“ Address: Lamb Yard / Orford Place / Norwich / Norfolk / NR1 3RU „
After a morning wandering around Norwich and not really doing anything constructive, my friend and I had worked up quite an appetite. There are quite a few places to choose from to eat in the city centre but we wanted to avoid the usual suspects like Nando's or Pizza Express and ventured into The Lamb Inn. The pub is situated in Orford Place which is just off of Red Lion St. The weather was sunny but windy so we elected to take a place inside, but there are lots of outside tables, which are covered in the front courtyard.
The pub is very large, with a few nooks and crannies. We sat over on the right hand side as you go in, where there was an alcove containing four or five tables and chairs by a fireplace. There was also an upstairs section. Food is served daily from 11am to 10pm. The little corner we sat in was quite dark as it was away from a window, and the pub lighting is quite subdued. Menus were on the table and the pub offers a waitress service and we were informed that as they were busy (2.30pm on a Bank Holiday) there would be a wait of 30 minutes for food which we were happy with.
There was a specials board above the fireplace in our alcove (as well as in other parts of the pub) and having spotted deep fried cheese on there, I was sold on that as a shared starter (although it came up with our mains). I went for the Veggie Club (£7.65) whilst my friend the soup & sandwich. The cheese consisted of four small breaded goats' cheese rounds, with dark leaves and a beetroot and horseradish relish. Initially the distinctive tang of the goats' cheese overpowered the relish, but scraping the last bit up with some leaves, I definitely picked out the two flavours of the delicious relish.
My friend enjoyed his tomato soup and tuna sandwich (there were several options of sandwich to choose from) and made quick work of it,. My club sandwich was nice - it contained goats' cheese, mushrooms and tomatoes, along with rocket on a triple layer toastie. However the top layer was just the rocket, and I would have preferred another ingredient in the top layer with it, as it seemed a bit thin on its own. It was served with lovely golden chips. Both dishes were a good size for lunch and kept us going for a further afternoon of aimless wandering.
They had a number of good options available from traditional pub grub - fish & chips, steak & stout pie and burgers as well as steaks, lamb shank, and pork belly. There are a number of pasta and salad options as well as smaller, lighter dishes such as baguettes and sandwiches and sharing platters. I thought prices were good for a pub with most main dishes between £8-10. They also do desserts and have a separate kids menu. If I was in the area again, I would certainly consider returning here for a bite to eat, the pub is large but not noisy (middle of the day), although this can change with different clientele.
To drink I order a soft drink and my friend a beer and in total our bill came to £22 excluding service. The toilets were upstairs and were clean and well stocked, with plenty of soap and paper towels. I assume there is a disabled lavatory downstairs but I didn't spot one. Service was polite and friendly.
Generally the pub was clean and well maintained. If I was in the area again, I would certainly consider returning here for a bite to eat, the pub is large but not noisy (middle of the day), although this can change with different clientele.
Food Served Daily
12pm - 10pm - Sunday