The Hoste Arms – Burnham Market (Norfolk)
Having complained that the only decent fry reviews come from the Fry-up inspector, who reviews in the Norfolk area, this week’s review comes from North Norfolk!
A weekend out of the city to the picturesque Burnham Market led to a Sunday morning in the Hoste Arms. This is a pub come country hotel, which does the full hotel breakfast.
Be warned, it is not cheap if you aren't staying at the hotel. The advertised price was £17, although when the bill came, it ended up being slightly less than this. For that, you get a continental breakfast including croissants, pain au chocolat, a selection of cereals, fruit and some very nice, freshly squeezed orange juice.
But that isn’t why I was there. The full English breakfast is made to order, rather than a buffet style, which can be the case at some hotels. That is a big positive, because no one wants an egg or a sausage which has been sat under a heater for 3 hours.
I requested a poached egg, which was served with a sausage, a couple of slices of back bacon, grilled tomato, a couple of small field mushrooms and a piece of black pudding , served with a round of toast.
Two items stood out for me; the black pudding was fresh, soft and crumbly with a subtle favour. The other was the sausage, which I believe was flavoured with apple, giving it a slightly sweet taste. It was a good quality sausage, but I’m not sure it was quite right for the breakfast table. Better off in a hotdog roll!
The rest was unspectacular and the whole thing was not the biggest, for the money you are paying. The lack of beans meant the whole thing was a bit dry, especially when you consider it was only served with one egg, meaning only one yolk to provide any kind of moisture in the plate.
An expensive hotel fry-up which fails to provide anything out of the ordinary. Adequate if you are staying in, what I have to say is a very nice hotel, in a lovely little town, but not worth a de-tour if you’re not.