Copying is the highest form of flattery – BUT – you will never quite be the same!!!  More recipes to follow soon – try to replicate some of these down the road!!!

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How about a trio of mackerel, eel and smoked salmon for a starter, yum, yum!!! with our lovely home made brown bread.  We also have fantastic snails on again as a special starter, yum, yum!!!  How about a beautiful local dover sole for a special main course, all freshly cooked, no boil in the bag here!!!  Wonderful cooking.

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Thank you to all our positive reviewers who have left great reviews.  We have been awarded a Tripadvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence.  We are so pleased that so many of you have enjoyed your visit to our little restaurant.  I heard a great saying the other day.  “For every one of you who hate – there are thousands upon thousands who appreciate”.  Many thanks again to everyone.  We try really hard to please you all.

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How sad, another chain pub/restaurant in our beautiful area.  Please support the small individual and unique businesses in beautiful North Norfolk not a massive chain who do not care if they have customers or not!!!  They are huge conglomerates who are supported by their other pubs across the UK.  Us little businesses are on our own and need your business.  How sad that we have supermarket syndrome.  I think you all know what I mean by that.  Unfortunately these chains also serve many a boil in the bag and people think they are getting a good deal with the prices they charge!!  Please think about this seriously and how they can possibly produce such cheap meals.  Thank you.

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We’ve hed a lot o’ wet wether o’ laete

Thass thuh sort Horry haete

Thaat git on his wick so he saay

Settin’ theer lookin’ at Martha awl daay.


Well, Oi say, “Why doant yew go in yare shud”?

Chop sum sticks or saw sum wud”,

Horry say “Oi carn’t git in thuh door”

Thass moor’un full now, bor.


“Oi hed three daays at it larst week

A choppin’ sticks, theers a damn grate heep

Theer int room tew yewse my crawss cut saw

Fer thuh toime bein’, Oi carn’t dew enny moor”.


“Carn’t dew no gardnin’, hedgin’ naither

Rekkon Oi’ll hetta help Martha agin

Thuh owtlook is gittin’ graver an’ graver

Wet wether bor, an’ yew jus’ carn’t win

Come to The Old Forge and hear our real Norfolk staff in full flow and enjoy bootiful local Norfolk seafood.

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Where are all the lovers?  Valentine’s is just around the corner, book a table and don’t be disappointed.  Lovely fresh flowers and chocolates on the tables.  Romantic setting with lovely romantic music playing in the background.  Candle lit tables – what more would you want.  Try our beautiful local oysters as a starter and see if they work!!!  Sizzling bananas for a Valentine pudding are a must.  Watch your partners face when they are served in front of her.  Lots of wonderful choices for your perfect Valentine meal.

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Happy New Year to everyone.  We re-open on 9th February having closed for January after a very busy Christmas Spectacular looking after all their customers and cast.  It has been brilliant and great fun and John Cushing has been marvellous in his support for our little restaurant and B&B.  Thank you very much.  Don’t forget Valentines.  Book early as we have an amazing three course set menu as well as our A la carte which is only £19.50 for three courses.  This sort of price is very hard to find for freshly prepared meals with fresh vegetables and potatoes and home made starters and desserts.  Try our sizzling bananas in cointreau and cream as a special valentine dessert – yum, yum and very appropriate!!  Book a room as well and make it a special occasion with fresh flowers and chocolates in the rooms.  Look forward to seeing you all.

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Had a big table of the Thursford cast and musicians in last night.  They are always a delight to look after.  They really appreciate our food and service.  They are like a breath of fresh air when they come each year.  They are all full of sparkle and enthusiasm.  A full restaurant of young aspiring dancers, actors and musicians is the best feeling in the whole wide world.

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Give us a call as we have had some cancellations for The Thursford Christmas Spectacular so we have some rooms available.  Try us again if you were not lucky first time around.

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A quick dip in a pan of spluttering butter, held down on a blistering griddle or a quiet bake in the oven is all it needs.  Fish hates fuss.  I cannot see the point of turning a fillet into a mousse in order to stuff another fillet.  I can see even less why that fillet will appear in a sauce made from crushed crayfish and cream.  I am not even sure that fish should ever appear in haute cuisine to be pummelled and poached, prettied and primped and served with a puff pastry crescent.  I would rather fry fish in a bit of butter and eat it wish a squeeze of lemon and a lump of my home baked bread.  Fish tantalises with ginger and lime and soothes with tarragon and cream.  It satisfies without filling and digests without notice.  For me it is the perfect food.  Shellfish, by which I mean mussels, oysters, crabs and like is the very essence of the sea.  All of which are fished off the North Norfolk coast and delivered straight to our restaurant.  Lobsters as well, even better!!    Local mussels have just come back into season and are the best in the world.  So, so wonderful is a dish of moules mariniere with our home baked bread.  The best food ever followed by a beautiful local lobster just grilled with garlic and tarragon butter.  Half term is upon us soon and Norfolk is full of beautiful autumn colours with lovely weather, crisp mornings and sunny days.  Come and stay and experience the full enjoyment of the Norfolk countryside and beautiful local seafood.

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