Pigging Out on Norfolk Tapas at The Pigs in Edgefield, East England
Now here’s a pub with a novel idea or two. At The Pigs, everything you consume is sourced locally and prepared from scratch on site. The meat has been lovingly reared by Norfolk butchers and farmers, the fruit and veg plucked from the surrounding fields where the game will have also once been running around, and the fish is delivered daily straight from the North Sea. The ingredients on this purely British menu—classic fare such as slow-cooked belly of pork, deep fried haddock in beer batter, and English berries dessert—may just have come from someone sitting at the bar. A sign inside reveals The Pigs unique bartering system whereby “if you grow, breed, shoot, or steal anything that may look at home on our menu, then bring it in and let’s do a deal!” Rabbits, mackerel, or potatoes delivered in top condition will be gladly exchanged for a pint, which can be consumed while delving into Iffits—the Norfolk version of tapas—and sharing the likes of beef dripping, roast bone marrow, or sweet-cured herrings.