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Fish and chip shop and tapas restaurant praised by critic Giles Coren

PUBLISHED: 11:20 07 August 2020 | UPDATED: 11:49 07 August 2020

Eric Snaith inside Eric's Fish and Chips in Thornham which has been reviewed by Giles Coren Picture: Eric's Fish and Chips

Eric Snaith inside Eric's Fish and Chips in Thornham which has been reviewed by Giles Coren Picture: Eric's Fish and Chips

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Another two Norfolk restaurants have got the seal of approval from renowned food critic Giles Coren, including Norfolk’s restaurant of the year in 2019.

Food critic Giles Coren has praised Eric's Fish and Chips and Socius Picture: PA/Jonathan BradyFood critic Giles Coren has praised Eric's Fish and Chips and Socius Picture: PA/Jonathan Brady

In his latest review in The Sunday Times, Mr Coren headed to Eric’s Fish and Chips in Thornham and Socius in Burnham Market and it follows a gleaming report of his trip to The Duck Inn in Stanhoe published last Sunday (August 2).

While he couldn’t work out whether he went to the Thornham or Holt branch of Eric’s Fish and Chips, stating “but exactly where in Norfolk, I’m not sure I can say”, it becomes clear he went to the former as he talks about a gravelled front with picnic tables.

He ordered the medium haddock with chips, which he felt was “good value” at £9 apiece, and said it was “historic. Epic. At the very top end of what fish and chips should be”.

Giles Coren raved about Eric's Fish and Chips in his latest food review in The Sunday Times Picture: Eric's Fish and ChipsGiles Coren raved about Eric's Fish and Chips in his latest food review in The Sunday Times Picture: Eric's Fish and Chips

His high praise continued and he called their black pudding fritter “excellent” and tartare sauce “very good”.

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The chippy, which has a third branch in St Ives in Cambridgeshire, is owned by Eric Snaith who is also the chef and owner at award-winning restaurant Titchwell Manor.

Eric's Fish and Chips in Thornham Picture: Eric's Fish and ChipsEric's Fish and Chips in Thornham Picture: Eric's Fish and Chips

Mr Snaith said: “We were delighted, the actual comments he made are hard to take in and to call it historic and epic it couldn’t be much better.”

Mr Coren also visited tapas-style restaurant Socius in nearby Burnham Market, named the best restaurant at the Eat Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2019, while on holiday with his family in the county and was a big fan.

As they had accidentally booked for the wrong week and it was completely full they were sat outside.

Owners Natalie Stuhler and Dan Lawrence at the Socius Restaurant at Burnham Market. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOwners Natalie Stuhler and Dan Lawrence at the Socius Restaurant at Burnham Market. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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He loved the sharing plates and said the deep-fried chicken thigh nuggets were “wonderfully dark and sticky” and that the sticky lamb belly was “perfectly done”.

Natalie Stuhler, who runs Socius with partner Dan Lawrence, said: “It was amazing, we really weren’t expecting it - he is a very tough critic and was very complimentary about absolutely everything.”

Socius restaurant in Burnham Market. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSocius restaurant in Burnham Market. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

See the full menu for Eric’s at ericsfishandchips.com and book a table for Socius at sociusnorfolk.co.uk


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