20 Roasts with the most!
Norfolk's bump is bulging with cosy winter pubs offering all the right ingredients for the perfect Sunday roast.
You can’t beat rounding the weekend off with a big ol’ roast dinner but let’s be honest – the time ratio for cook ‘v’ scoff is crazy! Don’t even get me started on the tidying up, it’s meant to be a day of rest for heaven’s sake. This year a group of like minded friends started The Sunday Lunch club and we’ve slowly been eating our way around the county.
In the spirit of geographical equality (that is a thing in Norfolk), I’ve arranged the recommendations by district but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Please share your recommendations in the comments below as 2020 is a whole new year of eating out opportunities!
The Black Horse and The Stanley, NR3 share the same owners and the same legendary roasts (with vegan and gluten free options). Both venues are great city pubs, with lots of atmosphere, cosy luxe decor and plenty of community spirit. The Black Horse on Earlham Road is better for kids – more space and areas to tuck away. The Stanley is my local and much more the type of place for an afternoon/evening with friends and a few bottles of wine.
If you don’t want to drive too far but still want a country village type affair – The Kings Head in Bawburgh has low beamed ceilings, lots of nooks and serves up a locally sourced set menu starting from £15.00. The Marlingford Bell is also worthy of a mention – a hearty plate bursting with all the trimmings (£13.50 for one course) and ideal for large parties.
The Buck Arms sits on the edge of the Blickling Hall Estate and is the perfect spot for a post winter walk fuel up. This 17th Century inn absolutely oozes history, serves big portions (from £14 plus great vegan options) and has wonderful staff. I’m not promising but they went the extra mile and rustled up a crumble for me after they’d run out and my bottom lip started to quiver.
The Marsham Arms is great for families and the type of place you don’t mind the little ones making a bit of noise. Head Chef James Mortimer likes to add his creative flair to the traditional roast, making it stand out from the rest.
For an experience roast – head to The Dialhouse and shop whilst you eat (£12-£14). Owner and style guru Hannah Springham has filled this beautiful Georgian hotel in Reepham with all sorts of gorgeous quirky objets and literally eveything you see is for sale!
Three of my Breck favourites: The Brisley Bell – winner of our destination pub 2019, The Fox in Lyng – I’ve been eating here since I was a toddler and The Bedingfeld Arms – the perfect winter bolthole.
All three have dining spaces suitable for both intimate and larger parties plus gardens for the kids – the cold won’t hurt them!
The Brisley Bell mixes up traditonal oldie charm with some fabulously eclectic details for those who like their interiors. (one course £15.75 / 2 courses £21.25 / 3 courses £26.75). The Lyng Fox is great value for families (£10 for adults and £6 for kids) and The Bedingfeld Arms is perfect if you fancy popping next door to the National Trust’s Oxburgh Hall for a tour.
Go West – to the The Rose & Crown in Snettisham and winner of The Good Food Guide’s Norfolk Dining Pub of the Year 2020. We love the twisting passages, hidden snugs, pamment floors and log fires in this 14th Century village pub.
The Bank House in King’s Lynn offers quirky grandeur in a Dickensian styled location. Carve the joint at the table and sit back and enjoy the sumptious wood panelling surrounds! Some lovely vegetarian/vegan options too – all starting from £13.
Drawing you in with it’s warm glow, The Lodge in Old Hunstanton is a great place for Sunday dinner after a beach walk. The modern bar and lounge is perfect for families or there’s a posher dining room and private dine for special occasions.
Finally, multi award winning rustic gastropub The Duck Inn in Stanhoe came runner up in the Observer Food Awards 2019 for Best Sunday Lunch. Their creative menu adds some lovely experimental touches to the traditional and I can highly recommed Chef Handley’s famous scotch quail’s eggs as a cheeky starter!
If you fancy working up an appetite with a brisk walk on the beach – here are my North Norfolk coastal recommendations. The King’s Head in Letheringsett has that sumptuous bolthole feel to it and offers a two and three course set Sunday menu starting from £22.95. The Victoria sits on the edge of the Holkham Estate and has a distinctly Downton Abbey vibe. The beef comes straight from the estate and you’ll dine in a refined yet wonderfully relaxed environment.
The Globe Inn is only a five minute drive (30 minute walk) from Wells beach. Light and airy with nautical beach decor, great for families with plenty of tables in the main bar area and restaurant. Roasts from £13.95.
The Wiveton Bell has a Michelin BIB, roaring fires, exposed beams and hearty roasts from £14. Plus it’s close to the beautiful salt marshes and Blakeney nature reserve – what’s not to love?
Straddling the Norfolk / Suffolk border is the impressive Somerleyton Hall and the estate’s drinking hole – The Fritton Arms. A traditional pub with a serving of sumptious chic, this is a lovely place for a roast dinner with friends.
The Wilderbeest in Stoke Holy Cross boasts Michelin Star Patron Chef Daniel Smith, co-owner of the Warwick St Social and Ingham Swan (both worthy of food note). Their Sunday menu starts at £23.50 for two courses and £28.00 for three and is a culinary explosion of creative dishes. Gastro with a capital G, this pub is incredibly child friendly (the two don’t always go hand in hand) which gets a big Muddy tick from us!