Friday 2nd May. Looked for somewhere near the Norfolk coast for lunch on our journey to Norwich for the bank holiday weekend. This was recommended in our Room At The Inn book(never let us down yet!!) and was a good but not great experience.
The location and decor in the pretty village of Burnham Market (near Wells by the Sea) was typically picturesque. Dining was available in or outside weather permitting and the individual dining areas were all of a high standard. This is definitely a gastro pub with rooms.
I ordered an appetiser of seared scallops with truffeled potato, pancetta and celleriac and Linda had Roasted mackeral fillets, parsnip shavings, leek and horseradish dressing which were the highlights of our meal, the presentation and quality of food were terrific. For the main course both me and Linda chose Arthur Howels 21 day aged New York rib steak with hand cut chips and side orders of buttered cabbage and a green salad. Wines were chosen by the glass with Sauvignion Blank with the appetisers and an Argentinian Malbec with the main course . We like our steaks cooked medium to well done and this is where the meal was let down. The steaks were over cooked and tough. This was brought to the attention of the attentive table staff and would be reported to chef for his comments. A little later a report came back that chef agreed on the quality of the steaks but no apology or offer followed. In an establishment like this it was disappointing and clouded what up to then was an enjoyable experience. This would not stop us returning or recommending the Hoste Arms but Arthur Howel may be a name to avoid.
This is the Hoste Arms web site with sample menus etc. Take a look by clicking on this link www.hostearms.co.uk