The White Horse – Brancaster Staithe

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On one of our regular visits to Norfolk we stopped for lunch at The White Horse (follow the link) in Brancaster Staithe. Not the first time we have dined here but one of our fishy favourites when in the area. Brancaster Oysters and Mussels caught locally, Cromer crab as fresh as you like? This is why we keep returning. Our table was at the front of the conservatory area with fantastic views over the marshes out to sea as the picture above hopefully gives an impression. The menu is comprehensive with plenty of variation for meat eating non fishy friends, but as the saying goes ‘When in Rome’. The Brancaster Staithe Oysters (6) in Tempura with Wasabi Mash, Lemon Syrup and Tofu Broth got us started. Oyster purists would think what a waste? But memories of battered oysters at Rick Steins ‘chippy’ in Padstow came flooding back and the dish was fantastic with great flavours and textures.

The dressed Cromer Crab with salad and lime mayonnaise was also a popular appetiser choice with a glass of non-oaked Chardonnay to help out. When the provenance and traceability of the food on your plate is highlighted it really goes the extra mile to name the individual involved, so on to our next course. Cyril’s Brancaster Staithe Mussels poached in white wine, cream and parsley. We opted for the smaller appetiser portion served in a generous metal pot with fresh granary and white bread. Not difficult to go wrong when the mussels are so fresh but Cyril get’s our vote.

No desserts but expresso’s and choc’s to finish another great lunch at the White Horse.

J&L. 02-10-09

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