The view of the White Horse at Brancaster Staithe is perhaps one of the most spectacular in the county to enjoy a meal.
Against the backdrop of North Norfolk’s beautiful coastline, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing their table.
From the sunny terrace set outside the main restaurant, or the picturesque walled courtyard, to the beautiful marsh-side seating area which is a short walk from the marshes – you can’t go wrong.
Prior to our arrival we had booked a table on the terrace where the blue sky and sun greeted us first followed by a friendly and efficient waiter who made sure we were aware of all the correct Covid guidelines.
Shortly after we were seated, we were happily relaxing with our drinks – a white wine for me and a pint of Amstel for my companion – and drooling over a mouthwatering menu.
Attracted by the photos of the shareable seafood platter (Â£ 65), which have been shared widely on social media lately, we already knew what we were going to order. However, the superfood salad seemed perfect for a light lunch and there was a particularly mouth-watering special steak with tiger shrimp that day as well.
We didn’t have to wait long. The platter was a feast for the eyes, as well as the stomach, and it was hard to know where to start.
Being an oyster virgin myself, we started with Ben and Cyril’s Brancaster oysters. Naturally presented with shallot vinegar, they were absolutely divine, and for Â£ 10 more you can add four more. With the amount of food we had, they weren’t needed, but they were much desired.
We switched to the tasty smoked mackerel, which was sweet and perfect to spread on the sourdough bread that came with it. I had requested a side of their seaweed butter, which went perfectly with the dish. Next, we ate the delicious fresh shrimp, before moving on to the dressed Cromer crab – one of the sweetest I have ever eaten – and then the Saithe Smokehouse salmon. The salmon was so lovely we had to buy some from the smoker on site before we left.
Truth be told, I’m a bit of a chip-a-holic, so I had to order White Horse Skin Savory Fries (Â£ 3.75). They’re some of the nicest I’ve ever eaten, and dipping them in lemon mayonnaise worked well too – even though it was meant to be used with seafood.
Then we rummaged through the jar of saffron-marinated cockles, and what a spectacle they were. The sweetness combined with a slight flavor was perfection. We could easily have had a jar each.
We finished the platter with the crayfish and shrimp cocktail, before tucking into the half-chilled North Sea lobster. All the food was fresh and enjoyable.
With a little room to spare, we opted for some desserts. My companion had the baked cheesecake with white chocolate and poached cherries (Â£ 7.50) while I immediately opted for the petits fours (Â£ 6), a quirky little dessert consisting of a macaroon pop -caramel corn, a cherry cone, a brown butter fondant, and a mint chocolate truffle.
What a way to end a perfect meal.
After paying we decided to walk along the coast to take a stroll along the beautiful Brancaster Beach, but we could easily have spent the afternoon at the White Horse enjoying the sun, beautiful views and ambiance. pleasant.
Although a little out of the way, located just off the north Norfolk coast, it is well worth a visit and is perfect for a getaway to enjoy a good meal with much loved company.
For the amount of seafood we received with our platter, it was well worth the price of Â£ 65. Starters range from Â£ 7.50 to Â£ 12.50 and main courses from Â£ 14.50 to Â£ 24.50. There is something for everyone on the menu.
I opted for a small glass of house wine (Â£ 3.90 for 125ml), which was a delicious ‘Curvee Jacqueline’ Marsanne / Vermention 2019 from France, while my companion had a pint of Amstel (Â£ 4.50). There is a good selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as the offer of champagne and oysters.
Due to the restrictions in place, we were only allowed to use the outhouse. These were well installed and were perfectly clean and functional.
The menu meets a variety of dietary requirements. The site has a mix of levels, but there is disabled parking at the front allowing access to the main building.
All the staff were very polite, friendly and knowledgeable about the food. The industry was hit hard by the pandemic, but the staff looked delighted to welcome people back.
Aside from the breathtaking view, it had to be the hulls. It was a great little find and something we would love to have again on a next visit.
Definitely worth the trip to experience a vacation vibe right on your doorstep.
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If you like it, try these:
Rocky Bottom, West Runton
1. Rocky Bottoms is a delightfully quirky restaurant with crab shack located between Sheringham and Cromer, along the North Norfolk coast.
2. Heydon tea rooms, Heydon
Located in the beautiful historic village of Heydon, the Little Tea Room has a lot to offer. It also serves one of the finest and tastiest afternoon teas.
3. Wiveton Bell, North Norfolk
The perfect place for a lazy summer lunch in a coastal pub.
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