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7 new Norfolk food businesses that have launched in lockdown

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13 June, 2020 – 08:00

PicNicks and More is one of many new food businesses that has launched in Norfolk during lockdown. Picture: Nick Hare

PicNicks and More is one of many new food businesses that has launched in Norfolk during lockdown. Picture: Nick Hare

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From luxury picnics to loaded fries, adapting has been key for the food and drink industry during lockdown and these people have gone a step further and launched a brand new business.

Nick Hare, who owns the River Kitchen in Wroxham, has launched PicNicks Picture: Nick HareNick Hare, who owns the River Kitchen in Wroxham, has launched PicNicks Picture: Nick Hare

1. PicNicks and More

Order on the ‘PicNicks’ Facebook page

A new luxury picnic business started by Nick Hare who owns The River Kitchen in Wroxham, which is currently closed due to coronavirus, and items on the menu include fried ricotta ravioli, prawn summer rolls and lemon meringue cupcakes.

The picnics can also be made suitable for vegetarians, vegans and pescatarians and are available for delivery across Norfolk. Mr Hare also offers a separate service delivering Asian-inspired meals in Norwich, which needed to be heated at home.

Honest Kitchen has launched in Norwich, delivering healthy meals across the city Picture: Honest KitchenHonest Kitchen has launched in Norwich, delivering healthy meals across the city Picture: Honest Kitchen

2. Honest Kitchen

Order at honestkitchen-norwich.com or message on Facebook or Instagram

Honest Kitchen was started after private chef Bradley Trent had all his upcoming bookings cancelled and he runs it with girlfriend Emily Holdcroft, who has a background in hospitality, and her mum and trained patisserie chef Samantha Dickinson.

They offer healthy lunches such as teriyaki chicken rice bowls and miso baked salmon with quinoa, sandwiches and sweet treats and brunch boxes at weekends, with delivery in Norwich and the surrounding areas.

Tom Neall, from Edgefield, started the Village Van in North Norfolk after the lockdown was announced. Picture: Supplied by Tom NeallTom Neall, from Edgefield, started the Village Van in North Norfolk after the lockdown was announced. Picture: Supplied by Tom Neall

3. The Village Van

See the next locations at neallskitchen.com/villagevan

Tom Neall, from Edgefield, launched The Village Van after his two businesses, Quack N Mac and Neall’s Kitchen, could no longer trade due to coronavirus.

He has turned his street food truck into a mobile village shop selling fruit and vegetables, meat and other produce across north Norfolk.

Dan Tuffs launched The Big Jerk during lockdown. Picture: Dan TuffsDan Tuffs launched The Big Jerk during lockdown. Picture: Dan Tuffs

4. The Big Jerk

Details of how to order on ‘The Big Jerk’ Facebook page

The Big Jerk has launched from the kitchen of Mr Postles’ Apothecary in Norwich and items on the menu include pork belly and jerk chicken served with fried onion and garlic rice and salad.

The food is available for delivery or collection and there is also a vegan option with baked aubergine and mixed peppers.

The Street Box has launched in Norwich, delivering loaded fries, chicken wings and sides Picture: Instagram/@eat_out_norwichThe Street Box has launched in Norwich, delivering loaded fries, chicken wings and sides Picture: Instagram/@eat_out_norwich

5. Street Box

Order at thestreetbox.co.uk

The Street Box delivers loaded fries, boneless chicken wings and sides, including halloumi and coleslaw, within five miles of NR7.

The business is run by couple Joe Barnard and Beth Allen, who run a courier company called Deliver 365, and they have teamed up with friend and chef Jamie Moore.

Cheesecakes from Get Baked at the Kings Head in Acle Picture: Get Baked/FacebookCheesecakes from Get Baked at the Kings Head in Acle Picture: Get Baked/Facebook

6. Get Baked

Available on Just Eat or contact through the ‘Get Baked’ Facebook page

A new takeaway business that has launched at The Kings Head in Acle during lockdown, with burgers, loaded fries, chicken wings and cheesecakes available to order for delivery in the area.

They also offer Norfolk-themed milkshakes such as the Brundall Bundle, Normal for Norfolk and Lingwood Larry.

Richard Elms has set up a new popcorn business called Uber-Corn. Picture: Ian BurtRichard Elms has set up a new popcorn business called Uber-Corn. Picture: Ian Burt

7. Uber-Corn

Message the ‘Uber-Corn’ Facebook page to order

Uber-Corn popped up in May and was started by former chef Richard Elms from his house in Horsford, located north of Norwich, and he began delivering in the village.

After it proved successful, he expanded delivery into Drayton, Taverham and Thorpe Marriott and he offers flavours including sea salt and rosemary, salted caramel and sweet orange alongside traditional varieties.


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Abigail Doherty speaks of upset over Cummings' actions during coronavirus lockdown

Abigail Doherty has spoken of her upset over Dominic Cummings' actions as she and her husband Josh stuck to the rules and self-isolated at home while trying to look after their daughter Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Abigail Doherty has spoken of her upset over Dominic Cummings’ actions as she and her husband Josh stuck to the rules and self-isolated at home while trying to look after their daughter Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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A mum who battled possible coronavirus at home alongside her husband while trying to care for their young child has spoken of her anger at Dominic Cummings’ actions during lockdown.

Lorelai, age four, when she was poorly in March Picture CONTRIBUTEDLorelai, age four, when she was poorly in March Picture CONTRIBUTED

Abigail Doherty and husband Josh, from Bury St Edmunds, came down with Covid-19 symptoms in April and it took weeks for them to fully recover from the cough.

While poorly at home, they also cared for their four-year-old daughter Lorelai as they stuck to the government’s lockdown restrictions that stated to ‘stay at home’.

The Prime Minister’s top advisor, Cummings, is facing calls to resign after travelling 260 miles to County Durham from London to be near family for childcare reasons after his wife developed Covid-19 symptoms.

MORE: Dominic Cummings ‘does not regret’ County Durham trip after arguing he acted on ‘expert medical advice’

In his press conference today, he also revealed he had driven about 30 miles from the family farm to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight and readiness to drive back to London.

Abigail, a former A&E nursing assistant, said his statement made her even “angrier” and raised further issues, such as the test drive while his eyes were affected.

She said: “I feel there’s double standards. My husband and I did everything to follow the rules that we were told.

“I looked through the guidelines to find out if I could send our daughter somewhere where she could be looked after much better than what my husband and I could do for her.

Dominic Cummings outside his London home. Photo: David Mirzoeff/PA WireDominic Cummings outside his London home. Photo: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

“There was a part of the guidance that said you were allowed to travel during lockdown to provide care to vulnerable person, but we took that to mean that a healthy person could go out during lockdown to provide care to somebody else who is vulnerable but healthy, ie a carer.

“At no point did it cross our minds that it included people who are infected or that the care for a vulnerable person included our own child going to a relative’s while we were unwell.

“We were given strict instructions: all members of the household are to stay home. At no point did 111, our GP or government guidance tell us that our daughter could leave the house.”

She added: “The politicians are saying that he just did what any father would’ve done and commended him for it, so in their eyes are Josh and I bad parents because we didn’t take that risk?”

Abigail described how on April 7 she had been doing her essential shopping for the week when suddenly she felt like she had been “hit by a truck”.

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She managed to finish her shop and get in her car, but she was feeling worse and her brain was “foggy”. She got home and collapsed.

“My body felt weak, achy all over and completely exhausted. I wasn’t short of breath, but it felt like when I took a breath in it didn’t feel right, like that wasn’t enough, so I took deeper breaths instead which made my chest hurt. My head, chest and sinuses felt heavy, but I had no temperature or cough.”

Medical advice suggested she could have a urinary tract infection – rather than Covid-19 as she had no cough or temperature – so was prescribed antibiotics to be on the safe side (her cough came on day three).

The next day Josh became unwell with suspected coronavirus.

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“He looked awful, drenched in sweat and very pale,” said Abigail. “I asked him how he felt and he said he wasn’t well at all, he had a headache and sore throat. He then coughed and it was really bad. I took his temperature – it was 39 degrees.”

Abigail’s own temperature was 38.5 so she phoned 111 again and was told everyone in the house should isolate for seven days from the onset of symptoms.

Lorelai had had a nasty cough at the end of March, which led Abigail to call for an ambulance. At the time she was told it was likely to be the start of a chest infection, but now questions whether it was coronavirus, as not all children have a temperature.

“At the time testing wasn’t offered unless you were admitted to hospital, so we also had the uncertainty of knowing what we were fighting,” she said.

“I felt trapped. All of a sudden, I had a really unwell husband and I was feeling unwell myself, and our daughter was feeling much better than she was a fortnight before, but was still possibly infectious.”

She said she wanted her daughter to be properly looked after and not sat in front of the TV while mummy was asleep on the sofa trying to rest up.

“We set up FaceTime on her iPad so she could call her grandparents when she wanted to. This was also for her own safety. It’s horrible to think, but, if something had happened to both Josh and myself, at least she had a means to speak to people and get help – not an ambulance for us but more importantly so she got the care she needed.

“I was terrified that if something were to happen to both of us then she would have been all alone, but setting up the FaceTime and teaching her how to use it gave me some comfort.”

Abigail said that week she felt like an “awful” mum.

“It took all my strength to keep her clean fed and safe, but nowhere near up to the normal standards I set myself. It was the most basic childcare I could provide for her.”

Abigail said she started feeling better after six days, but didn’t fully recover from the cough for two to three weeks, which was a similar recovery time frame for Josh.


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