The Marsham Arms pub was a coaching inn many years ago, providing rooms, food, and horse watering for people travelling to the coast. It is still a hotel, restaurant and pub, with only the horse services left in the past. We were recommended it by family, and as we walked in that recommendation seemed valid, as it is a good traditional country pub with a few upgrades in decor, making it pleasant but not clinical. The staff are mostly young, but seemed to know what they were doing, and were confident to make suggestions. The food is mostly traditional pub meals, but as they use seasonal ingredients, the menu changes regularly.
Fiancée went for the pork belly, which came with root vegetable mash, apple purée, gravy, and braised cabbage. She was pretty impressed with it all, though there was more cabbage than anyone should have been expected to eat. The pork in particular was chewy in part but had crunchy crackling.
I went for a starter and a side dish, as the vegetarian choice wasn’t huge. The gnocchi with sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella and basil sauce looked very different from most pub food I have had, and it tasted great. Very well balanced with aspects of sweetness, acidity, richness and savoury flavour.
The chips were fine, but the accompanying Binham blue cheese, port and mushroom sauce was excellent. Again, great balance of all of the flavours involved.
If you like a classic country pub, and food which is better than most pubs can manage, then this is one of the nicest places in the Norwich area. Their elderflower and berry long drink was great too. I would like to head back to try their new menu, featuring halloumi and chick pea dishes. If next time it is still impressive, I will bump the score up.
Address: 40 Holt Road, Hevingham, Norwich, NR10 5NP