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“An Great Restaurant In A Lovely Setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Bar 1559

The Bar 1559
Ranked #364 of 817 Restaurants in Norwich
Cuisines: British, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“An Great Restaurant In A Lovely Setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

Very occasionally we go to Sprowston Manor for a couple of nights away. In recent years the whole hotel has been refurbished, it's one of the best examples of the Marriott Golf Resort in the U.K.
The restaurant, which now delights under its new name, has been patchy in the past, although it has usually been on the good rather than the poor side. So we had booked into it for one of our evenings on this visit, and were eager to see what it was like.
I am delighted to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our evening there, from start to finish the reception by the staff was good, service was efficient but very friendly, and the food was pretty good. This restaurant used to have two AA Red Rosettes, I don't know if they still have them but on the evidence of our visit it deserves them.
We started with broccoli soup, and a confection of black pudding and belly pork with apple sauce. Then for mains we had sea bass fillet with Lyonnaise potatoes, and turbot fillet on lentils. To finish we had chocolate pannacotta and flourless chocolate cake with frozen berries. None of these dishes was lacking in any way. We are big fish fans, both the sea bass and particularly the turbot were delicious. Presentation of the dishes was elegant without being too fussy.
This may be a hotel restaurant, but then it's a really nice hotel and the restaurant reflects this. There appear to have been some poor reviews but our experience was exactly the opposite. They have had glitches in the past but this time the experience was pretty good. Try it.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Twyford, United Kingdom
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“Do not always believe the TA reviews!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

We were not intending to dine at 1559 because of the poor reviews, but decided to give it a try, after a busy day sightseeing. We were not disappointed. The service was very attentive, the staff could not have been more helpful. The food was good, and was complemented by a reasonably priced bottle of Malbec. If you are going to dine here, make sure you get a table in the room overlooking the gardens.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Mercman111
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london
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“Poor bar food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

A strange experience, bar staff cleaning the carpet noisily with a hand carpet cleaner at peak lunchtime period with customers both in the restaurant and bar area, the bar food not quite as described on the menu with mediocre alternative, a very long wait for the food and then when it arrived it was luke warm. Really not very good. We chose 1559 rather than Sprowston Manor Zest cafe as it had more atmosphere - wish we hadn't bothered.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank sbrown35
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34 reviews
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“Excellent service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013 via mobile

After our swimming in the hotel , since the cafe bar is closed due to winter timetable we went to this place without booking a table.
They greeted us , managed to book a table in , at all time I felt good . Service is fast and very family friendly.we enjoyed and had a wonderful time.
I recommend this if you would like to have a quite good dinner.
Will visit again.

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Thank Anand K
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Norwich
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“Don't go!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

We had booked Sunday lunch at 2pm for a party of 6. We arrived at the restaurant to find 1 gentleman having coffee and no one else in sight (including staff). After a few minutes we were led to our table and given the menus. A young man then came to take our order for drinks and, on being asked a question, said he didn't know as he had only just arrived on duty. Surely the correct response would have been to say that he would find out the answer to our question?
We then waited for at least a further 10 minutes for our order to be taken and then a further 20 minutes for our starters to be served. Considering there was just us and a couple with a baby in the restaurant this seemed excessive especially as there was no actual cooking involved with any of the starters ordered.
Once our plates were cleared we waited a further 30 minutes for the main course and I think we would still have been waiting had not one of our party disappeared in search of a member of staff. When asked what had happened to our meal and what was being done about it, the aforementioned young man was surly, shrugged and said “what do you want me to do about it?”
On reflection we should have left at that point as the main course was disappointing to say the least. The roast sirloin of beef was tough and the Yorkshire puddings would have rendered anyone unconscious had they been used in a fight….
The boiled potatoes served with the salmon were undercooked and the vegetables underwhelming.
A different young man then came out to apologise and agreed that the service and meal had been unacceptable therefore we were not expected to pay for the food.
We would much rather have paid in full (with a generous tip) and enjoyed a decent meal however we have learned from our experience and will not be in a hurry to return.
Sprowston Manor is a 4 star hotel but I’m afraid the food and service were nothing short of a disgrace

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank KimberleyGNorwich
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