We visit Graze at The White Horse…
Situated in Beccles, just a stone’s throw away from the town’s large clock tower, you will find Graze at The White Horse, a charming place to drink and dine no matter what day of the week it is.
Owners Kevin Wainwright and David Little, previously managed the Bear and Bells public house in Old Market before they left to buy and run the Satis House hotel in Yoxford.
Now the duo have decided to combine their expertise at the 18th century public house and have completely transformed what was known as ‘The Saddlers Arms’ into Graze, offering lunch, dinner and drinks in an informal and relaxed setting.
Bounce Magazine were kindly invited along to review the establishment, along with local photographer, James Norman of Charlotte James Photography & Events in Beccles and our team mate Lois. Here’s what we thought!
“As you enter the old style building you immediately notice that the décor is very contemporary, dressed in signature colours of grey, green and white. The bar is lit with candles and soft lighting, creating a relaxed and romantic mood.
After a warm greeting from Kevin, we were presented with a list of some of Graze’s House Cocktails, the best way to start a meal in my opinion!
Upon the delivery of a ‘Twinkle’ and a ‘Pornstar Martini,’ we then grazed upon freshly baked Bread and Olives in the bar area. What girl doesn’t like Cocktails and Carbs, after all?!
Shortly after, we made our way into the chic and vibrant restaurant, complete with its open kitchen. It was then crunch time and the moment came to make our dinner choices.
Between us we selected Pan-Fried Scallops with Chilli Jam, Suffolk Pheasant Pate with Onion Marmalade and Artisan Bread, Lebenese Squash Salad with red Onion, Za’atar and Tahihi and Mushrooms and Spinach Tart with Salad Leaves. What a combination!
What I personally liked about my dish, the Scallops, was that usually, you only get three; well to my amazement and delight, Graze provided me with five perfectly cooked Scallops smothered in Sweet Chilli Jam.
After being cheeky enough to sample everyone else’s dishes too, I was impressed with the strong and punchy flavours and clean presentation of the dishes.
Graze benefits from the addition of a specialist chargrill oven, with a chargrilled section on the evening menu, it would have been rude not to sample these dishes for the main event.
I could not resist the ‘Mexican Burger’, lets face it, everyone loves a good burger, but what I enjoyed about this particular one was the heat from the jalapeño’s, the coolness and texture of the avocado and the crunchiness of the salsa, all thrown into one incredible tasting burger topped with spicy cheese and complete with fries in a brioche bun. For spice lover’s one word… amazing!
Other selections from our group included Sirloin Steak served with Rocket, Fries, Grilled Mushroom & Tomato and Game Wellington with Mash, Kale and Madeira Wine Gravy.
Then onto the finale, although I couldn’t manage a dessert, I opted for a little pick me up and indulged in an Espresso Martini Cocktail, my fellow foodie friends went all out.
They selected Pear and Almond Tart with Amaretto Ice Cream, Pannacotta with Sweet Pomegranate Sauce and Chocolate Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream; and I have to say, it kept them quiet for a good five minutes, they didn’t even offer me a taste!
The final verdict: We highly recommend a visit to Graze, patrons can pop in for cocktails, wine and nibbles at the bar, a cafe-style lunch or an evening meal. We’d especially like to thank the team, Kevin, Glenda and Lucy. They all made our night very special with their personal and attentive service”.
Graze now holds Wedding Receptions, has a private dining room for 10 and function room for up to 36.
For more information visit the website www.grazewhitehorse.co.uk or call 01502 715974.
Photos by Charlotte James Photography & Events