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The Lavender House

9 The Street Brundall NR13 5AA

Boatpeople have fairly basic, undemanding taste in food, generally preferring the simple pleasures of the Broad's many riverside pubs, and so the south Broadland village of Brundall is not at all the sort of village you’d expect to find one of Norfolk’s most high-end restaurants. It's certainly not the sort of place you expect to find a restaurant like the Lavender House, where chef Richard Hughes has been cooking complex yet hearty food for a decade, in a lovely sixteenth-century beamed and thatched setting.  The food here is as good as it's cracked up to be, and the nice thing about it is that it’s served in a relatively unpretentious, and extremely welcoming, environment – something that can't always be said for restaurants serving food of this quality. There’s a real emphasis, too, on Norfolk ingredients and produce, which makes the whole experience complete – and if you're inspired enough by what you eat to have a go yourself, you can check in at their cookery school for a spot of tuition. 

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