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Byfords

4.5
4.5
1248 Reviews
£25 and under
British
A warm welcome to Byfords, a higgledy-piggledy world of pleasure consisting of an all-day continental-style café, delicatessen and posh B&B. We provide the best quality, attitude and atmosphere in a beautiful, unique setting.

No booking needed through the day, walk in and we will find you a table, bookings require for Afternoon Teas and advised for evenings.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Breakfast, Bistro

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 08:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01263 711400

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea -£10 deposit

    £10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Please note the £10 fee is a deposit and the remainder will need to be paid at the property. Bookings MUST be made 24-hours in advance
  • Afternoon Tea Extravaganza

    £10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Afternoon Tea Extravaganza Please note, We are unable to cater for any dietary requirements, you will have your table for 1h45m. The £10 fee is a deposit and the remainder of the payment will be taken on the day. Bookings MUST be made 24-hours in advance.

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What 1,248 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Brunch

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    British

  • North Norfolk

    Best Overall

  • North Norfolk

    Best Food

  • North Norfolk

    Best Service

  • North Norfolk

    Best Ambience

  • North Norfolk

    Best Value

  • North Norfolk

    Fit for Foodies

  • North Norfolk

    Healthy

  • North Norfolk

    Lunch

  • North Norfolk

    Romance

  • North Norfolk

    Special Occasions

  • North Norfolk

    Most Booked

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  1. IS

    IanS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food , great service and great value. Would highly recommend this place.
  2. AT

    AndyT

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place was magnificent, service was top notch, the steak was the best cooked, most flavourful steak I have ever eaten. Excellent chef and waiting staff.
  3. GS

    GillS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening and super value. Only £66 for three including drinks. We will definitely be back.
  4. CH

    CarlH

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If food and service is better than this elsewhere, I won't believe it.
  5. AH

    AdamH

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Throughly enjoyable expoerience. Were staying the night and dined at the restaurant in the evening. Very nice food, service excellent, really enjoyable evening.
  6. X

    Xxxx

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The service was very slow, but waiters were friendly.
  7. DC

    DavidC

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A pleasant, relaxed atmosphere and good range of choice. The duo of Byford's beef was particularly good.
  8. JA

    JohnA

    Norfolk

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every way.
  9. RG

    RuthG

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very accommodating, moved us to a more comfortable table when we requested it. Service was great, very nice staff. Food was delicious and value for money.
  10. CS

    ClaireS

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food, excellent choice and great value.
  11. J

    James

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked at last minute and was accommodated despite it being their Live Jazz night. Food excellent, and attentive service despite the full restaurant
  12. JB

    JemmaB

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time thank you food and service was great Jazz evening was good
  13. G

    annG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WE HAD BREAKFAST AND EVENING MEALS AT BYFORDS OVER OUR 3 NIGHT STAY AT THE KINGS HEAD, HOLT. FABULOUS FOOD AND SERVICE AS ALWAYS AT BYFORDS.
  14. GM

    GaryM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always find the staff and service first class, nothing is ever too much trouble very polite.
  15. l

    lianes

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food and Service very good would definitely recommend. Kedgeree is a must.
  16. JU

    JULIEB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A lovely place to eat. All the food we had was good, nicely presented and tasty.
  17. BT

    BabsT

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely food, delivered by the most welcoming staff. If you’re looking for something laid back and quirky it’s the place to go!
  18. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Rather limited Menu but food ordered was very well presented and excellent quality.
  19. M

    Margie

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Beings I’d booked for my Birthday some weeks ago I didn’t expect our table to be right next to open door leading onto pavement therefore I asked to be moved and anther table was found but i felt more like a last minute booking ! I had mentioned it was a Birthday event but that was forgotten, I have a feeling they were short staffed due to illness but my meal was still the usual high standard and affordability.
  20. GM

    GeoffM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time back to Byfords for a few years and we were really impressed. We were given a lovely quiet table tucked away and it was great to find there's a separate veggie/vegan menu. Food was delicious and a special mention for Ellie who served us and was super friendly and helpful and went away to find some vegan desserts - the raspberry sorbet and chocolate cake were divine! The icing on the cake was watching the swifts as we left and seeing them nesting in the roof. Thank you Byfords we'll definitely be back - our first visit was 22 years ago when our daughter was a baby!
  21. LL

    LeanneL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, friendly staff, great atmosphere thank you for a great meal!
  22. AD

    AnnD

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very impressed all round. Great value for the seafood grazing platter at only £10.50. Good service. A very pleasant experience.
  23. M

    Mcmcb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We booked afternoon tea for two at 2.30 at Byfords so they were expecting us. Our table was saved for us. It took about 15 mins until a waitress came to ask for our drinks.She was very pleasant and smiley.But it took nearly half hour to get our pots of tea.l was about to get up and go to the counter by then then l saw a waitress come over with them. Shortly the afternoon tea came.By then we waited about 45 mins to start eating.The waitress was very pleasant and told us the fillings and asked us for top up on drinks.We was even able to offer us another plate of sandwiches.Nicely presented but the egg mayo was a bit tasteless. Asking for the bill was another long wait.Our original waitress must of gone on a break and we had to ask twice.Luckily we had free parking so was in no hurry. Unfortunately we will go elsewhere for afternoon tea next time.
  24. LB

    LindaB

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were three (demi-) vegetarians and one meat eater, all having different dishes and all delicious. The portions were ample and all were very tasty. It was early on a Thursday evening and we were able to eat outside in the sun. Brilliant
  25. CH

    CarolineH

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and wonderful food. I have never had a bad experience at Byfords
  26. RG

    RobertG

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Excellent food with good attentive service! Overall an very pleasant evening and we have rebooked for later this week.
  27. KH

    KayH

    Norfolk

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Disappointed with the afternoon tea, though I will say the other food looked lovely from what I could see. We were asked if we had any dietary requirements when we arrived so told them about these, and also stated a preference for no seafood. We were told that they could not take preferences into account as the food was all pre-made. Anyway, once the food came out it became apparent that the sandwiches we couldn't have due to dietary requirements had been taken out and substituted for additional seafood!!! So not only were our preferences not taken into account at all, but we were given extra of something we explicitly asked not to have. I appreciate that the sandwiches come pre-made, this isn't an issue. I just wish they would have been more accommodating with our requests and substituted the sandwiches for one of the other two fillings on offer. We're paying customers so why should we have to pay for food we've already said we don't like, especially when there are other alternatives available? :( I had a debate with the waitress about this, and whilst she was polite, I don't think she was particularly accommodating or understanding, or really got the point I was trying to make.
  28. L

    Lastminutediner

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food, great service. Afternoon tea served with plenty of food for all and good options for tea and coffee
  29. NH

    NatalieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, lovely place. Would definitely return.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality food and tentative staff. Could not resist the offer of more sandwiches with our High Tea experience. Outstanding all round and will be returning…lovely afternoon, thank you.
  31. PM

    PaulM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Byfords is a lovely restaurant with great character. The waitresses were all lovely and friendly , couldn’t fault them one little bit. Food was lovely too and the dessert we had was to die for. Holt is a beautiful village and Byfords is at the centre of it . Great meal
  32. L

    Liza

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was good, as was atmosphere and it was pleasantly cool inside on hottest day of the year. Wide range of meals and my sea bass with vegetables was very tasty
  33. AC

    AnneC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    We had a lovely meal, however a drink that was ordered just before the main course was forgotten and when we asked to see the desert menu we didn’t see our waitress again to order anything, I think we were missed or forgotten so asked the very helpful waiter for the bill and left - a shame as it all started so well.
  34. JW

    JessicaW

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We had 3 high tea afternoon teas! Unfortunately this time it didn’t cut it, sandwiches very plain and some dry. I saw pictures on Facebook of the high tea the day afterwards and ours didn’t look like that. Cakes very disappointing. For the money it should have been much better quality. Stated on the booking it was a birthday and nothing was said, just very disappointing! Won’t be rushing back, such a shame!
  35. F

    Floss1

    Surrey

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We went as a family for a special occasion using a gift voucher. We had such a lovely time. The waitress was so delightful - giving us lots of helpful information and making us feel very special. We all enjoyed plenty of savoury goodies and sandwiches and gorgeous scones and cakes. We were provided with a box to take home what we couldn’t finish. Very nice afternoon - thank you
  36. AM

    AMay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice time at Byfords for the afternoon tea.
  37. VG

    VickyG

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great value for money, food was fantastic and quick. Service was very good, friendly team. Only criticism would be your a bit close to other dinners, not much privacy. However this will not stop us returning again soon. Thank you Byfords,
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent holiday evening meal. Brilliant quality.
  39. CA

    CatherineA

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was wonderful. A real treat!
  40. GE

    GlenysE

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal and the best meal we have eaten all week. Service and welcome were very attentive and the meal itself was absolutely delicious. I would happily recommend to anyone and plan to return soon. Thank you Byfords for such a lovely evening.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

Byfords is rated 4.5 stars by 1248 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Byfords

1-3 Shire Hall Plain Holt, Norfolk NR25 6BG

Additional information

  • Area

    Holt / Edgefield

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 08:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    British, Breakfast, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

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