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Food Review: Dunston Hall

By Rachel Ducker

On the outer edge of Norwich sits Dunston Hall, an Elizabethan mansion which has been lovingly restored set in 150 acres of Woodland.

With 166 rooms, its very own 18-hole golf course and leisure facilities including an indoor pool, sauna and steam room, whirlpool, and gym, it has much to offer its guests.

With restrictions lifted we were kindly invited along to dine in the brasserie restaurant with our two-year-old son Leo.

The first thing to mention was the friendliness of the staff, who on this very warm evening could not have been more accommodating.

As Leo took his place in his very own highchair, complete with crayons and a kid’s menu to create on, we sat by a pair of large double doors taking in the breeze whilst we browsed the menus.

To start, we ordered cheesy nachos for Leo, ideal for him to get stuck into.

My husband had the crispy fried squid, lemon and lime mayo and being a vegetarian, I opted for the beetroot falafel with roasted red pepper hummus, there were lots of options for us veggies.

Portion sizes were just perfect leaving enough room for the main event.

For Leo a margarita pizza had his name all over it, again the finger food was perfect for little ones of his age.

My husband has the hot smoked salmon fillet with soy and sesame noodles and buttered green beans as I enjoyed the pumpkin tortellini with toasted pumpkin seeds and crispy sage, although I have to confess, we both had a little nibble of Leo’s pizza!

Now, being six months pregnant and with a very sweet tooth at the moment, I couldn’t wait for dessert (especially if I was missing out on the wine) and I have to stay the morello cherry flan with pistachio ice cream, for me, was the absolute star of the show.

Leo got mucky with a chocolate brownie, whilst Sam indulged in the baked vanilla cheesecake.

With the sun still beaming down and lots of the grounds to explore, after dinner we decided to take a little stroll.

The terrace bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink or light snack in the summer and we noticed a big marquee for weddings and events.

For a family night out, Dunston Hall offered the perfect place to enjoy a lovely meal whilst being in beautiful Norfolk surroundings.


Opening Times
Breakfast, £15 charge: Mon-Fri 6.30am – 10am | Weekend and Bank Holidays 6.30am – 11am
Lunch: Mon-Sat closed for lunch 
Dinner: Mon-Sun 6.30pm- 9.30pm (Last orders 9.30pm) | School Holidays 6.30pm – 9.30pm

See > https://www.dunstonhallhotel.co.uk/dining/restaurants/