Lucy gives a short but sweet review of lunch at The Dial House in Reepham.
It’s a rare treat for me to take a day off, but I recently cut myself some slack, spending a whole afternoon with my mum. She was keen to try on a few Mother of the Bride dresses and I was only too happy to help (did I mention that I’m getting married?!)!
In true family style, food was very much the foundation of the afternoon’s undertakings, and we stopped for a leisurely lunch at The Dial House in Reepham on the way.
So, on a bright and sunny Friday, we drove 40 minutes from Norwich city centre to Reepham. And, as luck would have it, we sailed straight into a parking space out front. Marvellous.
When we arrived, we were greeted at the desk and offered a table out front, where we could sit back and enjoy the warm weather. Watching the world go by, we ordered tea for two and pondered our dining options.
Presented in a huge pot, the loose-leaf tea needed a little time to brew, but it was perfect once it had time to steep. Served with eclectic, mismatched cups and saucers and funny little teaspoons shaped like guitars, it felt quaint and quirky, like all good tea shops should.
Eating at The Dial House
The menu was crammed with delicious-sounding options, but we both opted for an old favourite: fish-finger sandwiches.
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While it was nicely presented, I had a twinge of disappointment. The sandwich appeared to have been made with sliced white bread, rather than a freshly baked loaf. Oh, the horror.
Thankfully, the feeling didn’t last long. The dish was redeemed by the home-made fish fingers. They were generously coated in golden breadcrumbs, which were balanced by the zingy, sharp tartare sauce, with a hint of garlic.
The French fries on the side were equally delicious. Crispy and salty, they were ideal for dipping in mayo.
All things considered, it was a very satisfactory lunch and gave us plenty of energy for a spot of frock shopping!