Tag: Food review

Amazing Michelin Star food: Restaurant Sat Bains

Amazing Michelin Star food: Restaurant Sat Bains

As returning customers to the amazing Michelin star food of Restaurant Sat Bains (2 Michelin stars) I thought ‘can this really be as good as last time?’ By the end of my 10 course tasting menu I discovered it wasn’t as good as our last […]

Brunch or Lunch in Cambridgeshire? Little Acre, St Ives

Brunch or Lunch in Cambridgeshire? Little Acre, St Ives

Local: If you are looking for a place for brunch or lunch in Cambridgeshire look no further. We are lucky enough to have Little Acre Kitchen St. Ives on our doorstep which serves tasty food using local ingredients. With a great range of vegan and vegetarian […]

The Red Lion in Soham Review

The Red Lion in Soham Review

Grace Dent has long been a favourite reviewer of ours when it comes to commenting on restaurants. When she gave a glowing review of lunch at The Red Lion in Soham in the Guardian a few months ago it was always going to result in a visit to check it out.

The Welcome:

A friendly and enthusiastic welcome awaited us on entering this quintessential English village pub on a Saturday lunchtime. A roaring fire was also part of the welcome and made this a very cosy venue indeed.
Open fire, Red Lion Soham, Cambridgeshire pub

Set Lunch:

The set lunch is an absolute bargain at £16 for two and £21 for three courses. They also have an Al La Carte menu which we will definitely investigate on our next visit.
Red Lion in Soham, Cambridgeshire pubs

The Mains:

The fish pie was packed with fresh tasty pieces of sea trout and hake. The sauce was luxurious and flavoured lightly with dill. The topping had just the right amount of mash. This came with a side of creamed leaks and greens.
Fish Pie, Red Lion Soham
Another main of Gruyere mac ‘n’ cheese with green salad was greedily devoured and contained that delicious hint of rich truffle oil which made it even more comforting.
Mac n cheese, The Red Lion, Soham, pubs, Cambridgeshire

Desserts:

Homely and strong desserts were tasty. A dense (in a good way) hunk of bread and butter pudding was a cracking way to end a Saturday lunch. As was a fine slice of chocolate and almond torte with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Chocolate and almond torte, The Red Lion, Soham

The Red Lion in Soham:

We really enjoyed our lunch at the Red Lion in Soham. This pub deserves to do well and I really hope the locals buy into what the place’s ethos and make it a roaring success. We will surely be back soon. But don’t take my word for it- check out the expert opinion of Grace Dent.
Looking for other great local places for lunch in Cambridgeshire?  Click here for more ideas.
Wonderful Michelin Star Food-Spectrum, Amsterdam

Wonderful Michelin Star Food-Spectrum, Amsterdam

There are many things you can do in Amsterdam but for me what could be better than an evening in the beautiful dining room of recently renamed (from Librijes Zusje) Spectrum  enjoying wonderful Michelin star food      The Venue: The restaurant can be found in […]

A Foodies Tour of Sheffield: Thyme Cafe Review

A Foodies Tour of Sheffield: Thyme Cafe Review

Home Sweet Home: Returning to my home city is always a pleasure, especially when I have a chance to go on a foodies tour of Sheffield. This time The Thyme cafe. Found in the Broomhill area of the city, this busy, friendly bistro is clearly a […]

A Foodie Tour of Norwich: Farmyard Review

A Foodie Tour of Norwich: Farmyard Review

Want to visit a lovely, relaxing city that also happens to have a wide range of exciting and quality places to eat? Why not involved in a foodie tour of Norwich. 

Farmyard:

Farmyard restaurant just a stone’s throw away from the excellent Benedicts on you guessed it Saint Benedicts street. Our choice of venue was inspired by a favourite food writer describing a chocolate dessert in the Saturday paper a few weeks back. These are the the small things that can set you on the path to a good meal. Farmyard is a large, light and airy dining room with a superb view into the open kitchen. 

The Set Lunch:

The set lunch menu is great value at two courses for £15 or 3 for £19. Also available is the a la carte menu but I opted for the set lunch. My main course was a tasty combination of roast hake, dashi, noodles and shiitake perfect for a summer lunch. 

foodie tour of Norwich

Chilled rice pudding to follow, served with almond and plum granita which was refreshing and cool. This represented outstanding value for food of this quality. 

A La Carte

Going a la carte, Mel wasn’t disappointed either. Her main course (black truffle & hazelnut gnocchi, mushroom purée & mushrooms) was a delight and full of the flavours advertised so a tasty winner. 

Dessert was the dish mentioned in the introduction- the Farmyard chocolate bar. Made with Columbian 65%, miso caramel, peanuts and vanilla ice cream it was worth the visit alone. Dark smooth chocolate and the salty caramel and peanuts make this the most delicious Snickers bar you could eat.

My Conclusion:

Farmyard offers a good drinks menu including local beer and wines from around the world which sits nicely alongside the food. We both enjoyed our lunch and the service was friendly and efficient whilst creating a relaxing atmosphere. Another great place to eat in Norwich.

What Else to Squeeze in on a Foodie Tour of Norwich: 

  • Benedicts is a real class act and a great addition to the city. Serving modern British food, Richard Benedict won the ‘Great British Menu’ with two of his delicious dishes. Nanny Bush’s Seasonal Trifle is amazing and a must to try.  
  • Fresh, vibrant and totally delicious wood fired pizza from Brick Pizza.This is a cool independent which is centrally situated near the market.
  • Delightful macaroons from Macaroons and More . Mel is slightly obsessed with these tasty little treasures! Mail order for a gift if you really want to really want to spoil somebody special and make their day 
  • The Wallow is a great, cosy wine bar offering quality wines on self-service wine dispensers. Also offering their food boards including cheese, veggie and classic Wallow board.

As an infrequent visitor to this city, over the last 12 months I have found myself returning more and more to check out places to eat here. It really is a thriving food scene so I’ll be back soon Norwich!

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