Monday, 25 April 2016

The Maltsters - Ranworth

The Hill
NR13 6AB

Breakfast served daily from 8.30am till 10.30am

Parking available opposite

The Maltsters can be found in the picturesque village of Ranworth.

Just across the road from The Maltsters is Malthouse Broad, a short walk away from here is a boardwalk which leads to the Broads Wildlife centre.

Ranworth has an impressive village hall and the church in the background is definitely worth visiting, you can climb to the top of the tower where you're rewarded with stunning views.

The breakfast at The Maltsters was the reason for our visit.

The interior is modern and spacious, we considered sitting here by the window but the bright sunlight was a bit too blinding.

We decided instead to sit in this area at the back of the pub.

The offer has most likely expired now but we were lucky enough to use this Groupon offer and got two breakfasts for just £8!

Tea cost £1.80 for a cup, in breakfast situations I do prefer a pot though.

Quality sauces arrive in a basket with the cutlery, a selection of preserves and butter are served on a side plate.

It's a big breakfast and everything was piping hot.

They'd run out of mushrooms which was a great shame, an extra hash brown was added to make up for this.

Quality meat is served on this breakfast, black pudding is welcome on my plate anytime.

Great sausages!

Not the tidiest looking eggs but the yolks were intact.

The yolk flowed beautifully when I cut through them.

A big tomato with very little flavour.

A trio of very crispy hash browns, nice and fluffy inside though.

No bread dilemmas here, you get brown and white toast.

My wife's vegetarian breakfast, an extra sausage replaced the missing mushrooms.

My wife forgot to ask for no eggs on her vegetarian breakfast so I helped her out and ended up with four!

My wife spotted a Groupon deal online, 2 breakfasts for £8 at The Maltsters in Ranworth. It was less than 10 miles from Norwich so we decided to drive out there and combine it with a walk around Ranworth. There's a good sized car park directly opposite the pub, once parked up we headed inside...

Upon entering - Outside there was an impressive seating area, it looked very tempting but with it being April we decided to sit inside. It's a really big pub with plenty of tables and a good sized bar. Place your order at the bar and everything is brought over to your table, I was delighted that here the cutlery, sauces etc are all brought over before the food meaning you can eat as soon as the food arrives. I didn't see a breakfast menu anywhere but we didn't really need one as we already knew what were going to be having anyway. The pub has a nice relaxed atmosphere and the modern and clean interior make it a very pleasent place to dine in. 8/10

Service - We were greeted with a smile and made to feel welcome, the lady behind the bar was the bearer of some bad news though, they had run out of mushrooms. The mushroom crisis was quite a bitter blow (my wife loves them!) but we were offered extras to make up for this. With our order placed we took a seat and before long our drinks arrived with the cutlery, condiments and a selection of things to spread over toast, the breakfasts arrived not too long after this. We settled the bill at the bar on our way out and went for a walk around Ranworth, we were told it was ok to stay parked up in the car park whilst we did this. 8/10

Contents - 2 sausages, 2 bacon, black pudding, 2 eggs, 3 hash browns (an extra 1 replaced the mushrooms), beans, tomato, 2 slices of toast served with butter and preserves. 7/10

Presentation - The breakfast was served on a nice big plate with the toast laying across one side. The eggs looked a little untidy but had intact runny yolks, it seemed strange to have them served directly on top of the beans though. I eat eggs and beans together but there are plenty of people out there who can't bear to see them making contact, this could have been an issue for them. The butter was served with a selection of neatly stacked preserves on a side plate. 6/10

The food - I really enjoyed the sausages served here, a decent pork sausage with firm texture and delectable flavour. The bacon was really good too, delicious covered in ketchup between some buttered toast. The black pudding was a decent slice and a nice surprise, I didn't spotted it straight away, it was hiding under the hash browns. The fried eggs although not perfect to look at did have runny yolks and were thoroughly enjoyable over some buttered toast. The hash browns were deep fried with very crispy edges, I feared they may be quite dry but the centres were nice and fluffy though. The tomato had very little flavour and the beans were fairly standard. 7/10

Value for money - An absolute steal at £4 with the Groupon deal! I'm sure anyone reading this now though will end up paying the full price of £8.50 so that's what I will base the score on in this section. The breakfast has a good selection of items and quality meats are used, it certainly filled me up so even at full price I would have been happy enough to pay £8.50. 7/10

Veggie option - 2 vegetarian sausages, 2 eggs, 2 hash browns, mushrooms, beans, tomato, 2 slices of toast served with butter and preserves. £8.25.

Overall -  A great pub on the Norfolk Broads, perfect if you're moored up at Ranworth and want to treat the family to a nice cooked breakfast. If you manage to find a Groupon deal (The Maltsters are regularly featured on Groupon) then you can grab a bargain, even at full price though its a breakfast that's still worthy of your attention. Why not do as I did and make a morning of it in Ranworth, there's plenty to look at and the climb to the top of Ranworth Church is well worth it for the stunning view across Norfolk. 7/10



  1. Your wife's veggie one looks good. Can't say the same for yours, with those weird white pasty bits on the bacon (what are those? I remember finding them often, when I used to eat meat). Probably best not thought about, as with most things to do with meat!

    1. Thats just where the salt and meat juices have combined, perfectly harmless.

  2. Descent brekko, I thought the hash browns looked a bit too crispy but as you say they were fluffy then its all good. The toast definitely needs a tad longer though, very anemic.