In our 250th anniversary year, we are honoured to be working collaboratively with local businesses whose diversity, commitment and passion for quality and excellence contribute to Norfolk’s increasingly exciting food and drink scene.  Together, we can help put it on the map and encourage visitors to enjoy both our unique coastline and countryside, and the wonderful culinary delights it yields when the time is right.

And while ethical choice is now an expectation for consumers who want to the know the origin of what they are buying and eating, we believe that we have been at the forefront of championing the virtues of a short ‘field-to-fork’ journey since Bakers & Larners of Holt was established in 1770. 

Two of our most recent collaborations with local suppliers have resulted in the production of a commemorative 250 Gin and a 250 Ale, both created to celebrate our 250th anniversary.

Distilled in collaboration with north Norfolk-based  Black Shuck, 250 Gin has been created to capture our uniqueness and our ethos of supporting local producers.  Just five hundred bottles of 250 Gin have been produced and each commemorative bottle is individually numbered, adding an exclusive edge to the gin. 

250 Gin is a bright, crisp gin with welcoming juniper tones followed by citrus notes of fresh lime beautifully finished with the warmth of pear and ginger; we highly recommend it to be served with Fever Tree Indian Tonic and garnished with fresh pear slices and a mint leaf.  It’s a perfect accompaniment to the increasingly lighter evenings.

We’re proudly supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) during our anniversary year and will be donating £4 to the charity for every bottle of 250 Gin purchased.

Team Moon Gazer has worked alongside us to create what they poignantly describe as ‘a beer of hope’.   Our 250 Ale has been lovingly produced by the Hindringham-based small business at an unprecedented time when the future is uncertain. And yet, buoyed by our remarkable history that has seen us trade through two World Wars, nine monarchs and seven pandemics, the ale is vibrant, modern and gives an air of optimism for the future. 

The end result is a light golden ale, light with a robust but balanced bitterness and a lemon and orange citrus finish refreshingly spring like.  The malt base is a blend of Maris Otter and Chevalier Heritage malt – both grown in Norfolk, and malted at Crisp Maltings in Great Ryburgh.  The hops used are Cascade and Ernest, both have great citrus and orange characteristics which are further enhanced with a dash of peels from both of those fruits – with some invert sugar adding to the mouthfeel and sweetness of the brew.  At 4.3%, it makes a great session beer. 

We’ll be raising a glass to teamwork, a shared passion for quality and excellence and to the next 250 years!