Mum Ellie's Norfolk
Mum-of-two Ellie Savory is a director of Norfolk Quail with her husband John. They moved into quail meat and eggs in 2011 after 13 years in the poultry industry producing Soil Association certificated eggs for Waitrose. They supply local restaurants, wholesalers and butchers – and, via Clarence Court, also Harrods and Fortnum and Masons.
How long have you lived here and why Norfolk? I was born and brought up in north Norfolk and have never really wanted to live anywhere else. While my sisters and friends all moved to London for a time, I was fortunate to get a good job in Norfolk as a project manager, which gave me the best of both worlds for a few years. A day or two a week in London was plenty for me. I always longed to get home after a busy day in the city, for the slower pace and beautiful countryside.
What would your ideal weekend in Norfolk involve? We are fortunate to live in a beautiful setting so don't need to venture very far. One forgets to appreciate what a stunning county we live in; but for me my ideal weekend would be spent at home on the farm, pottering about in the garden, a walk round the farm with my daughter and her pony; and maybe a picnic on the farm with my husband, children and all the dogs.
Your favourite place to eat and why? Is D'Inacios in Newman's Yard in Fakenham. The food is consistently excellent and the atmosphere is intimate. The staff are always lovely and provide a great service.
Your favourite pub and why? I love The Crown at East Rudham, part of the Flying Kiwi chain. There's a great vibe in there, lots of locals, excellent beer for John and a flexible and tasty menu. Owner Chris Coubrough has also been hugely supportive of our quail venture and regularly has quail meat on his menus.
What's your favourite Norfolk place and why? Holkham in winter, when the crowds have gone and all you can see is sand, sea and sky.
Where would you have a picnic and what Norfolk food would you have? We love to picnic at Morston on the marshes. The view across to Blakeney Point is stunning – it's our favourite view. We always take sausages bought from Papworth's Butchers in Fakenham, ham cooked at home from a joint bought from Grave's Butchers, and a bit of Norfolk Dapple goes down well too. It's made by Ellie Betts of Ferndale Farm at Little Barningham. We grow quite a bit of veg in our garden so love a potato salad from our own crop.
Where would you send a visitor to really appreciate Norfolk? Anywhere along the coast road from Salthouse to Hunstanton. The countryside and sea views and villages along the way capture it all.
What piece of advice would you give a visitor to the county? To smile and say hello. The locals are generally very polite and friendly and appreciate a 'thank you' when they pull over on the road.
What's your idea of Norfolk Big Sky Thinking? To work ethically and sustainably to the best of our ability and to build and maintain trusting relationships both within our businesses and with our business partners, customers and stakeholders.