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The Digest

1st December 2020

Covid hasn’t stopped local foodie entrepreneurs from launching exciting new ventures across the region. Alison Huntley gets the lowdown

Give it a swirl!

In Wells, designer Mimi Emmett defied not just the pandemic but also the season when she launched her soft-serve ice cream parlour Swirl.

But not even the coldest, wettest weather could put you off the home-made gorgeousness of her upmarket Mr Whippy-style ice cream (Swirl’s contains less air). Just have your sundae cup filled up and pile on the delicious toppings. Or try it in a milkshake.

A machine offering chocolate flavour or sorbet is promised and there are home-baked cakes and good coffee on offer too. All the packaging is compostable and recyclable.

Swirl, Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, 07368 642735 Instagram @swirlnorfolk

Deli nice!

A passion for local produce led chef Charlie Hodson to go for his dream – a ‘cheese room with delicatessen’ in Aylsham’s Red Lion Street.

© Owen Mathers

The vast array of products here isn’t limited to Norfolk but the county plays a starring role with everything from Binham Blue cheese to his famous sausage rolls made with pork from South Creake.

Charlie, ex-RNLI crew and formerly chef at The Grove in Cromer, says his dream was to bring all his favourite foodie and culinary items under one roof in a shop “that has a traditional English charm, large windows and creaky floorboards”. He’s done it.

Hodson & Co, Aylsham Instagram @charlies_norfolk_food_heroes

O wow!

Local producers are also celebrated at Fakenham’s deli-ghtful new offering, the O Street Deli, which opened mid-December. It’s not just about Norfolk though – there’s a strong French connection with tasty tributes to the town’s partnership with Olivet.

A warm welcome is promised within its cosy interior, beautifully renovated by Arcadia Home & Living. Temptations include specially blended teas, freshly ground barista-style coffee and fine French wines.

O Street will also operate an online store, selling bespoke hampers, along with specially developed cocktail boxes to enjoy at home.

O Street Deli, Oak Street, Fakenham. Instagram @ostreetdeli