The Marsh Harrier in Norwich is part of the Vintage Inn chain of about 200 pubs in the UK. It is a classic rustic country pub, with a young and friendly staff serving traditional meals, and roasts on Sundays, in a wood furnished, exposed timbers setting. For extra rusticity (is that a real word?), there was a small leak in the ceiling, due to the rain! We went on a Sunday, and it was pretty busy – best to book ahead. I liked the interior, even if it is a little old-fashioned.
I had a carrot Wellington, which was a pastry filled with lots of lentils, chick peas, courgettes, a few carrot strips and some good spices. The other vegetarian in our party had a ricotta, spinach and pepper tart. A bit overly flavoured with tomato for me, but it was still pretty tasty. These were served with a shared portion of roast potatoes and parsnips (lovely), carrots, cabbage, kale, peas, Yorkshire pudding (but soft) and onion gravy. We also added a disappointing cauliflower cheese. Our carnivores had Hunter’s chicken, which was an over-tenderised chicken breast which a thick slice of bacon, lots of melted cheese and barbecue sauce. Both enjoyed it. These came with excellent chips and a few tomatoes, plus my brother in law added a cheesy garlic bread – this turned out to be an enormous flatbread with lots of cheese, garlic and herbs, and was delicious.
The food was broadly good, came in large portions, and was quite good value for money, especially as we had a voucher for 33% off food. It was £60 for four, including a drink each. They also do a lot of wines and a large range of low to zero alcohol beers and wines. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Norwich and can get out of town.
Opening hours are midday to 11pm Monday to Saturday, and midday to 10.30 on Sundays. Telephone is 01603507513, and their website is http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/east/themarshharriernorwich
In an infrequent aspect of my reviews, I can report that the Marsh Harrier is baby friendly, though the nappy changing room is apparently a little cramped.
The Marsh Harrier, 158 Ipswich Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 6DX