The Hero, Burnham Overy Staithe | www.theheroburnhamovery.co.uk
Sarah Hardy and friends have a memorable summer supper at The Hero in North Norfolk
Where did you go?
A group of four of us went to The Hero in beautiful Burnham Overy Staithe in North Norfolk.
What’s the vibe?
It’s a classic North Norfolk gastro pub, tastefully decorated in bold, block colours – think maritime blues, crisp white and splashes of colour for impact. Look out for the stripped wooden floor, mismatched wooden tables and chairs and local artwork on the walls.
There’s a bar and a separate restaurant inside, plus plenty of outside space – all serving the same menu at present. It’s very laid back – dogs and children are welcomed in equal measure.
Who’s in the team?
The pub is now run by Frances Chisholm and Pete Harvey who also have the Wildman and The Ten Bells in Norwich and The George at Cley – they are quite the power couple! The Hero team is young and friendly, looking on trend in vintage style aprons.
What do we need to know about the menu?
It is quite short to be honest, but there’s a good cross section of dishes to suit most tastes. Food is served all day (8.30am to 10.30pm) which is great if you’re out and about walking or sailing. Think of a burger, a salad, a pie, a pasta dish and so on. Plenty of local produce and producers feature – Staithe Smokehouse in nearby Brancaster Staithe, for example, and Dann’s ice cream from near Dereham. There is a separate children’s menu, with two courses for £8.
What’s the price range?
Dishes are priced from £6.50.
We shared a couple: a burrata salad (£8) with masses of juicy heritage tomatoes and rocket pesto and a ham hock terrine (£8.50) which came with sourdough toast and some lovely honeyed vegetables. Flavours were hearty and dishes were very prettily presented.
Sandwiches are served from noon to 4pm, with a fish finger one (complete with minted peas) and served with fries or salad, which caught my eye at £9. And you can also choose from the main menu.
Feeling in need of something healthy, I went for the superfood salad (£14) which was jam packed with goodies like tenderstem broccoli, sweet potato, asparagus, seeds, pomegranate and lord knows what else! I thoroughly enjoyed it – not least because I knew I could indulge in a naughty pudding to follow! Others went for the pub’s signature burger, the Hero, (£16) which was traditionally served with onion jam, melted cheese, a gherkin and fries and was pretty much demolished by both of the chaps. Our final team member went for the pie of the day (£16) which was a substantial pork cheeks dish in a rich, creamy sauce. The flaky pastry was much praised. Other options included a seafood linguine (£18) and a ribeye steak (£25) – served with all the trimmings.
All your favourites are here from cheesecake to sticky toffee pudding and Eton Mess. All are priced at £7 and generous in size. I went for the sticky toffee pudding with lots of butterscotch and vanilla ice cream which was really delicious and others went for a rhubarb and lavender crumble which came with a dollop or two of apple sorbet from Dann’s. It was nice and tart and had gone before I could try a spoonful or two. I spotted the cheese board, too, packed with Norfolk cheeses and an apple chutney.
What about dietary requirements?
The menu asks you to talk to the staff about any particular requests. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes are clearly marked on the menu.
Tell us about the drinks
The boys enjoyed cool beers on a very warm night – a pint of Woodforde’s Wherry and a bottle of Peroni – while I enjoyed a glass of Saint Sidone Rosé from Provence. There’s a good looking cocktail list with the negroni calling my name for next time and I spotted lots of local gins and a fizz from Flint vineyard in the Waveney Valley.
Anything else we need to know?
There are three bedrooms here, all finished in a fresh, contemporary style, so you can treat yourself to a staycation. But a quick look online did reveal that they are very booked up!
What a fun place! It’s busy at this time of year and has a lovely, happy feel to it. Be sure to stroll to the staithe – it was quite sublime on the night we visited.