An atmospheric cafe/restaurant/deli that tries to be all things to all people. The dining room, with its quarry-tiled floor, beams, bare brick walls and solid wooden tables is hidden behind the smart delicatessen (q.v.).
During the day, the menu offers the likes of filled croissants, toasted sandwiches and warm salads. These are backed-up by cream teas and High Tea (offered between 15.00 and 17.00). There's a special menu for children, and the open plan kitchen adds to the interest.
In the evening, the lights are dimmed, candles appear and the cooking style goes up several gears to restaurant, rather than café food.
'Thai-style Pork Cakes with Sweet Chili Sauce & Rocket'; 'Sweet Pepper & Tomato Soup' and 'Pickled Walnut & Partridge Terrine' might figure among the starters.
'Vegetable Goulash', 'Roasted Halibut - with its own Fishcake and Lemon & Sorrel Sauce' and 'Trio of Local Beef' (comprising fillet steak with bubble & squeak, beef olive and steak & kidney pudding) among the mains.
Leave room for desserts, such as 'Passion Fruit Parfait' or ' Lemon & Plum Tart'.
Special nights might include one for 'Fish' and another for 'Jazz', and these need booking.
What they call a 'Posh B & B' is also on offer.
- Food Style: Budget Restaurants - the best
- Lunch: all week 8.00-22.30; mains £12.95 + lighter dishes
- Dinner: all week 8.00-22.30; mains about £13 to £18 + lighter dishes
- Wine: a well-thought-out wine list has modest mark-ups, local beer and Aspall's cider is also offered
- Children's portions: Yes, plus special menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: West Runton
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Outside eating
- Rooms available