Norfolk Quail flies high with finance deal

We’re now NatWest Group

Come and visit us for all our latest news, insights and everything NatWest Group.

Norfolk Quail flies high with finance deal

An East Anglian quail farming business has expanded with funding from NatWest.

Norfolk Quail founders John and Ellie Savory with Stuart Baxter of NatWest

Norfolk Quail ( has produced quail eggs and meat  from one of very few ‘free to fly’ quail flocks in the UK for two and a half years at Highfield Farm near Fakenham.

Founders John and Ellie Savory used a NatWest loan backed by the government’s Funding for Lending Scheme to supplement a Rural Economy Grant from the Rural Development Programme for England to convert part of their grain store into a processing plant. The plant will enable the business to supply its produce throughout the UK. 

Ellie said: “We wanted to produce quail meat for a number of reasons, not least because 'free to fly' quail meat was undiscovered in Britain. But by farming for quail eggs and meat we are able to reduce waste as both cocks and hens are used, just part of our 'ethical farming' mantra."

Michelin starred clients

The Savorys, who both have farming backgrounds, launched Norfolk Quail in 2011. They have a Clarence Court contract for the provision of their free to fly quail eggs, and the business supplies produce to leading local restaurants, including Morston Hall and Titchwell Manor on the Norfolk coast, Roger Hickman’s in Norwich, and both Michelin starred restaurants in Cambridge, Alimentum and Midsummer House..

But the expansion will enable Norfolk Quail to supply restaurants across Great Britain. The Savorys also aim to increase their workforce, with up to five new positions in the coming year. 

Unique offering

Stuart Baxter, agriculture relationship manager for NatWest, added: “John and Ellie are driven to provide the highest quality products and have such a unique offering. It is a pleasure to have been able to give them the support they needed to take their business to the next level.”



Latest news

RBS to help 2.5 million people each year to be more financially capable

RBS has today committed to helping 2.5 million people in the UK each year to improve their financial capability.

RBS to increase lending to sustainable energy sector following £1.1bn securitisation of loans to UK sustainable energy market

RBS has executed a £1.1bn securitisation deal with Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions (MIDIS), which will allow the bank to recycle capital and increase lending to the sustainable or renewable energy sectors.

RBS launches £1 billion Female Entrepreneurship Funding and announces targets to help create at least 50k new businesses by 2023

RBS has today announced a new £1 billion in funding through NatWest to support female entrepreneurs in the UK to scale and grow – the largest intervention by a UK lender focused specifically on female-led businesses.

We’re now NatWest Group

Come and visit us for all our latest news, insights and everything NatWest Group.

Set Tab for lightbox