The Boathouse, Ormesby Broad, near Great Yarmouth
With a gorgeous waterside setting in the Broads, The Boathouse is a family-friendly destination with a comprehensive Sunday lunch offering. Sure there’s your classic roasts (beef, pork or turkey) but also burgers, salads, and ribs, plus vegetarian and vegan options like tagliatelle with chestnut mushrooms.The children’s menu has much to offer, too, and the pud selection includes a double chocolate and hazelnut brownie.
Large bay windows, pine floorboards, oak beams and two woodburners all add to a lovely atmosphere – and be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife enjoying the surrounding water and reed beds.
- 1 course £11.95
The Mulberry Restaurant, Heacham Manor Hotel, Heacham, near Hunstanton
Sunday lunch at The Manor is a relaxed family affair and good value for a 1 AA Rosette Restaurant.
The Mulberry Restaurant, named after an ancient mulberry tree located in the gardens of the hotel, is located in a light and airy conservatory which has extensive views across the parkland and its golf course.
The Sunday lunch menu changes with the seasons, but always includes a soup and three other starters, a selection of two traditional roasts which includes roast sirloin of beef with either roast breast of corn fed chicken or a roast loin of pork. There is always a fresh fish option, and a vegetarian dish and most dietary requirements can easily be catered for upon request. To finish off, there are three desserts to choose from, handmade by the hotel’s own French pastry chef.
Sunday lunch is overseen by the new head chef Johnnie Kidd, who joined the hotel in July.
- 1 course £12.95 | 2 courses £17.95 | 3 courses £22.95
Congham Hall, Congham, near King’s Lynn
This handsome Georgian manor house, set in 30 acres of beautiful parkland, has a 2 AA Rosette restaurant where Sunday lunch is always a popular choice. Head chef James O Connor uses produce from the hotel’s own kitchen garden and orchard and from within a 20-mile radius – such as Holkham venison – so provenance is everything.
Sunday lunch might start with a cream of celeriac soup or a pressed duck confit, followed by pot roast leg of lamb or a roast fillet of lemon sole, and rounded off with vanilla panna cotta or Cambridgeshire Burnt Cream.
There are several luxurious areas to enjoy with a coffee after your lunch – we love the Library – and this lovely independent hotel also boasts 26 bedrooms, a spa and a very special outdoor hot tub, so we’d make a stay of it!
- 3 courses £33, including coffee
Old Hall Farm, Woodton, near Bungay
Welcoming Old Hall Farm, run by Stuart and Rebecca Mayhew, has its own microdairy where raw milk, butter and yogurt, from the farm’s own herd of Jersey cows, is on sale. The farm, between Norwich and Bungay, has a great deli (with an impressive butchery counter) plus a lovely cafe where Sunday lunch is a real treat. Diners can enjoy rare breed, grass fed beef, rare breed pork, local organic lamb and varied vegetarian options. Your only problem is to remember to leave room for that pud. Just make sure to add the farm’s own ice cream and enjoy a glass of their newly launched Sauvignon Blanc. And you can stock up with all manor of goodies for your pantry before you leave.
- 1 course £12.50
Caistor Hall, Caistor St Edmunds, near Norwich
Caistor Hall is a very elegant Regency country house hotel just outside Norwich. Set in 32 acres of mature gardens, it’s a calm and relaxing spot with many different areas such as the pretty Rose Room and cosy Library to enjoy.
The stunning ballroom is a popular choice for Sunday lunch, with the team of in-house chefs, led by Olly Rigden, creating meals for all ages to savour. Choices might include prawn cocktail or ham hock rillette to start, followed by aged roast topside or nut roast supreme as main course choices. Desserts include a classic sticky toffee pudding or summer berry and apple crumble. Expect all the trimmings, too. The hotel has 21 bedrooms , all individually designed, which make for a very comfy stay!
- 2 courses £19.95 / 3 courses £22
The Stables, Royal Norwich, Weston Longville, near Norwich
Open to non members, The Stables is a spacious and contemporary setting – with great views over the golf course – for a tasty Sunday roast. New head chef Dan Herbert is now driving the kitchen forward, with plans for events and activities as regulations allow. Meat is from nearby Swannington Farm to Fork, and there is always a vegetarian option – mushroom, caramelised onion and Binham Blue tart is one example. Starters might include a fresh soup or baked smoked bacon and goats’ cheese pot with a beetroot spelt crouton, and desserts feature a candied lemon meringue pie.
The Royal Norwich has its own microbrewery so be sure to try a pint of 1893.
- 1 course £15 / 2 courses £20 / 3 courses £25
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