Get a true taste for Norfolk
- 10th November 2015
The historic city of Norwich is the bustling hub of the county and its cathedral is one of the finest complete Romanesque buildings in Europe. It boasts the highest Norman tower and largest monastic cloister in England.
Setting out from the city’s cathedral quarter, you can spend hours exploring the independent shops, pavement cafes and restaurants which surround the cathedral.
Image credit: Paul Tyagi
Continuing on the history trail, you can take a trip to Norwich Castle which was built by the Normans 900 years ago. The castle has a rich history as a palace and later as a prison, and visitors to the site can enjoy the extensive collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history as well as the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum.
For those looking to explore the countryside, the Norfolk broads are easily accessible from Norwich and with a square area of more than 300 kilometres there is plenty to see. The area is Britain’s largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park. It is home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the UK, including the marsh harrier and Britain’s largest butterfly, the swallowtail, which has a wingspan of up to 9cm and can only be found in the broads.
Notwithstanding these diverse attractions, it is perhaps via one of its major exports that the county of Norwich is most universally recognised – mustard.
For more than 200 years Colman’s mustard has been a staple item on the Sunday lunch dinner table. In fact, it appears everywhere, sandwiches, mash and even, in some cases, ice-cream.
Made in a factory in Norfolk since 1814, this family favourite’s history is deeply rooted in Norwich and food fanatics and history buffs alike will be in for a treat if they visit the area to get a true taste of Colman’s mustard.
Jeremiah Colman started his mustard and flour business in 1814 in Stoke Holy Cross, just four miles south of Norwich. In 1858, Jeremiah Colman’s great-nephew Jeremiah James Colman established the production factory in the city which still exists today.
The company cared deeply about family values and looked after their employees. Colman’s established its own school for the children of its employees and also provided company housing and sick benefit.
The process of making the mustard hasn’t changed much in the last 200 years. In fact, the families making the mustard haven’t changed much either, with some of the staff being the fifth generation of mustard growers. Staying true to its Norfolk roots, 60% of the seeds used to make the mustard are locally sourced and all of the company’s mint, apples and white mustard which go into its other condiments are sourced in the UK.
Colman’s mustard has continued to prove popular throughout the years. In fact, it’s so popular it has been given the stamp of approval by royalty. Royal approval was gained in 1866 with the granting of Special Warrant as Manufactures to Her Majesty the Queen Victoria. Then in 1868 by a Warrant as Purveyors to HRH The Prince of Wales.
Visiting Norwich gives you the chance to learn more about this piece of great British food history as you can visit the Colman’s mustard shop and museum.
Fly direct to Norwich from Aberdeen up to twice a day.