Ian Russell's Norfolk
Wroxham Barns director Ian Russell tells us about his favourite Norfolk things.
Where is your favourite place to eat, and why? Lavender House at Brundall, run by Norfolk Food and Drink Festival patron Richard Hughes, or The Bure River Cottage Restaurant in Horning... both in the Broads, great locally-sourced food, good staff and part of the local community.
Your favourite pub, and why? Recruiting Sargeant in Horstead, fab pub food, good beers. They serve Woodfordes ales (local heroes for us and a best seller in our Pantry Shop) and the best steaks from Swannington.
What's your favourite Norfolk place and why? Holkham beach… the best beach I have ever seen anywhere.
Where would you have a picnic and what Norfolk food would you have? Blickling Park overlooking the lake with crab salad and Woodfordes Wherry - OMG!
Your favourite Norfolk view? The River Bure by Horning Sailing Club watching a race.
Where would you send a visitor to really appreciate Norfolk? Blimey, that’s a question. If had to make a choice... Blakeney, great walks for our dog, love just sitting on the quay people watching and some lovely eateries to retire to.
What piece of advice would you give to a visitor of the county? Don't be in a hurry, and make sure you go on a beach (Holkham, Winterton), a river (on boat), visit a cathedral, and drink some local beer… we have lots of brilliant pubs and restaurants which celebrate our local brewers... please support them.
What's your idea of Norfolk Big Sky Thinking? Visit out of season, the weather is normally good (but bracing), you'll have a no-hassle journey here and everywhere you go you will get 10/10 service guaranteed.