THECHEF'S BLOG

Chef's recipe's and news about local produce
May 24, 2016
May 2016
Spring lambs, asparagus spears & English strawberries are starting to make an appearance, it all means one thing….British summertime is on its way!!

At the Crown, we love the summer time, not just because of the produce we buy from our local suppliers, but our garden opens up into a lovely dining area.

What a great line up we have for summer too, The Euros next month, Wimbledon brings our steak and strawberries week in July, and of course all eyes will be on Brazil for the the Olympics in August!!

As you all know, we have a great following for our simple, uncomplicated and honest menu. With all the spring/summer produce now starting to shoot and grow, we as chefs are looking forward to complementing our menu with daily specials from the produce delivered by our local producers and growers.

We love to chat too, our open kitchen makes us all very approachable for questions about our food, or even if you have a cooking question about something that just doesn't always go to plan..!!
August 25, 2015
August 2015
Wow! Where has this year gone? We are in August already and it seems like five minutes ago I was cooking Christmas roast dinners. It’s not just me getting older, everybody says the same - that time just flies by these days. We sure do live in a fast paced world today.

Some things in this world just can’t be rushed. Pork Belly for one. To achieve this wonderful succulent meal actually takes hours but it is my favourite dish on the menu at the moment.

Sea Bass is one of my all time favourites. It was the first dish I added to a menu and I’m still cooking it 8 years later.

It’s not just the main ingredient that is nice to prepare, it’s all the wonderful vegetables and herbs that Norfolk has to offer, all combined to bring a dish together which makes my job worthwhile.

I am hoping to show members of the public how passionate I am about being a Chef at the Aylsham Food Festival when I will be giving a cookery demonstration on Saturday 6th September. This will be in the Market Place as part of the Farmer’s Market. Basic larder ingredients are provided and I will have an allowance of £10 to purchase from the market producers. I will produce 3 dishes as separate demonstrations throughout the morning, starting around 9.30, with the aim to be finished by 12. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and hope to see you all there – you may even get a sample!!

Dave Tortice
Head Chef
February 11, 2015
FEBRUARY 2015
Spring is approaching and we have some lovely food coming your way. One of the local specials currently on our boards is fresh mussels from Brancaster cooked in white wine, garlic and cream, yummy!
Some other seasonal delights we will be cooking with are Curly Kale, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Leeks and of course the U.Ks main crop of Potatoes.

Why not grab a piece of Halibut from your local fishmonger, oven roast it, steam some purple sprouting broccoli and serve this all with a lovely clam and potato chowder. You cant get much more seasonal than that!

Its almost time for Norfolk Food Heroes Nominations, if you think we are worth please feel free to nominate us!

The Chefs and all the kitchen team thank you for your continued custom and look forward to seeing you soon
December 05, 2014
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
The season of Game is upon us and we are very lucky that we have an array of beautiful game on our doorstep. Be sure to make the most of it before the season ends!

Well Christmas is upon us and the parties are in full swing. Turkeys are being cooked by the dozen, Mark will look like a pig in blanket by Christmas Day. The smell of sprouts is filling the crisp winter air!

We all wish you a lovely Christmas and hope you have a very happy new year!

Dave Tortice
Head Chef

p.s If you are in for dinner, please feel free to ask the chefs for a Rocket Balloon fight, bring on the challenge!!


Food is served

Saturday: All day -9.30pm
Sunday: All day-9.00pm
Lunch: Monday-Friday 12-2pm
Dinner : Monday-Thursday 6-9.00pm
Friday 6-9.30pm