Norfolk restaurants named among top 100 in the UK

Charlie Hodson. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Charlie Hodson. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE - Credit: Archant

Two Norfolk restaurants have been named among the top 100 in the country, but missed out on the title of top place to eat in the East and Midlands.

Morston Hall, in north Norfolk and Benedicts, in Norwich, were both picked by critics to feature in The Sunday Times annual guide to the UK's top restaurant.

But the restaurants missed out on being named regional winner in the East and Midlands. That accolade went to Restaurant Saint Bains in Nottingham.

Of chef Galton Blackiston's Morston Hall, near Blakeney, the critics said dishes were 'precision-made'.

They said he produced: 'Complex but never overcomplicated combinations' and said the star dish was Brancaster mussels with perry and lovage.

Critics said the star dish at Benedicts, in St Benedicts, Norwich, was We All Stand For Jerusalem - made up of Norfolk lamb, Jerusalem artichoke, truffle and parsley sponge.

Chef owner Richard Bainbridge, who used to work as head chef at Morston Hall before going solo, produced that dish on TV show The Great British Menu in 2015.

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Critics described Benedicts as a 'relaxed neighbourhood restaurant' and said 'savvy locals feel free to mix and match from all the options'.

They quoted 'one delighted local diner' as saying Benedicts had 'changed Norwich'.

The overall winner in the UK was named as The Clove Club in Shoreditch London.

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