Food review: Darby’s Swanton Morley - ‘A great little country eatery’

Six months ago, the village of Swanton Morley welcomed back a familiar face to one of its beloved traditional country pubs. Based just outside of Dereham, Darby's closed its doors last year before undergoing an extensive refurbishment. It wasn't long before owner and resident John Carrick returned to the helm of the businesses vowing to restore it back to its former glory. The pub used to be made up of two farm cottages back when Mr Carrick first bought it in 1946. Then in 1988 he oversaw a p

Why this pub deserved to be named Norfolk’s best

Why this pub deserved to be named Norfolk’s best As soon as you step inside The Brisley Bell it is clear to see why this eatery was recently awarded a pub of the year accolade. The owners, Marcus and Amelia, have spent the last three years renovating the facilities to a very high standard - and it absolutely shows. At this year's EAT Norfolk Food and Drink Awards, The Brisley Bell was up against some top competition but scooped the Pub of the Year award after being "highly recommended" by the

Food review: ‘A must for foodies’ - Is this the best place to grab a roast dinner?

Food review: ‘A must for foodies’ - Is this the best place to grab a roast dinner? From its idyllic setting on the Norfolk and Suffolk border, Old Hall Farm, based just outside of Bungay, is said to serve the best roast dinners for miles. Reviewer Donna-Louise Bishop went to find out just how good they are. To say I was excited about visiting this place is an understatement. Almost everyone I'd mentioned Woodton-based Old Hall Farm to said the mouth-watering roast dinners, served up by owners

Food review: ‘Absolute perfection and I couldn’t fault a thing’ - Could this be Norfolk’s finest place to eat?

Food review: ‘Absolute perfection and I couldn’t fault a thing’ - Could this be Norfolk’s finest place to eat? Donna-Louise Bishop feels she’s found food perfection in north Norfolk at a pub that seems to get universally excellent reviews. Find out why she only had good things to say. You don't have to go many weeks before The Hunworth Bell makes an appearance on yet another 'best of' food list. In fact, in my 30-something years of living in the north Norfolk area I've not heard a single bad

‘I was nibbling on leftovers all night’ - Why this steakhouse food is a winner even from the sofa

‘I was nibbling on leftovers all night’ - Why this steakhouse food is a winner even from the sofa It’s been more than three months since reporter Donna-Louise Bishop stepped foot inside a restaurant. So, as one of the final customers to eat at The Fox Steakhouse in Hevingham before it closed its doors to the public, she decided it was time to make a return visit to check out its new take-away offerings. Three months ago, owners of pubs and restaurants across the country held their breath as th
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