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Norfolk’s Famous Farmers’ Markets

Farmers MarketOne of the most fertile parts of the UK, Norfolk has long been known for the quality of its meat, dairy, fruit and veg. From handmade cheeses and specialist sausages to delicious jams and plump, ripe vegetables, the county boasts a range of mouth-watering delicacies and specialities. Visitors to Norfolk can sample this outstanding produce at one of the many farmers markets that dot the county. Fun, vibrant and full of tantalising sights and smells, these markets are the perfect introduction to Norfolk’s culinary heritage.

Farmers’ markets take place in towns, villages and cities across Norfolk throughout the year. Some of the most famous markets are located in Norwich, Loddon, Creake Abbey, Poringland and Fakenham, though smaller markets and farm shops can be found throughout the county. As well as fruit, veg, meat and dairy, a lot of farmers markets also offer plants for sale and most boast a choice of food stands.

Farmers Market 2The vast majority of the produce on offer in Norfolk’s farmers’ markets is grown locally. Most markets ensure that at least 70% of the food sold is produced in Norfolk, giving visitors the chance to sample the very best ingredients the county has to offer. Fans of cheese will be spoiled for choice as Norfolk is home to some of the tastiest vintages in the country. From Binham Blue and Wighton to Wells Alpine and Warham, Norfolk boasts some of the most varied and delicious cheese made anywhere in the UK. Other products you may come across at Norfolk’s farmers’ markets include fresh, crunchy broccoli, firm, ripe tomatoes, fragrant mint and, or course, mustard. Holidaymakers who visit markets close to the sea may also come across the world famous Cromer Crab, freshly harvest samphire and mouth-watering Brancaster mussels.

Head Chef Chris Marshall & his team at the King William love working with our very own county’s produce and we try to use locally sourced meat, fruit and veg wherever possible. Not only does this allow us to produce outstanding meals for you, it also gives you the chance to try some of the best produce in the country.

Creake Abbey 1st Saturday of every month. 9.30am – 1pm at Creake Abbey
Fakenham 4th Saturday of every month. 8.30am – 12pm. at Fakenham Market Square
Holt Country Market every Friday. 9am – 11am. at St Andrews Church Hall
Norwich Monthly 9am-3pm at the Forum
Sandringham 4th Sunday of every month. 10am – 3pm, at Sandringham Visitor Centre.
Thornham last Saturday of every month. 9.30am – 12.30pm, at Thornham Deli.

 

 

The plight of the whales in Hunstanton

Since January 2016, more than 30 sperm whales have washed up on the beaches of northern and eastern England, causing scientists to look more closely at their behaviour, their habitat and anything that could be damaging them.

Sperm whales
dead sperm whaleThe sperm whale is a truly incredibly creature. Able to grow up to whopping 20.5 metres in length, the creatures are the biggest toothed predator on earth. The sperm whale is also the second deepest diving mammal on the planet and is able to reach depths of 2,250m. Sperm whales can be found in oceans around the world, however only adult male whales venture into the cooler waters found in higher latitudes. In general, sperm whales stick to deep off shore waters, favouring depths of over 1000m.

Why are sperm whales beaching in Norfolk?
Scientists don’t know for sure why sperm whales have begun to wash up on the county’s shoreline. One theory is that all of the whales have come from a single bachelor pod that took a wrong turn in the North Sea, an area where adult males are known to live in relatively large numbers. If this is the case, the recent spate of sperm whales beaching on Norfolk’s shores may soon come to an end. However, scientists fear that the beachings could be the result of a series of whale pods becoming disorientated and finding themselves suddenly in shallower waters. This could point to a more fundamental problem with the whales’ natural environment and could mean that the sad beachings will continue in the future.

How can we help the whales?
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If you, like many people in Norfolk, have been moved by the plight of the whales, there are lots of different ways to help these magnificent creatures. One thing that many environmental agencies and charities are asking is that the public not damage the carcases in any way. In the past, trophy hunters have cut teeth and bones from deceased whales in order to make ghoulish souvenirs. Not only does this make it harder for scientists to work out why the whales died, it is also upsetting for those working hard to help the whales. You can also help by supporting the BDMLR with your donation. The British Divers Marine Life Rescue. is an organisation dedicated to the rescue and well-being of all marine animals in distress around the UK. Visit their website on http://www.bdmlr.org.uk
MARINE ANIMAL RESCUE HOTLINE: 01825 765546 during office hours.
(07787 433412 out of office hours)

 

February at The King William

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First a very big THANK YOU! to all of you who supported our Pie & Mash evening. We welcomed 99 diners through our door and it was a brilliant evening with great atmosphere, excellent raffle prizes and wonderful food. Most importantly a fabulous £1356, 48 was raised for the Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

pancakes with fruits and strawberry

Shrove Tuesday 9 February
No need to dive into your own kitchen on Britains famous Pancake day. Sweet & Savoury pancakes will be available for lunch 12-2pm and dinner 6.30–9pm

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Romance is on the menu
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not treat your loved one to a special candlelit evening combining a delicious menu that’s guaranteed to set the mood for love? Available from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th February inclusive , you’ll start the night with a selection of mouth-watering canapés on arrival, followed by a choice of fresh local oysters, chicken mousse crostini or roasted butternut squash salad for starters. Be tempted to add a glass of fizz to accompany your meal! For the main event, it’s barbecued ribeye steak, grilled salmon fillet or Mediterranean vegetable risotto, offering something for every discerning diner. As for desserts, there are three naughty-but-nice delights to take your fancy, from strawberry heart macaroon and Belgian chocolate torte, to an assiette of apple desserts to share.

How could you resist? The perfect setting to celebrate a special anniversary (or pop the question, perhaps!), the Valentine’s menu is priced £27.50 per person (booking essential).

For the ultimate indulgence, stay the night in one of our award-winning luxury guest bedrooms! The exclusive Valentine’s accommodation package includes a demi bottle of Champagne on arrival, romantic dinner complete with red rose, plus Champagne breakfast the following morning (£85 per person based on two people sharing). Surprise your partner by calling 01485 571765 to book your room and/or table today .

Norfolk Bird Watching

Bird Watching in Snettisham and Titchwell

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Though Norfolk has many outstanding attributes, if we had to pick one as our absolute favourite, it would have to be the landscape. Largely unspoilt and boasting some of the most unique habitats in the country, Norfolk’s fields, beaches, marshes and lagoons help to make the county one of the most beautiful in Britain. With two of the county’s best RSPB reserves within easy reach of the King William, a day of spotting some great British birds is guaranteed to be a highlight of your trip to the region.

Snettisham and Titchwell
Snettisham and Titchwell Reserves are a must-see for anyone staying in the area. Taking in one of the most beautiful stretches of the north Norfolk Coast and large, muddy expanses of The Wash, the area that the reserves cover is incredibly important for wading birds, sea birds and other British species. Snettisham is free to visit while Titchwell charges just £5 per car for non-members, making both ideal destinations for a family day out and great places to start your adventure in the Norfolk countryside.

Birds
Both reserves boast a number of star species, with many easy to spot throughout the year.  As Snettisham is located on the coast, it’s the perfect place to spot waders and other water loving birds. The pink-footed goose, the bar-tailed godwit, the avocet and the knot are all regular visitors to the reserve, with shelducks also easy to spot throughout the year. At Titchwell you’ll find a mixture of species, with the marsh harrier, the bittern, the bearded tit and the redshank some of the most exciting visitors to the area.

Visit any time of year
Both Snettisham and Titchwell offer a range of outstanding walking routes, as well as a network of hides and observation points. During big tides, Snettisham is especially popular as the rising water forces thousands of waders off of the mud flats and onto the land, providing a spectacular view for visitors to behold.

Winter is coming…… stock up your wine cellar with first class wines

Wine, dine and stock up your wine cellar for the festive season –

Special Event Wednesday 26 November

Wine and fire

Start the festive season in style with an evening of fine dining and wine tasting at The King William on Wednesday, 26 November. This special event includes a three course supper for just £25,00 with complimentary wines to sample, and purchase at great prices ready for the Christmas holidays. Master of Wine, Mark Lynton, from Lynton Wines brings his wine selection and expertise to the evening. To book your table call 01485 571765 – and room if you wish – ask for our special accommodation deals for the event.

Cosy log fires and comfy sofas await – not forgetting excellent Real Ales and fine wines – The King Will again features in next year’s national Good Beer Guide. Please visit the website for updates on all events at the Inn, accommodation and dining offers – or please call in to discuss your Christmas party or special celebration.

Ian Ward and his Fabulous Norfolk Photography

Gallery Restaurant Photography Exhibition by Ian Ward

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Customs House Kings Lynn Norfolk

Ian is a local photographer born and bred in Great Bircham. He has a lifelong passion for the history that surrounds this area and the natural beauty it contains. Ian has had many images published in the national press, main stream magazines and is the main photographic contributor to the local KL Magazine. He does not take images specifically for publishing purposes, just images that reflect his love of the area. Ian lives in South Wootton with his wife. Teresa and his three children, Stephanie, Ben and Harry. He hopes that you enjoy looking at his work and it inspires you to visit areas depicted in his images.

Winter Warmer Menu Out Now

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Delicious Comfort Food – Out Now
Introducing our brand new ‘Winter Warmer Menu’ with all Your favourites!

Welcome to our Country Inn. Choose from an extensive a la carte menu, brimming with local delicacies, or indulge in traditional Winter Warming Pub Classics – Vegetarian & Gluten Free options available. All can be enjoyed in either our Gallery Restaurant which welcomes families, our cosy dog friendly bar or the bright and airy Garden Restaurant with adjoining Conservatory. Check it out on http://tinyurl.com/pvfmkb8. Book your table now on 01485 571 765.

5 ways to love November

Autumn in Norfolk UK

There’s no need to wait until Christmas to have a wonderful time.

Love Life today and enjoy Autumn in all its Glory.

Here are 5 ways to simply enjoy November to the full.

1) Mmm! Mussels…
Take a refreshing walk along the beach or through the colourful woods at Sandringham and then sit back and relax with the family by a cosy log fire in our bar, and enjoy a bowl of steaming Brancaster Mussels – making Winter all the more welcoming!

2) Clever savings! Winter Dining Restaurant Promotion (From 1 November).
For every £25 you spend in the restaurant (incl. Pre- Christmas parties!) we reward you with a £2.50 gift voucher – so when you’ve finished all your Christmas shopping you can still treat yourself to a great meal out.

3) MSM (Monthly Set Menu)
Introducing our brand new MSM Menu bringing you Great Food at Great Prices. Together with Tuesdays Curry & a Pint evenings at only £10, Your Dining Club Member Benefits, special event nights (see below) & our fabulous Daily Take Away service you can really start planning some regular days off in your kitchen.

4) Event Nights!
Wednesday 13 November 2013 – Mussels Night
Unlimited ‘Moules et Frites’ – Only £15 per person – Cooked & Served to order in 4 delicious sauces – Discover your favourite – Book your table now on 01485 571765

Wednesday 27 November Italian Night
Fun evening with a two course buffet of delicious Italian dishes. Only £17.50 per person. Proceeds & Raffle on the night in aid of the new Sedgeford village Defibrillator. Bring Your Friends & Book your table now on 01485 571765

5) Great Value 3 night Shortbreaks.
Classic Double Room Only £250, Superior Double Room Only £275.
This rate is for 2 persons and includes our award winning breakfast.

Enjoy your pre-Christmas and festive celebrations with us!
Plan ahead and book your special event now to avoid disappointment.
Call us now on 01485 571765

* Pre-Christmas Dinner Party – from 1/12 for parties of just 2 – 60 persons
Includes Voucher Scheme, Grand Christmas Prize Draw, Pre Dinner Cocktail for
Dining Club Members, festive crackers. See our website for menu.
* Christmas Day Lunch – Sorry! Sold out! – Reserve list only
* Boxing Day Lunch/Dinner – only a few spaces left!
* New Years Eve Dinner – set menu – bookings taken now.
* 3 Night Accommodation Christmas Package – Sorry! Sold out! – Reserve list only

For full details of all of the above see our website on www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.uk. or call us and book now on 01485 571765.

We look forward to welcoming you soon to The King William Country Inn & Restaurant!

Nick & Lili Skerritt