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About us, Dermot and Sue Allen and our dog friendly holiday cottages. We started with the Old Forge running it for friends in 2005. In 2007/8 we were able to develop our own holiday accommodation, The Old Piggery. The Garden Room was added, belonging to another friend and the success of these prompted a further request to add Red Roofs at Hickling which has been doing very well. In 2012 we are embarking on our next project, New Barn. It isn't new at all (approx 180 years old) but it will be a fabulous new addition to our dog friendly holiday accommodation. Keep watching this space....!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Promoting local food ......

Many of our guests come to stay with their cars laden with food and drink, determined not to do any food shopping while they are here (and I can't say I blame them, most supermarkets are horrible places to be in!) and some take advantage of our offer to put away their groceries and do an online shop for delivery before they arrive.  Others bring some basics, arrange for us to provide some local goodies and then shop locally during their stay - I do think these people get the best out of their Norfolk holiday because we do have some very good locally produced food.

One of the top places for this is a gorgeous little shop in Stalham High Street called Truly Local.  It is a not for profit community shop where all the goods are sourced from within a 35 mile radius.  Why 35 miles?  Well that enabled them to include Norfolk's very own whisky!  The stuff in this shop is just wonderful - imaginative, fresh, all delicious and not expensive.  They regularly do a price comparison with Tesco and many of their items are often cheaper. Truly Local website  And it doesn't just do food ... check out the ever changing selection of local art, cards, pottery, bags and bunting!

Also in Stalham High Street there is an excellent butcher who also sources much of his meat from local suppliers and does some wonderful cooked meat baguettes at lunchtime and pork pies to die for!  James Cawdron website

They did the hog roast for our wedding.  Most people went back for seconds!

For fish, there is the bestest, freshest fishy delights in a tiny little shop in nearby Happisburgh.  The shop is called Fair Maid, after the boat used to catch the fish.  Can rarely resist stopping on the way back from walking the dogs on the beach.  As well as the fresh fish, they do little pots of cockles and prawns, frozen fish, sandwiches, crabs, lobsters and Morston mussels in season and their smoked fish is some of the best I have ever tasted.  Not too heavily smoked which means you can eat their fantastic kippers for breakfast and not have them repeating on you all day!

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, that does make my mouth water!
I wish we had a selection of local food shops. The occasional farmers market just isn't good enough.
Yet another good reason for a trip to Norfolk!

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, that does make my mouth water!
I wish we had a selection of local food shops. The occasional farmers market just isn't good enough.
Yet another good reason for a trip to Norfolk!

8:04 AM  

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