Under the candy-cane coloured rooftops of Norwich Market you’ll find an eclectic range of stalls, selling everything from the freshest cockles and crabs to vintage fur coats and army boots. What you don’t expect to find is a secret bakery selling some of the finest artisan loaves in the county.
It felt as though I was discovering Narnia for the first time on Saturday when I stumbled upon Norwich Providore. Owner, David Winter, stocks a plethora of wheaty delights produced by his son’s commercial bakery, Bread Source, in nearby Horsham St Faith. All of Norwich Providore breads use a traditional, simple and honest recipe, containing no preservatives or additives.
Norwich Providore first opened in July and have recently expanded into two stalls, to offer an extended range of cakes, fancies and hearty pies.
Whether you’re after a Honey & Walnut Sourdough, Onion Poppy Seed and Sage, Olive Batard, 24 Hour Sunflower, Black Forest and Wholemeal Fruit Loaf, there seems to be a loaf for every mood or passing whim. I opted for a humble baguette; and I could tell from the pale brown tan, powdery aromas and medium-firm squeeze that this was going to be one to savour. I could have eaten the entire flute with nothing but smears of Cornish Sea Salt Butter.
Instead, I made an impromptu starter of tomato bruschettas, whilst I cooked our supper of butternut squash risotto. Recipes for both to follow. In the meantime, get yourself down to Narnia and buy some proper, local bread. It’s bootiful, really bootiful.