I wanted to do something special for MrS’s birthday and once I knew we would be in Norfolk for it there was only one restaurant I could think of to book for dinner that night. I’ve lived in Norwich for 25 years but never managed to make it to Richard Hughes’ award winning The Lavender House in Brundall.
It’s one of several fine dining restaurants in Norfolk, we’re quite spoilt for choice really. Hughes runs his training kitchen and incredibly popular cookery schools from the restaurant along with wine evenings and supper clubs.
For such a special occasion we opted to sit in the Opitz Room – which is actually the kitchen. The two of us had a full view of the kitchen and Richard and his assistant at work all evening preparing our food. We opted for the 9 course tasting menu with wine flight which meant we didn’t have to think about anything except the food. And what food it was, absolutely amazing. Last year we ate in the Michelin starred Restaurant Story, and whilst Hughes' menu maybe isn't as innovative as Tom Sellers' (no dripping candles, gin botanicals or coal sauce here) it easily gives Roger Hickman's place (also amazing) a run for it's money
Parmesan and Garlic Custard - melted in my mouth and I don't even like cheese.
Pressed smoked chicken - that little cube of sherry jelly popped with flavour in my mouth
Roasted Loin with slow cooked cheek of beef - tender and full of flavour
Cheese Plate - my least favourite as I don't really like cheese, but rather than change it for an alternative, I thought I'd give it a try.I ate the smooth brie and some of the cheddar but left the blue (including the famous Binham Blue) for MrS. The oat cakes were melt in the mouth and the pickled grapes were a great accompaniment
Passion Fruit Posset (my favourite - I have a sweet tooth!)
Fig Baklava with honey ice cream
Petit Fours - couldn't eat all these - we took them home in a doggy bag!
It was a wonderful evening and we will definitely be going back