The Grove Restaurant

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112 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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.
What 112 People Are Saying
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MichaelW
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, the venison was truly outstanding, thank you.

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MikeB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly front of house service. A lovely relaxed venue.
They showed great understanding of coeliac disease. It was a pleasure to eat where we felt safe.... and the food truly was delicious, excellent

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. The food was very good, we had the venison, which my mum loved.
Nice ambience in the study and service was understated and efficient. I would definitely go again.

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Diane
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Main course badly cooked and poorly presented despite the £5 extra charge for two, room was cold so food went cold quickly. However to be fair we were not charged for the food but it spoilt the night.

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AmandaB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We booked a table for the Saturday night as we were staying in one of the cottages for a long weekend.
After having drinks in the bar and making our menu choices there, we were then shown to our table. The restaurant is small, lighting soft and ambience really nice. Our food came promptly and was delicious. Two of us having Salmon and one the Cod, very fresh and cooked to perfection.
I would definitely recommend having a meal here and hopefully will be back.

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FreddiB
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Although the food was good this visit slightly missed the mark. I am not sure if it was due to being over the Christmas break but I have had better food on all the other occasions I have visited. Will still go back to give it another chance.

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MJDay
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

great welcome. only comment..£3 for Tap water.. really nessecary?
MJD

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DianeV
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place and our meal was outstanding. The service was brilliant, the staff very friendly and helpful and the food was incredible. I would thoroughly recommend The Grove to anyone who is looking for a special meal.

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RuthS
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Lovely staff, very poor food quality very expensive for what was served

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MIchaelW
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Well the website made it look really good and just the place for us to try whilst in Cromer as we wanted a special meal. But on the day we found that the driveway was rough and not made up. The entrance to the house was shabby with dead plants in pots by the doors. We sat in a cold conservatory with drinks and around us were more dead or dying house plants, then went into a very cold dining room where I was seated with my back to the cold window, and a very plain meal was served by staff who commented loudly on how heavy the dishes were, making their arms ache etc. We had mussels but had to ask for a bowl for the empty shells. We drove away thinking 'shades of Fawlty Towers ?' and what a brilliant website designer they had employed. Certainly could not recommend it to anyone.

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JohnT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We had been looking forward to a special meal with our son and wife, for her birthday. Having stayed at the Grove as a boy 8 years in a row for summer holidays many years ago, we hoped that it would be a time to remember. The food was very disappointing. Our son had the salmon starter which was so small we laughed when it arrived. He had travelled for 4 hours to get there and was hungry. It was a joke! One of us had the scallops, 3 very small piece, and at £5 extra! Two of us had the haunch of venison and it arrived nearly raw. We asked for it to be cooked more and it was then so tough it could hardly be eaten. We were given £10 discount on our bill and an offer of a free bottle of proceco on return, which we appreciate, but will not be returning. We are people who have never complained before, and are so sorry to have to give a bad review.

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CarlaL
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place with quality food and outstanding staff

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FreddiB
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice and the food that was served exceeded my expectations

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AlbertoSkytour
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A must for vegetarians, with a full range of choices instead of the usual one or two.

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TonyR
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It is not easy to find but we'll worth the effort. A small pleasant bar for pre meal drinks followed by the dining room where very enjoyable meals are served by pleasant, helpful staff.
Interesting choice on the menu, meals are priced by number of courses taken.
Amount of food is more than adequate.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has a wide ranging and interesting menu. The food was well cooked and presented with style. Excellent service from the staff in very comfortable surroundings.

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AngelaD
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have just returned home from a few nights at the Grove , this was my first solo holiday so I was a little anxious ! I have had the most lovely short break in a wonderful hotel full of charm and character!
The gardens are just as charming as the house itself ! What a beautiful Gem I've found . I'll definitely be booking again without a doubt . This is a very special place .

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

My wife and I had an evening meal for both of the days we were at the hotel. The restaurant was fine on the first night ( excellent table staff - I hope they pay them well), but far from good on the Saturday. I don't eat meat and ordered a 'jack fruit and mixed bean cassoulet' (OK, not to everyone's taste), which was to be served up with a fennel slaw. Sounded good to me. Well there were no beans in the cassoulet, no fennel slaw (just a salad), and no explanation. After questioning this, I was told that the beans would 'be coming'. This kinda misses the point of a cassoulet, where the ingredients are stewed together.
I mentioned all of this to the desk when we checked out, but they seemed pretty unimpressed, apart from (obviously) not charging me for that course and a £5 deduction from my wife's meal (which was the surcharge for choosing scallops).
Feeling a bit unsatisfied with this, my wife wrote to Richard Graveling, the owner, and I can only describe his response as ignorant (of what a cassoulet is) and overall sarcastic about our complaint. I've noticed from previous complaints on put on TripAdvisor that he doesn't take kindly to criticism and is frequently sarcastic and dismissive. So, please don't respond to this Richard, I've already had enough of your sarcasm and supercilious tone.

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Matt
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A good restaurant serving a lot of quality local food from crab to "copy's cloud" cheese). Not the cheapest but worth it.

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HannekeE
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was lovely as was the presentation. The service super friendly and efficient and just right. Not too fast and not too slow - well aware of when service was actually needed.

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EddieW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

A bit tired and dated, food I thought was average nothing special . Would try in future just to see if it has improved

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PeterT43
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A thoroughly enjoyable evening from every point of view. Would certainly recommend to friends/family. All four of us commented on the food - excellent. Just a personal thing - we are all beer drinkers and would have loved a draught beer to set things going.
Thanks to everyone involved.

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JenniferH
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have just moved to Cromer and wanted to find somewhere to celebrate a wedding anniversary and birthday - The Grove was perfect. The food and wine were all delicious. We look forward to visiting again.

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DeborahD
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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MichaelD
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Susanne
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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.

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JoCjem2510
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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ClaireS
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

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Dominic
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KarenI
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LeonK
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Leisurely dinner in impressive but relaxing setting and grounds

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WarrenP
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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GaryS
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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

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CliveM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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Sally
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AngelaD
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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LesleyW
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really excellent food, attentive service at exceptional value

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RobertL
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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.

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