It certainly was quite a drive from Cromer, about 90 minutes, but in the end it was totally worth it. In fact, this was the best meal we had on our Norfolk trip.
We drove through the picturesque towns, Stiffkey and Wells-next-the-Sea, on narrow, winding roads and by the time we reached our destination we were starving. Finding The Hoste was easy, finding the restaurant not so much. The establishment’s ground floor proved to be huge and sprawled from next room to the next. A pub, a tea room, the foyer – each available seat was occupied by a happy camper enjoying the blue skies and sunshine on a summery Saturday afternoon.
In the end, we were helpfully directed to the restaurant, a bright and airy room with a laid back yet classy feel. The menu was creative and the food simply put, excellent.
My daughter’s Melon Ball starter was huge and my Tempura Oysters with a Chili Sauce (£11) dish was to die for. The main courses wowed us as well. The photos speak for themselves. I’m not a salad lover but even the rocket salad that came with my Rib-Eye Steak (£24) was super fresh and made me question my future purchases from supermarkets because somehow their rocket always comes out tasteless. Robyn couldn’t finish her huge plate of Fish & Chips but she remained full for the rest of the day, even skipping dinner.
The Hoste certainly created high expectations by now. I was close to bursting out of my trousers but simply had to try a dessert out of sheer curiosity. The Strawberry & Passion Fruit Pavlova was as gorgeous as it looked!
The Hoste served us the most memorable meal on our trip and without a doubt if ever given the opportunity to visit Norfolk again, I’d definitely stop by. Enough said.
8/10: The menu certainly offered more seafood options than its traditional British counterpart.
7/10: Prices are above average but certainly made up for in portion sizes.
8/10: Staff are courteous and well trained.
8/10: Be sure to make a reservation because this place is busy.
10/10: The Hoste is definitely one of the jewels in Norfolk.
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P.S. I was a guest of The Hoste.