Caroline Jarrold's Norfolk favourites

Caroline Jarrold's Norfolk favourites hero
Caroline Jarrold is community affairs adviser at Jarrold, secretary of the John Jarrold Trust and a non-executive director on the Jarrold Board. She has recently completed a term of office as Sheriff of Norwich (2021-2023, extended to two years due to Covid), chairs the Norwich Philharmonic Society, where she sings in the choir, and is chair of Cox’s Boatyard at Barton Turf on the Broads.

Where do you live?

We live at Mundham, a very rural area between Brooke and Loddon. We love it because it is a small and friendly community and unspoilt. It is within easy reach of Norwich, where I work, and has good local suppliers including butchers and farm shops. The countryside is beautiful and great for walks and it is also easy to get to the coast – Pakefield is a particular favourite, as it is not too busy and only 30 minutes away.

What's your favourite? 
- Restaurant 

It’s difficult for me to say anything apart from one of the Jarrold restaurants, so I will say Benji’s because I really like the menu and the way it changes – delicious food and something for all levels of appetite. I especially like the smoked chicken salad and a glass of dryish white wine.


Again, I can’t really say anything apart from Jarrold’s Food Hall which has been developed extensively in the past year and offers so many treats from artisan producers from around the world. I particularly like the variety of take-away salads and the delicious fresh baked goods.


Apart from Jarrold, I would say Thorns DIY because it is such a fantastic resource for so many domestic needs – a wonderful rabbit warren, but the staff can always tell you where to find things and your needs are nearly always satisfied.

- Gallery

Although I love contemporary art and have quite a collection, I always enjoy visiting the Colman Galleries at Norwich Castle Museum and seeing the Norwich School paintings. We are so fortunate to have this collection in the county and the quality of the work is quite exceptional.

- Hairdresser

John Richardson at The Pavilion in Norwich.

Nature spot 

There are so many, but I would have to say Barton Broad. We sail there a lot in the summer and it is so beautiful and unspoilt. One of the special features is that it can only be seen from the land from a few places, so it feels truly timeless – especially in the evenings when there aren’t many boats travelling around.

Tell us about your latest project 

I’ve just finished as Sheriff of Norwich which involves being a civic representative alongside the Lord Mayor and attending many events in the city and beyond – from commemorative services to visiting communities and groups such as residential homes, charities, educational settings and other activities involving young people. The role was extended to two years because of Covid and its been a busy couple of years and a great privilege. Norwich will be welcoming current and past Sheriffs for their annual conference in September and I am involved in preparations to ensure they have a great time and go away telling others what a wonderful area this is.