Back to the Garden
Just over a mile from the centre of Holt you’ll find Back to the Garden. It comprises a shop, deli counter, butchery and restaurant. Much of the food sold here is reared or grown on the Astley Estate farm, including Angus-sired beef, venison, lamb, chicken, geese and turkeys. Rare-breed, outdoor-reared pork is locally sourced to guarantee high-welfare standards and provenance. A range of organic vegetables – from cavolo nero to rainbow chard, butternut squash to glorious carrots – is grown on the farm and picked often to ensure the produce tastes its best.
Too tired to cook? As well as a selection of cheeses, salami and other cold meats, the deli counter offers an eye-catching array of food prepared in the kitchen. This includes pies, flans and hearty salads, plus traybakes, cakes and other dessert goodies. The shop also sells artisan breads, locally produced pickles, chutneys, oils, organic dairy products, chocolate, and so much more – including locally produced alcoholic drinks, cordials and mixers. It really is a haven for any discerning food lover.
The restaurant serves breakfast, brunch and lunch every day, seven days a week. It uses as much Astley Estate produce as possible. In good weather there is the option to sit and enjoy your meal in the beautifully maintained garden. On the last Friday of the month during the high season, Back to the Garden holds music evenings – with food – to highlight the talents of local bands. The regular Friday Fish & Chips Evenings are popular, too. The venue is available for private hire in the evenings.
By Tracy Macheta, Norfolk editor