The Grove Restaurant

4.1
89 reviews
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£26 to £40
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Quiet Conversation
Our two AA Rosette restaurant serves dinner, seven days a week, Sunday lunches, and take private dining for groups of eight or more. We are lucky enough to be able to concentrate on serving fantastic local produce, which is in abundance here in Norfolk. Our fruit and vegetables contribute greatly to our dishes.
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DD
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an overnight stay again this year , and was so impressed last year we booked into the dining room for our evening meal straight away. The menu was varied and we had a delicious meal with interesting twists on old favourites, we will definitely be returning again.

SS
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We chose The Grove because it had lots of vegan options on its menu (most of the vegetarian options said they could be made dairy free). It was a meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was lovely that the chef created a vegan canapé for me. The bar area to wait in was really nice. However, it turned out they couldn’t make the risotto vegan, despite saying ‘df on request’, so I asked for the apple and leek strudel. When it arrived, it was served with a plate of shredded iceberg lettuce and not the rocket and pine nuts stated on the menu. When I queried this, the waitress went to speak to the chef and came back to tell me they’d run out of pine nuts and rocket. It would have been better to have been told about this when I ordered. The strudel itself was very nice though, and my husband enjoyed his scallops starter. The main courses that myself and my husband had (stuffed pepper for me and halibut for him) were both really delicious. The dining room didn’t have a great deal of atmosphere, but this was probably because there was only one other couple in there. The waiting staff didn’t seem to be really present much - I had to leave the dining room to locate our waitress to ask her about my starter. There should have been a £5 supplement for my husband’s scallops starter, which was removed to make up for my starter not being as advertised. Overall fine but not brilliant.

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

Lovely place to celebrate wedding anniversary. Very well looked after by staff.

S
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Very expensive relative to meal presented. Two course meal chosen for £24-95 but ended up paying £5 supplement for both courses due to choices. Fish portion given not meaty with no flavour. Two very small piece of beef although well cooked. Paid supplement for cheese board and for the first time had more biscuits than cheese, accompanied by 4 small grapes. Will not return or recommend.

JC
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food lovely building, canapés were given to the table next to us, but I think we got forgotten where they where concerned . Only a minor problem but that’s why we rated 4 star instead of 5 service was good

CS
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate here on our first night staying at The Grove. Lovely local crab and belly pork and chocolate delice and cheese and crackers for dessert. Expensive but a nice treat. An unexpected amuse bouche of mackerel pate on a cracker was lovely too!

D
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, good food, friendly staff and overall a very pleasant place. Would definitely go again.

KI
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Good, excellent service and lovely atmosphere. Felt very special.

LK
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Leisurely dinner in impressive but relaxing setting and grounds

WP
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal. We booked in advance but The Grove was happy to push back our reservation when we arrived late due to a long meal.

GS
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This was our first time at the Grove and frankly we found it quite disappointing, the service was not what i had expected and felt like the staff were certainly new to the leisure industry and did not in my opinion uphold the Grove Brand. We ordered drinks in the bar and this was not stocked very well, we were given our menus and the food that arrived was below average and certainly not worth what we had paid. The drinks and coffees were west end prices which was certainly not warranted. The whole place looked like it needed a face lift or a thoroughly good clean

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would certainly recommend the restaurant: the food was excellent; the staff were very friendly; and the dining room was quiet enough for my wife and myself to hold a pleasant conversation. All told it was a very pleasant experience and we would certainly go back.

S
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This charming hotel enjoys a secluded and beautiful setting on the outskirts of Cromer. Unseen from the main road, it is a real hidden gem.
We enjoyed a lovely evening meal here, greeted by friendly staff and taken to a warm and comfy lounge to choose our food.
Prices are very reasonable, given the quality of food and the presentation.
The dining room is not large but the tables are spaced out so that you don't have other diners too close.
Highly recommend the Lamb en Croute, it was delicious.
All 3 of us had different choices for each course and enjoyed every dish enormously.
I'm so glad we have found The Grove, we will definitely come back again.

AD
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, table overlooked the beautiful garden. Service was good but not intrusive. Food was great. An all round good experience in an historic cosy restaurant.

LW
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Mother’s Day lunch, my mum thoroughly enjoyed her afternoon at The Grove. It has a lovely atmosphere with delicious food and great service.

OT
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent food, attentive service at exceptional value

RL
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We booked the Grove for my wife’s birthday. I pre ordered a bottle of champagne for arrival which was duly served . However it would have been nice for my woods to have revived a happy birthday greeting from the waiting staff particularly as they knew the party was for a birthday celebration. The food was on the whole pretty poor. The cauliflower and vanilla soup would be best described as thin dishwater with absolutely taste at all. The mains were also poor . Beef fillet was supposed to be medium but was served well done , the potatoes were greasy and not pleasent at all. Overall very disappointed.

CJ
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, not to attentive staff made to feel welcome and sprcial

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I hate to write negative reviews but the service was really unfriendly - no smily accommodating faces. The dinner was really not great. I had scallops which were overcooked, dry and chewy and then bread and butter pudding which was a real disaster - stodgy, dry, burnt on top, tasteless. My daughter had a better kids meal - sausage & mash. They say they make everything from scratch but then we were told that they had run out of waffles and were only expecting a delivery of them the next day. Not so homemade then. For breakfast my daughter had pancakes one morning -again tasteless, stodgy and fried eggs the next morning. She only ate one of the eggs saying they tasted horrible.

AH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely local food , beautifully served. Friendly staff great dining experience

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, lovely friendly staff and food was very good......the only way the main course could be improved would be with another vegetable (or two) as there were only a few bits of asparagus with our roast.

R
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ideal for a special occasion. Excellent 'meet and greet'. Very attentive in a relaxed atmosphere. Food was excellent and beautifully presented. The marmalade and white chocolate bread & butter pudding will live on in the memory ! Will definitely return.

J
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall experience food was really tasty, the menu quite good choice of foods.Asked the waiters a few questions could not really answer about the food they were serving. Also wine just plonked on the table

BS
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Staff were pleasant and the food was ok.
The venue has great potential but feels run down.
The dinning rooms could be lovely but are not and you are looking out at a garden that needs attention, even a tidy up of it would improve things.

NK
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Came for a birthday celebration and ordered champagne in the lounge. Was told, very disappointingly, the champagne had not been chilled so we were left with nothing to drink except tap water until it had chilled-over half an hour. This was not acceptable. We should have been offered something else in the mean time ideally complimentary.
It was a shame as this marred the evening. We found the serving staff very pleasant, polite and friendly not overly formal. The food was very good indeed with lots of local produce exquisitely presented.
This really is the only place to eat good food in Cromer.

CB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We had the early dining menu which was very different to the slighter later menu.
It was slightly cheaper but not very exciting

TS
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a very enjoyable visit on our 25th anniversary. Booked table for 8 o'clock but running late by half an hour but not a problem as we sat and had drinks. We were brought canapés crab tartlet, langoustine in tempura batter with chilli dip and a scallop tartlet all delicious. Didn't mind running late as we were in no big hurry and chilled out. We both had Gressingham duck breast, delish followed by scrumptious puddings. Food well cooked, full of flavour but without being too ostentatious. Like that all locally sourced. Service good and friendly though suggest that staff have opportunity to taste the food to give a knowledgeable opinion on all the courses although to be fair we were told it was a new menu so probably not had chance to sample.If you like somewhere quiet in which to enjoy good food, drink and conversation then recommend. Would visit again.

RB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service & food were top notch. Unfortunately one or two of the other diners were annoyingly loud and quite rude concerning the food quality. But it takes all sorts I guess. The waitress handled the situation admirabley, we had no complaints, all was lovely. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your venue.

JB
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited recently on a Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed the fixed price Sunday lunch deal. All three courses were beautifully presented and tasted as good as they looked. The service was courteous and well timed. The atmosphere was very calm and relaxed making for a very pleasant evening.

DS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a delightful gastronomic experience, the food was delicious. We were surprised that the member of staff who served us did not know the basics of serving wine. I bought an expensive red wine which was decorked and plonked down on the table. She left without saying a word. That would never happen in France !

CJ
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu choices were varied and interesting and also carefully considered for people with special dietary needs.
We both enjoyed everything on our plates and did not leave a single morsel of food. We were provided with delicious canapés while waiting for our table and meal. Overall a lovely experience and one to be repeated sometime in the near future.

RA
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The pre-dinner service was excellent, we were made to feel really welcome and had some lovely complimentary appetisers . The menu has a great choice for meat and fish eaters, and the quality was also excellent. The vegetarian choice was limited, but the dishes were good quality. Excellent wine choice. The child's meal was very disappointing - perhaps we made a bad choice, but the "hand-made" pizza was a small, perfectly round, possibly frozen, pizza. It was a real shame and unexpected given the quality of the rest of the meal. We did tell the waitress that the pizza was very dry but she did not seem interested.

DO
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was an anniversary meal for my wife and I and we wanted a pleasant atmosphere with good food and relaxation. The Grove delivered this with good service attached. Our first time there but we will be back. Food was interesting, well-cooked and well presented and there was no pressure to go at any pace other than the one that suited us. Had to leave before coffee so missed out on an extended stay in the conservatory but, even without this, we were in the restaurant for 2.5 very enjoyable hours. By the way, the background music was non-intrusive, melodic and well-chosen for a mature audience.

NT
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at the Grove is a treat, stepping back into a less hurried time, feeling like a guest at a country house. We enjoyed canapés and champagne in the Lounge while studying the menu, then ate in the lovely panelled dining room. This family-run establishment makes the guests feel special. The food was well cooked, the wine list well thought out and the bill was modest.

MD
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal and the service was excellent although we did feel the steak extra charge of £10 was a bit steep

JW
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I am sorry to say that the food was served cold and the place lacked ambience. The roast beef had a very good flavour though.

CP
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were treated with great courtesy and attentiveness by friendly staff. The food was very good. The lounge area very comfortable and welcoming. Would recomend to anyone and everyone.

KI
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our 2nd visit during our week holiday, sadly it didn't match up to our first visit. Several items were off the menu and the lamb dish was supposed to be served with pine nut stuffing but the meal was served and there was no stuffing. When we queried it we were told 'there isn't any' would have been nice to have been told beforehand. Over all it was enjoyable. Would still go back

KI
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely find whilst on vacation. Beautiful place in lovely surroundings, food excellent, wine was also excellent. Staff attentive but not pushy. Would recommend to any one looking for a high standard evening out.

SH
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This was a special birthday treat and although the service was excellent, especially the young waiter, it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. My starter was the scallops which were lovely but one of our party had the asparagus, which was disappointing. Four asparagus tips with a quail egg on top looked a bit mean.

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