On an idyllic, warm summer’s evening with the sun starting to sink in the sky, Brasted’s feels like a pretty wonderful place to enjoy extraordinarily good food and exemplary service
NESTLED AMONG a complex of pretty barns, down a tree lined driveway off a winding Norfolk country lane there is a definite sense of getting away from it all, of allowing yourself to be swept up in the atmosphere of a very special dining experience when you arrive at Brasted’s.
From the moment you walk in, it is impossible not to feel welcome – the restaurant has an almost legendary reputation for delivering excellent customer service and it is not hard to see why.
We are shown to an inviting sofa and there is a gentle hubbub in the bar and it is clear that many of the customers are regulars as staff come over for a chat with handshakes and smiles aplenty, in between taking orders and offering advice.
Brasted’s offers the whole gastronomic package, from the imaginative set menu complete with lovely little surprise complementary additions to the attentive but not intrusive (always a tricky thing to balance) service.
With our wine – the wine and cocktail list is excellent – come the canapés; mini bruschettas and a tender slice of pigeon with raspberry sauce. A delicious start.
There is no hurry here. No rush for you to order and then to frogmarch you to your table, everything is done at a relaxing pace.
While the restaurant is very traditional in its style from its exposed brick, deep red walls and old beams to the pianist accompanying proceedings – any fears that it might feel stuffy are quickly allayed. If anything it is quite the opposite, with a great, light hearted atmosphere.
Service at our table starts with a little amuse bouche – a tasty morsel of hake with a dill crumb served in a mushroom broth. It is deliciously salty, and the delicate hake works perfectly with the strong, deep flavour of the mushroom.
Amuse bouche: A tasty morsel of hake with a dill crumb served in a mushroom broth