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Hi

Does anyone have any recent experiences of eating at the Hotel Wroxham?

I have to take my mum out on Wednesday up to Coltishall to visit an elderly relative who we will be taking out for lunch. I was hoping to try out the Recruiting Sergeant, but mum and the relative would prefer not to go to a pub!  The Norfolk Mead Hotel was suggested but, on looking at their website, it appears that they only do lunch on Sundays for non residents (looks rather pricey too!).

My mum now wants to go to The Hotel Wroxham ..... she has very fond memories of the place in the 1970s as they used to eat there quite often, even having their 25th wedding anniversary party there. Now .... I haven't heard any good reports on the place over the last few years, in fact I have heard some horror stories about dated decor and not very good food. I have told her that I'm not sure that it will be as she remembers it but she seems adamant that she wants to go there.  

I would hate to shatter my mums high expectations ...... good grief ... I'll never hear the last of it!!   Scared
So can anyone give me any good reports? I am wondering whether I might be better off carrying on to the Swan at Horning which sounds very good since the refurbishment.


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Hi carol

we have never had a bad meal there over the years, all good infact carol and when we are down we do use it quite a lot,the decor in the dinning room was i thought better than the bar area but there was sign's of that improving last time we was there  

another plus factor is it's location indoors or out you get a first class view of the river  

why not nip in and have a look around beforehand just to make sure





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Hi Carol,
we stayed overnight,bit pricey for what it is ,thought breakfast was a bit bland,but Dinner was ok but again a bit over the top price wise.

but a superb location.
would not stay there again cos i think its over priced. for what you get.

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Hello Carol,
We visited the Hotel Wroxham in May, chose food from the menu in the Bar, and thought it was very good,
and good value. There are lots of tables away from the actual bar area.

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Been there a couple of times this year and they do seem to seriously take the Mick price-wise but, what a location!

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Thanks for all the feedback! I have passed it all on to mum who still wants to eat in the restaurant there tomorrow, so I will report back!

Thankfully I'm not paying!!   Playful


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We had a cup of tea there over Easter (our lad needed coffee). it was truly dreadful IMO but if that's what she wants...

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Was in the Hotel Bar in May... Tables were not cleared, Bar Service very slow also, wish you well!

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Well ... Hotel Wroxham it was for lunch today!

We arrived just before midday and sat in the bar with a drink whilst we waited for the restaurant end to open. Only Adnams Explorer (which I don't like) and East Green (which strangely I actually think tastes better from a bottle!) on offer so I opted for the latter .... at £3.20 a pint !!  Gasp

The place seemed clean enough and started filling up with customers quite quickly. We moved through to thew other end once the curtains were open. It seems that they don't actually have a restaurant menu at lunchtimes ... just a carvery and a limited bar menu. Prices were not too bad £7-8 on average for a main meal with the carvery at £7.95.

I do have to say that if, like me, you're a vegetarian then I seriously wouldn't bother going. I didn't really have much choice at all .... the token pasta dish which I presume was suitable for veggies but didn't actually say so on the menu ....... why oh why do pubs etc. think that we live on pasta, salad and garlic bread?

The only other option .... was an omelette! I became a vegetarian when I was about 10 and, at that time, all I used to get anywhere was an omelette, so I guess it was a bit of a blast from the past. At least I managed to ditch the chips which normally come with it and have carvery veg instead as mum and our relative both opted for the carvery. It arrived very quickly ... I had asked for a cheese omelette but I think they just waved the cheddar over the top and then put it back in the fridge! The carvery veg were very undercooked .... I prefer my veg that way but these were rather dry and shrivelled and difficult for the oldies to chew!

Desserts were all £3.50 each but very large portions. Mum thought the caarvery was OK although the vegetables were somewhat inedible for her. She liked the Blackforest Gateaux though!!

We sat at a table by the window and had a great view of the river ..... sadly it is about all that this place has going for it for me and I won't be hurrying back! However, it was absoultely heaving with people by the time we left at around 1.30pm, so it does seem popular.

On the way back as we passed the green at Coltishall we started talking about the pubs there - I mentioned that I had heard that the Recruiting Sergeant gets some great reviews ...... "Oh Yes" says Dot .... "It is very good in there and lovely people that run it."
Mum had insited that she didn't think that Dot would want to go to a pub .... and it seems that she would have been more than happy to go there ..... AAAAAGGH !!   Frown


Carol

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Oh, Carol..what a shame. Sorry your trip to the Hotel Wroxham didn't quite 'hit the spot'. Some places really don't seem to have a clue when it comes to catering for vegetarians. Must be really annoying for you.

Guess it's straight to the Recruiting Sergeant next time then? Smile

John

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