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09:32 05 March 2012

The Ingham Swan

The Ingham Swan

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With one of Norfolk’s most innovative chefs in the kitchen and a regularly changing seasonal menu, The Ingham Swan is a pub like every village should have, says LOUISE WILSON.

Owned and run by chef Daniel Smith, The Ingham Swan is the type of establishment every village should have – whether for a drink with friends, a lunchtime or evening meal or a hearty Sunday lunch – but alas it is not to be. However there is nothing to stop the occasional visit, which was exactly what we had planned one recent weekend, when the winter weather ensured all outdoor plans could be put on hold and we made the wise move to reserve a table for Sunday lunch.

Having already perused the website, some of our dining choices had been made before we even left home and after being shown to our table, over pre-dinner drinks and nibbles, we were swift to confirm our decisions.

For starters we chose the smooth wild mushroom and celeriac soup with chives and truffle oil and the sea salt and black pepper crispy calamari with lemon mayonnaise and lambs leaf lettuce – both were superbly contrasting and equally delicious.

Onto the main course, we opted for slow roast belly pork with fondant potato and roast beetroot and the pan-fried sea bass and lemon sole with olive oil crushed new potatoes, mussel broth and buttered spinach – once again both were beautiful – from the succulent pork with such rich flavours, to the lightness of the fish with the mussels adding a further dimension.

It seems though that Daniel wanted us to try what he regards as the speciality of the house, the roast rib eye or fillet of beef, and as we had not made this selection we were treated to a small in-between-courses taster - it was wonderfully tasty and tender and we could understand why it would be a favourite for diners.

Finally onto pudding and once again the choice was a challenge as everything sounded so good – but we plumped for prune and almond tart with vanilla ice cream and the vanilla seed pannacotta with dark chocolate mousse and madelines. Once again, both were a triumph and left us confirming that a return visit in the future would be inevitable.

With a pedigree that includes working for Michel Roux Jr at La Gavroche in London as well as at Morston Hall in North Norfolk and The Wildebeest Arms in South Norfolk, Daniel prides himself on his regularly changing menus that embrace all that is fresh, seasonal and local to the area and his food does not disappoint. I would suggest that you make a reservation as you wouldn’t want to miss out on such a feast.

Sunday lunch is priced at £18.50 for two courses and £23.50 for three, with a supplement of £3.50 for the beef fillet.

There is an extensive wine menu, along with recommendations for each course, as well as beers from the local Woodfordes Brewery and a range of soft drinks.

The Ingham Swan

Sea Palling Road

Ingham

01692 581099

www.theinghamswan.co.uk

t Prices: A la carte starters from £6.50, mains from £18.50, desserts from £6.50; dinner menu du jour £16.95 tow courses, £21.50 three courses; Sunday lunch from £18.50

t Vegetarian options: Good selection

t Wheelchair access: Yes

9 comments

  • NORFOLK, Howard and the rest are right. The Lessingham Star does very good food but it is still a true pub. Welcoming. The proprietors keep a few interesting cask beers and both eaters and drinkers seem well looked after. In contrast the Ingham Swan does not welcome drinkers and their food is pretentious and overpriced. Nowhere to park either. Car park full of staff cars! Hall Inn at Sea Palling also a MUCH better bet.DJMarsman, if you can do a 60-mile round trip and consider best part of £20 for "Sunday" lunch, you must be on Film-Star income. Then, since you`re driving, you won`t be spending much on their overpriced alcohol products, will you? But of course, you must have a chauffeur! bookworm, I don`t think your Carvery Sunday lunch is much different than the Ingham one, quality wise. Price and Pretension are the defining characteristics.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • This is not a pub. It is a Restaurant. A bit surreal to imagine "every village having one like it"! Ask local beer drinkers what they think before you call it a pub. A thinly disguise free advert. Then there`s no such thing as a free lunch. Or is there?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • pricey.i will stick to caster carvery thanks.

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    bookworm

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • In my opinion, easily the best restaurant in norfolk, i would love my village to have the ingham swan, it would save me driving the 60mile round trip, but who cares the food is worth it! 'pricey' no way, the quality is exceptional and the service is first class.

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    DJMarsMan

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Lessingham Star any day of the week.

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    N0RFOLK

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • One mention of beer and several paragraphs about food. Not really a pub then is it?

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    robotsthatcare

    Friday, March 9, 2012

  • This used to be a fantastic pub with a great atmosphere and good beer, then it was turned into a very exprnsive Bistro, the food is good but you need a bank loan to have a good meal and it is not the sort of place that belongs in country villages, big city pub for the rich now, no real atmosphere, ok for a special occassion but certainly wouldn't recommend it. Plenty of good pubs in the area that serve quality food at sensible prices.

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    Mr T

    Friday, March 9, 2012

  • Exactly. There is a world of difference between a pub that serves food and a restaurant that has a bar area. Shame that we are all losing the art of conversation and sociability. Go into most "village pubs" now and all you will hear is subdued conversations and the clatter of knives and forks.

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    ME

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • I agree with the earlier comment. This used to be a very nice local pub but now it is just an expensive restaurant. It's a pity the locals are not made welcome here. Try the Lessingham Star for a great meal at a reasonable price with a great atmosphere.

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    Howard

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

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