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11th Jun 2024
Andy Newman sm

A Norwich restaurant has teamed up with a well-known local food and wine writer to showcase wines from several Norfolk vineyards as part of Norwich Wine week.

The Britons Arms in Elm Hill is putting on a special eight course fish tasting dinner on Friday 21st June, with an accompanying flight of Norfolk wines curated by Andy Newman, well-known locally for his regular EDP food and drink column, and for hosting food stages and cookery demonstrations across the county.

The fish-based tasting menu has been created by chef-proprietor Richard Ellis, who says that seafood is the perfect foil for many of Norfolk’s wines.

“We wanted to create a menu which would make wines from our county shine,” said Mr Ellis, who has run the iconic restaurant since 2021.  “Given that the majority of the wines produced in Norfolk are white or rosé, a fish-based tasting menu seemed the obvious choice.”

Mr Newman, a WSET-qualified wine tutor, added, “Norwich Wine week is such a good opportunity to showcase the exciting and growing quality of wines made here in Norfolk.  I have chosen six wines from four Norfolk vineyards to complement Richard’s menu, and I will be introducing them at the dinner and telling a little about the story behind each wine.”

The eight course tasting menu is as follows:

  • On arrival: Anchovy, olive and pickled pepper Gilda, Sardine and Provencal tomato sauce on toast, with a glass of Skylark sparkling wine by Chet Valley Vineyard
  • Crispy whitebait with capers, brown bread and chilli aioli
  • Cured cod with samphire, peas, pickled kohlrabi and shrimp butter
  • Poached plaice with pak choi, asparagus and coconut chilli broth
  • Pickled herring with gooseberry, beetroot, hazelnut, mustard frills and horseradish crisps
  • BBQ sea trout with sprouting broccoli, shaved fennel, aubergine and sundried tomato puree
  • Pan fried coley, Parmentier potatoes, gherkin, caperberries, dill oil and cured egg yolk
  • Roast peach, stewed apricot, mint and honey ricotta, creme anglaise, blueberry meringue

The cost is £60 per head, to include all food, a glass of Norfolk fizz on arrival, and tea/coffee and rum truffles.  The Norfolk wine flight, which includes glasses of five further wines, costs £45.

The Norwich Wine week Fish and Norfolk Wine Dinner takes place on Friday 21st June at The Britons Arms in Elm Hill, Norwich.  To book, call 01603 331394, or email britonsarmselmhill@gmail.com.