Looking back through our photos from this summer, I noticed that we’d taken quite a few when we stopped off at the Elveden Estate on our way back from Norfolk in May. A bit delayed, but here they are, along with some shots of their rather handsome cockerel, let’s call him Jim.
The setting for the shops, cafe and restaurant at the Elveden Estate (@ElvedenEstate) is fantastic. It’s just off the A11, but you can forget straight away that you’re so close to the main road. The range and quality of the produce is also excellent. I think the pictures show this better than I can ever describe it, so I won’t write too much, but it is worth touching on a bit of background about the Elveden Estate itself.
Elveden is much more than a few shops and a cafe, it’s also a massive farming business – covering 10,000 acres – they are also the UK’s leading onion grower. A wide range of their own produce is available to buy in the shop, we’ve especially enjoyed a jar of their Apple, Hops and Mead sauce, but there is a huge variety so it’s definitely worth a visit to check it out.
The Elveden Estate uses its size to help other smaller local producers through its food hub, assisting them to develop their business with the supermarkets as well as smaller independent shops.
They also run events throughout the year, often with an onion theme – from the brutal sounding ‘Tear Jerker‘ Triathlon in May, with prizes including sacks of Elveden’s home grown onions, to the annual Big Onion Festival and on 7th September which includes local producers and cookery demos to name just a couple of things.
I hope you enjoy the photos. I’m already looking forward to our next visit.