Hungry in Norfolk and looking for the perfect place for a Sunday pub lunch? From my recent visit at the weekend, I would go out of my way to come back to our recent discovery – The White Hart, Hingham.
In case you haven’t read through my previous blog posts, I’ll quickly fill you in – my home for almost 2 years was Norwich; and the Norfolk food was a main reason why I miss this quaint city so much.
Surrounding the Norfolk broads, my boyfriend and I took a trip back East to celebrate our friend’s 32nd birthday – our standard group consists of four couples (and now a baby making us a group of nine). Our mutual love for food was the first sign of a long-lasting friendship, and so when we go back to visit every couple of months or so, a cosy restaurant with home-cooked food is the aim of the weekend for all of us.
Situated just outside the Norfolk broads, we came across The White Hart restaurant based in the small town of Hingham; as one of our friend’s recommended this place from working in Hospitality for a few years within the area, we thought this restaurant would be ideal being located in the next village to the cottage we were all staying in for the weekend – very convenient.
So for those of you who are in the area (I imagine mainly locals as Norwich is so far East of England that no-one happens to drive through the city unless this is the planned destination), this is a real must-visit place. Read on to see if you can be tempted for a visit…
The White Hart isn’t just a rustic and cosy restaurant offering home-cooked seasonal dishes; this place is a very warm and friendly Hotel of which the staff play a massive part to this.
Their variety of menus consist of a full gourmet lunch and evening menu (of which their chefs design monthly), and they also serve savoury and sweet tapas for those seeking a lighter bite (which is never the case across our friendship group – always a strong main!) As well as the formal seating in the beautiful Old Court Room upstairs, they have a homely bar area which we initially sat by before dining, with the warm log-burning fire toasting us up nicely on a cold winter morning in December.
Here’s a little peek into the rustic (and Christmassy) Decor within the vicinity…
As it’s December, this place gets really booked up so we had to pre-order our food before arrival. I nearly went for the Norfolk Mussels cooked in a Marinara Sauce served with Sourdough Bread, but then decided I wanted to upgrade to a heartier meal, and the staff were highly accommodating to this; another example of their flexible and accommodating service to the customers which was maintained from the moment of arrival.
So I ended up with the White Hart Beef Steak Burger which came in a Floured Bap with Aioli, Tomato, Pickle, Onion & Rustic Chips; all for the price of 10.95. You can change the order to Parmesan Fries for an extra 50p and add burger toppings for an additional £1 or so including Bacon and Brie, Sticky Red Onion, BBQ Pulled Pork, and Chorizo & Jalapenos.
Clearly loving my heartier food choice & complimentary Prosecco with a cherry…
A couple of our group went for the White Hart Pie of the Day (Pork & Apple) which was served with Seasonal Vegetables, New Potatoes and Gravy – and this one was £11.95 so your typical gourmet restaurant pricing – not cheap but definitely not over-priced.
Another friend went for the Vegetarian Nut Roast; an alternative to the traditional British style roast dinner and if I were a Vegetarian, I would definitely have gone for this flavorsome dish.
My friend actually quoted this meal;
The best nut roast I ever had.
– Big statement from someone who probably eats out more than me!
As it was a special occasion, we had a glass of the ‘Rhubarb Sparkle’ – this cocktail included Prosecco, Rhubarb, Liquor and Elderflower Sparkle – a very sweet and tasty concoction of ingredients which made our Sunday lunch a little merrier. 🥂
And what added to the occasion, the staff brought out a chocolate cake with candles to wish our friend a Happy Birthday – nice touch to give our overall dining experience that little more special.
All in all, an ideal and satisfying place to go for a catch up with friends in a cosy and rustic setting during these cold winter months 👌 Life’s too short to eat bad food so if in the area, take my recommendations for gospel before you spend your pennies!