Slow Food supporter Eastgate Larder

Slow Food in Norwich and Slow Food Anglia have many great small food producers as members and also supporters and one of our most active who only joined us last year is Eastgate Larder a producer of fine Medlar Jelly and Fruit cheese in Norfolk.
Eastgate Larder was only set up in the past couple of years and has already become a well known and popular business in both Norfolk and Suffolk, their products are sold in a wide range of shops and delicatessens across these counties and increasingly at large food festivals and fairs, they can now also be found in London.
Eastgate is located in rural North Norfolk, and their medlars are found among the fruit, vegetables and deciduous woodland, and the team at Eastgate are at the forefront in reviving this long forgotten, old English fruit which was once Britain’s sweet treat. The Nottingham trees are rarely found in British commercial orchards, with one notable exception in Essex. Grafted onto quince A root stock, and helped by local honey bees, these are productive trees with their fruit one of the most flavoursome and reliable varieties grown in the UK.

The jelly is delicious served with game and other meats, hot or cold and a spoonful enriches sauces and may also be served as a condiment and is especially nice with soft cheeses. The fruit cheese is a preserve of set medlar fruit puree, which is especially well suited to hard and soft cheeses.
Slow Food are at the forefront of promoting small local food and drink producers and in East Anglia we have been instrumental in obtaining only the fourth Presidia in the UK for the Native Colchester Oyster as well as working closely with the Red Poll cattle society and many other excellent East Anglian producers.
Eastgate Larder was present at our first food festival at the beautiful Holkham Hall in north Norfolk last April and we hope to involve them in future events such as our Anglian food week at Borough Market in London as well as many smaller food events and festivals both in East Anglia and also at other Slow Food events across England in 2018 and beyond.