Well above par

Sun­day lunch at the Costessey Park Golf Club

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IT’S A beau­ti­ful sunny Sun­day and mum has come over all self­ish on us. She’s gone away for the week­end en­joy­ing her­self. ‘How dare she?’ comes the col­lec­tive cry of we fam­ily mem­bers left be­hind to fend for our­selves.

Luck­ily for us Costessey Park Golf Club is a few min­utes away and I had heard ex­cep­tional re­views of their Sun­day carvery.

With hunger gnaw­ing at our bel­lies, we ar­rive in the stun­ning grounds of the club. Its 22 de­grees out­side and while tempted to sit in the sun and en­joy the spec­tac­u­lar view of the greens, streams and the old hall, we head inside. This is Eng­land and, well, you never know what the weather may de­cide to do.

Jern­ing­hams sits high up with a new­lyre­fur­bished pa­tio. I chal­lenge you to find a bet­ter view on a fine day, be it for a meal or drinks. The ta­bles are well set, the sur­round­ings clean, bright and un­pre­ten­tious and the wel­come and ser­vice ex­tremely friendly and help­ful. The golfer among us is in heaven and the thank­fully well-be­haved grand­child can help him­self from a toy box in the corner. The reg­u­lars, it seems, re­ally are like fam­ily and the own­ers can’t do enough to make you feel at home.

We opt for the main meal and dessert; though the choice of starters is var­ied, the smell and sight of the carvery leads us there first.

There is a choice of beef – the right side of pink – or pork with very gen­er­ous serv­ings of crack­ling that I can­not re­sist (hope my den­tist isn’t read­ing this), mas­sive home­made York­shire puds, crispy roast pota­toes, boiled pota­toes and a mul­ti­tude of veg in­clud­ing broc­coli and cau­li­flower in a rich creamy sauce. There’s a veg­e­tar­ian op­tion and then gravy that is nearly as good as mum’s (hope my mum isn’t read­ing this).

A good roast would be my last meal if I was ever un­for­tu­nate enough to find my­self in that po­si­tion and I still ap­pre­ci­ate its tra­di­tion of good English cook­ing and the op­por­tu­nity for the fam­ily to get to­gether at the end of the week. Jern­ing­hams serves a great roast in fam­ily-friendly sur­round­ings with­out the all morn­ing prep and af­ter meal clear­ing up. It’s bril­liant value for money, es­pe­cially when you can pile your plate high and pour on lash­ings of tasty gravy with­out wor­ry­ing about leav­ing enough for other peo­ple.

The choice of dessert catered for the very healthy, with fruit salad or fresh straw­ber­ries, and for the sweet-toothed, with lemon meringue or a home made black­berry and ap­ple pie with cus­tard. To be hon­est even con­sid­er­ing a dessert af­ter a huge roast was un­nec­es­sary but we were all glad we did with the prom­ise to not eat any­thing more for the rest of the day.

So when mum’s away, or when only a home-made tasty roast will do, head off to Jern­ing­hams. This is how all Sun­day carver­ies should be.

The view across Costessey Park Golf Club

Jern­ing­hams at Costessey Park GC

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