In 974 A.D - Benedictine Monks first took possession of Welle Estate in Norfolk and established fascinating herb gardens.
13th century, the recipe for herbal tonic had been recorded by the monks at Upwell, deemed by then to be “nature’s answer to tenseness, tiredness and lowness of spirits”. Thus Norfolk Punch was born.
1539 - Henry VIII dissolved the monastic orders and confiscated their properties. the formula of Norfolk Punch was recorded and hidden by the monks.
1980 - This formula lay hidden for centuries, until its discovery by Eric in a priest hole in the 80's, who had purchased Welle Manor Hall. The process of reviving Olde Norfolk Punch took many years perfecting in order to keep the ancient recipe. And went into production, Eric later sold out to Britvic for many millions.
2018 - Norfolk Punch now going into my Christmas Pudding with Brandy.
Will post update again soon.....