Theatre-blogger Dawn Maidstone swaps the bright lights of the stage for a spot of brunch at Byfords of Holt, in the first installment of inNorfolk’s guest-blog series.
Having a few days off work without any plans is a rarity on my life, so I was determined to make my recent time off relaxing and enjoyable.
That’s why my partner (Chris) and I took advantage of a trip to visit my grandparents in Holt to stop for a spot of brunch. Of course where else could we go but Byfords higgledy-piggledy world of pleasure?
A local café, deli and posh B&B, Byfords of Holt has made a name for itself over the last few years and we couldn’t miss the opportunity for a visit.
The air was filled with the aroma of freshly baked goodies when we walked in, and we were shown to a table located away from the main dining area. Leather-studded chairs and wooden tables filled the small room, and when coupled with the exposed brick and flint of the walls, it had a rustic, cozy feel. Golden oldies played in the background adding to the charm of the place.
Leather-studded chairs and wooden tables filled the small room, and when coupled with the exposed brick and flint of the walls, it had a rustic, cozy feel
The staff were also friendly and efficient. We noticed that they were a hit with the locals – which is vital in a community-orientated town – they welcomed each local by name. It’s such a personal service, and is especially reassuring for those who might be alone and enjoy getting out for the company.
Food and drink at Byfords, Holt
Our order was taken and shortly followed by the arrival of our drinks. My green tea (leaves not bag) came in a pot, with more than enough for two. I was pretty tea’d out when we left!
Chris’ strawberry-shortbread milkshake was served in a thick glass jar with handle. It was a delicious drink, but also acted as a dessert replacement.
When the food arrived it was well presented on Byford-branded plates and, a necessity for me, it was hot.
I chose the eggs benedict and was not disappointed. The poached eggs were perfectly soft and served on a generous bed of ham, wilted spinach and on top of fluffy toasted breakfast muffin – and they had remembered that I requested no hollandaise!
Chris ordered a Byfords Breakfast – a posh take on a full English. It was made up of eggs (he chose scrambled, which were deliciously fluffy and full of flavour), a pot of beans, medium grilled bacon, mushrooms, grilled tomato, thick hash-brown finger and some black pudding. All accompanied with a golden round of toast with real butter. It was amazingly filling!
Before I sign off, I would like to mention how clean the bathrooms were. Fresh lilies produced their floral aroma, while ginger-scented hand wash and cream were lovely to freshen up with. It felt like they had considered every detail.
Before leaving we selected a few delights from the deli to take away with us. And I also decided that Byfords afternoon tea will be on the cards for my next visit.
Whether impromptu or planned, Byfords’ menu has a lot to offer throughout the day and it caters for all, including gluten-free options.