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Food & Drink

Looking for the best food and drink in the East of England? We’ve got it covered.

The region has one of the best food and drink offerings in the UK. The coast and countryside, still largely agricultural, provide a fantastic array of local, seasonal ingredients and produce.

Superb seafood can be found along the region’s almost-500 miles of coastline. Colchester Natives and Mersea Island are names synonymous with quality oysters. The eponymous crabs found at Cromer are the tastiest and most succulent in the UK because they feed on the world’s largest chalk reef. Fishing boats bring in fresh fish and seafood at Aldeburgh, Southwold, Lowestoft and Brancaster.

Enjoying one of the best climates in the country and with chalky soil and gentle slopes, the East of England is perfect for growing grapes. The region’s vineyards are developing a reputation for producing quality, award-winning wines. You can tour many of them, as you can our region’s distilleries

North Norfolk, with its high lands and salty sea frets, produces arguably the best malting barley in the country. Allied with quality breweries such as Adnams and Woodfordes, and an increasing number of microbreweries, we make some of the most celebrated beers in the UK. Enjoy them in a huge wealth of traditional country pubs and town and city inns.

Look out for local, seasonal food on the menus of local eateries, including game, asparagus and samphire. And don’t miss our specialist cheeses.

Looking for authentic experiences where you can live like a local? Enjoying our food and drink is a great way to get started.