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“A truly lovely meal”
Review of The Lavender House

The Lavender House
Ranked #115 of 835 Restaurants in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A truly lovely meal”
Reviewed 4 April 2014

The food we had last night was really lovely, flavoursome and beautifully presented. I had a salad to start which might sound dull but it was delicious, my main course also and the other meals also tasted fab. We have been before but I think it is just getting better.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Lesley C
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Yet another great meal!”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

For ten years now I have been enjoying meals at the Lavender House and last Sunday was no exception. The food, wine, service and friendly atmosphere never fail to impress. Thank you Richard, all that passion and dedication shines through!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Christine F
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Cookery school experience”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

poor and again poor customer service.
Start time 09:45, we arrived at 09:30, we found our way into into the bar where there was coffee served and tea on request.

After about 10 minutes, as I don't drink coffee or tea I asked for a glass of water, I was offered a glass of tap water 'is this OK' ... My husband had paid £140 for this privelidge!

We spent 20 or so minutes listening to the ramblings on about the history of the house/restaurant and then taken into the kitchen. We were told what we would be cooking. We were shown how to chop an onion and a carrot. The chef described the herb thyme as rosemary until I pointed out it was thyme! When preparing the dessert all our ingredients were already prepared (Good)! but I found a piece of crumpled paper in my ingredients, I handed it to the chef .....He joked, I was NOT impressed. During the 'school' we were asked what we would like to drink I asked for a glass of water ..... not forthcoming until I asked again half an hour later. Lunch provided was mediocre, a demitasse of thick soup, Chicken with new potatoes, mushrooms and wild garlic and a jus. I did enjoy the chicken but others found the jus too salty. The dessert was sticky toffee pudding...... Horrid!!!! The caramel sauce was gritty, the pudding was so thick I could have rendered the outside of the house. I had to ask for water on the table yet again.

Finally for £140 (and I took my friend so another £140) we took away the food we had prepared, had a middle of the range luch and shown how to chop an onion and carrot. We didn't even get to keep the aprons!!!!

This experience wasted half a day and sadly I won't get that time refunded.... never again!

  • Visited March 2014
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6 Thank Alison D
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NorwichRichard, Owner at The Lavender House, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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165 reviews
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“Wish I could give 6 stars”
Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

One of the best meals we've ever eaten. Taster menu just perfection from start to finish complemented by good wine and excellent service. Superb in every way. Yes it was expensive, but totally worth it.

Visited March 2014
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Must surely soon get its first Michelin Star!!!”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

Richard Hughes has done a superb job with this gem in Norfolk. He oozes passion and considerable culinary skills whilst keeping this restaurant directly interactive with its clientel. The tasting menu experienced on Friday night was sublime right from the very first course (parmesan custard). This is well worth a short taxi ride and the supporting staff are clearly well trained, attentive and genuine without overacting the hospitality card. The quality is Michelin Star without the prices...you'll pay around £45.00 per head for A la carte and £65.00 for Tasting Menu but be very hungry because this is not Nuvo Cuisine!! The wine is excellent and very competitve too. What a treat!!!

Visited March 2014
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