Norfolk day and night
PUBLISHED: 11:36 06 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:36 06 February 2014
I’m going to imagine it’s a sunny day - so I set off to one of our beautiful beaches with my wife Lydia and our two young girls, Jemima and Verity, not forgetting our dog Mildred. Living so close to the sea I find it is easy to take the beaches for granted and to almost forget to use them. So, as much as possible we try to spend the day at either Holme, Brancaster or Holkham. We’ll take an amazing array of stuff, so much so it looks more like we’re going for a week’s holiday - and I’ll usually try and slip in a nice bottle of white wine.
If I’m not with my family, I would have a round of golf at Hunstanton or take a trip to Carrow Road to watch Norwich City with my dad. We’ve had season tickets for 22 years, so have experienced plenty of highs and lows, but always enjoy being part of such a great club.
My days of hitting the late night Norwich bar and club scene are well behind me now - although I try to sneak out sometimes. But as you can imagine, as a chef, my perfect night usually involves eating and drinking. We are lucky to have a lot of choice in Norfolk and we try to visit as many as possible; two of our current favorites are the Gunton Arms at Gunton and the Dabbling Duck at Great Massingham.
But if we want to stay closer to home, we’ll often invite friends to join us at the manor for plenty of wine and tapas. Although I already spend most of my time at Titchwell, I think it is really important to experience our hotel from a customer’s viewpoint and I get a good discount of course!
Titchwell Manor was named Best Restaurant or Dining Pub at the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2013, in the category sponsored by the EDP and EDP Norfolk Magazine. Eric himself was also a finalist in the Chef of the Year category, sponsored by City College Norwich.