On Wednesday I was invited along to The Wildebeest in Stoke Holy Cross, which is about ten minutes from Norwich. I was expecting great food but I was not ready for just how amazing it was.

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Even the bread was extra special. You can’t beat some warm crusty bread but the bread on the left was made with beetroot and that on the right with fennel seeds. It just made them so much more interesting than regular bread despite the flavours being so subtle.

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Ever since going to Venice, I’ve had a bit of a thing for Prosecco, I couldn’t help myself.

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To start I had the tian of Cromer crab with smoked pork belly lollipop. It was amazing, the moistness of the crab went brilliantly with the dry, smoky pork belly.

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Rosie, who accompanied me to The Wildebeest, had the scallops with cauliflower and vanilla foam. On top there are pea shoots and a black pudding crumb.

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My main dish was the fillet of beef with charred shallot, carrot puree and potato rosti. It was amazing, a lot of flavours on the plate but they didn’t over power one another. My rare steak was cooked perfectly too.

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Rosie went for the vegetarian dish of goats cheese crottin. It looks beautiful and a little unassuming at first but you cut into it and you get this…

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It’s a little decadent but I tried some and it was beautiful!

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Being people who are unable to resist triple-cooked chips, we had to order these with Gruyere cheese. They were as delicious as they look.

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The desserts are based around signature flavours. This was the orange. It’s polenta cake with yoghurt sorbet and honeycomb. There was also some popping candy in there, which was a great touch! Rosie said of this: “It’s the first dessert I’ve really liked in a long time.”

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And here’s the chocolate dessert. Iced White Chocolate and Vanilla Parfait with dark chocolate and brandy brioche ravioli. Again, it all tasted as wonderful as it looked.

One of the best meals I’ve had for a long, long time. Everything just worked so well together and there was no course that let it down. On top of all that, the service was fantastic and we got to sit on the beautiful terrace. Make the most of that while we still have some sunshine!

For three courses and a glass of wine you’ll probably pay around £35-40 per person. There’s also a set menu (Mon-Fri) that costs just £18.50 for two courses.

The Wildebeest
82-86 Norwich Road
Stoke Holy Cross
NR14 8QJ

Tel: 01508 492497
Email: wildebeest@animalinns.co.uk
www.animalinns.co.uk/wildebeest-home

The Wildebeest, Stoke Holy Cross
Delicious locally sourced foodVaried menuSome of the friendliest staff you'll ever meet
4.8Overall Score
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