With a message that everyone is very welcome – certainly not just golfers – to eat, drink and be merry, The Stables, at Royal Norwich, is fast becoming a foodie destination for all the family.
You can pop in for a homemade pizza and ice cream with the children or treat yourself and your partner to a wonderful 10-course Taster Menu on New Year’s Eve – there really is something for everyone! Here at Feast, we rather like afternoon tea in the pretty garden room.
New head chef, Dan Herbert, who has worked at many leading Norfolk restaurants and hotels, is keen to win a Michelin Bibendum award, and his new menus are both exciting and ambitious.
In very comfortable surroundings, you can enjoy everything from a hearty breakfast, to morning coffee, an all-day dining menu, afternoon tea, Sunday roasts and, from October 30, a la carte dining on Friday and Saturday evenings for something a little bit special.
Kevin Gooch, director of hospitality, explains that bookings are now being taken for festive celebrations, too.
‘We know people want to celebrate with family and friends,’ he says. ‘So, we have festive a la carte dinners on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December for parties of up to six, with larger numbers possible with Covid-secure arrangements in place,’ he says, adding that festive Sunday lunches and afternoon teas are also available.
There are also two very tempting ‘special’ events planned – a 8-course lunch on Christmas Day, complete with Norfolk Black turkey and all the trimmings – and that wonderful 10-course Taster Menu on NYE where sea bass is just one of the dishes on offer. And best of all? No washing up, of course!
The Stables is an exciting yet welcoming space – first of all is the impressive drive that sweeps up to the building which opened just over a year ago. It incorporates the original hall plus a large airy extension which sunshine floods into.There’s a long bar, a microbrewery, a main restaurant plus several private dining spaces, all decorated with flair and lots of clever references to the heritage of the site – and golf, of course! We love the Colman Room, all wood panelling and a real fire, which is perfect for this time of year.
You can see into the open plan kitchen, where a team of eight work hard to produce imaginative dishes, using local produce like nearby Swannington Farm to Fork meats and Baron Bigod from the Waveney Valley.
It is set in 350 acres, with lots of mature trees, and diners can enjoy stunning views over the courses and parkland.There are two courses for golfers to enjoy – a 18 hole Championship course, plus a six hole academy course.
There is a calm feeling throughout The Stables, thanks to its size and open plan feel, and the staff are friendly and laid back – this isn’t a place with lots of airs and graces. Plans are already afoot for 2021, with hopes for their own gin, a range of home-produced goodies like chutneys, the development of a vegetable garden, the establishment of a vineyard and much more – just watch this space.
- Daily, from 8-11.30 – Breakfast
- Daily, from noon to 6pm – All day dining menu
- Monday to Saturday, from noon to 4pm – Afternoon Tea
- Fridays and Saturday, from 6-8pm – a la carte dining
- Sundays, from noon to 3pm – Sunday lunch
- Christmas Day 8-course lunch, £90 per head
- New Year’s Eve 10-course Taster Menu, £80 per head
- Festive dinners – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December. Two courses are £25 and three courses at £30
- Festive Sunday lunches – throughout December. One course is £15, two courses are £20 and three courses are £25
- Festive afternoon teas – Monday to Sunday throughout December. £26.95 per head
- Wreath making workshop, December 10, from 11am, includes afternoon tea – £70 per person.