Thursday 10 January 2013

The Compleat Angler - Norwich

120 Prince Of Wales Road

Breakfast menu served daily from 10am till midday
(An all day breakfast is available on menu too)

Nearest parking - Riverside

The Compleat Angler is very close to Norwich train station on Prince of Wales Road.

 If you prefer you can eat breakfast by the river, not a great plan in January though!

 Yep, £3.29 is a very reasonable price so I couldn't resist trying it out.

The whole menu was reasonably priced and included an all day breakfast and veggie options.

 There are plenty of places to sit and the tables are well spaced out.

 Cutlery and serviettes are already on the table.

 Hmm.. Satchets, at least there were plenty of them though.

The Costa coffee was really good and cost just under £2

The food arrived piping hot and was well worth £3.29.

Slightly undercooked but tasty tomato and nice egg yolks.

 Good bacon and ok Lincolnshire sausages.

The veggie breakfast is served with an extra fried egg and Linda McCartney sausages.

With Christmas and New Year behind me and very little money I decided it was time for another inspection. I didn't want to be spending a fortune on a fry up so was delighted when I spotted the "Full English from £3.29" offer outside the Compleat Angler Pub in Norwich. Me and my wife decided at that price it was well worth popping in to see if it was any good...

Upon entering - There are a number of tables outside looking onto the river but with it being January it made more sense to head inside. Inside is quite big with different seating areas to choose from, we decided to sit in the conservatory that looked out onto the river. It was very quiet throughout the pub at this time (around 11.30am) and easy to sit and chat. Each of the tables had menus, cutlery and sauces. Place your order at the bar, pay and take a seat, everything including hot drinks will be bought over to you by the bar staff. A nice straight forward process that will not cause any confusion except maybe which breakfast to select from the menu. 7/10

Service - The lady at the bar was friendly and took our order telling us she would bring everything over when it was ready. First the drinks arrived and shortly after that the food, after we had eaten she asked if everything was ok and thanked us as we were leaving. 7/10

Contents - 2 sausages, 2 slices of bacon, 1 fried egg, half a grilled tomato, mushrooms, beans and 1 slice of toast & butter. 7/10

Presentation - As you can see in the photos everything sat nicely enough on the plate except perhaps the toast which was threatening to pop those great looking egg yolks, no damaged was caused though. 6/10

The food - The Lincolnshire sausages were ok and had a quite pleasant herby taste, the bacon was nice enough too with a slightly crispy rind. The fried egg was cooked nicely with a great runny yolk and the mushrooms tasted delicious. The tomato was slightly undercooked but still tasted good and the beans went nicely on top of the buttered toast. Everything was cooked nicely enough, piping hot and enjoyable to eat. 7/10

Value for money - A complete bargain at £3.29 and a pleasure to eat too. If you add a hot drink it will cost you just over £5 but still well worth the money. 9/10

Veggie option - 2 vegetarian sausages, 2 fried eggs, beans, tomato, mushrooms and toast & butter for £3.29

Overall - Nothing on the plate stands out as being exceptional quality but everything is cooked nicely and enjoyable to eat. Costing less than the price of a pint of beer makes it an irresistible offer as does the fact the staff are friendly and the environment is pleasant with its riverside view. If you are feeling a bit skint then you should give the Compleat Angler a look, you would struggle to buy the ingredients and make it at home at this price! 7/10

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