Byfords

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A warm welcome to Byfords, a higgledy-piggledy world of pleasure consisting of an all-day continental-style cafe, delicatessen and posh B&B. We provide the best quality, attitude and atmosphere in a beautiful, unique setting.
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LC
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another very enjoyable meal. Good size portions, good flavours and good value for money. Staff were very attentive. Love the seafood sharing platter.

L
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the set up in the restaurant instead of being in one large room. We enjoyed choosing some options from the grazing menu as it was just like abroad . We enjoyed the experience very much and when we are in Norfolk again we would certainly dine there again.

MB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Usually stay at 4/5 Star Hotels and consider this posh B&B outstanding value for money. Staff always happy and appeared delighted to serve you. Food great although portions could be smaller. Rooms very comfortable. One of the nicest touches was fresh milk with complimentary tea/coffee.Would definitely return. Only cause for dissatisfaction was loud music ( sitting under speaker) and repetitive type music.

LW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superbly cooked food and something on menu to suit everyone. Although we didn't choose this from the menu I liked the way you could create your own pizza. If we'd stayed there longer we'd have chosen this option. Staff were very friendly, helpful and attentive. Lots of attention to detail with the ability to cater for casual dining and celebrations too. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. We had one lunch and two dinners, in addition to breakfast for the two days. Not one bad meal - excellent!

LW
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good choice of food superbly cooked. Although we settled for one of the 'set' meals I thought it was good that you could create your own pizza toppings if you wished to or add to the basic pasta meal. Lovely ambience, courteous and friendly staff - couldn't fault it.

CH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Have been to Byfords for lunch many times, but never in the evening. It was lovely and calm and the free nibbles was a lovely touch. The Belly pork dish was the best I have ever tasted and look forward to popping in again as live local.

W
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food. Well done to all

SG
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed dined with my wife on Saturday evening. The food was great and the staff were very good. Thanks all at Byfords for a fantastic evening.

RB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Byfords on Saturday and Sunday evening. On both occasions the service was first class, very friendly and efficient staff provided an extremely pleasant dining experience. The menu was varied and upmarket without being overpriced.

Saturday evening was quite lively with a constant stream of customers requesting tables. Sunday was much quieter providing a different but thoroughly enjoyable experience in an attractive and interesting venue.
We have no hesitation in recommending Byfords in the town of Holt and hope to visit again next time we are in the area.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

If you have an enormous appetite or like stuffing yourself to the gunnels Byfords restaurant is for you. The food quality is very good but the volumes are excessive leading to a disturbing amount of waste, at least from our table. Perhaps the locals must have such large portions if they are to feel they are getting value for money but for our table from Colchester some of the meal sizes were just too big.

PN
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Byford's several times, always a good experience. Service is always with a smile and yes I would highly recommend .

EB
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Easy to book using open table website, arrived and we were shown to a table near the door, we asked to move to alternative table as didn't want cold air every time door opened. The waitress offered us a different table. The portions were very generous. It suggested 2 tapas type starters per person but one tapas would have been enough. I had the mussels and fries which was a bit heavy on the cream and needed more wine as very rich. My husband had steak which came with an individual steak suet steam pudding and was very big portion but he enjoyed it . We didn't have room for dessert . Overall very good service and food

TG
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered a chicken supreme for my wife, which was fine, no problem. I ordered a Beef salad for myself , which was to say the least, a little on the tough side. The strips of beef did have a few too many strips with gristle and were uneatable.

EH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have stopped at Byfords several times & always have good memories

MD
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Third visit in a week and food is consistently high quality. Portions are large but can get expensive. Very busy Friday evening and staff couldn't really cope. Avoid the back room where we were put. Noisy and invisible

DS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Byfords was recommended by a friend and she was not wrong, it is excellent.
Delicious food served by friendly staff in delightful surroundings.

BB
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely place to enjoy a snack or meal, with a wide range of quality food choices

PD
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff always attentive and polite. A credit to Byfords. A high standard, that sets the benchmark for the area.

PB
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Byfords exceeded my expectations. The staff were exceedingly helpful and always cheerful. Breakfast was excellent and dinner menu contained sufficient choice for all tastes.

MM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Byfords was very comfortable with a homely atmosphere. The food was delicious, well prepared and well presented and it was good value.

A
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent evening - apart from the rude man on the adjoining table, which we realise is not your fault.

JU
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Lovely place but service was very slow. We have eaten at Byfords several times, but I thought the food was slightly below par on this occasion. 3 out of 4 main courses were not finished.

CL
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful old building. Lovely menu and very good service. What not to like?

DM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and reasonably priced. Accommodation good as well being located in the centre of the town.

JU
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All round excellent. I already have recommended Byfords to friends, and we came back the next day to try the pastries and pasties.

LS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely anniversary meal recommended by staff at our caravan site - lovely food and service will definitely return.

JK
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service withveryattentiveand friendly waitress. The free nibbles is a very nice touch

A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food under par but ok for a quick bite.
I had the Chicken supreme which was very disappointing, no sauce which I found surprising so had to ask for some, this came almost as I’d finished the meal.
Seats not particularly comfortable for the five of us as squeezed in the corner on benches. Overall not somewhere I would rush back to.

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, very patient with the 3 of us who took ages making our choices as we were so busy chatting!!! The food was excellent. Despite being last ones in the restaurant in no way did we feel rushed.
Thoroughly recommend it.

A
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant meal served by very competent staff who were helpful in every way possible. I would thoroughly recommend anyone visiting Holt to pay Byfords a visit but would recommend booking. Thanks again

OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very helpful staff. Fantastic ambiance and food, what more could you ask for?

KP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Grazing options were really delicious. Good variety of food and everyone left stuffed and happy.

BJ
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent- unable to find fault- great place for our family

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic setting. Fantastic staff. Very enjoyable mocha milkshake and the halloumi courgette fritters are to die for. They did get my order wrong but it didn't matter. I picked off the toppings I didn't want and it was still nice!

LB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal tonight - lovely waiting staff, friendly and efficient.
Like the comp nibbles (nuts, olives, bread) idea
Sharing starter was ‘ok’ (calamari)
Our mains were v good. Chicken curry and Crispy duck leg with beans. Both generous portions and tasty.
One coffee, one peppermint tea.
Carafe of Picpoul.
Really not expensive (£55 incl Norfolk P’port discount).

PJ
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The quality of the food and the range on the menu was not good. Particularly being 10 mile from Cromer and they had no crab, my first main course choice.

The B&B was good, including the breakfast, but dinner very disappointing.

SE
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

I was very disappointed by the level.of service and care in the cafe and if u have a dietary requirement forget it, the care is less than acceptable and food choices very poor, considering the way too big normal menus! I have emailed the b and b separately about this. Disappointed to a high level is how i feel.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner was raving about Byfords after visiting with a friend. We visited before watching some entertainment in a local pub. Service was well pitched, friendly and efficient without being intrusive. The food was excellent, with a varied and interesting menu and presented well. Membership of the Norfolk Passport meant it was a very reasonable place to visit. Will definitely be visiting again!

EC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Byfords whenever we are on holiday. Outstanding food and service.

DB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

lovely food, service at the table was good, noise was a little loud due to proximity of another full table, but this didn't stop us from having a lovely time overall.