Let’s do lunch:

Down a labyrinth of nar­row coun­try lanes lined with fields of bright yel­low rape, The Lion at Thurne is as an idyl­lic spot on the Broads as you could hope for

EDP Norfolk - - EDP NORFOLK MAGAZINE - WORDS: Rachel Buller

We’re lunch­ing at The Lion in Thurne with the fam­ily

As Broads lunchtime stops go, The Lion at Thurne is surely one of the best, es­pe­cially in the warmer months. A large gar­den with plenty of ta­bles opens on to a big vil­lage green and play area and step across the lane and you are by the water; the iconic mills look­ing splen­did against the blue sky as tra­di­tional sail­ing boats drift by.

With a large, light and airy din­ing space and a cosy, but cool bar area, The Lion prides it­self as be­ing a real ale heaven and in re­cent years, a gin palace.

The menu of­fers clas­sic pub food, with mains mostly around the £10 – £12 mark. This isn’t fine din­ing, but the por­tions are more than gen­er­ous and it is hearty, good qual­ity, freshly cooked food.

Fish and chips, sausage and mash, pie of the day and a great burger menu – which in­cludes a fish, chicken and ve­gan choice.

The short starters menu would dou­ble as light bites to share. Two plates of de­li­cious, hot and salty white­bait with a le­mon and

dill mayo was fresh, crispy and hun­grilly de­mol­ished.

With the chil­dren in tow, who in­sisted they were hun­gry enough for an adult meal (most things on the menu can be served at around half the cost as a kid’s por­tion), my youngest son opted for the Swan­ning­ton Farm smoked honey ham, free range egg, thick cut chips and homemade coleslaw, which when it ar­rived was big­ger than he was. My other son chose from the Lion’s ex­cel­lent home-made stone baked pizza menu. At around £11 – £12, the piz­zas would be great at lunchtime to share – not that he did. There was no scrimp­ing on top­pings, the ‘meaty’ was a com­bi­na­tion of moz­zarella, smoked honey ham, sausage, pep­per­oni and red onions . My hus­band and I went for burg­ers – he, The Lion burger, a 6oz beef burger topped with cheese, smoked ba­con and BBQ sauce, me, the Farmer’s burger, a 6oz pork and ap­ple burger with brie, red onions and tomato salsa. They came with a moun­tain of fries, homemade coleslaw and were packed with flavour.

Too full for dessert (al­though the rather en­tic­ing 12-inch dessert pizza toped with Nutella, marsh­mal­lows, white and dark choc drops and driz­zled with cream al­most made it to the ta­ble), we en­joyed cof­fee in the warm, bustling beer gar­den while the kids en­joyed run­ning off lunch in the sun­shine.

Our bill for four peo­ple, came to around £80. Our re­view vis­its are unan­nounced and we pay for our meals. the­lion­atthurne.com

ABOVE: Home made piz­zas at The Lion at Thurne

BE­LOW: The Lion Inn at Thurne Antony Kelly

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