to the high street, I knew I was doing my part to reduce my carbon footprint. The food miles are typically lower, and I wasn’t getting into my car each time I needed a box of eggs. Most shops will accept the boxes back as well, so they can be recycled for another customer. Furthermore, many of the bulk-buy items are packed in-house and don’t necessarily need a container. Some shops will fill a container brought in by customers, it is always worth checking beforehand.
One major positive from the past year is the support people have showed for local and independent businesses, with almost
choosing to shop closer to home. Barclaycard Payments data shows shoppers spent an extra 63.3% in February at food and drink specialist stores, such as butchers, bakeries and greengrocers, compared with the same month last year. Shopping locally is set to be a lockdown legacy, with
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The shopping experience is tailored to you. In all walks of life, we love seeing a familiar, friendly face. Naomi Herbert, owner of Salthouse Stores, said local shops provide a great community hub for people to relax and catch up in. Smalltown stores are often frequented by a small group of people regularly, and can be a great spot to meet like-minded people in your area. Local shops will always do their best to help out regular customers. A convenience shop near me ordered a certain type of milk and a particular brand of hand cream so I could continue my streak of avoiding the supermarket. “By and large, a local retailer will bend over backwards to source a product for a customer,” Naomi said. Come Christmas, I was lucky enough to walk into the deli and hand a list of ingredients to my friend behind the counter who ordered everything for me for the perfect fruit cake. Word of mouth is vital for local shops, and I wouldn’t hesitate to send anyone to my favourite shops. 47
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Naomi Herbert Why do you think it’s important to shop local? Even prior to the pandemic, we believed that shopping locally had numerous benefits. Shopping as near to home as possible not only saves time, but also saves on the cost of travel and inevitably has less of an impact on the carbon footprint. As an independent retailer we take great pleasure in carefully sourcing as many of our products and produce from as many local businesses as possible. This not only ensures quality, but again, reduces the carbon footprint and boosts both the local economy as well as the local workforce.
When the pandemic began we had only had the business for 8 months. Even so, in this short space of time the shop evolved quite organically, but also very rapidly! All of a sudden we had new customers coming; not only from Salthouse, but from surrounding villages too... people who were not comfortable in visiting the supermarkets or were unable to get an online delivery. Thus began the game of Tetris! Trying to fit as many shelves as possible into a small shop! Listening to customer’s needs was paramount. We aimed to stock whatever was asked of us, from custard powder to mung beans, kombucha to Irn Bru! With the lockdowns easing and visitors returning, the result is a pretty eclectic mixture of products that reflect the shopping needs of our community and its visitors.
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As a consumer, how did the pandemic change your spending habits? I’ve always been a big supporter of local but the pandemic has elevated that. It’s made me go out of my way to make considered purchases with local independents.
As a local business owner, how did the pandemic change the spending habits of your customer base?
We’ve certainly seen more people coming out to shop independent. Customers have really appreciated the opportunity to touch and experience the product before they buy again.
Martin and Sarah Billing own five shops on the north Norfolk Coast: Bringing the outside in, Ocotillo, Ffarr, Nomad and the Bowerbird and a coffee shop. The five stores offer a range of homeware, clothing items and other treasures, each with a slightly different theme. The Billings are proud supporters of local and recycled products. Martin shared some thoughts on keeping things close to home...
Have you got any tips for someone who wants to keep their spending local?
Why do you think it’s important to shop local?
I’ve always been a big fan of Working Title Clothing in Norwich for their menswear but they have come out of the pandemic with a stronger offering than ever.
Shopping locally not only keeps your hard-earned pounds circulating in the community, but also ensures longevity,
Get to know the owners and staff in your local, independent shops. Not only does it make your shopping experience more pleasant, but you’ll get added value from knowing exactly who you are supporting.
What is your favourite producer or shop in Norfolk/Suffolk?
We have some amazing suppliers that have not once failed to keep us stocked up, both during the pandemic, but also through the extremely busy “staycation” summer!
Have you got any tips for someone who wants to keep their spending local? It is impossible to compete with big corporate companies and supermarkets, but what shopping locally does ensure is very often, local and generally, great quality produce. It also provides a local hub for the local community to catch up and chat. Should you not see an item you would like to purchase then just ask! By and large, a local retailer will bend over backwards to source a product for a customer.
What is your favourite producer or shop in Norfolk/Suffolk? We have some amazing suppliers that have not once failed to keep us stocked up, both during the pandemic, but also through the extremely busy “staycation” summer! During lockdown one, when the whole country was churning out banana breads, the shelves were bare of flour. Letheringsett Water Mill ensured our shelves were stocked with their amazing flour throughout, and Norfolk Coffee Company has never failed to keep both us and our customers extremely happy! With each of the local deliveries we receive, a chat and a catch up on the doorstep, or even over the phone when making orders, just goes to further build our little North Norfolk business community.
One year on, what has changed? I have to admit, I have slipped back into some old habits. Sometimes the supermarket is just easier, or more convenient. With a small amount of planning, however, I can keep my visits to a minimum. I try to plan a variety of meals around what is available in the veg shop. My root veg will keep for longer so will be used later in the week, other bits like tomatoes or peppers will be cooked up early in the week. Leftovers will be taken to work the next day, making for a cheap, healthy lifestyle. Now when I am looking to update my wardrobe, I may turn to Google for some inspiration, but nothing beats the option of being able to try on a product with help from a friendly-face. I am always more excited to unwrap a purchase from someone I know. There is no real right or wrong when it comes to our spending habits, but each time you step into a locally-owned shop, know that you are making friends, reducing your carbon footprint and supporting your community. 49
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Kate Morfoot, leading food and travel writer and founder of LoveToEatToTravel.com reviews the newest opening in Norfolk
word is out... the historic Sculthorpe Mill near Fakenham in Norfolk is open and what a treat it is! It’s a lovely warm summer’s evening in August and we feel like we’ve been transported to Italy as we're sipping our drinks by the river. Everyone had taken advantage of the good weather, the outside tables were packed full of happy souls, pleased to be able to enjoy the pleasant surroundings and their food and drinks by the water at this new hip destination pub. Inside, the bar was buzzing with people and teeming with lots of bar staff, it didn’t take long for us to get served. The Head Chef (Elliot Ketley) serves food that's all about taste and what I tasted was delicious. He only uses high quality
ingredients. The menu is ingredient-led and locally sourced, surely a commonsense formula for what makes food taste so good, and he gets it spot on. Sculthorpe Mill support local suppliers that include fisherman, Henry Randall who, at only 26, is one of the youngest fishermen currently fishing off Cromer and Weybourne; Hillside Nurseries in Toftwood for their tomatoes; Dexter beef and Herdwick lamb from Heath Farm in Great Massingham and ethically sourced Norfolk quail and poussin from High Field Farm. Must-tries include smoked sea trout with shaved fennel and apple, Cromer crab and avocado salad with pickled cucumber and wild sea bream with brown butter, samphire and capers. I chose the sea bream (£17.50); it was beautifully fresh and cooked to perfection with crispy skin. I had a little side order of vegetables. This little bowl was full of fresh tasting goodness with beautifully cooked carrots, peas and broad beans, which in fact, made the meal more special. Dishes from the land feature choices such as venison tartare with smoked egg yolk and raw cacao and grilled pork rib eye chop with broad beans; while those following a plant-based diet, can opt for a golden beetroot and black bean burger with caramelised onions or charred baby cauliflower with mint, pistachios and harissa. My husband had the very tasty Dexter rump steak (£21.50), grilled to his liking and very much enjoyed. Steak is often hard
to get right but this scored top marks in terms of flavour, how it was cooked and presented with fresh watercress. All hot dishes also passed the all-important hot plate test! Throughout the summer, the Garden Menu is served on the covered terrace surrounded by two crystal clear streams which run either side. I loved the three sweetcorn fritters, chipotle and lime mayo. It was quite a substantial starter for just £6. Other things to try are crudites, pea hummus, ranch dressing; mixed fish fryup with tartare sauce as a starter or main; golden beetroot and black bean burger with caramelized onions and pickles; Dexter Beef burger with caramelised onions, pickles and chips.
The puddings are traditional and delicious. Choose from the chocolate orange torte, crème fraiche, lemon and elderflower posset with blueberries, a peach and almond tart with vanilla ice cream and the good old summer favourite, strawberries and cream. We did! Pudding fans take note, there’s one stand-out decadent pudding for both children and adults alike, the ever-nonfattening knickerbocker glory. Do save room for this firm favourite! Wine consultant Zeren Wilson is responsible for the exciting and unashamedly predominantly European wine list. Putting the spotlight on lesserknown producers and boutique wineries, the result is an eclectic and characterful selection, from British sparkling varietals through to robust reds and best-in-class whites as well as blush rosés and orange wines. There’s an East Anglian range of cask ales and craft beers from Moongazer and Barsham Breweries, cider from Whin Hill in Wells-next-the-Sea and other interesting UK brews including Apple Pie and Rhubarb cider from Turners in Kent. You’ll also find a great range of locally distilled artisan spirits, house-made cordials and freshly squeezed seasonal juices. To give you some background, Sculthorpe Mill is a water mill built in 1757 which sits atop of the River Wensum. Now the historic building, known as a
‘destination pub with rooms’ has been launched by siblings Siobhan and Caitriona Peyton, Norfolk residents of twenty years. Spending a six-figure sum, they've stylishly transformed this destination pub with six bedrooms with the help of acclaimed interior designer Shaun Clarkson. It seems the Peyton family have hospitality in their blood. They've worked their whole lives in some of London’s most innovative and ground-breaking restaurants and bars. Some fashionable-looking locals were adorning the front of the mill, taking drinks and bar meals overlooking the river on the new outdoor patio. To the back of the pub, there’s a charming flower-covered undercover pergola dining area and beyond a beautiful lawn and garden with lots of tables and pretty lights by the river.
"Central to our approach is a belief that a great country pub is accessible to all and that the pub itself is the soul of the building." - Siobhan Peyton, Owner
There are two cosy snug room areas to eat or drink inside. The public bar area provides an informal and buzzy atmosphere, then there’s private dining downstairs donning Dolce & Gabbana style wallpaper. The upstairs dining which you can also take for private parties has lots of character - there’s some serious wooden beams to view! It’s fabulous to know that Sculthorpe Mill is on the culinary map of Norfolk and I’m sure it'll become a firm favourite for many who enjoy a lovely pub atmosphere, beautiful surroundings and tasty food.
Things to know: • The shorter Garden Menu is served Monday and Tuesday (Prices from £11.50) and the full Restaurant Menu from Wednesday to Sunday (Prices from £7). Sunday Menu. (Roast lunches start from £14.50) • A Bar Menu is also available (Prices from £4). • It’s advisable to book • For staycations, foodie breaks and weekend getaways, six bedrooms offer just the right degree of comfort and luxury. From family suites to doubles and dog-friendly rooms, all boast views of the Mill’s gorgeous gardens and of course, the River Wensum, a site of Special Scientific Interest. Rates start from £110 per night, inclusive of a hearty Norfolk breakfast. Follow Kate on Instagram for her food and travel adventures @Love2Eat2Travel
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Deeper lines and more visible signs of aging will start to show once you are in your 40’s. Add to this many women will enter the perimenopause, putting your hormones into flux which can also have an effect on your skin. Keeping up with the ethos of the previous two decades, but adjusting to more antiageing focused skin care products will have a positive effect. Using a liquid foundation can help as these will be more hydrating to the skin. Powders can also highlight fine lines and wrinkles. We all love a G&T and a glass of wine, but cutting back in your 40’s can also have a positive effect on your overall skin health.
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A reupholstered piece of furniture is the quickest and easiest way to restyle any room, adding instant colour and style. The range of fabrics available on the market today is vast and you can choose from thousands of fabrics in all types of colours and styles including traditional, classic or contemporary designs in the exact colour of your choice, adding a real personal touch to any room. Reupholstering your existing items of furniture can totally transform not only your furniture but also your home. Our experienced team of upholsterers will strip your sofa or chair right back to the original frame and then re-build and reupholster your chair or sofa in your choice of fabric. There are thousands of beautiful fabrics to choose from in our luxurious range. Reupholstering will give your old furniture a new lease of life and allow your old chairs to match your newest room revamp. We can recover any type or style of chair including dining chairs, sofas, armchairs, footstools and even make arm chair covers to match and protect your chairs. We can also provide sofa covers to either replace the ones you may currently have or remake and restyle new ones for your existing furniture. Many of our customers are happy with their existing sofas but just want to change the appearance and to do this sometimes all the furniture needs is to replace the legs or feet, however
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is the last month of meteorological autumn and for us gardeners it’s time to tidy up our gardens in preparation for the cold months of winter. The days are now noticeably shorter and the temperatures have fallen however we can still enjoy the last of the golden colours of autumn. To create some floral colour in the garden at this time of year we can plant cyclamen and winter pansies into pots and borders. The garden will feel emptier at this time of year as trees drop their leaves and many plants shrivel back into dormancy. The empty space creates the perfect opportunity for us to get amongst borders and beds to dig the soil over and clear dead foliage away. We should put any loose twigs and leaves onto the compost, as they will create a leaf-mould
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g n i r i spwomen n I Kim Grose Rachel Gilbert talks to another local inspirational woman.
is constantly juggling a flurry of commitments. She balances her career in the police with being a mum, managing a holiday let and maintaining her house while her husband works overseas for six weeks at a time. "I just get on with it,” Kim said. “I find the time.” As if that wasn’t enough, one of Kim’s biggest projects right now is acting as
After having her daughter, Kim wanted to find her way back to sports, but decided rugby was too physical. She learned about Back to Netball, a scheme run by England Netball to encourage women to pick the sport up again. The scheme has helped more than 110,000 women try the sport. Kim eventually contacted England Netball about getting a coach — a group of seven mums looking to get active founded the base of what would become Beccles Netball Club. At the time, Kim was a single parent working full-time. Within a few years, Suffolk Netball reached out about forming a junior team within the club. Kim obtained her Level 2
Netball has become a family affair with Kim’s daughter training with the club. Kim would love to make a difference through sport, and encourage more girls to get involved. manager and a team captain for Beccles Netball Club. Kim founded the club after having her daughter as a way to get active again. Kim joined the police when she was 23-years-old, looking for a change of pace. “I wanted something different, and to get out from behind a desk,” Kim said. She has now had a career spanning 24 years during which she has worn many different hats. In the past, Kim has worked on the drugs squad and in the criminal investigations department, but now she works in the safeguarding team, helping vulnerable children and victims of violent crime. She uses the netball team as a way of switching off. “It’s good to be part of a team separate from the police because you can let go of your day,” Kim said. Kim’s first sports love was rugby. After moving to Suffolk to join the police, she wanted to make friends so joined the Southwold Rugby Team. She quickly proved herself and joined the police team, eventually making the police national rugby squad. 66
Coaching certificate and now manages the two club teams, the Hawks and the Bluebirds, both of which play in the Lowestoft League. Kim never saw the club growing as big as it is now — with 25-30 members. When the club first started in 2010, they had very little funding. Some of the ladies are competitive when they hit the court, but some are more there for the social aspect. “They had a good long break for COVID, but I think they would be lost without it,” Kim said.
Netball has become a family affair with Kim’s daughter training with the club. Kim would love to make a difference through sport, and encourage more girls to get involved. She said the sport provides junior players with a safe space to let off steam. “The girls bring it out on the court,” Kim said. “They can just relax and be confident.” However, in encouraging her daughter, Kim said she has met her match — “I have created a mini me!” Kim pushes her daughter to stay optimistic and independent, and spends any days off cheering her mini me on at football practice. When thinking about who inspired her to become who she is today, Kim immediately thought of her Nan. Kim said she inspired her and pushed her to join the police and pursue her goals in rugby. Kim now hopes she can inspire other people to get involved in sports. “If you haven’t tried sports before, just take it one step at a time,” Kim said. “It can be daunting but keep it fun with tiny steps.” Sometimes Kim feels left out of social plans with friends, but the netball club provides her with such a fun social base that she doesn’t mind. If anything, Kim has big goals to continue to develop and grow the club in the future. When she retires, she hopes to continue to pursue coaching and teaching. As long as she can keep cramming everything in: “Life isn’t about living in the fast lane, it is about finding that good work/life balance,” Kim said. “If you enjoy something, you can fit it in and make it fun.” If you are interested in getting involved sessions are on a Thursday at Beccles sports centre; Junior (9-15 years) 1800-1900; Senior (15 years and up) 1900-2000.
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