Tuesday 17 June 2014

Golden Star - Norwich

57 Colegate

Breakfast served
Monday to Saturday
9.00am till 11.00am

Metered parking available on Colegate

 The banner outside had caught my eye a few weeks ago.

 Golden Star has a very traditional and welcoming feel to it.

 The Victoria sponge was very tempting but the breakfast menu sat behind it was the reason I was here.

 The breakfast looked good in the photo, did the cappuccino really come with a star on top though?

 It certainly did and it also came free with the breakfast!

HP and Heinz sauces but I didn't encounter any salt or pepper, these are possibly available on request though.

 A good breakfast selection on the menu including a veggie breakfast, not a veggie sausage to be seen anywhere but it does at least include beans.

 A nice looking breakfast arrived served piping hot.

The hash browns were an unexpected bonus!

 A decent fried egg, plenty of mushrooms and tasty tomatoes.

A tasty pair of Harvey's sausages could be found underneath the fried egg.

The only way I was going to visit the Golden Star was to go before work as they were doing breakfasts on weekdays only. It meant getting up an hour earlier but I was up for it, to give me more time I parked on Colegate knowing I could get to work within ten minutes of leaving the pub. It was a lovely sunny day and even at 7.30am the temperature was rapidly rising, I thought briefly about sitting outside but decided to head inside for a better look..

Upon entering - I had been in the Golden Star on the odd occasion in the past but usually during the evening enjoying a cider or vodka. I walked in and stood at the bar, nobody was there at first so it was a perfect opportunity to get some photos. It has a homely and traditional pub interior with plenty of character and although fairly small there are plenty of places to sit and eat. There was a breakfast menu on the bar beside some homemade chocolate brownies and Victoria sponge, both looked delicious! Simply place your order and pay at the bar, choose where to sit and wait for everything to arrive. Sauces and cutlery will be brought over to the table before the food arrives, not sure about salt and pepper but probably available if you ask for it. Read a newspaper with your coffee whilst waiting for the food to arrive, it is certainly a nice relaxing environment at this time of the morning. 8/10

Service - I was greeted with a smile as somebody appeared from behind the bar which was a nice welcome. I asked for the the Star breakfast and was told a hot drink is also included in the price, this was an unexpected bonus and not mentioned on the breakfast menu, nice! The cappuccino arrived at the table first and I was offered a selection of newspapers to read. Next the sauces and cutlery arrived along with a serviette, shortly after that the food arrived. Throughout my visit the service was really friendly and I was made to feel very welcome which always makes a massive difference and is crucial to an enjoyable breakfast experience. 9/10

Contents - 2 sausages, 2 bacon, 1 fried egg, 3 hash browns, mushrooms, tomato, 1 slice of buttered toast and a hot drink. 7/10

Presentation - As soon as I spotted the dusted star on top of the cappuccino I suspected the breakfast was going to look the part when it arrived and it didn't disappoint.  The sausages were hiding under the egg and the lack of beans was a rare sight but everything looked nicely cooked and sat together well on the plate. 7/10

The food - The plate was piping hot when it arrived ensuring the food was too. The meat supplied by Harvey's was excellent, thick and delicious rashers of bacon and a pair of really meaty sausages with a really good firm texture and devine flavour. The fried egg was cooked beautifully with no runny egg white but a perfect runny yolk, I layed this over the hot buttered toast and let the yolk absorb in to it. The hash browns were fairly standard along with the mushrooms, both were nicely cooked though and the tomatoes nicely rippened and full of flavour. 8/10

Value for money - £6.95 for the Star breakfast seemed a fair price but the fact it includes a hot drink and hash browns (neither mentioned on the menu) make it quite a bargain! 8/10

Veggie option - 2 hash browns, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, fried egg, toast and a hot drink for £5.95 


Overall - An impressive breakfast is being served at the Golden Star that represents great value for money, especially as the price includes a hot drink too! Friendly service and a warm welcome makes the Golden Star a pub that is well worth visiting. They only serve breakfast on weekdays but with them open from 7.30am why not do as I did and stop by there on the way to work. I like beans with my breakfast and they would have made a great addition but even without them still a great breakfast! 8/10

- Update, December 2014 -

Breakfast is now served on Saturday too.

Beans are now included on both breakfasts, a hot drink is no longer included in the price now though.

 Salt and pepper was on each table.

The Star breakfast.

 The veggie breakfast now includes vegetarian sausages.


  1. Do they still have the cat?

    1. Not too sure, I didn't spot a cat during my visit.

  2. Winston (the cat) is still around, but he doesn't come downstairs as often as he used to.

    Regarding the breakfast, I like beans with mine as well, and they are very happy to add or swap breakfast contents. I'm not sure how it would affect the price to add beans, but you could swap another aspect for beans for the same price. They can also do scrambled egg on request if you prefer it to fried (I do :D).

    Salt and pepper definitely is available, in fact - some of the salt and pepper pots have the holes set out in a star shape, so it's not just the cappuccinos :)

  3. I do hope this will still be available once the car has been removed from the building. Very glad no one was hurt, wishing them all the best with the clear up...x

  4. Yes indeed - the driver should have read the note at the top of this piece that there is metered parking on Colegate! http://www.mustardtv.co.uk/browse/norfolk-businesses-count-the-cost-after-two-car-crashes-in-24-hours/

  5. Marks out of 1026 June 2014 at 10:50

    Nice to see the Star up and running again, so soon after that little "issue". It's a bit smaller at the moment, but it will soon be restored to its former glory! We'll just need a few new ornaments for the window display.

  6. Marks out of 1017 July 2014 at 22:00

    UPDATE: The exterior damage has now been repaired, and the inside has been given a new lick of paint. Everything is back to normal now, I'm happy to report!