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Open to all – The Stables, Royal Norwich


Featured in issue 44 – March 2020 Focus Feature

You don’t have to be a member of Royal Norwich to dine in The Stables – being a member of the public will do just fine!

Opened last November and located on the outskirts of Norwich, on The Weston Estate, The Stables is a far from traditional ‘clubhouse’ complete with restaurant, bar and microbrewery. And at the start of this year, The Stables Cooking Experiences launched, putting the place firmly on the culinary map.

It is very much open to all – indeed, pop in for coffee and cake and admire the breathtaking views of the 350-acre estate, if that’s all you fancy. The Stables is open for breakfast, from 8.30am to 11am, and beyond that there’s an all-day menu, on offer seven days a week.

A quick look at the menu and it’s clear that produce is locally sourced from local farmers, butchers, brewers and bakers: the likes of Yare Valley Oils, Cley Smokehouse, Nortons Dairy, Binham Blue and Marsh Pig are all on there. Moreover, the stone baked pizza dough is made on site with local unbleached white flour from Letheringsett watermill.

As for the drink offering, it doesn’t get much more local than a microbrewery! The 1893 Microbrewery, named after the year in which the club was established, offers hands on experiences for up to eight guests, and is believed to be the only microbrewery at a golf club in the UK.

This month sees the launch of their impressive looking ‘A Yard at The Yard Afternoon Tea’, and on offer will be a selection of freshly cut sandwiches, scones and various afternoon fancies all on a rather unique yard of wood.

Later in March will see the launch of The Yard dining menu, for lunch and dinner. Dishes will include Hevingham chicken and Salt Marsh chorizo cigar, thyme fennel dauphinoise and parsley roast cod, orzo risotto, cobnut pesto. Director of hospitality Kevin Gooch has high aspirations for The Stables. He says: ‘Our aim is to become a food and beverage centre of excellence, which will be renowned for food excellence and outstanding service.’

With Mothering Sunday fast approaching, Kevin and the team are keen to promote the idea of The Stables as a family friendly place, making the point:  ‘It doesn’t look like your standard golf clubhouse by any stretch of
the imagination.’

Add to that its vision and The Stables has all the ingredients to be a  culinary destination with a difference.

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