Monday 4 June 2012

The Iron House - Norwich

1 St John Maddermarket

Breakfast served Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 11.30am

The Iron House can be found a short walk away from Norwich Market on St John Maddermarket.

£9.95 is more than I usually spend on a breakfast but it was worth every penny as the food here is incredible and tasted amazing. You can view the menu in more detail here

Inside it is stunning and the natural light floods into the clean and well designed dining area.

More tables can be found upstairs.

This is the nicest cappuccino I have ever tasted!

Quality sauces presented beautifully.

The food looked great when it arrived and everything on the plate was cooked beautifully and tasted amazing.

Chunky slices of fried bread were stacked beside the most delicious tomatoes I have ever tasted before.

The mushroom tasted incredible and the sausage was packed full of flavour.

I had eaten breakfast everywhere in Norwich City Centre now except for at The Iron House. I had a feeling the food there was going to be quite special and was saving it for a rainy day. We headed into the city under the umbrella feeling quite hungry and decided the time had come to pop in and try the Iron House Breakfast...

Upon entering - The Iron House is in what used to be the Ironmongers Arms where I used to drink from time to time many years ago. Once inside though you feel like it is the first time you have ever been inside the building as it is completely different now and the transformation is stunning. There is a bar at the front, some tables by the window and a selection of delicious looking homemade cakes on display. Towards the back the contemporary dining area is well lit with natural light that floods in through the glass roof, a staircase takes you upstairs to another dining area and toilets. The layout and design has been really well thought out with good signage so you can easily find your way around. It is a really relaxing environment to spend time in. Chose where you would like to sit and the waitress brings a menu over and when you are ready will take your order. 9/10

Service - You are well looked after by the friendly and efficient staff here who ensure you have everything you need. Our drink order was taken first and once the drinks arrived the food order was taken. We was asked how we would like our eggs cooked, if we would like any sauces and they were more than happy to change the fried bread to toast on one of the breakfasts. We had left our umbrella behind at the end but the waitress soon spotted it and rushed out to give it to us. 9/10

Contents - 1 sausage, 2 bacon, corn beef hash, grilled tomato, field mushroom, 1 egg and fried bread. 7/10

Presentation - The food is presented beautifully on the plate and even the sauces looked impressive when they arrived. 9/10

The food - The quality of the ingredients and the flavours from each item were just amazing. The sausage was excellent quality with a delicious herby flavour and fantastic meaty texture. The chunky bacon had a wonderful smoked taste and was cooked perfectly. The corn beef hash was crispy on the outside, soft in the middle and tasted really good. The fried bread was chunky and lightly fried with a golden glow, the perfect fried egg complimented it nicely. The large field mushroom and tomato were the best I have ever tasted, seasoned in a way that made them almost melt in the mouth. Such an enjoyable and incredibly tasty breakfast that it could not have been improved in any way at all, pure class! 10/10

Value for money - £9.95 for the Iron House breakfast did initially seem quite expensive and was more than I would generally ever spend on breakfast. It was worth every penny though and the quality and flavours you experience are out of this world. 9/10

Veggie option - No, a veggie breakfast would make a great addition to the menu though.

Overall - A stunning building that has been beautifully renovated and well designed with a great choice of areas to dine in. Great service and food that is cooked to perfection and tastes incredible make this a place not to be missed. The breakfast here was different to any other I have experienced so far, top quality ingredients are used, the flavours were amazing and it was hugely enjoyable to eat. 9/10


  1. The Iron House? Seems a twatty name for what used to be The Ironmongers, which made perfect sense in view of Thorns ironmongers right across the street.

    'The Iron House' is meaningless - is it where a fellow can get his shirt ironed? Bolleaux - it used to be The Ironmongers and it still should be, but sadly it was gutted of all its character many years ago. Good breakfast or not, it isn't what it used to be, and what it used to be was a hell of a lot better than it is now.

  2. I spent many an hour drinking in the Ironmongers and loved it at the time! I must say though the transformation inside is bloody amazing and I'm not sure about the story behind the new name but I am certain the breakfast here is excellent and is packed full of amazing flavours!!

  3. Looks lovely but ouch at t he price, I would certainly hesitate to spend that much bar on a once in a blue moon occasion.

  4. Good point John! Points were lost in contents due to no beans.

  5. A proper traditional English breakfast should never, never have bake beans. This is a new fangled thing used to bulk out the plate cheaply. All my childhood breakfasts never had them: they slowly appeared in the mid to late '70's.

  6. Fair comment! This blog is about my search for my perfect breakfast though and I like beans to add a bit of moisture.

  7. That said though, this particular breakfast was so full of flavour beans were not really misssed.