The Norton Dog, Suffolk, UK

The Norton Dog is a traditional-looking pub in the tiny village of Norton in Suffolk, except it has a slightly less traditional sign outside.

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Yes, that’s right.  The Norton Dog offers a full gluten free menu at lunch and dinner. I chose a Norton Hog Roast – Old Spot Pork Belly, stuffing, apple sauce and crackling served with a gluten free bun and chips.  Oh my, it was good.  The pork belly literally melted in my mouth.  The apple sauce was tart and cut through the unctuousness of the pork.  I would eat it again right now, if I could.

20180410_212359In the name of research, I made room for dessert.  I chose a chocolate brownie served with cherries and ice cream.  It was rich and satisfying, although I sort of wished that I had shared this with my friend instead of ordering one each.  The chocolate was quite “heady”.

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The food was very good for a pub, but it was the little details that really showed the quality.  My friend ordered tea with dessert.  When the tea arrived, it was loose leafed and the milk came in a little churn.  A whimsical detail and the extra effort involved in using loose leaf tea took that from a regular drink to something a little special.

20180410_212453.jpgIn summary, I love where I live, but I wish I lived a little closer to The Norton Dog.  I wonder if they would consider adding a North Essex pub to their portfolio…

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Hadleigh Maid Dark Chocolate Walnut & Mallow Whirls

No dairy walnut whirls!

Ingredients: Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Glucose Syrup, Invert Sugar Syrup, Walnut, Gelatine (Bovine), Water, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Natural Vanilla Extract, Stabiliser (E452).

May contain Milk/Nut traces.

I like the Hadleigh Maid company.  They are based close to where we live, in the next county, Suffolk.  Unfortunately, the Allergy Brothers had never been able to try their products before.  Sadly, they couldn’t get past the shape of a walnut whirl!  They have never eaten shaped chocolate before, as they only eat bars of Kinnerton Free From chocolate.  Allergy Little would not believe me that it was edible, “but chocolate is square, that is too pyramidy!”

I took one for the team and tried them.  The dark chocolate was pretty good quality with a cocoa solids minimum of 56%.  The mallow was yummy, but it’s a shame it contains beef gelatine.  Maybe the Hadleigh Maid company could come up with a vegan version?