Food and drink in East Anglia & East of England
Discover East Anglia's mouth-watering food and drink - home to some of the country's finest producers. Taste and buy our culinary treats at farm shops, markets and award-winning restaurants
Farmers' markets and food fesitvals
Meet local growers and producers selling their products direct to the public. All items sold have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholder.
East Anglian food festivals
Make time to visit our special ‘foodie' festivals - a celebration of our local culinary treats. Enjoy food and drink tastings, cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, special competitions and dinners of local produce at restaurants.
Events include the Norfolk Food Festival, Suffolk Food Hall, North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, Adnams Food Festival and the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival. You can also enjoy the special food marquees at our annual county shows. If you're travelling to Suffolk this year, find out about their food and drink offering, here.
Eating out in East Anglia
For lovers of good food and wine - the region offers a wide variety of restaurants and pubs. Taste culinary delights from around the world, or seek out our local specialties and traditional home-made cooking using fresh seasonal produce
from East Anglia.
Norwich is the only place in the world where you can visit Delia Smith's very own restaurant. Whilst over in Essex, Jamie Oliver's parents run the award-winning Cricketers (Clavering, nr. Saffron Walden). Gastro pub The White Horse in Harpenden is owned by popular French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli. For something completely different, join Queen Elizabeth I and her court for a sumptuous banquet in The Old Palace at Hatfield House Alternatively, nothing beats some fresh fish and chips eaten on the beach at Aldeburgh or Dunwich.
A fine vintage
Being the driest part of Britain (low rainfall), and with the right soil conditions (limestone/chalk) - East Anglia has become one of the foremost English wine producing regions. Today our award-winning vineyards range from small back garden enterprises to large commercial concerns. Many of them are open for guided tours and free wine tastings.
The real ale trail
Refresh your taste buds with a pint of ‘real' ale, which has been matured naturally in the cask. East Anglia grows some of the best malting barley in the world - and with such a wonderful raw ingredient on its doorstep it is not surprising that brewers in the region are becoming established as some of the finest in Europe. Famous names include Adnams (Southwold), Charles Wells (Bedford), Elgood and Sons (Wisbech), Greene King (Bury St. Edmunds), McMullen and Sons (Hertford), St. Peter's (St. Peter South Elmham, nr. Bungay) and Woodforde's (Woodbastwick, nr. Wroxham).
In the last couple of decades, brewing on a small scale has enjoyed a revival, as micro-breweries have sprung up across the region.
Farm shops and food halls
Visit one of our farm shops and food halls - which offer a wide range of local products and items. Here is a selection from around the region:
Alder Carr Farm (Needham Market), Browns of Stagsden (nr. Bedford), Calcott Hall (Brentwood), Elveden Estate (nr. Thetford), Gog Magog Hills (Shelford Bottom, nr. Cambridge), Goodies (Pulham Market), La Hogue (Chippenham, nr. Ely), Pearce's (Puckeridge, nr. Buntingford), Pecks (Egginton, nr. Leighton Buzzard), Spencer's (Wickham St. Pauls, nr. Halstead), Suffolk Food Hall (Wherstead, nr. Ipswich), The Food Company (Marks Tey, nr. Colchester), Walsingham Farms (Little Walsingham), Willows Farm Village (London Colney, nr. St. Albans).