Eating & Drinking inEast of England

Change down a gear as you travel through East Anglia, the better to enjoy a region whose food identity is deeply rooted in farming and fishing. Drive – slowly – through farmland as productive as the North Sea that laps Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex is rich. Crops are pulled from the fertile Fens, sandy swathes through Norfolk are perfect for asparagus and pigs, and the hundreds of miles of coastline are havens for mussels, oysters and crabs.

You’ll see it all on menus throughout the region. Try The Brewers in Rattlesden, The Brisley Bell near Dereham or Galvin Green Man at Great Waltham – all strong new entries for 2020 – or return to The Duck Inn at Stanhoe, The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe, or The Sun Inn at Dedham, favourites for very good reason.

The north Norfolk coast is a honeypot, whether you’re splashing out at Morston Hall or The Neptune, or dipping into Wells Crab House (for the obvious), or the chilled-out Yurt at Thornham (try the curry!). Push on to lively Norwich where Woolf & Social, winner of the Best Local Restaurant for the East and Central region, thrilled inspectors with its small plates menu and utterly relaxed vibe. And don’t miss Bury St Edmunds where a cluster of outstanding independent restaurants makes the town a food lover’s must-visit.

The Cambridge food scene bursts with originality. Unpretentious Vanderlyle, and boldly glamorous Parkers Tavern are standout new entries, joining the likes of ever-popular Restaurant 22 and Daniel Clifford’s Top 50 Midsummer House. To eat well for under £20, follow the glow of the sunflower-yellow Citroën van in the Grafton shopping centre to Amélie, another new entry and genius all-day spot for deliciously crisp flammekueche (stone-baked Alsatian flatbreads). 

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