Review on The Norfolk Arms
A serious gastro-transformation has taken place at the once-dilapidated Norfolk Arms, although its new owners have wisely preserved the building's original Victorian tiled frontage, plasterwork ceilings and Corinthian pillars. There's a distinct Spanish flavour to the place now, with cured hams and bundles of chillies hanging behind the bar, an excellent choice of sherries in a big ice bucket and some intriguing bottles on the forward-looking wine list (including an organic white Rioja).
Tables laid with basic cutlery and tea towels signal that food is now high on the agenda. Tapas and charcuterie are one of the main attractions in the bar, and you can choose from a colourful selection including tortillas, patatas alinadas, rojones (fried pork belly with paprika) and even homemade Scotch eggs.
The full 'food menu' promises a familiar assortment of peasant-style gastro pub specialities, and there's plenty to enjoy: typical dishes 'from the kitchen' might include roast Somerset lamb with cannellini bean stew and salsa verde, pan-fried line-caught sea bass with leek and potato mash and balsamic butter, plus desserts ranging from citrus cake to sticky toffee pudding.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.30 3.30pm
Dinner: 6.30 10.15pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express