There's a reason why Norfolk is considered to be the garden of England and that's because of the wonderful fresh produce it grows. The coast and countryside of this lovely county make it the perfect place for visitors to North Norfolk hotels, but it's also of vital importance to the country's supermarkets. As anyone on a weekend break Norfolk will have spotted, the restaurants, pubs and bars in the area are keen on using the fresh, local produce which ranges from delicious asparagus in the spring and strawberries in the summer to apples and pears in the autumn and game in the winter months.
To top it all off there's the fish – hotels in North Norfolk are blessed with an abundance of fresh fish and shellfish for their dishes, from more-ish mussels to the famous Cromer crabs. Of course, Norfolk farmers rear pigs, sheep and cattle, too, and Colman's many mustards make the perfect accompaniment to the meat, and then there are ingredients that are peculiar to this part of the world, from samphire, anible seaweed which is a local delicacy, to lavender, which grows in the west of the county and which is used in cooking as well as for perfumes, soap and oils.
Indeed, if you're staying in one of the Norfolk luxury hotels, Norfolk Lavender in Heacham is well worth a visit, as are the saltmarshes which span the North Norfolk coast, where the samphire grows readily when in season. There are plenty of famous supporters of Norfolk produce, too, including the country's best-loved cook, Delia Smith, who has a range of restaurants at her beloved football club, the Canaries at Carrow Road.
Delia is the face of this year's Norfolk & Norwich Food Festival and her outlets at Norwich City Football Club are constantly packed with people who love her recipes which are all made with the best local ingredients. So when you're next in Norfolk, make the most of the county's wealth of wonderful produce – visit a farmshop or farmer's market for some fresh fruit, fish, meat or vegetables, or simply stop at one of the roadside stalls.