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Now the the summer has touched down we can’t stop the feeling of having that sunshine in our pockets and that good song in our feet. Everything is better in the summer and July is the perfect month to enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces our corner of the world has to offer. None more so than North Norfolk; and this is why we have explored the popular destinations and some hidden gems for you starting on page 18

If you want to avoid the crowds with a beach blanket and a bottle of wine our new wine superhero Andy Newman is uncorking an amazing selection we can all raise a glass to on page 37. Talking of new columns head on over to page 32 where the fabulous Rebecca Bishop gives us top tips on everything baking, as well as a great recipe for Pain de Compagne.

Don’t forget to make the most of this time of year, because before you know it those “Summer days, driftin’ away”... but let’s not forget about those summer nights.

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Life in plastic - it’s fantastic! At first glance you might think this is another cheap attempt by Hollywood to cash in on childhood nostalgia. But look closer; it’s being directed by the great Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird, Little Women) and she’s written it with Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Marriage Story, Frances Ha), two powerhouses of American independent cinema. Plus it’s got a sublime cast of Margot Robbie, Gosling, Will Ferrell, Michael Cera, Kate McKinnon, Helen Mirren, Simu Liu, Nicola Coughlan and... well, I could keep going on but it’s a pretty long list. The plot follows Margot’s Barbie whose perfect life in Barbieland is becoming less perfect as she has a full-on existential crisis. So, along with Ken, she ventures to the real world to find out what it means to be a Barbie. This is a bit of a shock to the real world and even more so to the Mattel CEO (played by Will Ferrell) and no-one seems to understand what’s going on. It’s a classic “fish out of water” story as Barbie and Ken discover the joys and perils of the real world while the Mattel CEO tries to send them back to Barbieland.


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If you’re looking for something a bit more serious this month then look no further than a film about nuclear bombs. From director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Interstellar, Inception, Dunkirk) comes this biopic about J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) and his role in the development of the atomic bomb and the burden that he carried for the rest of his life. Knowing Nolan, this won’t be a conventional biopic and the cast is phenomenal. Look out for Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Gary Oldman, Rami Malkek and Kenneth Branagh to name but a few.

Mission: ImpossibleDead Reckoning Part One

12 July

Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to come up with a new name for these films. Mission: Impossible? Since we’re now on the seventh, these missions seem pretty easy to me. Anyway, Tom Cruise is back as spy Ethan Hunt and this time, he and the other IMF agents must track down a new weapon and keep it out of the wrong hands. These films are so silly but they are consistently brilliant fun. Tom Cruise has another ridiculous stunt lined up for himself. It’s hard to top hanging on the side of a plane as it takes off but Tommy will manage it.

Joy Ride

7 July

Adele Lim, the writer of the excellent Crazy Rich Asians brings us this brand new comedy about an adopted Asian-American girl going on a quest with three of her friends to find her birth parents. What should be a sweet, life-affirming adventure turns into utter chaos as the four get themselves into all sorts of trouble, even pretending to be an Asian pop-band like BLACKPINK to get onto a private flight. Expect hard to watch moments and big laughs!

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Summer fun at Norwich Theatre

Summer is almost here, and things at Norwich Theatre are getting hot, hot, hot, with events throughout the summer to engage your creativity!

On Saturday 29 July, Norwich Theatre will be getting the pride party started at the Royal and down at the Playhouse. The inhouse restaurant, Prelude will host a drag brunch with an amazing breakfast and some pride-inspired cocktails. The party will continue in the Long Bar, with the perfect viewing platform for the Norwich Pride Parade, which will pass directly by the theatre. The bar will play host to several exciting performers who will have you sashaying and dancing until you (death) drop!

Families are encouraged to get creative together: whether that’s singing your favourite show tunes with Musical Theatre Song (1 Sep); stepping into the shoes of a set designer with the free workshop Stage in a Shoebox (29 Aug); getting your groove on with Mini Dance Lab (1 Sep) or joining The Poetry Jam (30 Aug) for a fun exploration of poetry.

Norwich Theatre Royal will join the carnival atmosphere on the day of the Lord Mayor’s Procession on Saturday 8 July, with a giant Mario Kart competition being held on the big screens outside Norwich Theatre Royal. There are some great prizes to win, with a brand new Nintendo Switch OLED as the top prize, so practice chucking those banana peels!

Runners from far and wide will be heading to the starting line of Run Norwich on Sunday 16 July. The starting gate is right outside Norwich Theatre Royal. Overlooking the start of the race, the balconies provide the perfect viewing platform to wave and cheer on your loved ones. Café Royal will be open throughout the day, and runners will receive a 10% discount at the Café when they show their medal after the race.

Norwich Theatre’s annual Family Festival is back between 29 August – 1 September! Families of every kind are invited to Norwich Theatre Playhouse for a four-day celebration of family, imagination and the magic of sharing in creativity. There will be exciting workshops, performances, free drop-in activities, and inspiration for everyone.

On the Saturday (26 Aug) before the Family Festival, Norwich Theatre Royal and Stage Two will be hosting the annual Open Day, when you can take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the largest theatre in the region. All the events during the day are completely free! The event will give visitors a chance to go on an access-all-areas theatre tour. Guided tours will run all day, exploring the dressing rooms backstage, and orchestra pit and you will get to stand on the historic stage that has hosted so many iconic shows. The technical team will be on hand to answer questions about what it takes to stage the magical productions you see, and you can even try your hand at lighting the stage for yourself. Come and get creative with us this summer! For more information about all the summer events happening at Norwich Theatre head to

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Gather Lilacs at the Theatre this Summer

Norwich Theatre has partnered with Buxton International Festival to co-produce their firstever musical, The Land of Might-Have-Been , heading to Norwich Theatre Royal between 25–30 July.

Thisbrand-new musical is inspired by the early life of pioneering Vera Brittain, and the lives, loves and stories of those closest to her. Very much a modern woman, Vera Brittain was a writer, feminist, socialist and pacifist and her memoir Testament of Youth was one of the most famous memoirs of the 20th century, and this year marks the 90th anniversary of its publication in 1933.

The story follows Vera, her soon-tobe fiancé Roland, Vera’s brother Edward, and their close friend Bobbie, over a long hot summer in Buxton in 1914. They all have their own ideas about their glittering futures but are faced with the prejudice and conventions of their time.

Vera is determined not to become a traditional young married woman but wants to attend Oxford University and live an independent life. Her brother,

Edward, dreams of becoming a musician and composer but must hide his secret love for Bobbie from his family and society. Roland wants to attend Oxford University and be an acclaimed poet, and Bobbie, forced to follow in his father’s footsteps, would rather search for a new way of life that would include Edward.

The war in Europe shatters all their hopes and dreams when Vera’s friends are killed on the battlefields, and she embarks on a life-long campaign for peace and equality.

Commenting on the show Stephen Crocker, Chief Executive and Creative Director of Norwich Theatre, said: “This is a story of resilience, hope and the promise of youth, themes which are still hugely relevant today. In a fairer world, what might have been for these inspirational characters? We are delighted to be working with Buxton International Festival to bring this beautiful story to the stage.”

The role of Vera Brittain will be taken by West End actor Audrey Brisson who has appeared in numerous musical

theatre productions, including the title role in Amélie the Musical, for which she was nominated Best Actress in a Musical for Olivier Awards 2020 and Best Performer in a Musical for UK Theatre Awards 2019. Joining Audrey will be Alexander Knox, who plays Roland Leighton, Vera’s doomed fiancée. Alexander has appeared in A Merchant of Venice (Playground Theatre), Into Battle (Greenwich Theatre), The Tempest, Henry V (Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre York), The Silver Sword and the film Music, War and Love.

George Arvidson plays Edward Brittain, Vera’s brother, who courts death rather than face being court marshalled for his sexuality. Arvidson’s numerous West End appearances include Les Misérables, Evita and Carousel. Kit Esuroso will play Bobby, Vera’s friend and Edward’s secret lover. Kit recently won Best Actor for his role in AKONI for the Australian Screen and Industry Network Awards.

Th musical is built around the songs of Ivor Novello, born the same year as Vera. Novello was a heavyweight in musical theatre, writing songs such as I Can Give You the Starlight, Rose of England, and We’ll Gather Lilacs. In fact, the period 1935 to 1950 was the Novello era in British musical theatre in much the same way that the 1970s and 1980s would later prove the Andrew Lloyd Webber era.

Commenting, Michael Williams, Chief Executive of Buxton International Festival, said: “The show brings together the parallel but separate lives of Ivor Novello, the most successful British musical theatre composer of the early 20th century and Vera Brittain, the author of the most powerful memoir of that time, Testament of Youth. Both young people were caught up in the tangles of forbidden love, war and terrible loss. It’s fitting and very poignant to be telling Vera’s story through Ivor’s beautiful songs.”

The Land of Might-Have-Been will be at Norwich Theatre Royal between 25 and 30 July. For more information or to book, visit or call the box office on 01603 630 000.

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5 July - 17 September

This year’s show will include a cast featuring stunt riding motorbike riders, stars from America’s got Talent, Cirque Du Soleil Jugglers, and acts from Ecuador never seen before in the UK. These incredible international performers will join the Hippodromes magnificent cast of dancers alongside hosts Jack Jay and Johnny Mac for an epic summer show like no other.

Raveningham Sculpture Trail

19 July - 3 September

The Raveningham Sculpture Trail returns this summer for its 10th year in the beautiful wild gardens at the Raveningham Centre in South Norfolk. Curator, Sarah Cannell has invited artists from across the country to respond to the theme of ‘Amplify The Positive’ encouraging participants to share their joy of creativity and making with the summer audience.


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The smash-hit production comes to Norwich for one week only, direct from London’s West End. Staring Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan! With its Tony® award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it!

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Bare Bones

Time & Tide Museum of Gt Yarmouth Life until 7 October

This fascinating exhibition invites visitors of all ages to explore the beauty, and secrets, of animal skeletons.

Skeletons help us understand how animals move, but they can tell us much more; these intricate structures reveal what animals eat, where they live, how they give birth. They can show us how different species are linked - and how they have evolved.

Learn how an Osprey holds on to a slippery fish, how a monitor lizard can climb trees, and how a frog’s skeleton changes as it transforms from a tadpole.

Over 20 animals, including birds, fish and amphibians, are represented in dynamic 3D exhibits, stunning images and interactive displays.

The celebrated and award-winning Cromer Pier Show is back with a rip-roaring show for 2023. The production team is working hard behind the scenes to create an eclectic blend of the finest variety entertainment on the planet in one enthralling theatre show. Expect all the usual West End production values, including our jaw-dropping 8-meter video wall, delivering impressive special effects alongside our unique and traditional scene sets, creating a visual sensation. Add to that, dazzling bespoke costumes, spectacular lighting effects, and so much more, You can be sure of laughs by the bucket load, thrilling specialty acts, powerhouse vocals, music and spellbinding dance routines. Of course, all will be delivered in our special trademark way, worthy of the only full-season end-of-pier show in the world!

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Norwich has such a great vibe during the summer. I mean, it’s good all through the year, but there’s something about summer which makes it feel all the more special. Particularly on a warm, sunny day or evening. This month I’m spilling the beans on some of Norwich’s lesser-known things to do and places to be.

To drink and eat al fresco in Norwich is very good. Last summer Norwich had such a continental buzz with the city centre bursting with pavement cafes and bars. It was a sociable and friendly place to be, and people loved it. It made my heart sing to experience a thriving city centre and everyone enjoying themselves.

Saturday morning at St Giles Pantry on Upper St Giles in the Norwich Lanes, is a good way to start the weekend. Not only is the coffee seriously delicious (fluffy lattes in a big glass cup), but so are the cakes! And it’s a gorgeous shop front too, adding to the overall appeal. Open all day and into the evening, you can perch outside and, of course, inside too. It’s also a great place for sharing platters, wine, local beers, and gin

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and tonics. Their shop specialises in locally made products, so it’s good for buying presents and treats to take home.

This pretty little street is easily missed if you’re a regular around Gentleman’s Walk, Castle Quarter and Chantry Place. But I urge you, change your routine and make the short walk along St Giles Street to reach your destination, it’s very worth your while.

Many might not know that St Giles Pantry has a wonderful collaboration with one of our local vineyards - Flint. Special evenings take place - Friday’s at Camphill (every second Friday of the month)where you buy a return bus ticket to the vineyard from Norwich (£15, purchase in store - what a great idea) and then at the vineyard, not only do you get express entry thus avoiding the queue, but there’s also live music and a dance floor, a bar in

the barn, oysters, food stands, and wine, of course.

It’s a monthly mini-festival which attracts all ages and dogs are welcome too. Allin-all it’s a fabulous and fun night out full of dancing and letting your hair down. The bus leaves St Giles Pantry at 5pm and returns for around 11pm.

The terrace at The Ribs of Beef is possibly one of Norwich’s best kept secrets. Located in one of Norwich’s most

historic areas, by Quayside, The Ribs of Beef sits on Fye Bridge, an ancient, stone structure bursting with stories (make a visit to the Museum of Norwich for Stories of Norwich). It’s a place to sit back and watch the world go by, or should I say sail, as you often observe people out on the water stand-up paddle-boarding, or canoeing. This is a great weekend lunchtime stop and the food has a good reputation too. The pizza is especially tasty by all accounts.

Are you yet to visit Botanical Bar & Kitchen at St Simon & St Jude church on Elm Hill? Operated by Curious Directive, summer evenings are a dream here in this magical garden setting. Think draped fairy lights, tables and chairs and pop-up pizza. It’s a wonderful bar and not to be missed on any night out. Perhaps pair this with dinner at The Britons Arms at the top of the hill, who are now open for evening meals

Thursday to Saturday. Their gorgeous, hidden courtyard is not so well known. Keep an eye on their website for themed menus, the general menu includes dishes such as starter herb gnocchi with chestnut, spinach, and spring onion (£7.50) and mains such as fish pie with sauteed vegetables and cheesy mash top (£13).

In addition to the Botanical Bar and Kitchen, until 8 July, Curious Directive (who are also an international touring theatre company based in Norwich) have an incredible show and dining experience ton offer. Set onboard an Airbus A380 be part of the show by dining on a 7-course tasting menu whilst a performance goes on around you. I’ve been lucky enough to do this, it was a great experience and one I will remember for a long time. Tickets cost £45 and can be booked at

Makers House is another gem. Located in The Norwich Lanes on St Benedicts Street (opposite Benedicts), there are

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Last summer Norwich had such a continental buzz with the city centre bursting with pavement cafés and bars.

ample on-street tables and chairs with a wonderful drinks menu. Their cocktails are particularly attractive. My favourite is the Spicy Fifty made from vanilla vodka, manzana verde, bird’s eye chilli, lime, apple juice. The chilli gives just the right heat; you can feel it, but it’s totally manageable.

Open on evenings from 5pm (Saturdays from midday) Wednesday to Saturday until 11pm (Friday’s and Saturdays until 11.30pm) they also have a tapas menu, offering a combination of French/Spanish cuisine found along the coast of California. In summer, they open on a Sunday between 11am – 5pm. The majority of tables are available for walk-ins but they do take bookings. The daytime menu includes a few brunch egg dishes to complement the tapas menu.

From 30 July, Norwich Summer Sessions hits the streets of the city centre every Sunday until 3 September. Bringing a host of free street entertainment and performance including Covent Garden entertainers and live music, you will find a buzzing programme over five different stages across Norwich on London Street, The Forum, Westlegate, St Gregory’s Green and Gentleman’s Walk. Formally known as Head Out, Not Home this summer series has rebranded to celebrate 10 years still going strong

One of the most popular days of the year to be out in Norwich has to be The

Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre, this year taking place Sunday 9 July (11am-5pm). This is a day when the inside comes out. Venues, bars, restaurants, and shops spill into the streets with music and amazing pop-ups, stalls selling local art, jewellery and clothes plus theatre, performance, workshops and DJ sets. Its infectious atmosphere is for every age and attracts thousands of visitors. It’s another “don’t miss event!” In fact, the whole city is awash with activity that weekend as Norwich celebrates the Lord Mayor’s Weekend between 7-9 July.

Keep an eye on Norwich Arts Centre if you are not a regular. They have an incredible eclectic programme of music, comedy and more. Nationally renowned, it has a fantastic reputation for diversity and excellence, and for being able to spot a rising star before the rest of us! This July one of their events is the Norwich Arts Centre Summer Ale Festival taking place between 20-23 July.

Last year saw the first Summer Fest at The English Whisky Co in Roudham and it was so popular they’re doing it again. So, on Saturday 22 July, head over there between 10am-4pm for a free, fun event which includes mini tours of the magnificent whisky distillery with a free gift for all participants at the end of the tour. Plus, enjoy relaxing in the beautiful distillery gardens with live music and street food from the likes of Peaky Pizzas,

Dirty Fryer Boys, Quack n Mac, Florencos

Coffee and Dreamy Ice Rolls.

Finally, Plantation Garden gives us dreamy summer Sunday afternoons in a blooming, peaceful oasis. Entry is £2, and there’s a live music programme and homemade afternoons teas, think scones and jam in the sun!

It’s the perfect place to relax and let the children take a run around - a beautiful multi-generational few hours spent away from the everyday humdrum.


1. For an ideal day or evening out to the theatre the whole family can enjoy, don’t miss ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ at Norwich Theatre Royal. After a hugely successful run on Broadway, the Bikini Bottom is being brought to Norwich in this brilliant, bright, and hilarious brand-new musical. Running from 4 July-8 July with tickets starting at £28.50.

2. Glass House Dance present DanceAlong Cabaret at Norwich Arts Centre. Have you ever wanted to step into the movies and dance in one of the best musicals ever made? Now’s your chance. Don’t miss this spectacular opportunity, 25 July, 7pm, pay what you can afford (£6-£12.50) seated with room to dance! Tuesdays will never be the same again!

3. The Bishop’s Garden in Norwich is an incredible green space and is only open on limited days in the summer raising money for local charities. Don’t miss visiting on 9, 16 and 23 July. The gates open from 1pm to 4.30pm with last entry at 4pm. Admission price is £5 per adult. Accompanied children under 16 years and wheelchair users are free. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. There are also refreshments and plants for sale.

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Sarah Hardy bigs up everything North Norfolk as she shares some of her favourite places

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is really the jewel in the county’s crown - a real hotspot of great hotels, restaurants, pubs, delis, farm shops and more - plus numerous tourist must sees like the gorgeous Holkham Estate, wildlife reserves such as RSPB Titchwell Marsh and, it goes without saying, the seals at Blakeney Point.

And that’s before you mention the amazing coastline which offers everything from wide sandy bays such as at Brancaster to the mysterious creeks and marshes of Stiffkey and Blakeney.

You can hire bikes, learn to sail, hop on board one of the little railway lines such as the Walsingham to Wells one or, put your boots on and walk the Norfolk Coast Path.

There are quaint villages such as Aldborough and Glandford, bustling markets towns like Holt and hubs including Drove Orchards at Thornham where you can enjoy first class shopping and eating options.

Much is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and wherever you end up, you’ll always be amazed by the famous big, hopefully blue, skies.

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King’s Head


Where is it?

The Kings Head is just off the A148 in the small village of Letheringsett which is a couple of miles from Holt. It is also near coastal villages like Blakeney, Wiveton and Cley.

What’s it like?

It is very attractive, with elegant Georgian proportions and is the sort of house a child would draw - all straight lines, big windows and a central front door. Inside there’s a laid back air with The Shooting Room, all snug and comfy, and a large main bar and restaurant area with a trendy Scandi-style woodburner at its heart.

Tell us about the food?

As you’d expect, fish and seafood are a strength here and there’s a real accent on local produce. There’s a working flour mill, Letheringsett Mill, right nextdoor, while seasonal game dishes are a real treat.

Classics such as fish and chips and steaks are mixed up with perhaps pan-seared sea bream and tempura vegetables, while desserts include everyone’s favourite: sticky toffee pudding. Children have their own menu with popular choices such as penne pasta in a tomato sauce and breaded plaice goujons. And Sunday lunches are highly recommended.

What about dietary requirements?

I don’t think you should have any trouble - everything is very clearly marked up on the menu, and there is plenty of choice.

What if you efer self catering?

What about drinks?

Look out for a good selection of local artisan beers such as Moon Gazer Ales and Brancaster Breweryand Norfolk gins like Bullards, and I spotted Cobble Hill Bacchus, which is produced at a vineyard just outside Burnham Market.

We hear there are nice gardens?

Yes, very much so. There’s a large, enclosed garden packed with tables and chairs and a little play area for children, plus the Summer Garden Shack and Bar where you can enjoy freshly prepared food and drinks. Try their little plates and seasonal salads and you won’t go wrong.

What about the bedrooms?

There are just four bedrooms, all dog friendly and decorated with a bit of flair. They are named after local beauty spots, and ours, The Glandford, was very comfy - and the bathroom was big, too! Think quirky prints, statement lamps, crisp white bedlinen, bold cushions, a decent telly and more.

And it is award winning?

It was named best Norfolk pub 2023 in the National Pub and Bar Awards.

Whereabouts is this place?

Sea Pink is a pretty bijou bolthole just minutes from the quay in Wells, in a private little courtyard called Brigg Square.

Does that mean there is actually parking?

Yes! Wells can be challenging, but you can park up here and not worry.

Tell us about it then?

It is all light and airy, with the odd retro touch here and there. There is one bedroom (Cath Kidston linen), a shower room, a little sitting room and a kitchen - plus a sunny deck area. There’s all the essentials like a Smart TV, super fast Wifi, a well equipped kitchen, a decent coffee maker and more.

What’s nearby?

Wells Crab House is practically opposite and is consistently excellent, while the new Two Magpies Bakery is just moments away for all your sweet cravings and terrific sourdough loaves.

What else do we need to know?

Dogs are not allowed here. The owners also rent out their very stylish beach hut at Wells so you can have a full on seaside experience.

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Six top places to eat and why ve favourite foodie shops and why

The Parlour at Binham is set in a beautifully converted 17th century barn on a working farm. Chef Lewis Peck keeps it relatively simple with delicious breakfasts, brunches, light lunches and afternoon teas. Much use is made of the farm’s own raw milk, and you can wander around the adjoining priory ruins which are just sublime.

Stamp in Aylsham is newish and really gaining lots of attention for simply being both good and fun. It’s all about their wood-fired sourdough pizzas, with local, seasonal produce featuring both classic and more unusual toppings.

Meadowsweet. It’s hard to get a table at Meadowsweet, the Michelin starred restaurant in Holt. Chef Patron Greg Anderson serves up a multi-course tasting menu, using only the finest ingredients. The attention to detail is amazing. There are three bedrooms, too.

Rocky Bottoms is the place for seafood as the owners, Ali and Richard Matthews, have their own fishing boat, the Anna-Gail, which delivers fresh fish to the restaurant on a daily basis. Set on the cliffs at West Runton, the coastal views are as good as the seafood, with dressed crab and lobster the star attractions.

Satchells in Burnham Market is an Aladdin’s Cave of quaffable delights, with owner Maxwell Graham Wood a fount of knowledge. He mixes up local favourites with sophisticated offerings from further afield. Simply a gem.

Swirl in Wells has such a sense of humour. It’s an old fashioned ice cream parlour, with a very modern twist. It dishes up soft serve ice cream, in many weird and wonderful flavours, with a multitude of toppings and sprinkles, too. There’s even a dog friendly ice cream for your four legged friend.

Bakers and Larners of Holt is often nicknamed the Fortnum and Mason of Norfolk and it is easy to see why. The Food Hall is packed with both local goodies from say Candi’s Chutneys, a wide choice of Continental offerings such as Japanese soy sauce alongside the finest British produce. The wine department has about the best choice in the county, with lots and lots of fizz!

The Old Store in Snettisham, run by Chris Mann, the former head chef at Titchwell Manor, is a microbakery and coffee shop, with great breakfasts, brunches and lunches on offer. Look out for smoothies, and the buttermilk pancakes are yummy. You can’t book and it is all very relaxed.

The Gin Trap Inn at Ringstead is a perfect gastropub with very attractive bedrooms, too. Chef Patron Gareth Rayner is pushing foodie boundaries with his exciting menus which use plenty of local, seasonal produce. And there’s masses of outdoor space - seek out the wooden cabanas.

The Norfolk Deli in Hunstanton is a fascinating emporium of local goods, from cheeses to gins, from chocolate to wine. And you can also find oils from Greece and truffles from Paris. Hampers are another speciality and you can send them all over the world, and look out for their cheese wedding cakes.

Fig & Olive in Cromer opened last year and offers a tasty mix of jams, chutneys, oils, charcuterie, beers, wines, sauces and more. There’s strong coffee on offer plus a range of cakes, biscuits and other naughty delights. We like the refill stations for oils, while the cheese counter most definitely calls you.

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Incredible food, a great selection of drinks, relaxed atmosphere and 17 stunning en-suite bedrooms, The Lodge has everything you would want from a North Norfolk break. Whether it’s a romantic meal for two or a weekend stay for the whole family, we cater for all.

With big blue skies, stunning views over the salt marshes, Briarfields is the perfect place to sit back and relax with great food and drink.

Open Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm & Sun 10am-4pm Independent Food & Drink Deli St e in Cromer 39 Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HH 01263 511219 Cheese, Charcuterie, Locally-sourced goods, Beers & Wines, Refill Station, Hampers Gluten-Free & Vegan ...and so much more!
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Black Shuck Distillery. The new Schnapps range from the fabulous distillery in Fakenham is perfect for summer al fresco quaffing. There are four flavours available, including strawberry and lime, and you can drink them as a shot, use them as a base for a cocktail or simply add to a glass of sparkling wine. Every way works for us!

Ginger and Juice, based in Walsingham, produces a range of top quality jams, marmalades and chutneys using local, seasonal produce. We recommend the blackberry and bay jam and the punchy sweet chilli jam, perfect with, yes you’ve guessed it, cheese.

Malt Coast Brewery, based on a working farm on the Holkham Estate, produces a core range of five beers, including an Amber Ale and an IPA, all using barley produced in the surrounding fields.

Phil Hartshorne of the artisan Staithe Smokehouse sells divine smoked salmon, haddock, kippers and more from his little shop in the grounds of the White Horse at Brancaster Staithe. It all oozes atmosphere and is well worth a visit.

Catherine Temple has acquired near legendary status for her Mrs Temple’s Cheese, produced at Wighton, near Wells, from the farm’s own dairy herd. Binham Blue is perhaps the best known but do try the soft cheese, Wighton, or the mountain style Wells Alpine - perfect in a sarnie.

Sharrington Strawberries, near Holt, is well known for the quality of its fruit, with their strawberries, raspberries and blackberries filling many tummies. Add some Dann’s ice cream for the perfect summer dessert.

Key dates

Holt Festival

July 15 to 29

Wells Carnival

July 28 to August 6

Sheringham Carnival

July 30 to August 5

Festival of Sport, Holkham

August 11 to 14

Cromer Carnival

August 12 to 18

The Aylsham Show

August 28

The North Norfolk Food and Festival

September 2 and 3

Sit on the first floor terrace at the White Horse at Brancaster Staithe and watch the sunset over the salt marsheswith a large glass of white wine.

Visit Creake Abbey’s monthly farmers’ market where you’ll find the cream of local artisan producers. It’s a great chance to sample different products and chat with the makers who love sharing their stories.

Try a fondue night at Star Plain Stores in Holt. Owner Tom Brady is full of fun ideas and this is just one of them. His deli/ cafe is becoming the place for quirky foods and drinks, and there’s a lovely atmosphere too.


said ‘I’ve seen such a change in the food scene in North Norfolk over the past 35 years, since we first bought Titchwell Manor. It’s the choice, quality and variety that has really expanded over that time with lots of excellent AA rosette, Michelin star restaurants, gastro pubs and, of course, fish and chips and pizza – both of which I love being part of.

‘The competition keeps us all on our toes and producing our finest. Whilst people are feeling the pinch with inflation, more are holidaying in the UK. And people still want a good quality food treat when they go away. We’ve got some excellent food establishments here in North Norfolk and some outstanding suppliers.

‘My friends Ben and Cyril at Brancaster Oysters supply us at Titchwell Manor and many others along the coast. We’re also proud to stock Duration Brewery’s range of beers and ales produced down the road in West Acre at the restaurant in Titchwell Manor, Eric’s Fish and Chips and Eric’s Pizza.’

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Snaith runs Titchwell Manor alongside fish and chip and pizza outlets in Thornham, Holt and Norwich. He Lucinda, Ginger and Juice Eric Snaith

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A Norfolk success story celebrating its 70th anniversary – by looking forward

first four auction houses to get back up-and-running, thanks to the ability to operate online, giving the business a huge competitive advantage over most other firms.

“Many thought that the internet would be a threat to what was up until then a very traditional sector, but we spotted that it could be a huge opportunity, especially for regional auction houses seeking to challenge the dominance of the big London players,” says Tim Blyth.

Founded in the same year as Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, a Norfolk auction house is flying high as it celebrates its 70th anniversary –with a reputation as one of the UK’s top regional operators.

Auction trade bible Antiques Trade Gazette recently described Keys Auctioneers and Valuers as ‘Top Tier’, and despite its long heritage, the Aylsham auction house has been a leader in embracing innovation, harnessing the power of the internet to compete on an international level. In 2022 Keys despatched sold items to bidders in more than 80 countries around the world.

Founded in 1953 on the same five acre site it occupies today by Geoffrey Key (whose grandson Tim Blyth leads the business today), Keys started as a small livestock market selling mainly poultry. By the end of the 1950s, these sales had become some of the largest of their type in the country, with future turkey magnate Bernard Matthews buying his first birds at one of the firm’s sales.

During the mid-1950s the markets grew to include a weekly general furniture sale, which still takes place every Monday. Regular selected antique sales were added during the 1960s, followed in later years by other fine art sales including pictures, books and collectables.

Ownership of the business returned to the family in 2018, when Tim Blyth bought Keys back as part of a

management buyout, it having passed to a partnership on the death of his grandfather.

Tim had spent the intervening period broadening his horizons within the auction business, studying the property auction market in New Zealand, and in particular helping businesses throughout the sector (including Sotheby’s and Antiques Trade Gazette itself) enter the internet age, using technology to create live online bidding platforms.

It wasn’t surprising, therefore, that one of his first missions on returning to Keys was to make the business a leader in online technology, and he and the team set about developing a bespoke only bidding platform, KeysLive.

This went live in late 2019, which was serendipitous or prescient, depending on your point-of-view. When lockdown hit in March 2020, Keys was one of the

Technology alone is not a panacea, though, in an industry where trust and expert knowledge are still the most important currencies. The reason for that ‘Top Tier’ accolade is as much to do with Keys’ team of recognised specialists, in fields such as Chinese ceramics, Books, Pictures, Jewellery and even Pop Art. Keys was one of the first in the business to create apprenticeships in the auction profession, with a eye to building a pipeline of future experts, too.

Few provincial auction houses can match this breadth of knowledge and experience, and it is one of the reasons that a mid-sized auctioneer in Norfolk has been able to muscle its way onto the national and increasingly, international stage.

It is that combination of heritage and innovation which will keep Keys at the forefront of the auction business, according to Tim Blyth. “We always strive to be at the vanguard of developments within our industry, as we look to be able to achieve a modern, forwardlooking business that can lead us into the next 70 years.”

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An early furniture sale at Keys, dating from the mid 1950s Tim Blyth Tim Blyth conducts an live video-streamed online auction at Keys Chinese lacquered box, sold for £63,000



Welcome to a world where relaxation knows no bounds. Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Broads and with miles of golden beach right on your doorstep, Broadlands Park & Marina is a gateway to unforgettable moments and endless adventures.

For those seeking a personal haven, our holiday homes provide an intimate retreat for your family’s cherished getaways. Create lasting memories as you explore the scenic waterways, indulge in thrilling water sports, take a dip in the indoor pool, or simply unwind overlooking the marina in the onsite bar and restaurant. The choice is yours; our park is a haven for rest, relaxation and recreation alike.

Check out our brand new Carlton lodges for sale or one and two bedroom brick-built villas, with move-in ready options available and all with the benefits of 12-month holiday use.

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Owningyour own holiday home has many benefits and where better to take advantage of them than the Broads National Park. Places to explore, activities on your doorstep and the wealth of wildlife and walks on offer. A holiday home on the Broads gives you the freedom to relax in the privacy of your own space, surrounded by all the home comforts you could need for a revitalising getaway – again and again.

Suffolk is a county full of natural wonders and nature at its best. You’ll find loads of ideas and inspiration for making the most of this historic county, amongst secluded countryside and great sweeps of seaside. There is an abundance of activities and attractions to experience and within this picturesque terrain, you can even find Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty such as the esteemed Suffolk Coast and Heaths as well as the Dedham Vale.

Broadlands Park & Marina is perfectly placed in Oulton Broad near the Suffolk Coast. The park offers a variety of holiday homes, fantastic facilities including an indoor pool, children’s play areas and on-site restaurant. In addition, the park has the marina with moorings available, meaning you could explore the Broads by water anytime you like.

The recently refurbished bar and restaurant on-site, Moss & Co Broadlands, is run by popular local restaurateurs alongside seven other popular Norfolk and Suffolk locationsincluding The Jolly Sailors in Pakefield and The Village Maid in Lound. Moss & Co Broadlands is their newest venture and a rousing return to Oulton Broad, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and drinks, as well as offering live music and events.

Broadlands Park has brand new lodges for sale or one and two bedroom brick-built villas, with move-in ready options available, and all with the benefits of 12-month holiday use. Joining Tingdene Lifestyle also means joining a like-minded community of owners. Through the Owners Elect club, your experience of owning a holiday home is relaxing, enjoyable and hassle free. Plus, if you’d like to use your holiday home as an investment then they make that as simple possible with their Managed Letting Scheme.

Take a look at what Tingdene Lifestyle have to offer elsewhere; on the Broads National Park at Waveney River Centre, in the Norfolk countryside at Caldecott Hall Country Park or right on the Suffolk coast at North Denes Caravan Park. You could even go further afield and head North up the East coast, with seaside holiday parks like Mablethorpe Chalet and Caravan Park by the Lincolnshire coast, South Shore in Bridlington, East Yorkshire and Redcar Beach Caravan Park overlooking the beautiful North Yorkshire seaside.

A UK holiday home gives you the chance to explore, and the time to do it. We’re all more aware of the fact that we have so much to see on our own doorsteps, and with a wide range of parks and holiday home options to suit all budgets and lifestyles, Tingdene can help you find the perfect holiday home for you.

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No small potato…

Youcannot deny the enjoyment you get from the humble crisp as a staple of your summer picnic. Still a firm favourite for families and friends, crisps make the perfect accompaniment to your sandwich or salad and make a great grazing option alongside more modern alternatives such as olives.

Though a crowd pleaser, the crisp has taken great leaps forward from the garden-variety flavours with many favourites taking on a more elevated stance. Truffle and paprika are not uncommon and the traditional has had a makeover with our standard salt being swapped to sea salt for a coarser and more complex flavour.

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The Jarrold Food Hall has introduced Bret’s Crisps with their flavours of French cuisine to make sure your picnic is the classy affair you hope it to be. Are you a dedicated lover of cheese? Then don’t miss Bret’s Camembert Flavoured Crisps (125g, £2.95) with all natural flavourings which do not do the French cheese any disservice. Or are you someone who couldn’t live without garlic? Try Bret’s Aioli Flavoured Crisps (125g, £2.95) which offers a creamy garlic hit and will enliven your choice of baguette. We also love the sweet and slightly spicy hit you get from Bret’s Honey and Mustard Flavoured Crisps (125g, £2.95) which includes an inviting mix of cumin, turmeric and ginger providing a wonderful moreish quality.

So whether you are celebrating Bastille Day (14 July 2023) or just want some European culture to your outdoor dining, visit the Jarrold Food Hall to discover more flavours.

In the hot seat

There are those people who can’t enjoy their meal without adding a dash of cayenne or pouring some hot sauce on the side. We have pulled together three essentials for making sure all they eat has an added kick:

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What is sure to delight and surprise? A glass of something sparkling of course!

This category of wine is fast evolving with more becoming available from a wonderful variety of locations and grapes. With a glass of champagne being synonymous with celebration and extravagance, discover more laidback bubbles, perfect for picnics and other outdoor dining adventures, in an English style.

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This chutney is a superb accompaniment to your meal, as a dip for poppadums or crudite this summer or even a spread in your cheese sandwich.

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Loaf the next

Ifthe kitchen is your happy space and your shelves are groaning under the weight of flour, sugar and butter waiting to be transformed into wholesome loaves of bread or tempting cakes then you’re in the right place!

I’m Rebecca Bishop – AKA The Next Loaf – the founder of Two Magpies Bakery and recently published author of the baking book ‘Two Magpies Bakery’ founder Rebecca Bishop (AKA “The Next Loaf”). Each month my new baking column will feature baking tips and trends, recipes plus recommendations for books, ingredients and equipment to help you bake more beautifully.

In recent years I’ve focused on sharing baking skills and recipes through my writing and in-person baking classes, currently held at Two Magpies bakery, Darsham. My new business venture, ‘The Next Loaf’ will soon be running baking classes online and from various venues around East Anglia – including small classes in my own home. Class content will range from sourdough and yeasted breads, viennoiserie, pizza and delicious wholesome cakes and bakes. More details and dates to follow in subsequent months. To get the latest information sign up for my newsletter or follow me on Instagram @thenextloaf

This month I’m mainly using… Fresh herbs and edible flowers. Try adding lavender to shortbread, decorating cakes with rose petals, nasturtium or marigolds, making a mint or thyme syrup for brushing over the cut sides of cakes (a great trick for keeping your cakes moist) or grinding bay leaves with sugar to create a bright green sprinkle for cakes and puddings.


Yeast is very temperature sensitive whilst it’s fermenting your dough (its happiest around 25°C) so using a digital instant read thermometer really helps you monitor the condition of your dough – your thermometer will also help you know when your loaf is baked. This month I’ve teamed up The Woodbridge Kitchen Company product-category/bakeware/bread-making/ whose wonderful online shop sells everything from dough scrapers to proving baskets - all you need for your next loaf!

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My baking tip this month is use the right size tin! We’ve all been there, rummaging in the back of a cupboard before declaring ‘this’ll do’. The result is usually a bake that is too thin (and possibly overbaked) or one that is spilling over the sides and making a mess in your oven. If you can, buy the right tin or borrow one from a neighbour or friend the first time you follow a recipe. You’re welcome.


I read cookbooks cover to cover, much like a novel, visualising myself working through the processes. Is that weird?! Whether it’s a well-thumbed classic or a shiny new edition from a baking hero (more on that next month) understanding the story of each recipe excites me and creates pictures in my head. In April this year my book Two Magpies Bakery, stories and recipes from East Anglia was published 10 years after the first shop opened in Southwold. Like a magpie, I’ve been collecting recipes, stories and ideas for years and it’s been such a pleasure to finally share them. Many of Two Magpies signature bakes, described by Emma Freud as ‘the greatest thing to happen to Suffolk this decade’ feature in the book including sourdough bread, cakes, pizza and brunch recipes and signed copies are available to buy from my website.


That only heat kills a sourdough yeast culture (above 60°C). Many people think they’ve ‘killed’ their sourdough culture if they forget to feed it or leave it at the back of their fridge for month’s - or even years! Even if your little pot of floury goo smells awful, looks mouldy or has liquid swimming on the surface all is not lost. Give it a stir then discard most of it, leaving about 10g. Feed with 50g of wholemeal or rye flour and 50g of water. Repeat this action over a few days until your yeasty workhorse is bubbly, full of life and ready to raise some dough again.

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Pain de Compagne

INGREDIENTS: Pre-ferment

• 20g strong white bread flour

• 40g dark rye flour

• Pinch of active dried yeast

• Pinch of fine salt

• 45g cold water

Bake day

• 320g strong white bread flour

• 40g dark rye flour

• ½ tsp active dried yeast

• 230g warm water

• 5g fine salt


PREP TIME: 5 minutes for pre-ferment. 45 minutes active time. 4-5 hours proving time. Bake 35 minutes


In August I’m really excited to be offering a couple of sourdough bread baking courses to raise important funds in support of a new local environmental charity, Natural Habitat. They’ll be taking place at beautiful Waterloo Farm, just outside Halesworth, and will cover the fundamentals of sourdough bakingincluding wood fired sourdough pizza for lunch! Go to my website to find out more and to make a booking.


7 July Book signing at Halesworth bookshop, 4pm

14 July Book signing at Woodbridge book shop, 4pm

21 July Baking demonstration and book signing at Latitude festival, Henham park

2 Sept Baking demonstration and book signing at Holkham food festival


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A pre-ferment is a mini version of your main dough, quickly mixed the night before. This added fermentation time boosts the flavour of your dough, giving a delicious tangy taste to your loaf. Freshly milled Rye flour from Maple farm in Kelsale is perfect for this bread. The night before, mix together the pre-ferment ingredients, cover and leave ambient. The next day weigh the flours into a bowl. In a separate bowl stir the water into the pre-ferment and add the yeast, stir to dissolve then combine with the flour until completely mixed. Cover the dough and leave for 30 minutes. After resting the dough add the salt then knead for 5 minutes to obtain moderate gluten development – you can check the strength of the dough by performing a ‘window pane’ test where you gently tease the dough apart to create a thin membrane. Place the dough in a covered bowl for 2 hours, stretching and folding it after 30 minutes and again on the hour (2 folds total) then leave it to rise for the

remaining hour. Keep your dough in a warm place, around 25°C. When your dough is slightly expanded in size it’s ready for shaping. Pre-shape the dough into a round (boule) and let it rest, covered, for 20 minutes then complete the final shaping as desired. Place the dough into a floured dough basket and prove for 1-2 hours more until it’s jiggly when you gently shake the basket. Pre-heat your oven to 240°C/220°C fan, placing a heavy casserole pan with a lid inside. This is known as a Dutch oven and will make sure your loaf expands fully and forms a good crust. When your oven is ready turn your dough out of the basket (so the bottom is now the top) onto some baking parchment and score the surface of your loaf with a sharp knife or lame. Carefully lift into the Dutch oven, placing the lid on, and bake for 25 minutes before removing the lid for the last 10-15 minutes of the bake. Your loaf is ready when the internal temperature of your loaf is 97°C.

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Rarebit Haddock pickles & poached egg


from Iain McCarten, chef proprietor at the Last Wine Bar in Norwich

This is one of the most popular dishes on the brunch menu which is served in the café and the restaurant at The Last. The rarebit garnish changes with the seasons – it has recently changed from crab to haddock. Chef Iain McCarten makes his own milk loaf for this dish, but a good quality sourdough or white bread will work just as well.


Put the milk into a pan with the garlic and thyme and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the haddock, leaving it until cooked, which should take 5-10 minutes. Take out the haddock and flake it; keep the flakes warm.

Strain the milk. In another pan, melt the butter with the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually add the milk and cook gently until the sauce thickens so that it coats the back of a spoon. Take off the heat and add the garlic and curry powders, one of the eggs and the cheese. Once this has melted, add in the mustards and the Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste.

Put the vinegar and sugar in a pan with 100ml water. Bring to the boil, remove from the heat, and add the cucumber and red onion pieces. Leave to cool until they are pickled.

Toast the bread slice on both sides. Spread the sauce on the bread, taking care to cover the corners. Grill until brown (but not burnt!). Flake over the haddock, and sprinkle over the pickled walnuts, cucumber and red onion, and the radish slices.

Gently poach the remaining four eggs in water and vinegar for 3 minutes and 20 seconds. Season and place one on each rarebit. Garnish with dressed leaves and serve.

INGREDIENTS: Serves four

• 4 slices good quality sourdough or white bread

• 60g butter

• 150g plain flour

• 5 eggs

• ½ tsp garlic powder

• ½ tsp mild curry powder

• 500ml milk

• 1 garlic clove, peeled

• 1 sprig thyme

• 250g smoked haddock

• 150g cheddar, grated

• 150g parmesan

• ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard

• ½ Tbsp wholegrain mustard

• 4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

• 2 dashes tabasco

• 8 pickled walnuts, sliced

• 100ml white wine vinegar

• 25g sugar

• ½ red onion, sliced

• 4 slices cucumber, chopped into smaller pieces

• 2 radishes, sliced.

• leaves to garnish

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Three wines I have enjoyed this month

A fizzy silver lining to climate change’s cloud UNCORKED

Of course, planting the Champagne grapes doesn’t automatically result in topclass fizz. Making sparkling wine by the traditional method (the way Champagne is made) is complex, timeconsuming and expensive.

Climate change

may be one of the biggest challenges facing the planet, but it is a cloud which has at least one silver lining: the warming up of Britain means that our winemakers are finding the climate much easier to produce quality wines in.

Nowhere is that truer than in the production of sparkling wines. Average temperatures in Norfolk are now at the level they were in Champagne as little as two decades ago.

When most of England’s vineyards were first planted, they were populated with hybrid grapes with Germanic names which were chosen mainly because they were resistant to cold weather and disease, rather than for their flavour profiles.

But increasingly these are being replaced with more familiar ‘noble’ varieties, and in particular the ‘holy trinity’ of Champagne grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – considerably more than half of the land planted to vines in the UK comprises these three varieties.

This method involves making a base still wine, and then adding a little yeast and sugar into the bottle, closing it with a crown cap, and leaving it to ferment a second time in the bottle. The fermentation produces carbon dioxide, which as it has nowhere else to go, is dissolved into the wine, giving it its characteristic fine bubbles.

Once the sediment has been disgorged, the bottle topped up and closed with the familiar mushroom cork and cage, the wine is aged further before being released for sale.

One of the premier exponents of the art in our part of the world is John Hemmant, winemaker and proprietor at the ten hectare Chet Valley Vineyard at Bergh Apton, just south of Norwich. Chet Valley stands out amongst local vineyards because it is sparkling wines, and in particular Champagne method fizz, which it is best known for.

The vineyard is gaining a reputation for its rangetopping ‘House of Hemmant’ sparkling wine, which could easily lay a claim to be ‘Norfolk’s Champagne’, if the producers in that region were not so litigious.

There are two wines in the range: a Blanc de Blancs, made from 100% Chardonnay; and a Blancs de Noirs, made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

The former is dry and clean, with flavours of apple, pear and citrus. The Blanc de Noirs (quite simply, a white wine made from black grapes) has a pleasing pale salmon pink hue, and gives red apple, strawberry and brioche notes.

Nobody should be toasting climate change, it’s a serious and real problem. But we can at least raise a glass to one Norfolk producer who is making the most of what nature is providing in a delicious way.

Chet Valley’s House of Hemmant is available in many local shops and delicatessens, as well as online at

A.MUSE white, Muses Estate, Sterea Ellada, Greece, 2022 (£23.25, Harper Wells)

Made in the Valley of the Muses at the foot of Mount Helicon in central Greece, this is a great expression of the indigenous Malagouzia grape, with aromatic notes of exotic fruit, combined with white floral notes and a bright acidity.

Winbirri Signature Red 2018 (Jarrold, £16.50)

Award-winning Norfolk winemaker Lee Dyer is a real Rioja fan, and this Norfolk red wine incorporates many of the techniques used in that region. Made from the Dornfelder grape, and aged for 18 months in American oak barrels, this is a bold red, expressing rich plum and dark fruits alongside coffee and blackberries.

Réserve des Hospitaliers, Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône (Waitrose, £11.99)

Delicious though it is, decent Châteauneuf-duPape is becoming prohibitively expensive nowadays; other southern Rhône villages are taking up the slack. One of the best value of these is Cairanne, about 20 miles to the northeast. Waitrose’s version is wonderfully intense, with dark berry fruits and hints of spice, with silky tannins. Great value.

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Andy Newman uncovers the best wines to be drinking this month John Hemmant pruning in the Chet Valley vineyard
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Picnic power

Trysaying that three times after a few beer garden beverages. Did you know July is national picnic month? No, probably not. It’s unlikely to hugely affect your everyday life. However, anything that involves sunshine and eating, I can get on board with faster than a billionaire entering the space race. It’s a simple concept, grab some grub, head out for some fresh air, and do like the Victorians did, albeit without the girdles and the threat of smallpox.

The good news is it involves little gear and a basic idea. Which isn’t to say you shouldn’t be as prepared as a scout whilst still packing light. Invest in some quality eco-friendly plates and cups, like bamboo or enamel, as they’re easy to carry, can be reused for future endeavours or extended family

Christmases’ and will also be light on your social conscious. Using wooden cutlery will help to eliminate unnecessary plastic waste. A decent sized blanket is an essential picnic aesthetic and will save you hauling chairs behind you like the Old Man dragging his giant marlin to shore. Contemporary picnic blankets come with waterproof backing and can be rolled up to be carried by an incorporated handle allowing you to work smarter not harder. Be prepared for all eventualities, after all this is still England. Bug spray and citronella candles are useful tools in your arsenal because although the great British countryside is beautiful, it’s also home to more bugs than David Attenborough can reasonably name. Additionally, Mother Nature can be a fickle mistress when it comes to

world is your oyster - although they may not travel well. Have some fun with the gastronomy but be mindful of how you’re going to eat it. Meats and cheeses can be skewered for convenience, as can fruit and marshmallows. Sandwiches and sausage rolls are staples for a reason. Jellies, cake bars and packet snacks are also easy wins. If your al fresco adventures are going to be more audacious, take a packet of wet wipes. It’s amazing how much sand or soil can stowaway home on sticky fingers. Complete your banquet with enough lashings of lemonade to make an Enid Blyton series look undercatered and throw a bin bag in your kit to ensure the only thing you’re taking home are good memories.

the weather, so a general rule of thumb is always pack a poncho. Day out at an amusement park? Open air concert? Picnic at the park? Poncho, poncho, poncho. Pocket sized and pence to buy, a poncho will stop a passing shower ruining your afternoon pursuits. Just don’t scrimp when it comes to a cool box. Room temperature cream cheese and salmon sandwiches are as appealing as a day trip to a sewage plant.

If salmon doesn’t float your boat regardless of the temperature, it’s easy enough to rewrite the rule book. Spice up a sunny Sunday with samosas and bhajis. Take your pick from the best of the Atlantic and serve up some sushi. Choose a theme or mix and match. The culinary

If you’re heading out to a rural spot, you’re likely to be out of a Wi-Fi zone and whilst the serenity of being off grid may appeal to you, those Gen Alphas are much more technologically minded. Stop those square eyes glazing over by planning something to do. A game of tag, a wheelbarrow race or playing cards can all help to create some quality family time. Engage with the world around you by having an impromptu scavenger hunt. Go squirrel spotting, flower picking or acorn foraging. Explore the landscape instead of the internet for the day and be present in the moment. In ten years time, the smell of sea salt or earthy woodland will conjure memories of sunshiny days in a way that a funny TikTok video never will. I still can’t see a crab without being reminded that my little sister liked to only put the dead ones in her bucket at the beach because she wanted to fix them. She works in the care industry now so you could say they are formative experiences.

However, you plan to do it, just do it. It’s all grass stains and daisy chains. But don’t forget to stay safe whilst indulging in some Vitamin D. As Baz Luhrmann once said, if I could offer you one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. You’ll be as grateful at 60 for the fresh complexion as you are for the treasured memories.

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Picnics in parks and alfresco dining, Sitting on beaches, whilst the sun is shining, Sandwich packages all tied up with strings, These are a few of my favourite things...
Explore the landscape instead of the internet for the day and be present in the moment. In ten years time, the smell of sea salt or earthy woodland will conjure memories of sunshiny days in a way that a funny TikTok video never will.

Inspiring women


Business Beauty Polly

For Polly Vincent, being her own woman, calling the shots and having her own financial freedom has always been the driving force behind her career success.

Polly, 35, began her career working in permanent makeup (PMU) in 2013 after 9 years working as a beauty therapist in luxury spas and salons across the world.

Now 10 years later, Polly runs Enhance Cosmetic Clinic in Pakefield, Lowestoft, a business which has gone from strength to strength and continues to grow.

With more than 3,000 clients, Polly is considered an expert within the permanent makeup industry, employing five PMU artists and running her very own BIOTEK recognised training academy.

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As she gets ready to celebrate 10 years in business, permanent makeup expert Polly Vincent talks
‘empowering women’ and shares her secret to success
If you run a good business it’s like a run-away trainit should get so fast that you feel out of control at times.

“In any business when you are in those early stages, things can feel unsettled, but with persistence and passion anything is achievable,” she said.

Polly, who lives in Lowestoft, says her father, who worked as a wedding photographer, was a major influence on her determination to succeed.

“My dad was self employed and ran his own business for many years, so from a young age I remember watching my father being his own boss and managing his own company. He would always take time off when he needed, however, we would always see him working long days and weekends. So, I always had that in me to understand what it takes to run a business.”

Polly is the first female in her family to have brought her own property, she has a passion for fashion with an enviable walk in wardrobe filled with designer clothes, bags and shoes that most women could only dream of.

“The weirdest thing that I always did was manifest stuff. When I was little, I remember going to the hairdresser with my mum. I was looking in Vogue magazine and saw a picture of a lady with a Dior handbag; I was like, ‘Mum, look’, and she said, ’Those bags are very expensive, you will have to work hard to afford one of those’, and I thought, ‘Yes, I will’, and now I’ve got 10!”

Although Polly likes the finer things in life she admits she’s not precious about things and likes to share her success with her close friends, colleagues and family.

“I am very generous. I am always

treating everybody and I think that’s important to do, if it feels right for you. I like to give people things that I know that they might not treat themselves too - but I know they are worth it.”

As a female-owned and run business, Polly is an advocate of empowering women in work, supporting businesses across the region and employing locally.

“I have five women who work for me whom I enjoy watching grow and building our working relationship with. Enabling women to fulfil their potential of being able to have their own financial freedom is close to my heart. Most of the staff at the clinic have their own families and I never want to shy away from employing women who can only commit to two days a week. Every woman deserves a job, if they cannot come back to work full time, they still deserve to have a position here.”

Polly hopes her commitment to support

women in work will inspire more young women to set up their own business.

After 10 years working as a permanent makeup artist Polly has developed a close relationship with many of her clients and she prides herself on offering a luxury service with a focus on making women feel good focussing on natural beauty enhancements.

“I try to shy away from trends, everyone plucked their eyebrows out in the 90s, which is fabulous as that’s my bread and butter these days! However, I like to keep my work very natural. I don’t mind being flirty with new trends, but I don’t do the crazy eyebrows.

“People come to me, and often it’s not about reinventing themselves - it’s about giving others back what they used to have. I like to give people that idea of colour, so that they wake up feeling beautiful everyday, however, if they need that little extra, they can always add conventional makeup of an evening. I often get ladies who say I used to have beautiful eyebrows or rosy lips, and I say

you can have those back.”

In her time working in PMU Polly has not only seen her business grow but also advancements in the treatments available.

“10 years ago there were some really bad PMU treatments out there. I trained in London and at the time myself and other colleagues were pioneering PMU, as what we were initially taught was so primitive and basic. It was like a lip-line, harsh brows and a simple line through the eyes. Since then, the technology, pigments and machines have really improved.

“At the clinic we offer a full range of facial aesthetics alongside permanent makeup, including HydraFacial, CACI non-surgical facials, medical skin peels, anti-wrinkle injections, dermal and lip fillers, and areola medical tattooing. Plus some exciting new must have treatments in the pipe line.

“What’s really popular right how is skincare, we are seeing so many clients

taking control of the ageing process with their home products and investing in regular facials.’’

With strong links to award-winning London academies across the UK, Polly continually travels to update and renew her training to ensure her clients are consistently offered services at the very forefront of permanent makeup.

So what’s next for Polly? “I feel like I have done more than I thought I ever could. I always knew PMU was a big thing but I never really knew how far it would really go. A clinic in London is on the horizon, as well as new treatments and we have more advanced training coming up,” she said.

Polly and her team love to welcome new clients and are able to offer a free consultation by appointment.


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Usingalcohol as a reward at the end of a tiring day at work, or a hard session in the gym? Maybe your reward is doing more harm and is actually a punishment for your body.


First off, let’s talk about the obviousalcohol is loaded with empty calories, meaning that the calories are not used for anything, there is no nutritional value and no benefit to your body. If your goal is fat loss, then even a glass each evening can really scupper your progress. A large glass of wine has around 226 calories, which across a week adds up to 1582 calories. But what does that actually mean? Well, in order to gain 1lb of body fat we need to consume around 3600 excess calories. So over the course of a year those glasses of wine could add up to around a 23lb fat gain. On the flip side, having 1 glass of wine less each evening could see you losing just as much body fat!

But it’s not just the calories that are the problem. Alcohol can also negatively affect your metabolism, slowing it down and making it harder for your body to burn fat. Plus, it can mess with your sleep, leaving you feeling groggy and unmotivated the next day. Studies have shown that alcohol can interfere with your body’s ability to recover after exercise, meaning you may not see the gains you’re hoping for.


Let’s start with hangovers! I doubt I need to go into huge detail on this one; the dry mouth, nausea and pounding headache. Obviously not great and we feel like this after drinking because we have poisoned our bodies. Alcohol is toxic, hence the word ‘intoxication’. But beyond the immediate effects there are a huge amount of other impacts on our bodies, including:

• Mental health issues

• Increased risk of many cancers

• High blood pressure

• Increased risk of heart attack and stroke

• Liver damage

• Stomach and digestive disorders

• Kidney disease

• Fertility problems

• Weakened immune system.

Chantel Heath




So many people I speak to swear they sleep ‘like the dead’ after a couple of wines, and many people actually use alcohol to help them sleep. But it really isn’t helpful. It’s a sedative, so it can definitely make you feel drowsy and help you fall asleep faster, but it actually disrupts your sleep cycle and prevents you from getting the restful, restorative sleep your body needs. It can interfere with the production of a hormone called melatonin, which helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. As a result, you may find yourself waking up frequently during the night. All of this adds up to poor quality sleep. Studies have shown that alcohol reduces the amount of time you spend in the restorative stages of sleep, such as deep sleep and REM sleep. This means that even if you’re getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night, you may still wake up feeling tired and sluggish. This then has knock on effect for your energy levels, immune system, motivation, mood and appetite.


If it’s gains you’re chasing, alcohol can interfere with the production and regulation of several hormones in your body, including testosterone, cortisol, and growth hormone. These hormones are essential for building muscle, burning fat and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Low levels can make it harder to see gains in the gym. Alcohol can also increase the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that can lead to muscle breakdown and fat storage.

I'm a 41 year old mother of two and Personal Fitness coach. I work one to one, in person & online with clients aged 18-80. My specialisms include pre and postnatal training, cancer rehab, pilates, and GP exercise referrals. I run fitness classes online and in person in the Suffolk Coastal area. I am also a Mental Health First aider.

Many people have no idea what a huge effect alcohol can have on estrogen levels. Estrogen plays a key role in the reproductive system, as well as in bone health, heart health, brain health and other bodily functions. Excessive alcohol consumption can disrupt the delicate balance of estrogen, leading to fertility issues and worsening symptoms of PCOS and endometriosis. In fact, some research suggests that post-menopausal women who drink alcohol regularly may have a higher risk of breast cancer. This is because high levels of estrogen have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, and alcohol can raise estrogen levels in the body.

Additionally, alcohol can interfere with the liver’s ability to break down estrogen, which can further increase estrogen levels in the body. This can lead to a condition called estrogen dominance, where there is an excess of estrogen relative to other hormones in the body.


While moderate alcohol consumption is generally considered safe for most people, many people do not drink moderately! Moderate consumption is generally considered to be less than 14 units per week, which is only around 6 pints, or 1.5 bottles of wine.

So, when it comes to alcohol drinking, less is definitely more from a health and fitness perspective!

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can be pruned of their spent spear-like flowers to encourage new blooms with a second flush. The more we deadhead the more flowers we will enjoy.

If you notice any tired and brown perennial plant leaves then cut them back as it will keep borders nice and tidy. If plants are being nibbled on by pests, like blackfly, greenfly and aphids, then early action and treatment is important to ensure the plant remains healthy and strong for the remainder of summertime. I use an old toothbrush to gently brush the pests off and the mist setting on my hose to spray the aphids off the plants.

Themiddle of metrological summertime is upon us, with its long and hot days turning our garden into a space for outdoor living. July is the time to fully embrace our green space and all it has to offer at this time of year. We can invite our friends and family over to enjoy the green and floral surroundings; by sharing our work in the garden with others we will feel a real sense of achievement. It’s time for us to delight in the floral majesty of rudbeckia, zinnia, verbena, delphinium, pansy, geranium, lobelia, dahlia, begonia, petunia, aster and salviato name but a few.

Many of our plants will be at their peak this month so we should be sure to keep them regularly watered, ideally at dusk and using mulch around the plants to retain moisture. The hanging baskets, pots, tubs, containers and planters will need extra care as they can dry out within a day. We should water at the base of plants to ensure water reaches the roots rather than onto foliage where it settle on leaves and encourage disease. A way to save tap water is to have a water butt, recycling rainfall into our gardens during dry spells.

We need to deadhead our spent flowers, the process of deadheading will encourage new flowers and lengthen the flowering season that little bit more. In particular, sweet peas and roses require constant deadheading to get the very best flowering results and lupins

We should continue train the new vines of our climbing plants such as clematis, jasmine and honeysuckle, intertwining the new growth into trellises, onto a frame of a wall or fence. We can snip off the spindly vines of the Wisteria to keep the rapid growth under control and prevent an unsightly tangle of new vines.

To keep our lawn grass healthy and strong during hot and dry spells we should be watering it once a week and cutting it on the highest setting to allow the grass to retain its green leaf for as long as possible whilst experiencing drought conditions. A new lawn turf and self-sown grass seed should be watered more regularly to ensure the roots establish a healthy footing in the ground. If we have ant mounds in our lawn, then we should sweep away the mounds of soil into the lawn before cutting.

The garden furniture is out and hopefully the warm weather allows us to dine amongst our favourite plants and flowers. The garden is the perfect space to change the pace of life and, with a little general maintenance, we can enjoy it late into summer evenings. The garden is at its best so let us sit back with a cool drink and take in the sights, sounds and smells.

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If you go away this month remember to ask someone to water your plants

Watch out for the little pests amongst your plants and flowers

Weeds love warm weather, so carefully dig up the root base

If slugs are an issue, try crushed eggshells and seashells around the base of plants

Keep the bird bath topped up with water

House & Home
Many of our plants will be at their peak this month so we should be sure to keep them regularly watered, ideally at dusk and using mulch around the plants to retain moisture.
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Able Community Care has been in the same family for four decades and now provides live-in care services throughout the UK.

Since 1980 we have provided care and have met with thousands of families who are seeking an alternative to moving into a residential care home.

Meeting people inevitably leads, either at the time of an assessment or even years later, to questions for which people are looking for answers.

Information around all aspects of care is available but the road to finding out, especially at a time of crisis, about specific factors can be difficult and stressful. Able Community Care receives calls and emails on a regular basis with people asking if we can help with their search for information.

Recently these questions have been asked of us...

ask Angela

Question: A friend mentioned she is on the Priority Services Register and said I could apply. What exactly is it please?

Answer: The Priority Services Register is a free support service that makes sure extra help is available to people in vulnerable situations with reference to your energy and water supply.

There is an eligibility criterion which includes: you are disabled, have a sight or hearing condition, need to use medical equipment, are of state pension age, plus more.

Included in the benefits for registering are: advanced notice of scheduled power cuts, priority support in an emergency, identification and password scheme, the ability to nominate someone to receive bills/communications on your behalf, regular meter readings and more.

For further details about the PSR visit the website:

To register for the Scheme, contact your energy supplier or network operator.

Question: What is the postal service Articles for the Blind?

Answer: Royal Mail operate a scheme called Articles for the Blind (AFB) which allows blind and partially sighted people to send certain items of post free of charge. If you are blind or partially sighted and have close-up vision with spectacles of N12 or less, then you can use the scheme. You may only send items that have been specially produced or adapted for blind and partially sighted people.

You can send amongst other items:-

books, papers and letters - either embossed or in large print, computer disks and CDs which have been prepared for blind or partially sighted people, spoken audio, video (with added commentary - audio description) and electronic media, talking books and talking newspapers, electronic and optical magnifiers, games, mathematical devices, watches, clocks and measuring equipment, mobility aids (including sticks) and guide dog equipment.

For further details call your local sorting office or the Royal Mail Customers Service Department on 0345 607 6140

Question: I am applying for a care assessment from Social Services and believe I can ask for a Personal Budget if my assessment confirms I need care and I am also eligible for funding. Practically, how does a Personal Budget work?

Answer: If you are granted a Personal Budget it can be managed in the following ways:

You can ask the council to either:

• Manage your Personal Budget for you.

• Pay the money to another organisation – such as a care provider.

• Pay the money directly to you or someone you choose – this is known as a Direct Payment.

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Angela Gifford, Managing Director of Able Community Care, answers your questions...




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We recommend a treatment plan that is unique to you and designed to meet your needs.


We make sure that you understand what steps will be taken on your journey to better hearing and what the realistic outcomes are of those steps.


We work with you to create a long-term treatment plan, regular ongoing evaluations and any additional care that you may need to make sure you stay satisfied with your hearing in the years to come.


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