Creake Abbey showcase for Norfolk’s local food producers

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The Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall, located at the unique Creake Abbey site three miles south of Burnham Market, has transformed its cafe menu and food hall offering to showcase the best of Norfolk’s local food producers.

Building on a decade of its award-winning farmers’ markets, Creake Abbey has used its knowledge and relationships to select the region’s finest bakery, butchery and artisan food producers. Their products are now available all year round, offering access to some of the best and most delicious items from the area, while maintaining the Food Hall’s focus on convenient kitchen staples.

Some of the local products now on sale in the Creake Abbey Food Hall include From the Earth Cooperative seasonal organic vegetables (based just outside Lynn), artisan breads from Pye Baker of Norwich, award-winning pork pies by Brays Cottage (based near Holt), chutney from Candi’s Chutney also near Holt, Great Granola by Bonallack (near King’s Lynn), home-baked sweet and savoury tarts from Pies, Puds and Tarts (from Great Walsingham) and modern salads by local chef Atalanta Keirle of Feast (in North Creake).

The Creake Abbey Food Hall is also proud to be the only shop to sell the celebrated curries and accompaniments, both fresh and frozen, by Ethnic Fusion in Dereham. Raw honey, widely recognised for its remarkable health benefits, is also on sale from the Norfolk Honey Company based just outside Norwich, providing a well-deserved sales boon for this exceptional local producer.

Alongside its refocus on delicious local food, the Food Hall is committed to providing basic kitchen staples so that it remains a convenient one stop shop for locals and visitors alike.

And to completely take the stress out of entertaining and family cooking, from Monday, July 25, Creake Abbey will offer its ‘Fresh Order Form’ in which home-made lasagnes, quiches, pies, curries and salads as well as delicious desserts, tarts and cakes can be pre-ordered for collection (in your your own dishes if you prefer) before the weekend. The ultimate picnic hamper can also be ordered with fresh salads, breads, homemade scotch eggs, charcuterie and a mouth-watering selection of local and international cheeses.

For those wishing to avoid gluten the Food Hall offers gluten-free staples such as pasta, gourmet sauce mixes, biscuits, cereals and many other products plus the Café always has cakes and foods to suit. Visitors will find healthy raw snacks in the Food Hall together with organic juices for children, baking ingredients and staples.

And to celebrate the arrival of summer, the highly popular Flip Flop Friendly Deli Dining will return to Creake Abbey with alfresco tables outside or seating inside the Food Hall from 5pm – 7pm every Thursday and Saturday in August as well as the last week of July.

Creake Abbey’s popular Friday evening dining is continuing with Bistro Dining nights every Friday in August and the last week of July (supper orders taken from 6.30pm to 8.30pm – booking recommended.)

Founder of the Creake Abbey retail site, Diana Brocklebank Scott, who has recently taken over the management of the Café & Food Hall, said: “I’m very proud of the relaunched Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall and its renewed focus on Norfolk’s remarkable fresh produce. By championing the best in local food producers, many of whom attend our Farmers’ Market, we hope to support many young and growing businesses and meet our customers’ needs for basics such as fresh meat, vegetables and dairy items, right up to artisan snacks, cheeses and sauces. I’m particularly excited by our new ‘Fresh Order Form,’ which will have pre-ordered homemade dishes, pies and puddings, as well as sensational picnic hampers, ready for collection before the weekend.”