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Sarah Hardy enjoys lunch at The Kings Head, Letheringsett, near Holt
Where did you go?
I met an old friend for lunch in the garden at The Kings Head at Letheringsett, near Holt. And yes, we had a year to catch up on so our jaws ached afterwards!
What’s the vibe?
This is a very attractive Georgian building, set in large gardens a mile or so from Holt. Inside there’s modern rustic feel, with lots of original features including a woodburner, wonderful pamment flooring, open fireplaces and plenty of exposed beams.
There’s a snug locals’ bar and a large main bar, and it is dog friendly throughout. The pretty garden is sheltered, and there’s a heated marquee up at present, and plenty of tables and chairs both on the lawns and inside the marquee. Food and drink is served from The Shack, a trendy al fresco bar and kitchen which opens in the fine weather.
Who’s in the team?
The Kings Head is part of Anglian Country Inns who also own the Jolly Sailors and the White Horse, both at Brancaster Staithe. Head chef Matty Adcock is gaining a good reputation for his flavour combinations and the staff are very friendly – this is a laid back sort of place.
What do we need to know about the menu?
The garden menu combines classics such as burgers, with a seasonal Cromer crab salad and barbecue meats. There’s a Middle Eastern flavour to much, with good use of spices, so it’s a fresh and zesty menu. There is a separate children’s menu, with sausage baps and grilled chicken breast two options. New menus for indoor dining are planned.
What’s the price range?
Main courses are from £7 to £20, with side orders from £2.
We shared a portion of crispy cauliflower, with a bang bang sauce, fresh chilli, spring onions and Asian slaw at £7. It was just right – light and fluffy, with crisp cauliflower inside – and the sauce was very moreish – and with a hint of heat, too.
The chicken wings, served either barbecue, katsu or buffalo, (£7.50) were flying out of the kitchen but I’d spotted barbecued lamb chops with Moroccan couscous, cumin flatbread and mint yogurt at £16 which was a feast for the eyes and tummy. The couscous was very lemony so cut through the lamb and I thought this was a perfect lunch dish, being not too heavy but still packing a powerfully tasty punch.
My friend had barbecued swordfish steak, mango salad, chilli dressing and homemade flat bread at £15.50 and was also delighted. The texture and taste combinations were spot on – awakening bored taste buds, and another fine lunch option.
We went old school with a little pot of apple crumble and custard – well, the temperature did drop as we were sat outside. We had hankered after brownies (who doesn’t?) but the crumble (£3) hit the spot.
What about dietary requirements?
The menu clearly states the vegan and vegetarian options and the staff are happy to chat through any other questions.
Tell us about the drinks
There is always a good selection of real ales on tap, including the pub’s own Brancaster Brewery ales, and the list of gins, especially local ones, is impressive.
I had a great glass of French rose, Mon Roc Syrah/Grenache, at just £3.90 which was a good price although next time I fancy a Tidal and Stormy cocktail made with rum that’s infused with seaweed. Sounds intriguing!
Anything else we need to know?
There are four bedrooms available, with two that interconnect.
This is a place which deserves to be better known. There’s some seriously good, interesting cooking going on here, with great use of herbs and spices.
Food is served from noon to 9pm, Monday to Sunday. You don’t have to book for the garden but bookings are being taken for dining inside.
- Fizz and Chips Friday returns on May 21 for both lunch and dinner.
- A Gin Fest is planned for July 17.