Sunday 23 March 2014

Pig & Whistle - Norwich

2-8 All Saints Green

Breakfast served all day
Monday to Wednesday
10am - 9pm

Thursday, Friday & Saturday
10am - 11pm

10am - 9pm

 Back in 2012 I visited when it was "Westlegate Bar & Bistro" and I was really impressed, read the review here.  

The best cooked breakfasts in the city? I wasted no time in going along to find out more.

A bright and spacious interior.

The coffee was instant but refills were available.

You had to help yourself to hot drinks though.

Cutlery, condiments and quality brand sauces are on each table.

A nicely presented breakfast arrived at the table.

Fairly nice sausages and crispy hash browns.

 Delicious bacon and beautifully fried eggs.

I placed an egg onto the toast and discovered more mushrooms hiding underneath.

Upon entering - It looked very similar to how it was when it was Westlegate Bar & Bistro, this was good as I liked the layout back then and it continues to work well now. A spacious and traditional looking dining area offering many places to sit, the area is well lit by the natural light that floods in through the windows. There is a breakfast menu outside and more can be found on each table along with condiments, cutlery and sauces. The breakfast menu offers three different sized breakfasts, each with pig related name, there is also a veggie option and breakfast baps. The breakfasts include unlimited tea or instant coffee which is great but you do have to help yourself to the drinks at the bar where there is a hot water urn alongside all the tea/coffee making facilities. I found this a bit strange but on the plus side you can return to the bar for as many hot drinks as you want at a time that suits you. I am informed that as many builders currently working opposite on Westlegate Tower are arriving at once for breakfast this system is working best to prevent delays. Anyway, order and pay at the bar, get yourself a drink and the food is brought over when it is ready. With this being a sports bar I can imagine it gets quite busy at times, when I visited it was very peacful though and a nice spot to sit and eat breakfast in. 7/10

Service - The couple running the pub were friendly and welcoming, I placed my order at the bar and was offered self service hot drinks. The food arrived in good time and everything else I needed was on the table. 7/10

Contents - 2 sausages, 2 bacon, 2 hash browns, 2 fried eggs, mushrooms, beans, 1 slice of buttered toast and unlimited tea/instant coffee. 8/10

Presentation - An impressive and tidy plate of food was put before me with a pair of fried eggs that visually stole the show! 9/10

The food - The bacon was really tasty and nicely browned, the sausages were also cooked nicely and were fairly enjoyable with a quite good texture. The hash browns were golden and crispy but not too oily and the mushrooms tasted great. The toast was evenly browned and ready spread and the beans were nice and hot. The highlight of this breakfast though was the impressive pair of fried eggs, beautifully cooked with nice runny yolks. 8/10

Value for money - I went for the medium sized breakfast "The Runt" costing £5.99, it included toast and unlimited hot drinks. I felt it was certainly well worth the money. Even better value if you like lots of hot drinks with your breakfast! 8/10

Veggie option - 1 Quorn sausage, 1 egg, 2 hash browns, mushrooms, beans, toast and unlimited tea/instant coffee. £3.99 
Overall - I hadn't found my best breakfast in the city centre but I had discovered somewhere that were serving a decent breakfast at a reasonable price. The self service drinks were a surprise and some tomatoes on the breakfast would have made a nice addition. With a nice environment to dine in and a friendly staff team the Pig & Whistle is definitely a place that is worth visiting for breakfast. 8/10

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