Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pub Grub: The King's Head Inn Bar and Restaurant, The Street, Acle, Norfolk

I hope you enjoy this feature on pub grub. This pub review feature complements the trip my husband and I took to Norfolk recently. For the related article, please click here. Be sure to check out my new photos on the Ana’s Pics page too!

While Dave the Protester (the husband) and I were in Norfork over Easter weekend, we stopped into the Kings Head for dinner and a drink. We started out in the bar while waiting for a table. The music was good and the levels were nice, loud enough to hear and not so loud that we had to shout to each other. A refreshing change! The service was excellent and fast, and the pints were full and cheap to boot.

Once we were seated, Dave and I ordered the potato wedges with garlic mayonnaise for a starter. They came with a salad garlish, and were quite scrummy.

Things from there went downhill a bit. Dave had ordered the "fat git" (his words, not mine) 16 ounce sirloin. It was cooked well, but he felt the peppercorn sauce was indistinctive and somewhat bland. He said the chips that came with it were quite average as well.

I had the Cajun Chicken, which was nice and spicy, and quite good overall. I felt the sauce was a tad watery, and would have prefered the chicken with the skin off. The jacket potato (baked potato) that accompanied it was fine, nothing special, but your basic jacket potato.

We also had some garlic bread with cheese, which was not garlicy at all. The house white I had was with dinner was okay, but nothing special. We were too full for dessert, especially Dave!

Overall, the portions were great, the quality was average, and the service was friendly. The restaurant has a nice decor, with a warm English farmhouse decor. The restaurant was a bit on the warm side, and there is no smoking allowed outside of the bar.

The Kings Inn offers standard fare with some regional specialties such as Norfolk lamb and Marshman's Pie. There were also a few vegetarian options on the menu. Our bill for two starters, a sirloin, a chicken dish, a glass of house wine and a pint of Guinness extra cold was £30.25.

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